1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata User Reviews

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 27 reviews
"handling" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"speed" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews

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Gabriel writes:
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Feels Quick, stiff car, apex lover, small, convertible (Awesome in the summer :D), cute AND beautiful looking

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Slow in reality, no space, not highway friendly (4000rpm @ 120kph)

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Awesome — That's a hell of a car. Although it's HP number is low, it feels quite fast because of the Close-ratio transmission. But when it comes to cornering, nothing beats it. Or almost nothing. The chassis is really stiff, in fact, the whole car is stiff despite the fact that it's a convertible. On this perticular car, the stock suspension was replaced by KYB AGX adjustable shock and Flyin' Miata spings. Some small frame reinforcement was added with a rear rollbar. The engine was replaced by a BP-4W from a totaled '99 Miata. The brakes are up-sized '97 stock brakes. The power steering was removed along with the A/C. Other than that, the car is bone stock and it feels like a race car! Awesome!

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Desmond writes:
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5

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Responsive, efficient, pulls more weight than you'd ever expect.

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Too small to carry stuff....unless you pull a trailer

Desmond
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Love It, Wouldn't Part With It — I've loved this car since I got it so many years ago. It's a work horse, roadster and fun rolled into one. Mine has a trailer hitch installed and I've pulled trailers with it for as long as I've owned it. The clutch is still original as are all the parts. I've never had a bit of trouble with it mechanically. The paint is still original and looks great - a little oxidizing but after 20 years that's expected (I didn't maintain all that well in my younger days). It's a car that has to fit the person but I'd recommend to anyone that has the build or desire to get into one!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Claire writes:
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He looks cool, he's reliable, he's a head turner. I don't have to ferry people around due to only room for 2. Yay! :p

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None. I would say cargo capacity but I knew that when I bought him, so it hardly matters.

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The Ultimate Economy Roadster! <3 — He's 25 years old and his styling has held up well. I was looking for a British car - being English myself- MG, Triumph, etc. and saw an ad for the Mazda. Decided to go and see him, drove him, fell in love, brought him home. Everyone comments on how cool he looks. I left the lights on a few days ago and the battery was flat. I missed that car so much in the hours it took to recharge. I had to be consoled with chocolate. Ha ha.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Gregory writes:
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3

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drop down top was great for the summertime

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it couldn't do snow very well, and the maintenance on it seem constant near the end of its lifespan

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I Loved It, It Was A Great First Owned Car — great car...had some issues with the radiator, and the crankshaft went out at the end of its lifespan... but apparently that was a regular for the 90 model. the car was a blast to drive, it was governed at 180 kph but it was pretty awesome on that autobahn

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Trevor writes:
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4

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Really fun in the turns

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needs a bit more power

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Fun Sports Car — Fun and agile. But needs a bit more power. Planing on adding a turbo charger and titanium valve and valve springs. Really reliable its almost 24 years old and only had to replace the rear end. No rust on anything at all.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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reedersax writes:
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Love it

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Really small

reedersax
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Awesome Miata — Love this car. It is better than therapy. I've even talked to my doctor writing a prescription for it so I could use it as a medical expense. Obviously, it is small. There is barely enough room for my saxophone in the trunk. It isn't great for grocery shopping, but nothing beats it for a fun drive. I wouldn't drive it long distances. It can feel a little cramped after awhile.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Feargal writes:
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5

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Fun Fun Zoom

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Where's my petrol gone?

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Eunos Roadster — Performance is reasonable from a 1.6ltr engine Biuld quality is excellent. no probs there Beautifully balanced appearance on the exterior. A bit too glum interior but plenty of after market bits to bling things up. Fun factor is .......always there Would thoroughly recommend this car to anyone who likes their driving

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Pat writes:
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5

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go-cart feel with race car handling

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go-cart feel

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Mx-5 Cheap Thrills — fun to drive, basic construction and a light weight 2 seater convertible, Barbie would love it. tuning is easy, and upgrades can be had for little money. engine swaps are possible to v-8,s without body mods. extreme measures are a possibility with little effort and income.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tom writes:
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5

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It's a rag top!

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Too afraid to be in a small car.

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Great Fun! — In 20 years I've never had a problem, it just keeps on running. I'm lucky, my red paint hasn't faded. We've taken it on long trips too, before we had kids. Just pack light, like you're going to Europe. Of course it's very well maintained...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Casey writes:
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4

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Great handling, involving driving experience, good reliability, great gas mileage.

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Paint is thin and can be expected to need a repaint after about 10 to 12 years, power is merely adequate, early models ('90-'93) had very little chassis bracing and flex quite a bit.

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Great Little Roadster, Short On Power To Be A True Sports Car. — The early Miatas truly embodied the "jinba ittai" design philosophy that the engineers had in mind. It melds horse and rider as one. It also has the styling of a Lotus Elan and the light tossability of an MGB with the reliability of a Civic. As the Miata progressed through the years it became less roadster and more sports car, and this first Miata wasn't much of a speed demon. It's a roadster at heart, and it performs that function admirably. 116 hp demands driver involvement to keep forward motion at an entertaining level. Fortunately the ultralight curb weight of around 2200 pounds helps get the most from the 1.6 liter inline four. Handling is very solid, weight balance is 50/50, and the brakes are perfectly sufficient with fade only in the most extreme situations. The joy to drive factor is about as high as it gets.

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2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Fun To Drive! By Jcar

Bought this looking for a fun to drive car for the mountains and weekends - delivers on all counts! Super fun to work the manual transmission on mountain and curvy roads - hugs corners unbelievably... Read More

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I have owned a toyota celica gt, mazda rx7 gxl, mazda rx7 turbo II, Porsche boxster, Porsche Boxster S, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and a Toy Corolla XRS. While a few of these w... Read More

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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Fun Reliable Roadster By miza

The Miata is the most affordable compact sporty convertible. Great for everyday use or as a second car. It is fun to drive and handles great. Decent acceleration for such a small motor. Not made for t... Read More

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Nothing much I disliked about the car real clean fast little sporty ride. Great gas saver no matter if your going on a long trip or s short supermarket sweep! Make sure you know that a hardtop conv... Read More

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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Fantastic Car To Own! By JWStewart

Love owning this car!!! My wife and I enjoy taking a late night spin with the top down and looking at the stars or off to the beach on the weekend or just driving around town while others check out o... Read More

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Fun car. Handles like a dream. Hard top has a little more body roll than the soft top. Stability Control and traction control work great, though you will want to shut it off if you want the rear to... Read More

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