2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Short Block Replacement@4800 m

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Short Block Replacement@4800 miles
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Noticed high (2.5 quarts in 3500 mi.). Spent 1000 more miles convincing the dealer that there REALLY was a problem. Dealer finally tested cylinders for leakdown and then changed the short block due to a scored cylinder wall due to an improperoy installed ring. During the repair, the front of the car was damaged and the transmission linkage was improperly reassembled. After the transmission linkage repair, the transmission still doesn't shift as well as it did when delivered.

Best Features

Great convertible top design. Good low speed torque for small engine. Fun to drive. Switch in trunk that disables the electric opener for the trunk preventing use of the dash button thus protecting contenet when car is parked with the top down.

Worst Features

Educate dealer service personnel better. Do away with fake roll bars that restrict use of the topwell when traveling with the top up.
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