This car is a blast... and a real head-turner. It's probably the most under rated/reported sports car in this price range. I wanted the V6 because the car's weight seemed to justify the beefier engine. This baby along with the manual 6speed can really push you into your seat when accelerating through the gears. Much more power and speed then I anticipated... but great Fun!
Since summer the top is always down and the sound system rocks. Hey this is what having a convertible sports car is all about. I love it!
The only negative aspects of the car are indeed the poor rear and side visibility pointed out by others when the top is up and the poor quality of the interior plastic that marks quite easily. The car is so far totally reliable and I had excellent service at the dealer for the normal warranty schedule.
Just traded a Miata for a 2008 with 9,000k. I agree with the purists: the Spyder is not a real sports car (front-wheel drive pretty much closes the argument on that). But it has good looks, great interior, room to spare in driving position and very good performance with the V6 6 speed manual transmission and all this in better than average comfort. The car also made sense budget-wise. I feel I have the best of both worlds: a car that offers sports-like performance and looks with more room and comfort than a lot of more expensive two seaters. Good-looking, but with brains! A word for the torque issue: real, but only if you really push hard the revs, otherwise OK. Mine is triple-black. Love it
Easy automatic top-down, quality of top,good insulation against noise when up, less wind factor than expected when top-down, fit and finish better than average, good driving position, exhaust noise just loud enough. Great looks.
Few more inches for back-seat leg room. More trunk space. Better interior door design: electric windows buttons are in conflict with the door handle trying to reach it and the "map" storage room at the bottom is so small it's a joke.
This car is under-reported. Beautiful design turns heads, esp. with skirts all the way around. Great performance, steering, suspension; good brakes. Nice throttle note. Roomy front, but adults are really pinched in rear. Excellent stereo. All controls silky and intuitive. Wheels are set way out, and easy to scrape... watch out. Top functions and seals flawlessly; minimal wind noise. I love this car. My next step up would be a Boxster. I do not like the changes to front end in 2009.