This is my second MX-5. I had a 2002 and traded it in in 2006 for a BMW 3 series sedan. I missed it so much, I bought a black Sport with PRHT. I love this car and can't get into it without smiling. It is fun to drive and to cruise the back roads as well as a daily commuter. The greatest improvements since 2002 is that this feels faster, less noisy with the top down and I do not miss having to put on that vinyl roof cover. It still drives like a go kart and handles like a dream. I took it to Stowe Vermont and it was great going through the Mountains with my 6 speed. To misquote Jeremy Clarkson, "The reason I gave this car 10 stars is because i could not give it fourteen."
We have our MX5 8 months and it has been a blast. The little lady fell in love with it. While it's NO Corvette(we have a ZO6, also) in the power dept., it's just fun to zip around in. Just extremely well engineered and designed. However, I don't know why the 6th gear runs at such a high RPM, kills the mpg. And yes another inch or two of leg room would be great (I'm 6'2") but this is livable. We just love the pwht. When up, it fits the design and when down there's still a trunk. And the shift pattern (6M) is a delight and more fun than our Vette. Well maybe they're equal. We would strongly recommend the MX5 with the power hard top. It's dueling in the fun, top up or down.
I bought this vehicle to drive both for fun and back and forth to work, and it is truly what I expected. It even loads my golf clubs in the trunk! The only real complaint I have is that somehow it could have a spare tire. I just feel real uneasy going out of town far without a spare, even though they do give you an air pump and sealit material. Overall, I definitely recommend this car and would buy one again sometime once i wear this one out, if that is possible.
It'll get good mileage but, if you're like me, you won't let it. You'll have your foot to the firewall at every stoplight and want to power through every corner. Unfortunately, I recently was forced to sell the car. Because of leg and back problems it became too difficult to get in and out of. I still stand by my rating and was thnking about getting a newer model when my back problems cancelled that thought.
Premium Package ($1,650 -- includes xenon HID headlights, stability control, traction control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Sirius Satellite Radio with 6-month free subscription, Mazda advanced keyless entry system and remote anti-theft alarm system); Suspension Package ($500 -- includes sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shock absorbers and limited-slip rear differential).
1,999cc (122 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
167 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
140 @ 5,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I=3.82; II=2.26; III=1.64; IV=1.00; IV=1.18; V=1.00; VI=0.79; Final Drive=4.10
About 4,000-rpm launch keeps revs up for an enthusiastic but not gratuitous amount of wheelspin. Easy to "pedal" and doesn't bog like it used to, and the upper revs are no longer wasted either. It even scratches on the 1-2 shift. Shifter is a little heavy, but always precise.
Very consistent feel and capabilities. Some nosedive, but it seems to help damp out surface irregularities. ABS is a little noisy.
Skid pad: It abused the front tires more than I expected. Steering info is excellent with nice load characteristics. Faster around the skid pad with stability control on because it can deal with terminal understeer by applying a single brake to keep it on the circle -- something no driver could do. Slalom: It's a good thing this car has stability control! Lightning-quick steering and slow-reacting chassis get out of shape at the second cone. Needs a LOT more roll stiffness. Fun and easy to flick once, but more than that and you'll need an armful of opposite lock. Best run was with minimal upset/steering.