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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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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)


Review

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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What Fun
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By HighRPM
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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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Came from a Toyota Prius getting 45 mpg. I miss that, the climate control, the outside temp. display, and the bluetooth. But I wouldn't trade back! Nothing beats a great handling, manual transmission little car like this for a smiling commute. And, I haven't yet dropped the top!


Favorite Features

Lovely paint, decent little trunk for a droptop. I also like the little growl of the 4 banger, and the great shifter.


Suggested Improvements

More HP; overdrive; climate control.


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Fun drive-add inches
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By gary moon
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Love the exterior style, price was a major factor in purchase. Turns out the machine is a hoot to drive, I fell in love during the test drive with the zippy feel and handling. My salesman just about had a coranary while I was puttng this car through its paces. Shifting the Miata is great fun, I love torturing the transmission from red light to red light.


Favorite Features

5 Speed shift, acceleration, colors (Silver and Black), 5 spoke rims, the ease of use of the pop-top. Being low to ground is a great feel. (But I wish they would provide a lift recliner for getting in and out of the car.)


Suggested Improvements

All cupholders stink, door holders take up valuable space for a 6 foot 230 lb guy like me. Give me a spare donut tire instead of a can of expand-a-foam and a aquarium pump. The stereo is kind of muddled at highway speeds.


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I want to like this car, but
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By wonky
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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 really want to like this car, but I don't. Interior design is poor: window switches in a bad spot & centre console won't hold anything by design. The door cupholder bangs knees, the centre ones make centre console useless and prevents shifting properly! Seatbelt connect height is not adjustable. No spare tire means this is a suburbanite-with-a-cellphone ride. Can't go anywhere interesting without a usable spare and MAZDA is NOT helpful! Also, the Bose stereo is awful. Speakers rattle and vibrate. No aux jack. When Mazda tells you Mp3 compatible, they mean you can play a disc in Mp3 format. Even Hyundai has this stuff figured out. Mazda doesn't care, they don't have to.


Favorite Features

PRHT is fun but the novelty wears off quickly. Car must be in neutral for duration of state change--at least 12 seconds, which is often impractical at stoplights. Fun to drive when the aggravating design errors aren't glaring.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the lame interior engineering; there is a reason for the "barbie car" reputation. All cute, no brains. No spare means no interesting road trips. No support from Mazda on this aggravation means this is my last Mazda. I'll spend about $2000 to fix these flaws with non-OEM parts or trade it in.


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Best of its Breed
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By Andrew
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

When you purchase this car you must have the understanding that this is a basic roadster. It doesn't pretend to be something else. It's raw, tiny, a little unrefined in some areas but definity fun. It will be hard to come from a complete car such as an Accord or an SUV to go to Miata because somethings just doesn't work right in the Miata. The cupholders in the center are completely useless because they intrude into the elbow space while shifting gears. The grade of plastics is from the 70's and that's not a good thing. And the sound the comes from opening and closing the truck is truly horrible.


Favorite Features

The most amazing aspect of this car is the automatic hardtop. It's quick and takes up no more space. Also, the overall exterior and interior layout is very clean and simple.


Suggested Improvements

Improve interior plastic, interior sound defending. During the next generation, update the styling a little more.


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