1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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4.75 stars

Based on 24 reviews

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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Locked myself out of my car. Help....

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Engine Shuts Down While Driving Car

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Buffing A 1996 Miata

I've heard that the paint on an older (1996) miata may damage the paint. Paint comes off??

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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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