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    1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Review
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    Fabulous Fun Canyon Car.great Fun With The Top Down.dependability Is Great — While 116 hp isn't alot, driver participation overcomes the lack of raw power...(you have to SHIFT it!) This is a driver's car so you have to play your part.This little thing corners as if it is on rails. Mine gets right at 33 mpg while going 80 mph on the freeway. But living in Sequoia/King's Canyon area of California, our local roads are what this car was designed for.

    Pros: Great Fun to drive, Very thrifty on gas, Easy to work on.Parts are plentiful and cheap. Good looking little car. Roadsters are cool!!

    Cons:   zero

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    Big Rewards - Small Dollars — Absolutely pin-sharp track or road car. Who needs bags of horsepower if you're not actually racing anyone?

    Pros: Braking, handling, ability to maintain speed

    Cons: Can't think of any...

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    Every One Should Own One Of These So Much Fun For Such Little Money — All you could ever want from a drop top sports car for no money at all

    Pros: Reliable rear wheel drive excellent build quality

    Cons: None really

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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.

    Pros: Great handling, involving driving experience, good reliability, great gas mileage.

    Cons: 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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    Awesome — That's a hell of a car. Although it's HP number is low, it feels quite fast because of the Close-ratio transmission. But when it comes to cornering, nothing beats it. Or almost nothing. The chassis is really stiff, in fact, the whole car is stiff despite the fact that it's a convertible. On this perticular car, the stock suspension was replaced by KYB AGX adjustable shock and Flyin' Miata spings. Some small frame reinforcement was added with a rear rollbar. The engine was replaced by a BP-4W from a totaled '99 Miata. The brakes are up-sized '97 stock brakes. The power steering was removed along with the A/C. Other than that, the car is bone stock and it feels like a race car! Awesome!

    Pros: Feels Quick, stiff car, apex lover, small, convertible (Awesome in the summer :D), cute AND beautiful looking

    Cons: Slow in reality, no space, not highway friendly (4000rpm @ 120kph)

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    The Most Fun Driving A Car I've Ever Had — My buddy (co-driver) and I effectively re-built this car by the time it was all said and done. He bought it for a steal and we went to work on it prepping it for CSP class in Autocross. What a blast! I won 2nd Place for CSP in the Atlanta Region two years in a row, '05 and '06.

    Pros: Handled like it was on rails, VERY peppy

    Cons: Can't really think of any

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    Karting For The Streets — 116bhp from a 1.6 + weighs nothing + grips like crazy + Mazda build quality = Best deal in the world In 174000 kilometers (appx 110000 miles), the only repair I had was a change of battery. I did chew a lot of tyres though ;-)

    Pros: Fun fun fun fun

    Cons: Ehhh ... none, honestly.

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    Driven It For 5 Years, And Loved Every Minute But Is Now A Little Small For Me — great car, covertable, a last to drive fast around the twisties and loves to go cone hunting (autocrossing)

    Pros: gas mileage, convertable, RWD, 5spd, handling, silver

    Cons: not good in the snow lol

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    The Best Sports Car In The World — A brilliant small sports car. Just everything you need in a sports car of this size. I took mine accross Europe and it never missed a bit in the 5 years I had it.

    Pros: Style, Fun, Smile Factor

    Cons: A little under powered

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    A Modern Incarnation Of An Old British Roadster That Won't Leak In Your Driveway — I loved this car-- it was an absolute blast to drive. Perfectly balanced handling, good performance, and a perfect exhaust note. Very tossable... my wife always said I steered with my right foot too much.

    Pros: Flawless handling
    Fun to Drive

    Cons: "Chick car" status
    insufficient legroom for my 6'3" frame

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

    Great Third Car By Tacosell

    I was waiting for the new ND design but I want the retractable hardtop and not canvas. So I bought a 2012 Special edition for $a measly $20600 with 19K miles. The car is really fun to drive and handle... Read More

    2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

    Phenomenal Genuine Traditional Roadster By Tacosell

    For those who remember the roadsters of the 70's MG,Triumph, Fiat this is a great reliable representation. Great third car - I was waiting for the more masculine new ND design but I want the retracta... Read More

    Fun Ride With A Hard Top Convertible & Not Expensive To Maintain By 3nails4me

    Fun ride with a hard top convertible and not expensive to maintain. The ride is very good & the 6 speed shifting has a very good sync. system, even for my wife, who loves driving it. The heated seat... Read More

    2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

    Fun To Drive! By Jcar

    Bought this looking for a fun to drive car for the mountains and weekends - delivers on all counts! Super fun to work the manual transmission on mountain and curvy roads - hugs corners unbelievably... Read More

    Best Roadster I Have Owned. By Heavenlyway

    I have owned a toyota celica gt, mazda rx7 gxl, mazda rx7 turbo II, Porsche boxster, Porsche Boxster S, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and a Toy Corolla XRS. While a few of these w... Read More

    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

    Awesome Little Attention Getter Hardtop Convertible! By whitey169

    Nothing much I disliked about the car real clean fast little sporty ride. Great gas saver no matter if your going on a long trip or s short supermarket sweep! Make sure you know that a hardtop conv... Read More

    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

    '09 Miata Gt Prht By Rich

    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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