2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata User Reviews

2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • 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:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 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" 16 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
CONS
"small roadster" 3 reviews
"steering" 2 reviews

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vl5150 writes:
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS Review
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5

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Open top sports car fun

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Highway performance

vl5150
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A Rear Sports Car In The Brittish Tradition — I learned a long time ago that it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than it is to drive a fast car slow. The 2nd generation "NB" Miata is peppy in performance, but underpowered compared to more modern sports cars. But to put it into perspective, it's a power house compared to the British roadsters is is based on and would have been a supercar in the 60's or 70's. The buying market today has confusion on what makes a sports car tick and most of the cars today miss the mark by a mile providing the grand touring experience. Make no mistake, if the MX-5 only had 50 HP, it would still be more of a sports car than 99% of the pretenders on the market. Specifically, the Miata gives the driver the gift of light weight. This reduces the need for huge wheels, brakes, engine, etc., and pays dividends in the road feel and handling. The smaller size has caused the uninformed car enthusiast to label this a "chick" car, and these criticisms remain. This has led to a lower re-sale and many nice Miatas with low miles can be found for a bargain. My conclusion is that if Women buy this car, they must know more about sports cars then men. So what is a sports car? For me, it must provide an elemental raw experience. The Miata's convertible top does expose you to the elements for sure, It's a roadster after all. The top is easily folded and if you have a strong right arm, can be raised and lowered from the driver's seat. Handy in the rain for sure. I experienced no leaks. The car sits low and has a willing engine. The chassis provides excellent feedback. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts precisely and quickly. All controls and displays are excellent. Trunk space is very good for it's class and the top does not interfere with trunk space The 1.8L engine us rated at about 140HP and puts about 110 HP to the road. It's not a power house, but it's only pushing 2300 LBS of car so it's good for around 7.5 sec 0-60 and somewhere in the 15's for the quarter mile. While slow compared to most sports cars today, the braking and handling coupled with the driving experience make this a really fun ride around town. Think of it as a motorcycle substitute. The engine is willing and able to rev so this gives you the illusion of being your own formula 1 driver without shattering the speed limit after rowing through a few gears. Faster cars require boring short shifting around town in comparison. So that's the key to the Miata. You can use all of it. Some other facts It requires little maintenance. Change the oil and fluids and it will keep running. It has a manual top. No pumps to break. It has manual seats to keep the car light and simple. The Bose system is simple and can overcome road noise. The seats are comfortable. Ergonomics are excellent. The 1.8 engine was built for a turbo, but it doesn't have a turbo. Result- Very over built with excellent longevity just begging to be driven hard. The car was built solely for the pleasure of driving and it is fun. Think of it as a 142 HP go cart. What I don't like With the minimalist approach to the sports car, Mazda made some compromises. The car is loud on the highway. Really loud. I would use the car on some business trips and would have to take calls while driving. Not too good over the wind noise and lack of insulation. I also didn't like the gearing of the car for the highway. The transmission is a close ratio 5 speed and even the optional 6 speed doesn't have a deep OD. Perfection would be combine the close ratio 5 speed with the deep OD for relaxed highway cruising. But I get it. My small displacement motorcycles rev high too and if Mazda engineers had to keep the weight down to hit it's targets. Knuckledraggers tend to bring this car down as well and that's a negative. In America where bigger is better, you'll have to defend this car continuously from people not familiar with small sports cars as opposed to GT's. So as you can tell, I'm a fan of the car. Small and light, it's a willing dance partner. It's good enough to supplement your Corvette or hyper car and will make you a better driver without getting your license suspended. If you are unable to ride a motorcycle, the Miata is the closest car experience. Just make sure you can get out of it!

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

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bill122055 writes:
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Review
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Great little sports car,handles like a dream

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no cons, it's a sports car

bill122055
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Stylish And Sleek — Small roadster,handles very well in cornering and seems to have adequate acceleration for this size car.Fun to drive and takes seconds to put the top up or down. I opted for cold air intake and modified exhaust,car sounds awesome going through the gears.

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

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i love absolutely everything about the car itself

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the only thing i cant stand is the stereotype that it is a "hairdressers" car. it is not

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Bottom-line A Fun Car And Cheap And Easy To Drive — the performance of this car is great, the car sticks to the road and solid breaking capabilities. i have had to replace a small panel because of rust but that was the fault of the previous owner and nothing to do with the car at all. the car as you can sea is a beautiful design and for something that is very affordable it is quite luxurious. it doesn't cost the earth like others and is the most fun you can have in a small car

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

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Kris writes:
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Gas mileage and reliability.

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Only having two seats and very little cargo space isnt too great

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Mx5 Miata — Preformance wise... accel isnt too bad, but once you get up there handling is great, up keep is fairly easy and pretty cheap parts, gas mileage is very good. Appearance wise, mine is mostly stock but still looks decent. But overall its a fun car to own as long as you have a backup because only having two seats isnt always practical.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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hleig845 writes:
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Fun, small, speedy, great on gas, good miles on it

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small, not a family car

hleig845
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Great Sports Car! — This small little car is great for someone who just wants to have fun on the road. It has great gas mileage and goes real fast. It can zip in and out of lanes and riding with the top down is a lot of fun.

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

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hleig845 writes:
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS Review
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Small, fast, convertable, runs great,

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Only two seats, not a lot of space

hleig845
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Awesome Car! I Love It! — I would say this car is an awesome little car. Its great for someone who just wants to have a fun time on the road. Its small and great on gas mileage. Overall this is a great buy for anyone

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

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Rich writes:
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Fun

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I need to put a heat sheild for the tail pipe comes along the drivers side of the center hump.

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My Little Red Car — This is a geat summer car that is lot of fun to drive. Makes going to work much more fun. If it's not raining then the top is down! Handles like a go-cart when you want and can turn on a dime.

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

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Kevin writes:
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Looks, handling, fun!!

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None

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I Love This Car (and My '91 Miata Too). — Love the color (Splash Green) and the overall look of the car - it's just beautiful. The handling is...well, it's like the car is on rails. Power it doesn't have, and the automatic transmission doesn't help. It is a hoot to drive! Added bonus: Mt. Hood Miata Club. Fun drives with other Miata nuts who are some damn nice people. I've made some great friends in the club and hope to make more!

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

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Der-Franzose writes:
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Gearbox

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horsepower

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Bmx :-) — I love it suspesion and gearbox its just fun . Very tight udersteering ad good balaced car for racetracking on the road :-) Direct like karting . Nice enginebase for kompressor :-) What more I ca say .... Its a goodone :-) But oly with over 200hp

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Patrick writes:
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Color, rear wheel drive, 6-speed, convertable, rear wheel drive, gas mileage

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small

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Its A Miata! — Its a Miata! Rear wheel drive, light 2 seater with a 6-speed. Special Edition adds grey leather interior, and some aluminum trim. Bose sound system and a 6 disk cd changer. Fun to drive in the snow, and when its dry out. I approve.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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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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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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