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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 23 reviews
The 1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata received a few tweaks to improve its emissions and enable it to meet federal side-impact standards, which were required for the 1997 model year vehicles. As a result, the '96 MX-5 Miata was slightly heavier and slightly more powerful than earlier editions, with its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 133 horsepower, up 5 horsepower. A five-speed manual was the standard transmission, while a four-speed automatic was optional.
The MX-5 Miata was available in a Base model, as well as an upscale M Edition. Standard features for the Base model included a manually operated soft top, power brakes, a driver's-side airbag, remote fuel and trunk releases, and 14-inch wheels. Options included a removable hardtop, air conditioning, power windows, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum alloy wheels, and leather seats.
The M Edition received such upgrades as air conditioning, power windows, anti-lock brakes, and leather seats, as well as special interior and exterior colors.
Generally, drivers reported having very few problems with the MX-5 Miata, and noted that it was a fun car to drive, as well as a good value. Styling, build quality, and responsive handling were also cited as positive factors, while its lack of storage space was among the negatives.
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Mazda MX-5 Miata Questions
Engine Shuts Down While Driving Car
My 1996 Mazda Miata only has 62,000 miles. I took it to a shop and they put in a new a/c compressor. After that repair was done, my engine shut off while driving the car. I took it back to the shop ...
Buffing A 1996 Miata
I've heard that the paint on an older (1996) miata may damage the paint. Paint comes off??
I Have A Ticking Noise, That Sounds Like A Pice Of Rubber Hitting Aluimiun....
Engine Shuts Down At Random When Driving At 40/45 Mph; Hard To Restart.
After engine shuts down at 40/45 mph, it is hard to restart but will restart in ~15/20 mins if left alone. Check engine light comes on but will clear in 3 or 4 cycles, then the problem resurfaces in ...