First off, I have owned a 95 M edition, a 99 set up for autocross, and now this beauty. This Miata takes everything I loved about my other 2 and combined it in to one amazing package. For those that don't know, this is one of the rarest trims ever made and has nearly every single feature from the previous generations (6 speed, turbocharged, torsen LSD, bose speakers etc.) and I was fortunate enough to find a GT package with the leather seats, speaker bar, and carbon fiber type trim. PROS: It's an absolute blast to drive, insurance is relatively cheap for someone in their early 20's, handles very well and feels confident around corners, maintenance is inexpensive and is not frequently needed (owned for ~30k miles on oil changes and 1 set of brake pads), acceleration is very good for a miata, and it turns heads the same way a Ferrari or Lamborghini would but in a $7000 used car. CONS: I'm 5'8 140lbs and fit perfectly in and out of the car but the average American will have difficulties if this is their daily driver, rain and snow handling is poor (as to be expected), lots of engine and exhaust noise in the cabin which I love but may be a con, trunk space is almost non existent, the lack of a factory roll bar is concerning so It is highly recommended to install one.
What a shock. 2nd owner of this amazing piece of engineering # 327 of 4000 Mazdaspeed Miata MX-5 with 60 thousad plus miles on the odometer and this car responds as if it was new. I have owned quite a few roadsters in my life from MG ( MGA ) Triumph Spifire, Austin Healey 3000 to name a few but this MX-5 outperforms them all hands down when it comes to bang for the buck. It does everything and more than you would expect a roadster to do and is easy to do it yourself maintenance is an extra plus. If Mazda ever decided to re-introduce this modle I would camp out at the dealership to assure I would be one of the lucky ones. Great mixture of engine, transmission and suspension to give you the sensation of a car that costs much more with similar results. I bought mine sight unseen knowing how rare they are. No regrets!
176,000 miles & 81,000 miles on 2nd car. Both are Turbos. Burn rubber every day. Race 1x/week Los Angeles 1/8 mile, Auto X monthly. Still nothing breaks except rims, tires, windshield, oil, filters, break pads, etc. etc. etc. Only 1 clutch, 26 sets of tires, 6 sets of rims bent or cracked....
More strong and durable than a Cat Diesel 18 wheeler on steroids...
1=I own 2 of these cars since very rare 2=burn rubber every day no problems 3=drift drag pop clutch stops! Tough car! 4-148k+67k miles each!=little repairs! 5-raced8 states autox & eats tires/rims! 6-ran over motorcycle=$500 cheap damage! 7-can't break car=like a diesel truck! 8-3cracked windshields=crazy driving! 9-3sets bent rims, 18 sets tires! 10-best tough durable hot red-line car! 11-if you did this "workout" with any other car, it would break weekly! 12-brake pads & clutch last over 100k 13-still burning rubber every day! 14-get gps+radar+laser+camera beeper! 15-get after market tougher rims! 16-tires=usa Japanese Euro only! 17-cheap oil/filter/service changes! 18-frugal fun car!
Frugal cheap maintenance & operations fantastic network of cheap parts many sell parts for 50-80% off easy to burn rubber every day feel like 17 years old every day high desire to drive every day need "air horn" to blast others! Need "back up beeper" 4 others! Don't need cash 4 repairs!
1=2006-2011 need a Turbo Mazdaspeed Mx5 Miata from Japan Mazda Factory! 2=Need cable T handle4lift top! $3 item 3=No light rims! too easy to warp/bend! 4=Louder muffler & Cold air intake! 5=Free Test drives at RACES! 6=More options from JAPAN! 7=More Turbos & Super chargers! Thank you MazdaUSA.com
This car is absolutely the most fun I've had in a car in my life. The car is fun as is but when you take the top down there is no other car i'd rather have. Handling, performance, reliability are all first rate. The MSM feels faster than S2000s.
Turbo, interior layout, exterior design, and of course being a convertible. Plus Miatas are very reliable cars.
Definitely higher redline, cruise control, adjustable steering wheel, and a bigger intercooler