2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata User Reviews

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2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata 2 Dr Turbo Convertible Review
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One Fast Miata! — 2004 Mazdaspeed MIATA is just a hoot to drive! It responds well to every situation and it is pretty well up to the driver to determine the limits. Shifts easily and quickly. Handles very well in every situation that you find yourself in. Besides all of the above, it looks GREAT!

Pros: Just a FUN car to drive and looks good too.

Cons: Not much luggage room for a longer trip but then it is a roadster!

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2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata 2 Dr Turbo Convertible Review
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Best Used As A Weekend Toy — I've owned 5 different Miatas. I kept upgrading whenever a new and better one came out, but stopped after the Mazdaspeed. I never liked the styling of the 2006-current version, though with each successive refresh to the styling, I find the 2006-2008 models more appealing, especially ones with the power retractable hardtop. Anyway, I've always regretted selling my first Miata, the 1997 STO Edition, one of the last first-gen cars built. Great colors inside and out, good looking wheels, and with production capped at 1,500 units, it was rare. To get the Mazdaspeed, I traded a red/black 2003 Miata with leather. While I love the way the Mazdaspeed looks, steers, handles, and brakes, I'm not that crazy about the peaky turbocharged engine. At around 3,000 rpm, its like somebody flips a power switch under the hood, and then the car blasts into its rev limiter all too easy. This is a quick car, but not a speedy car, and it's not easy to drive smoothly. I preferred the less powerful, but ultimately more refined, powertrain in my 2003 Miata. The car is almost 9 years old and has 33,000 miles on it. When my wife and I were dating, she loved convertibles. Now she hates them. And since your average SUV would crush this thing, I rarely put my kids in for a ride (it has a front passenger airbag defeat switch). Also, it lacks cruise control, and my aging legs aren't all that interested in being cooped up in the Mazdaspeed, holding the accelerator down. I should sell it, but it is long paid for, is exceptionally reliable, and still puts a big, fat smile on my face whenever I drive it. I still love Miatas, and might even buy another one in the future, but they are strictly second cars, or are best for single people who don't need to carry much more than carry-on luggage and a laptop case.

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

Pros: Basically, this car is an affordable, street-legal go-kart. So far, it has delivered outstanding reliability in addition to miles of smiles on twisty roads.

Cons: Imagine what it would be like to drive a go-kart as a daily driver. Not much fun after the initial thrill wears off, what with the exposure to the elements and 4,500-lb. SUVs driven by dingbats playing with smartphones. This is not a comfortable car, and it is not a safe car.

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2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata 2 Dr Turbo Convertible Review
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Fun — I absolutely love this car and if I could figure out a way to keep it, I would. I love the looks of the car. Everything is great about it except I cannot pull a trailer with it and trying to downsize to one vehicle soooo :(

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: great mpg, great handling, rides smooth, Convertable

Cons: only fits two

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2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata 2 Dr Turbo Convertible Review
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Definitely One Of The Funner Cars Out There, But Be Careful Of The Oil. — Mazda's "Speed" version of the MX-5 definitely gives this car an advantage over the basic Miata. A 1.8L Turbocharged engine powers this little machine that has much more potential than the basic build. Regardless of the miniature size, these cars are also incredibly safe.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Quick, European-Styled Roadster.

Cons: Lots of oil blow-by caused by turbo.

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Boosted Mx-5 — Its just a incredible feeling to drive a boosted MX-5! Just a very solid car all around and blast to just cruise or for some Autocrosses! ^_^ Here are my mods so far. FM Front Sway Bar FM Boost Guage Track Dog Racing Air Splitter Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs 215/40R17

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

Pros: Fun

Cons: None

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Best Careever! — it's the best vehicle I have ever owned. I live in the Boston, MA area and I drive it all year. Just put some good snow tired on it in the winter and I have never had a problem. Its the "little car that could" :). I intend to drive it until, well, forever!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: actually drives well in the snow :)

Cons: nothing!

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Coolest Car Ever — Coolest car I ever owned. Drive it all year in MA. Just need really good snow tires and no problem - ever. Great fun in the summer. Got it at a fantastic price in Feb There are only five missions left before NASA ends the shuttle as a leftover. Will drive it till it dies :).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great in the snow!! Really!!

Cons: Nothing.

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Go-kart With A Turbo Punch — IMO there is no better valued sports car on the market. For the money you pay and the performance you get, plus the low maintenance cost, fun to drive factor, insurance rates, quality, no other car comes near as close.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Handling

Cons: Lack of space

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Msm Review — Performance – Great, but highly limited from factory. NEEDS aftermarket upgrades to reach full potential. Increases of 30% in crank horsepower and torque from simple full intake and exhaust mods. With an ECU, larger injectors, intake/MBC & exhaust, these cars put down 215-230 whp... From 178hp stock, that's a huge increase. Build Quality – Excellent for it's size and type. Some rattles, but I expected much worse from a car with this kind of suspension setup. Appearance – Excellent, but smallest vehicle on the road meaning you're nearly invisible to some drivers and are a rock chip and door ding magnet. Watch out. Cost of Ownership – Medium. Fun Factor – Outstanding.

Pros: Performance, fun factor, upgradability.

Cons: Size, stiff suspension can be tiresome, lack of space and usable cup holders.

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Not Recommended For "small" Guys — Top down, terrific. Top up, makes me wish I owned a sport sedan. Have owned Miatas for 10 years now. Fantastic handling, braking, steering. Acceleration is just OK. Trunk is decent size for such a small car -- holds small rollaway and a briefcase. Once hauled a Christmas tree home on the roof. Bulletproof in terms of reliability. Biggest downside? Guys with, uh, "confidence" issues write it off as a chick-mobile. No problem, pal. Let's meet in Malibu so I can dust your Mustang on Latigo Canyon Road.

Pros: Handling, braking, steering, tossability, reliability, fun factor, top-down driving

Cons: Cramped, quick instead of fast, certain death in a crash

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Funonwheels By drjasa

these mazdaspeeds are an underappreciated treasure, only made for 2 years, makes my previous miata look tired. A gray wolf in Miata clothing.Takes Miata to a new level. If you find a good used one, it... Read More

Great Car To Toy With By uranazo

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