Look, I've had three Miatas. My first, a '93 that I bought used, got rear-ended by a whisky-drinker in a pickup truck. I rushed out and bought a nearly-identical second one. When it passed 200,000 miles (going strong I might add) I started shopping for a third, which I bought today - now I own _two_ of these things. My last twelve years of car buying expresses how very, very much I like this car better than any rodomontade I might compose.
But. I'm 5'11" tall, and this car fits me like a comfortable shoe. What that means if you're 6'1" or taller, or a likely regular passenger is, I'm sorry but you really need to consider cars with a couple of inches more headroom.
Easy fit in the garage. Actually has trunk space more than my convertible Vette. Top actuation up/down simple to do. Excellent 6 speed, short throw gear box. Plenty of power (172 HP) to pass. Logical panel lay out, easy to read at all speeds. Great brakes. 28 MPG at 75 MPH. I have owned gull wing, 300 SL roadster, MGA, AH and 2 Vettes. The MX-5 is the best of the bunch.
Having a lighter and ash tray is plus for me.
Should have bought one with cruise control for long trips.
car drives very well: steering control
is terrific, makes tight turns, brakes
on a dime. Fast on highway but very
noisey. cabin is very tight and
uncomfortable on long drives. outer
design is beautiful but front end gets
beat up alot by hellen keller parkers
in the city. No front bumper to stop
nicks and scratches by license plate
area. All around fun drive for about 1
hour and then discomfort settles in.
Car is a death trap in snow, ice and
slush. Car easily gets stranded on
look of car, handling and reliability.
protector on front bumper. more
interior leg room. trunk is tiny anyway
so use more space to enlarge cabin.
something must be done to improve
handling in snow.
This is my second miata. I had a 2001
for a short time. I love the body
style and the size of the car. It also
handles very well.It's a lot of top
down fun for a reasonable price.Gas
mileage is good and I believe the
repair costs will also be reasonable.I
was also treated very well at the
Things that I have not liked about the
car include:cramped interior ( I'm
5'10"),I would have liked more
acceleration ( maybe the turbo) and
the clutch shatters if you don't give
it enough gas on take off from a
interior and exterior
style,handling,cost to buy and operate
a slightly larger interior with more
adjustability in seating position and
controls (ex-adjustable steering wheel
etc), more power