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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Simply Too Much Fun
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By RW
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This is actually my second Miata (I had a 2003) and while I loved the 2nd generation, the improvements to the third are fantastic. The car is just a blast to drive - feels much more rigid and refined than the 2nd-gen, while maintaining the car's signature dynamics. The additional room (I'm 6'1") was more than welcome, and more power is always a good thing as well. It splits commuting duty with a motorcycle - and is as close an equivalent to a four-wheel bike as you're going to find for this price. It is just impossible to have a bad day behind the wheel. Do NOT test drive unless you are completely prepared to buy, because there's a really good chance after a spin you'll be signing papers.


Best Features

There's probably not enough room here. Power (and sound), handling, trunk large enough for a week's worth of groceries, tremendous grin factor.


Worst Features

Not much - I wish the center console cupholders were deeper for storage (I do my coffee at home). The cover intrudes to where it's not deep enough for a garage door opener. The door holder does sunglass duty. The car rides pretty high in stock form - MAZDASPEED springs will correct this shortly.


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An excellent fun car
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By Justin
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I use my car as a daily commuter in Northern VA and couldn't be happier. While the stock suspension is a little soft for me - I used to have a BMW M3 - the top operation is amazingly simple and quick, the build quality is great and the engine is free-revving and makes nice power for putting out 170hp / 140tq. Remember that the car weighs under 2500 pounds!


Best Features

Telepathic steering.


Worst Features

A little too much body roll into the corners hard with the stock suspension.


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Sweet Ride!
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By db tulsa
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I've had my MX-5 for 4 1/2 months (6800 miles) and I couldn't be happier... no complaints. It is a first class sports car and is a blast to drive. I am ready for some top down weather though.


Best Features

Tilt wheel, controls on the steering wheel, easy to raise and lower the top.


Worst Features

It would be nice if the glove box and center compartment locked and unlocked with the doors.


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Most Fun Car Ever
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By G. Wayne Baggett
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I have owned the car a year now and have about 3500 miles on it. It is undoubtedly the most fun car I have ever owned or driven. Also the sexiest looking. The appearance of the 3rd generation version is a major improvement. The handling is exceptional. It could use a little more power and low end torque, but a turbo would fix that. Maybe a MazdaSpeed version in 2008. I wish I had waited a year and got the PRHT, but I would have sacrificed a year of great driving pleasure. You can't go wrong with value and fun for under $30K.


Best Features

Steering wheel controls, great looking inside and out, superior handling, Just flat out fun to drive.


Worst Features

Add turbo for 2008. Upgrade leather seats and interior trim. Other than that, wouldn't change a thing.


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Fun, Fun, Fun
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By Hoyt Andres
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This is the 4th new Miata that I've owned. I've had at least one of all 3 body styles. This one is great, but the trunk opening almost made me keep my 1999. It's just too small. And the lack of a spare tire WAS a problem for me when I had a blowout at 9pm at night and the flat fix kit didn't work. AAA towed me to a motel and then came back to get me the next morning and towed me to the Mazda dealer (the only place that said they had a tire that fit). Fortunately, they were able to repair the tire. Overall the additional power of the 2006 and the new features were the deciding factors for me.


Best Features

The MX-5 driving experience is what it's all about! This car (and all my other Miatas) were MADE for driving on these mountain roads in Western North Carolina.


Worst Features

It's hard for me to believe that only a few of the 92 reviews that were posted when I read them mentioned the trunk opening. It's much smaller than the trunk opening in all previous Miatas. I can't believe that the Mazda engineers thought that golfers would not be upset.


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