These cars are so awesome.
Fun, fun, fun, and reliable as can be.
Cheap to fill up (small tank).
Don't buy one of these if envious stares annoy you.
Don't buy one of these if you'd much prefer to spend a lot of money on a true roadster.
Don't buy one of these if you are on a first name basis with you auto mechanic and prefer to stay that way.
I don't have the top of the line 'leather' version of the car, but slapped on some upgraded 17" alloy wheels, and great tires ( Michelin Pilot Super Sport), and handling actually improves dramatically - didn't think that was possible.
Top Down Fun!
They did it right.
Until they really change the body style, can't see buying a new one.
You can find low mileage miata (anything in 3rd generation is suggested) so save your money.
I purchased this MX-5 barely used with 11900 miles. I have had a blast with this car driving through the mountains and back roads. Handling is impeccable and crisp. Power is more that adequate and braking is fantastic. It is snug bit comfortable once in the cock pit. Shifting is sweet with it's close ratio gears. Very smooth operation on both highway and back road driving. This is the first manual transmission I've driven in aprox 20 years and it was like riding a bicycle. Mpg has been 34 highway and 27 city. It is noisy with the top up but drop the top and you forget about any noise except the exhaust growl. Great car.
Quick top operation, close gear ratio, performance and handling.
Sound system is pretty weak at any speed. Needs a big boost. center console is in need to padding and a telescoping steering week would be nice for shorter driver like myself or even adjustable pedals.
A great car. No other car communicates to the driver like my mx-5, I have a 240sx, had a CRX and a MZ3s; whether its through the steering wheel, the seat, or the burble of the exhaust, this car rocks! The top is easy to operate, the exterior is beautiful and classic, and the interior is attractive. Great fun, won't kill your pocketbook and over 30mpg on the freeway, what more could you ask for? Initially looked at an RX-8.
The drop top, the feeling of solidity, pure responsiveness of the engine, steering, and brakes, the exhaust note, and road grip that conveys confidence.
Richer looking plastics. Less hard seats. More of a color contrasting interior. A smidgen more power for the auto.
One word: FUN. Everyone says it but it's true. Bought used with 29K miles and after 10K more miles I can say that I've had zero problems. I drove it from VA to Maine with a passenger & luggage and loved every mile. Using the top takes mere seconds. Fun & practical daily driver too w/ excellent turning radius & good ride quality. Lots of little cubbies for smaller things. Maintenance: cheap so far. Of course with most any small roadster you'll run into storage issues. For example, I can't fit my golf bag in the trunk without removing the longer clubs. Performance: Nothing earth-shattering - just FUN. Its relatively diminuitive size and mass make it very maneuverable and acceleration is brisk.
Fun rear wheel drive, quick manual top, quick and responsive handling, smooth- shifting 5-speed manual trans.
I wish 5th gear was taller; RPMs are a little hyper at hwy speeds. If I had researched a little more I'd have bought one with limited-slip differential b/c of the rear inside tire slipping under acceleration out of corners; an aftermarket LSD is available though.
Great handler with good power. Communicates well in corners and inspires confidence to push on. It has enough power to make pushing on fun. But beware, this is not a quiet ride. Engine speed at 70 mph is 3500rpm. The exhaust is loud at that rpm. Road noise comes through the wheel wells, and the tires throw up little pebbles which create noise. The car is low so egress and entry are difficult. Once inside a six footer will fit, but this is no Caddy (duh). Fuel economy is 25- 27 in mixed driving on any grade of gas-not great. Lastly, OEM Michelin Pilot Preceda are great in wet/dry, but useless in any light snow
I love the feeling that this is a sports car. It has few compromises. Love the exhaust sound, strong brakes, sticky tires in dry or wet, the orange color of the instruments at night, and the heating and ventilation (HVAC) are very quick to warm or cool the car.
I would love a lower final drive to decrease rpms at 70mph to about 3000 rpms. All gears are a little low. Gearing affects fuel economy. Key fob is delicate, and plastic cover has cracked. In sumary: Perfect for the enthusiast. For anyone else... take a looong test drive.