2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Expensive Experiment

2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Fun while it lasted. Good "summer car"
value for its price range, if you plan
on keeping it for four or more years.
SEVERE depreciation in first two
years. In fact, the local dealer
refused to take mine in on trade for an
SUV because they have so much trouble
getting rid of used Miatas.
Mine's for sale.
Car also has annoying, minor mechanical
problems: Clutch shudder; valve ping;
crunchy shifting; hard to keep aligned;
the worst paint job I've seen on any
car; ridiculous cupholders.

Best Features

Great styling. Convertible top very easy to put up and down. Hard top also easy to install. Excellent MPG: 25-30. Good handling. Great summer car.

Worst Features

Fix mechanical problems and cheap paint job. Upgrade horsepower to 180 range.
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