1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Awesome Affordable performance

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Awesome Affordable performance
By dbensyl@att.net on


1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible


This is my third Miata after owning a
1990 and then a 1994 model. I have
owned many cars from cheap imports to a
Lexus LS 400. In my opinion the Miata
is the most trouble free car on the
road to own and operate, and a joy to
drive. I put over 100,000 miles on the
first one and only replaced an $8
headlight (excluding routine oil
changes, tires, and filters). The only
weakness I have seen in these cars is
that the OEM spark plug wires do not
last that long. Replacement spark plug
wire set will last for another 100,000
miles and cost around $30-35. This car
is always a blast to drive and will
never leave you stranded.

Best Features

Awesome mechanical reliability, great build quality, fun to drive, averages about 25 mpg city and 28-29 highway!

Worst Features

Bigger drink holders, better OEM spark plug wires.
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