2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: 2002 Miata LS

2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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

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2002 Miata LS
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


2nd Miata I've bought new. M1 (90-97)
is a classic headturner, but M2 ('99+)
is more comfortable. Either way, it's
maximum bang for your buck. Skip the
low profile rims/tires, though. They
look cool, but handling is negatively
affected even if tire pressure is only
off by only a pound or two. (N.B.:
Recommended only as a 2nd vehicle due
to small cargo capacity and 2-passenger

Best Features

Ride & handling, great gas mileage. Easy to own & maintain.

Worst Features

1) Lose the low-profile tires/rims. They're too sensitive to any slight change in tire pressure. 2) Make the brake rotors rust-proof. They look awful through the wheel rims. 3) Make the 6 speed a TRUE overdrive instead of jamming 6 gears into the same gear ratio range as the 5 spd.
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