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BEST DEAL EVER
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By MM
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata STO 2dr Convertible


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The 97 model year marked the end of the "M1" style Miata which was first introduced in 89 as a 90 model. The 1.8L engine that this year includes provides more than enough thrust. The car shines in the curves. I have yet to drive (and I've driven a lot) a car that out handles the Miata. As the Miata grows bigger and more powerful, it loses some of it's charm that the M1 style had. The 90-93 model with the 1.6L engine and the 94-97 model with the 1.8L engine are far and away the best value and most fun you can have on four wheels. Three features missing on post 97 models are headrest speakers, pop-up head lights and chrome "finger pull" door handles. Drive it and you will never want to get out.


Best Features

Engine, brakes, wheels, easy drop top, headrest speakers, pop-up head lights and chrome "finger pull" door handles.


Worst Features

Can be a little cramped for anyone over 6 ft.


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Sports car in its purest form
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By Applan
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata STO 2dr Convertible


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In terms of value for money in the sports car category, the Miata has no equals. It is quite simply a pure sports car. Like the British sports cars of the 70s but with excellent reliability. Other reviews have said it is lacking in performance - I'll bet that they are changing gear at under 4000 rpm. You see the Miata begs to be driven hard, you feel its power rising smoothly all the way to red line at 7000 rpm. You can absolutely throw it around corners, and it stays completely flat. Oh and don't believe it if somebody tells you it's a chick car. Take a look around and you'll see that most SUV drivers are chicks, most Miata drivers are not!


Best Features

Unbelievable handling, reliability and looks. Even the 16 year old ones still look like a new design. Good mpg.


Worst Features

None - it is perfect. Just go and drive one and you'll see what I mean.


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Fun to drive
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By billy bronco
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible


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This car is a ball to drive. Its like a high power go-kart. I know the younger crowd thinks it’s a girlie car but take one for a ride and you will be convinced otherwise. I’m 53 and wish I bought one a long time a go. Sticks to the road like glue, plenty of power. You feel like your going 100 miles an hour at 60 because you're so low to the ground. I don’t use mine as a daily driver; kinda tough because its so small, but it can be done. My wife loves being the passenger and lately has been taking her friends out cruising! I do my own work and it is built like a little tank, indestructible and cleverly done at that. Mine is a '97 with 94K miles and runs like new, zoom zoom!


Best Features

Handling & power!


Worst Features

Bigger tires & wheels.


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Miata STO
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By Bodid
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata STO 2dr Convertible


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Well I bought a 'special edition', and I love it!!! The STO version had just enough of the right stuff and not too much of the 'poofy' stuff, to make it attractive. It is totally reliable, totally fun, and good looking, even though I must admit its probably a 'chick' car (sorry). I love to autocross it and beat the Ford Mustangs, and the Cameros, and the other V8s with my little four banger. It handles incredibly well. Its a bit tight, and noisy with the cloth top, so I leave mine down most of the time. I've had MGs, Fiats, VWs, and this is the best convertible I have ever had. Would buy another in a heart beat. Life is too short to drive a mere sedan, get a convertible, and drive it


Best Features

Color, wheels, stereo (in the headrests), performmance.


Worst Features

More HP, put back the pop-up headlights (bug-eye!)


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You'll Get My Miata...
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By azcat
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible


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...when you pry my cold, dead fingers
from the steering wheel. >102k miles,
<$50 in unplanned maintenance, and a
blast to drive. Plenty of room for two.
Of >30 cars I've owned, this one is by
far the best built, best running, and
most fun to drive. You can't go wrong
with one of these.


Best Features

Everything in the cockpit is exactly where it should be and with both hands on the wheel, everything you need to drive the car is at your fingertips. Drop your hand to the shifter, and the HVAC and radio controls are at your fingertips. Perfectly designed for a driver.


Worst Features

Relocate the spare under the car. Instructions to do so can be found on the web.


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