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The biggest go-kart in the world
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By DDR2
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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The title sums it up. Extremely agile car and light on its feet, like a go- cart. It's about as roomy as one too. But those who appreciate this car for what it can do won't be concerned about that. Acceleration isn't very strong either but again, if you want straightline acceleration, go buy a musclecar. This car belongs on roads with tight curves. It's easy to drive and own so far. The only improvements would be bigger trunk and more grunt. Otherwise, this is a fine piece of machinery.


Favorite Features

Lightweight, balanced suspension.


Suggested Improvements

Bigger trunk, more grunt.


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Apparently the only Mazda Miata Lemon
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By KSM
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a Mazda Miata MX-5 C in Splash Green Mica. Within a few weeks of purchasing this vehicle, I've had hard starts (i.e. sometimes it takes over one minute to start the car and then it starts sluggishly.) I also have gas smells and a major braking issue where rarely the vehicle's engine starts to race the more you brake. The only way to stop the vehicle fully is to turn it off or put it in neutral while braking. Dealership cannot reproduce or fix so now I'm in lemon law court. I'm so disappointed because I did a tremendous amount of research which strongly suggested this car was reliable. It's an absolutely beautiful vehicle but I seem to be the only one stuck with a lemon.


Favorite Features

Seats are comfortable, body and interior are gorgeous, and as long as you can accept the bouncy ride, on the highway it's a dream to drive. You also have a lot of control over the maneuverability of the vehicle as it hugs the road.


Suggested Improvements

Brighter headlights and radio controls on steering wheel would be nice.


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Finally!
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By rwantin
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My patience has been rewarded - I grew up in Michigan, and now live in So. Cal. A lifelong motorcyclist, it was here that I could finally get what I consider to be the finest 4-wheeled equivalent of a bike - a Miata! Grins from ear-to-ear, sensational handling, bulletproof reliability, and at a price that still can't be touched in this segment (sorry, I have never warmed up to the looks of the MR2). I now have a pleasant dilemma in the garage: Bike or car? This is indeed a classic roadster in the purest of (all) senses. Do yourself a favor - dismiss what anyone else thinks, and take one for a spin. You will not regret it.


Favorite Features

Styling, handling, build-quality, engine note, interior, manual top, weight (or lack thereof), wheels, reliability, unwavering grin factor.


Suggested Improvements

The MAZDASPEED MX-5 is already at dealers. Nice to have a step-up if that time comes. Big if, however. I love this car.


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Dave's baby
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By David Tracy
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I LOVE driving my Miata! Definately no buyers remorse here. Highly recommend this car for the fun-minded and quality- minded.


Favorite Features

Ease of top operation and "go-cart" style handling as well as "short shifting" gear change.


Suggested Improvements

Mazdaspeed is already doing it for 2005 model.


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Love it
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By Tiddily
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the most fun car that I have ever owned. It is responsive. It has clean lines. It is one of the few sports cars on which an automatic transmission is an option. It is a gteat car for those who want performance along with being noticed.


Favorite Features

Automatic transmission. Sporty appearance.


Suggested Improvements

A power top would be a nice addition.


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My Marvelous Miata
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By maggie518
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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A truly great car. Zippy, peppy, easy to drive, easy to love. Easy maintenance. I am the envy of my friends. Wouldn't drive anything else.


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Therapy
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By KMB@NS
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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This is a car that is just plain fun. If you do not enjoy driving this vehicle, there is no hope for you. You may never want to put the roof up, even when the cold weather arrives.


Favorite Features

Just driving no where special, straightening out few twisty roads.


Suggested Improvements

A few more inches of leg room would be nice, but probably hard to achieve on presnt platform.


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Best Roadster on the road
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By aneel
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have never had a car that was so well made. Everything that needed to be thought about to put in a sports car was done on this one. Nothing is poorly done... everything is first class


Favorite Features

the Sound system the powere the 6 speed transmission you name it and I love it...


Suggested Improvements

could add a few more inches leg room and length... also might think of the rotary engine but that's OK the one that is in there is great...


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ONE GREAT CAR
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By MG WANNA BE
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My car is a 2000 EO I just love it. It has enought power when you need, a can move out of the way. There is plenty of trunk room for a 2 week vacation full of stuff.


Favorite Features

easy reach dials, easy to take the top down and up


Suggested Improvements

CUP HOLDERS.. IN THE 2000 THERE REALLY IS NONE UNLESS YOU BRAKE YOUR ARM.


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Classic Sports car in today's Technology
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By Wen
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2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Back in college I got the itch for classic sports cars driving a Triumph TR4-A. Unfortunately, it meant tightening bolts, oiling squeaks and numerous fixes as the British made car fell apart. Along came Mazda with the Miata having classic lines and european style. The reliability is awsome and the handling is even better than my old Classic. Thanks Mazda!!


Suggested Improvements

A little more horse power or turbo charge it would be nice!


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