This one's a keeper!
By Matt K. on
2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I owned a `92 Miata a couple years ago, sold that and couldn't take not having a Miata anymore. Bought a Crystal Blue 2001 LS with 6-spd, ABS, and Sport pkg. The refinement over the early cars and even the `99-`00 cars is amazing, very smooth, great craftsmanship (for a Japanese car of this price), for a 3-yr-old car, looks like I paid $30k+ for it. Very predictable, confident handling, outhandles cars twice its price, makes great sounds, easy to work on, the Miata community is a great one, very friendly and fun! Considered a BMW 3- series because it was more practical, inline-6 torque, German design and engineering, but repairs and maintenance are expensive. Don't regret my purchase at all!
Very high cornering limits, a joy to rev it high through the gears, glass rear window w/ defrost, projector headlights, comfy & supportive seats, wonderful shift action, very capable brakes, gorgeous body contours, amazing the parking spaces you can fit into, lots of aftermarket support
Like many 2001+ Miatas, mine has the infamous clutch shudder, I wish Mazda would develop a fix for this. Honda inline-4s make more power and get better gas mileage. Likes premium fuel. Trunk space is small, though this is no Lincoln. Other than that, Mazda didn't screw up much on this car!