I just picked up my MazdaSpeed. Wow I love it, I had a GTI 1.8t before this car. I would not even think about trading back unless I wanted the space but I own another that seats more. I love this car my friends say it's a girl car then I shut them up on the back roads. Mazda you get an A+ from me. For a stock car this thing kicks.
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....
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!
Outstanding car for local driving, I only wish I could say the same about the highway. At 60 mph on the highway at 6th gear, the car is at 3000 RPMs. This is by far one of the best handling cars you can get for its price range. The engine is very responsive but it's missing a little bit of power on take off; you don't really see its power until you hit about 5K RPMs. The 6 speed manual shifter and clutch is great after I broke it in; it shifts quiet, short throw and easy. The interior is nice, but I won't recommend the leather package especially in Hawaii. It gets too hot in the car during the day. All the instruments are easy to find and not complicated to use. The 17 inch rims looks great.
After taking a real close look at the Honda S2000 what sold me was the TURBO baby! Never mind it's about $8K less for a similarly equipped S2K. Yeah itís got a lot less HP but I donít feel itís lacking in power, itís actually pretty peppy. I'm not saying the Honda is a bad car, itís awesome. For 8 grand less I get a turbo and the same tan as I would have with the S2K. Do yourself a favor and test drive both cars and if $$$ is no object get the Honda S2K.