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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
Eric writes:
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Yesss — I need a place to store 2 or 3 of these ('96 - '97) for future use. Now is the time. Later ones look like chipmunks. Shin-etsu grease for the window channels (from honda.) Hardtop and 4 good snows have gotten me through fine. Just passed 150k.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: light on my feet; very dependable

Cons: trunk; drain channel rust; foot ergonomics

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
Eric writes:
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I Love It. No Doubt About It. — Love the overall looks. Most people dislike the flip up headlights, but that is my favorite parts of the car. The car handles quite well, and since its RWD, you can't go wrong there. There are quite a few rattles on the interior that I need to address, but it has gone through 100,000 miles without no major issues, just replacing the slave cylinder for the clutch.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun as hell to drive, not terrible on gas

Cons: If you hate imports, or you're too stuck up to drive something with the reputation of a chick car

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
Becky writes:
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Its Like A Go-kart Lol — Its a fun little car which is good with the roof down, not good on fuel consumption but does sound good with the exhaust. Basic interior but it gets me from A to B so its all good. Try one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Its fun in the sun

Cons: Not good if you have lots of bags of shopping

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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Love It As A Motorcycle Alternative. Performance And Open Air On Nice Days. — Like everything about this car. Zoom, zoom performance, fun to drive, cheap to keep. Ignore the envious name callers who say this is just a chic car. Excellent value for the money as a used vehicle. Worst things are the radio antenna quit going up and down. Falken tires don't seem to last as long as they say even on a car this light. But maybe it's because of the way I drive it. Worst gas mileage about 28, high about 32 for me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Inexpensive fun car as long as you don't need more room.

Cons: Wouldn't want to be involved in a crash with larger vehicles.

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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A Cheap Blast For Those Without Kids Or As A Third Car. —

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 or twice). I even kept it a couple years after my first child was born. Since I had the mainatenance manual, it was easy enough (although a little nerve-wracking) to take out the passenger airbag and leave it in the basement, but it left a pretty ugly gaping hole on the dash. I'll describe the performance as sporty. Good handling and better acceleration than the femily sedan, but you'd have to tap into the huge aftermarket to make it a screamer or a slot-car handler. The reliability was typical Japanese - never an issue. And even out-of-the-box, it was a pretty good setup. I had an accident that damaged two wheels, and I took the opportunity to replace the 15-inch stock alloys with some 16-inch OZ Racing wheels that looked fantastic, and were nice and stiff, but I was amazed at how much more than the stock wheels they weighed, which did not do much for the unsprung weight. Appearance-wise, I liked it. I ordered it in black, as I always do, to avoid it looking too "cute" as Miata's from that era are prone to. The R-package added a lip spoiler and air dam, which also helped it look a little more aggressive (and I think it may have been a tad lower on the Bilsteins). With the OZ wheels and when it was clean, it did not look half bad, or girly. It was cheap to own and maintain. I was spoiled by the gas mileage that my later sports cars could not match (save the lightweight Elise). Looking back on it and forward to buying my teens cars in a couple years, I'm thinking a used Miata might be a good car for them. It's fun enough and would be good to teach them some performance driving, and with only one other seat, the peer pressure to do something stupid should be reduced.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun reliable runabout

Cons: If you need to run the family around.

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-EditionReview
Liam writes:
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Super — gd very quick good lookin got sports evrything bit of a bumpy ride flash motoe good grip on the road when goig round corners quicker thn normal 1.8 lite engines brilliant handling interor leatehr with speakers in the head rest

Pros: vr limited

Cons: only 2 seats

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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Dana — This is the most fun car that I've ever owned. Ok, it lacks guts. Stomp on the peddle and yawn. But going around a corner? Nothing can beat it. You're just glued to road. Wanna do a 270 degree onramp at 65? No problem. If you can stay in the seat, the car will do it. An amazing suspension. I had the P package in Montego Blue with upgraded sway bars fore and aft.

Pros: Cornering like heaven

Cons: No power

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-EditionReview
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Zippy Little Thing! — I absolutely LOVE this car. I love it so much that I have two of them (the other is my husband's 1990.) She handles well, runs like a dream, and has needed little to no maintenance. I average about 28-29 MPG in the city and 30-32 MPG on the hwy. It's a very fun car to drive! The only downside is that it's SO low to the ground sometimes it takes some effort to get out of the car. :)

Pros: MPG, Cute, Handling

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-EditionReview
Nathan writes:
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An Everyday Drivers Car — It may not be the fastest, it may not be the largest, it may not be the roomiest or spacious, it may not be exclusive, it may not be flashy, it may not have enough cup holders, but you can be for damn sure, it's the best car I've ever owned. I will never give it up!

Pros: This is the way driving was *meant* to be.

Cons: Hmm...hard pressed to think of any.

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1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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If Two Seats Are All You Need, This Is A Fun Bargain To Drive — If you don't need more than two seats this is a truly fun car. I had the R model, so the ride was firm, bordering on harsh. But it was a good trade off. The top is one other makers should copy for it's simplicity and ease of use. The so called tonneau cover was a pain but you should use it to protect the top from the sun. If you live where it is cold, consider getting the hard top with the rear defroster. You will be more comfortable.

Pros: convertible.  handling, super reliable and easy to maintain

Cons: weak engine, small trunk, only two seats.

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