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Attention Enthusiastic Drivers!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By conzoomer
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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If you are a person whose passion is improving his driving skill set, this is a perfect tool. The MX5 will reward you with increasing satisfaction and fun as you learn to master driving skills. Routinely switch off traction control after engine start-up to obtain linear throttle response and to learn the car's traction characteristics. This car is quite capable even in stock form; resist the urge to modify its performance until you have fully utilized all it has to offer. When you are not in the mood for spirited driving, you can chill and enjoy the scenery and the MX5 will not annoy you with a bad temper. Some 2008s had a defect in the manual trans. Mazda fixed mine under warrantee. THX!


Favorite Features

-mild oversteer, predictable drifting due to near 50/50 weight distribution -engine likes high revs -wide powerband -strong brakes with good feedback -solid chassis integrity -well designed soft top: easy to convert from the driver's seat in a few seconds. With the top down, the visibilty of surrounding traffic and road conditions far exceeds that of a car with a roof: better visual input= better decisions. I routinely drive top-down. Even in rain and snow the interior remains nearly dry when at 40mph+ -with top down you need a good heater and heated seats; the MX5 has these -simplicity: In a sports car, less is more. Analog gauge set easy to read. HVAC controls simple. No computer interface


Suggested Improvements

-Ford-designed manual trans could be smoother shifting to consume less of my concentration. Used Motorcraft XT-M5-QS GL4 75w-90 oil in the gear box and improved shifting by 75% -removed 2008 center console cup holders and replaced with aftermarket cubby -angled front of seat bottom upwards to increase thigh support using spacers -replaced stock horn with Nautilus air horn -I prefer window switches in doors instead of center console And that's about it! Since I usually ride motorcycles, which are inherently more engaging than cars, I regard most cars just as a mode of transport, but not the MX5. The MX5 is a car that makes you live in the moment yet rewards you with lifetime satisfaction.


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It is true what others are raving about this car...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By mx5v
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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Still kicking myself for not checking this car out earlier. This is not kind of Sport edition, SE of other pretend to be sport cars off the regular boring cars. It was built from ground up. I finally test drove a few and that was it - I had to have one. Manual is one of the best I ever drove, but for some reason, I just could not fully enjoy the car with manual. Fortunately, dealer had 2007 PRHT w/auto, besides the fact it had 60,000 miles on it, it drove same as brand new one. Both me and my wife were blown away with joy this car delivers. This car sent shock waves through my family. I never seen any other car to make such effect before. We own 2008 now and discovering even more joy.


Favorite Features

The whole car, but especially Power Retractable Hard Top, Xeon Lights, Bose sound, Instrument cluster illumination. Pop the hood, look underneath and see how practical sport cars (not just for few wealthy ones) should be built.


Suggested Improvements

Please, Mazda keep making mx-5 as long as cars are built, bought and sold. It would be a great lost to humanity, if Mazda stop building these real gems. Perhaps, Mazda can improve marketing. Most dealers do not even have this cars in the showroom, yet it is the best cars Mazda ever built.


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Why aren't more cars built like this?
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By OwnDaRoad
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I have had my Miata for 21,000 miles without a major problem, other than routine maintenance. I have been asking other car companies to put this formula together, but only Mazda wants to do it. Even if you already have a truck/van/SUV that you are happy with, I would strongly recommend this car. The fuel and maintenance savings alone of using this for regular trips would almost pay for one of the most dependable machines I've ever owned.


Favorite Features

Perfect handling, total control, good sound system, surefooted, ease of getting the top up and down.


Suggested Improvements

Build a hatchback version with some decent cargo space. Just as important, everyone is asking for a rotary engine Miata.


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High Priced Tin Can.
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By Ewok
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My back can't handle much of this car. After an hour or so I believe I'd feel better if I was on a medieval torture rack. Would that it took that long to get tired of the racket this car makes. Took it in for service to deal with the rattle, squeak, and squeal from the dash. The service people were really nice but unfortunately the problem is still there. So if you like paying 20,000 for a tin can this is the car for you.


Favorite Features

I have the soft top and I do like that you can raise and lower it without leaving the car. It's also fun to drive, providing you have a friend put pressure on the dashboard so as to suppress the constant rattle, squeak, and squeal emanating from there.


Suggested Improvements

You guessed it; get rid of the rattle, squeak, and squeal. I have a 9 year old Honda that doesn't make near the noise. Also, a front seat that doesn't double as a torture chamber would be nice.


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By Hydro
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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This car has great handling but there's room for improvement. What it lacks in power makes up for taking turns at 40 mph. For what it is, it's a great value for the amount of fun you will have. Yes, the interior is a little "cheap", but you get what you pay for. If that bothers you spend couple bucks and put some nice leather pieces in it. I've heard a million times that the car is girlie. To be honest, I've only gotten compliments ever since. I've had it for 3 months (an automatic), no problems and smiles everyday. As a daily driver back and forth to work the auto is great.


