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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata STOReview
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1st Gen Mazda Miata — The Miata is all about fun. It's not fast and plenty of cars can corner harder, however, very few cars in the world deliver a purer driving experience. It's a car you can jump in and almost immediately feel comfortable exploring it's limits. Not the best car for a cross country trek, but perfect for a back road blast on a Saturday morning!

Pros: Inexpensive to buy and own. Plenty of available upgrades. Fun, fun, fun!

Cons: As a sportscar it's about perfect...but it's no family hauler.

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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'97 Miata — My 1997 Miata was a dream. It handled well, had plenty of pickup for it's class, and was a thoroughly designed car. My only sour experience (besides eventually driving it off the side of a mountain) was the plastic rear window. My hand went straight through it one winter while brushing the snow off! Otherwise the car was a dream to own.

Pros: gas mileage, great feel, practical design (for class), inexpensive

Cons: addictive :-)

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Miata — Good handling car, decent performance, with acceptable gas mileage. Fun with the top up or down. Gives good feedback. The seats are a bit uncomfortable, unfortunately.

Pros: small, good handling

Cons: sometimes shakey

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A Classic — Fantastic driving along country lines with the roof down and soaking up the sun!

Pros: Fun to drive, especially if you get the back end out round a bend (rear wheel drive) though can be a little scary if you're not careful!!

Cons: Limited space (doesn't fit the golf clubs)

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Rear Wheel Drive Go-kart. Loads Of Fun — The Mazda MX-5, Miata or Roadster, depending on your country, is a driver's car. if you want a good daily driver that is a blast to drive, this car is for you. If you want more power than the 1.8L I4 there are several swap engines available. from a 2.0L I4 to american V8.

Pros: good gasmileage, stops on a dime, low wind noise when top down, smooth ride, tight handling

Cons: Cargo space for long trips

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Small — excellent responses when you turn, the acceleration is good but the top speed is better

Pros: the appearance

Cons: the rear seats is very streatch but if u drive dont worry lol

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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My First Convertible — I actually had a candy-apple red Miata (not shown). It was my first car after grad school (my Beemer was on its last legs.) Lasted for a few years and then traded in for a brand new Miata.

Pros: Fun to drive and zip around the city. Very sexy and cute.

Cons: Sucked in the wintertime.

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America's Favorite Little Roadster — Althought the Miata has under 150hp that doesn't mean it can't be fun! The Miata has a nicely tuned suspension that allows you full control of the car. (The one I drove had a Racingbeat sway bar). Its exhilirating to run the little roadster through its five speed gear box and feeling the breeze of the cruise.

Pros: Extremely fun to drive.

Cons: Needs a little more omph.

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You Can't Stay Mad Driving A Miata — Great car in either stock form or modified. This is my second Miata. I went from a 1.6L (1991) to a 1.8L (1997) which is supercharged and I dont' know how I lived without the extra power even though the 1.6L is plenty enough to cause some trouble. Good for running around town or an all day excursion though your favorite mountain roads.

Pros: Fun, Reliable, Easily personalized.

Cons: Too easily personalized, standard suspension is pretty much ready for replacement at 30k miles.

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-EditionReview
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Outside Off Feeling Funny With 2 Guys And Top Down, Maybe Because Its Red — seeing I am 6ft, tall, its tight getting into and somewhat uncomfortable. Once I removed the footrest on the drivers side, that made a world of difference... For those that are tall and have not done so, you might want to try this. I have a luggage rack on the trunk of the car and have managed to haul a lot of stuff with this rack. Also have a small trailer for this car and it actually pulls easily with no problem. I realize this is not meant for that but it works for me.

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

Pros: great gas mileage, feels like a go-kart when driving. Makes me want to go fast, and with the color being red, attracts cops. So far no tickets though, just got to be aware of johnny law.

Cons: currently having overheating issues. need to fix headlight motor issue

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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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