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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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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4

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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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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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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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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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Jon writes:
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Handling, looks, and value

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Little bit down on the power, but easily upgraded

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1990 Miata — Turns on a dime, has just enough power for a whole lot of fun, rides reasonably smooth considering its short size. Cheap to own, gets pretty good mileage and is also easy to insure. One of the most fun cars I've ever experienced on a twisty road, hands down. I learned to drive a stickshift in this car by driving around my neighborhood for 3 hours just to get the feel of it. It's currently down due to the bad crankshaft issue that plagued the first year and a half worth of cars, but is going back together by my hands.

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1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Get One. By Dave

Great fun because of the great balance between decent power, good handling, and adequate brakes. Didn't modify this one at all and it was the best fun of all my MX5s although it was never used on the ... Read More

The Ultimate Affordable Convertible By Raoul

I bought the '91 Miata as replacement for my Fiat Spider. The Miata was certainly a step up in reliability, performance, and handling. Sportier than the Fiat and more fun to drive, although not as con... Read More

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1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Cool Go-cart By LB4667

Many have offered to buy but she is my baby. Love driving with top down. Od course she is not a speeder but cool car to drive. Want to add some houndstooth to her to make her a Roll Tide car. Read More

Most Fun For The Dollar, Ever By brigantine

A lot of people have told me these early Miatas were underpowered. A lot of people don't know how to drive a high spirited 4 cyl engine. The engine had a red line of nearly 6,000 rpm and didn't even... Read More

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1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

The Most Fun For The Buck You Could Ever Want. By Sly_Fox

We were active in a Miata club. Weekend get togethers and junkets to the Keys were a big part of the fun. We once had Miatas stretched the entire length of Duval street. We now own a 2008 RHT but ... Read More

Fantastic By Frank09ec

This car drives really good, breaks are good, no bumps, clean tittle, no accidents, looks well take car of, no dents, you will have a amazing view, good for tanning, great to go to the beach and chill... Read More

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1993 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

True Buget Sportscar, With Great Gas Mileage By Michael

We loved this car , it was so much fun to drive . If youve never experianced a Miata you out and test drive one with the top down and throw into a curvy road and see for yourself why everyone who owns... Read More

I Heart My Miata By Ariel

the miata has always been an iconic sports car. cheap, reliable and has some of the best handling out there. the acceleration could be better, but thats not what this cars about. the miatas styling ... Read More

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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Most Fun To Drive, Smiles Per Mile, Bang For The Buck Sports Car By A2CarGuy

The best British sports car never made. A very affordable, modern version of the classic sports car. Great fun to own and drive. Huge availability of replacement and performance parts. Many Miata club... Read More

A Fun Little Car That Works Great As A Commuter By Scott

Handling was by far the best aspect of the car, despite the fact its a convertible. Good engine with high revs and quick off the line. Decent stock sound system, I really enjoyed the seat intergrated ... Read More

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