Favorite Features

The front of the car isn't my cup of tea, but I do like it. I think it looks a world better then 09+. I just can't drive a car that's smiling. Hardtop, is by far my favorite feature. Some may complain about the 12 seconds not sufficing to do at a stop light, but if you time it right, you def can.


Suggested Improvements

CUP HOLDER! I'm relatively short but man that cup holder on the door hitting my knee is annoying! Other then that they could of done a better job with ride comfort. It is what it is tho, it's a roadster not a Lexus. It's noisy and it doesn't take well to rough roads.


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2008 Touring Hardtop 6 speed
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By rabbit
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I wanted a convertible & found MX5 has the package deal. Discount off MSRP was very attractive too. Fit me well (5'4"). There are after markets that sell for faster speed & other accessories...


Favorite Features

Hardtop, handling with the suspension package, fun driving with good speed (not for racing unless you have the turbo), fuel efficiency, good price, free 3 year roadside assistance (who needs spare tire?), low maintenance cost, cute car.


Suggested Improvements

Lack interior storage space (need to redesign for sunglasses & purse storage spaces), rattle somewhere at dashboard, inadequate seat & ride comfort, gease leakage from trunk cover, no sun visor for side view, poor map light, lack good color choice (purple would be nice).


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Short Block Replacement@4800 miles
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By Jack
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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Noticed high (2.5 quarts in 3500 mi.). Spent 1000 more miles convincing the dealer that there REALLY was a problem. Dealer finally tested cylinders for leakdown and then changed the short block due to a scored cylinder wall due to an improperoy installed ring. During the repair, the front of the car was damaged and the transmission linkage was improperly reassembled. After the transmission linkage repair, the transmission still doesn't shift as well as it did when delivered.


Favorite Features

Great convertible top design. Good low speed torque for small engine. Fun to drive. Switch in trunk that disables the electric opener for the trunk preventing use of the dash button thus protecting contenet when car is parked with the top down.


Suggested Improvements

Educate dealer service personnel better. Do away with fake roll bars that restrict use of the topwell when traveling with the top up.


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just better over the years
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By Tom
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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We have a 1993 Mazda which is fun to drive and has been dependable and mostly bulletproof for years. The refinement of the 2008, purchased new in 2009,is very impressive. The quick drop convertible top is just wonderful for changing moods and fun factors.


Favorite Features

The BOSE sirius radio system is terrific...handles like a skateboard.


Suggested Improvements

What happened to the map holders on the doors?


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Fun! Fun! Fun! Economical! Oh and Fun!
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By James
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I used to own a 04 RX-8 which was a total blast to drive. So I was very happy to discover the fun factor is even better with the MX-5! The RX-8 was fast and agile but so too is the MX-5, it just doesn't have all the stress raising quirks of the RX-8! Like poor gas mileage, thirst for oil, and Hot interior due to the hot nature of a rotary engine. The MX-5 seems every bit as quick and is very agile! I love the sound of the engine, quick shifts, and solid road feel! The Bose sound system is terrific and adjusts automatically to compensate for ambient noise top up or down. The feel behind the wheel is fantastic! The dash layout is classic european sports car, I love turn indicator placement!


Favorite Features

The Power Retractable Hard Top. All the fun of a ragtop, but with the security and all weather protection of a fixed top! It is also more quiet with the top up than the cloth top. Also the Advanced Entry System is pretty cool, you just keep the credit card sized unit in you pocket, no key needed!


Suggested Improvements

A padded center consol would be better than the pretty much useless center cup holders. Map pockets in the doors would also be welcomed.


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Let a little Zoom Zoom change your life!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Colberto
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Grand Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I own two cars now, Miata and an Acura TL. One practical, one fun. One for the brain, one for the heart. And in terms of sheer fun and sun, the Mazda Miata delivers. The PRHT is outstanding. Light, fast, easy and most importantly, no loss of trunk space..AMAZING! The interior is well designed..yes the door mounted cup holders are needed if you have the manual transmission! It has just the right amount of power to weight ratio to make it fun...great gearing provides fun accelerations, the low center of gravity lets you enjoy tight turns. And the exterior styling still turns heads and makes you smile. So go out there and put some zoom zoom back in your life, you'll thank me later.


Favorite Features

The hardtop roof is in a class by itself. It is faster...lighter...and does not impede the trunk. Have you looked at the other hard top trunks with the top down? You can't even get a carry-on in there! The Miata is more practical for a trip to the store than the others due to the trunk!


Suggested Improvements

They added the Ipod jack in the 2009...wish it came on the '08 standard. Other than that...no...it's a 3rd generation masterpiece.


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