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2008 Touring Hardtop 6 speed
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By rabbit
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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 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 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 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!
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By Colberto
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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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