1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata User Reviews

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    1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Review
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    25

    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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    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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    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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    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-Edition Review
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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 Base Review
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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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    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-Edition Review
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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 Base Review
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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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    1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Review
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    Stunning Car — Corners like a sports car should, so well balanced it will keep you out of trouble as a beginner and also still reward the more experienced driver. So much grip that I've stopped in the space of half a mini roundabout from 30mph! Wheel geometry is fully adjustable on all MX-5's so you can tune the handling to suit. Mine has done 114,000 miles and still revs and goes like a new car.

    Pros: Sweet little 1.8 engine and close ratio gearbox give acceleration at any speed with the right choice of gear. Ride is not bad and seats are comfortable. God like handling.

    Cons: Only a 1.8, could easily deal with more power. Security worries with any soft top. Short gears mean it's noisy on the motorway.

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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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