1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

MX-5 Miata

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A Cheap Blast For Those Without Kids Or As A Third Car. by Tom
 — I bought this car a year before my first kid was born, and I really enjoyed it. I had the "R-package" which was made in limited numbers an intended for those who planned to track it (I did only once ... Read More
Sweeeet by Ernest
 — Light, small wheelbase allows for a quick and nible, easy to corner vehicle, never has major problems, only common problems are the weather striping around the door. Both interior and exterior are ama... Read More
The Most Fun Car I've Ever Owned by Caleb
 — This is the last pure sports car left in the world. It has the charm and feel of the old British roadsters of the 1960s, but none of the drawbacks. It has one of the silkiest gearboxes I've ever use... Read More

1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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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Ok So I Have A Completely Stock 1996 Mx 5 And I Wanna Get Some More Power U...

Want more power at least 300 too 350 hp more torque PLEASE HELP

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What Is The Part Called That Shows What Gear You Are In On The 1996 Automat...

I am trying to replace the part that shows what gear you are in. It is next to the gearshift in the automatic. It is cloudy and I would like to find a new one.

49 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

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 ...

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How To Remove Broken Metal Fuse Tip From Fuse Box

accidentally broke off 15A fuse tip while removing it. any idea how to remove the metal blade from the fuse box.

620 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

Gasoline Odor

After I have driven my '96 Miata for a half-hour or more and park it in my garage, it gives off a strong gasoline odor for the next couple of hours. There are no leaks, no puddles on the floor. It...

661 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 years ago)