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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club SpecReview
tkfuchel writes:
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I Love This Car. — This is a great car. When it is time to replace it, I'll buy another one. I've had more powerful cars and more luxury cars but none that I have enjoyed more. The biggest disappointment comes when you get where you are going. You don't want to end the trip. A sheer joy to drive.

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

Pros: Great handling, no over or under steer.  Amazing zip under 90.  Top speed has been 105.  Breaking great.  body weight is low to the ground adding to handling.  Great looking car.

Cons: You don't expect these in this car, but here goes. It is not a high-permormance engine and top speed is 105.  Space is limited but better than expected.  Trunk storage is limited, but not bad for a car this size.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
Majwood writes:
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Super Value — This car is a California Highway 1 driver - outstanding! With the 5-speed manual trans I get 34 mpg on the highway. It has respectable power for accelerating and passing and great stopping power. It is a very fun car to drive.

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

Pros: Outstanding handling and reliability.

Cons: Little cargo space

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
Ashwin writes:
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The One Car That Delivers Most Fun With Least Cost Of Ownership —

Most fun one can have in a car with least cost of ownership… I'm not a motoring journalist but I think I can be a good one. I'd love that job of endlessly driving all new cars but it also comes with having to type endlessly as well. Because I'm not good at typing up a review in 2 minutes, it'll come when I have some (lot) more time. After a very long time... Finally, after a few months, and after being motivated by a dear friend (who said I was very talented in this area and that I was wasting it by not trying), I've managed to allot some time and energy to this rather boring task of typing up a review about my superb little car - 2006 Mazda MX-5 Sport. So, if you've reached thus far, that means you don't have anything better to do and I will try to make sure that your time here has been worthwhile (or so you'll think). A word of caution: I may use a lot of clichés. Performance: Although it may only have a 170 horsepower (don't write in to complain; 166 bhp for 2006 automatic transmission and all models since 2007) 2.0 Liter In-line 4-cylinder engine, if you manage to change gears quickly on the super slick 6-speed close ratio gearbox, you will leave most other road users behind at a signal. Partly, this is because of a total lack of weight, (lighter cars accelerate quicker; only lighter cars available in US are Lotus Elise and Exige) and partly because of Variable Valve Timing. The job of VVT is to alter the timing of intake and exhaust valves at about 3,800 rpm, beyond which, you will feel an invisible push like you've been caught in a sea-wave, unless you're used to driving cars that cost more than twice as much as this one does. Did you know that the Mazda Miata/MX-5 is the most popular car in the weekend racing scene anywhere in the world? And it is the bestselling 2 seater convertible sports car in the world, in the history of automobile!! Brakes are phenomenal this side of carbon ceramics. They are steel disks on all four corners and have excellent feel, while not biting too quickly. This means, they are comfortable during normal everyday use as well as being more than sufficient (coupled with ABS) when it really matters. And because this car is so light weight, the momentum is not carried much far when you brake. Handling is epic as well. There are three factors working in conjunction here. One: The optional sport package (Bilstein shocks, Sport tuned suspension and Limited Slip Differential) is definitely worth if you want to race. Two: Near- perfect weight distribution (advantages of rear wheel drive) means near- perfect balance while cornering. Three: Again, lesser the weight, lesser the centrifugal force that pulls the car out of its track while turning. Even during normal driving, you can feel the laser sharp steering without a trace of under or over-steer. You can, if you want, break the rear tires free and manage a glorious power- slide, by applying too much power or by lifting off, and feeding in some opposite lock. When I power-slid this car for the first time in my life, this car did not make me feel like I'm ham-fisted (either that or I mastered power-sliding just by looking at youtube videos of others doing it). It flattered me, made me look like a hero (girls don't admit it but I think they secretly admire men who can power-slide). Build Quality: I've had this car for a few years now and the only repair it ever needed was one of the spark-plugs had a loose connection. But because of the hard suspension, the car rattles over bumps. Although these little sounds makes you think that something is falling apart, everything continues to work like a charm and nothing is broken. Even so, these rattles are definitely unnerving and concern-causing, making you keep your fingers crossed, wishing for that legendary Japanese reliability to be a reality and more than just a legend. Appearance: Should I comment on something as subjective as looks? I guess I can give my opinion of it with the obvious risk of looking like a queer (I assure you that I'm completely straight). For most people, the 1st and 2nd generation Miatas looked cute and hence feminine and in turn connected all the males driving it, to gay community. To me, there is nothing wrong with cars that look cute. I liked the looks of those very much. This 3rd generation styling is a trial to dissociate those views. I think it worked and I still like it a lot. To make the car look masculine, the Japs have gone to the Germans for styling the front end. Enough said!!! Cost of Ownership: It's simple physics actually - less weight means not much power required to make it move; therefore less gas consumed. It’s not very expensive to maintain either. You will not regret it for any reason if you bought this car. Fun Factor: As I said, it is the most fun once can have in a car with the least cost of ownership. Yes - you can have more fun in Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini - but think of what your expenditure is going to be. So I'll save my change, if you please, for a Porsche later in life. Damn! I wish either of two things to happen - 1. Mazda, if you're reading this, please make a non-convertible, hardtop, coupe version of MX-5 and lose that grinning face of post-2008 models. 2. Or somehow I find many millions...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: I like the engine beyond 3,500 rpm, I love the 6-speed gearbox, the steering, the fact that it's RWD and so responsive to every driver input.

Cons: I wish it was a non-convertible hardtop coupe, I wish it had no AC, no stereo, no speakers, no radio, no CD player, no air bags, no no electric window on driver's side... all this to lose even more weight and become even more light-weight than it already is!!

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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Perma-smile — This car is fun to drive! Performance is outstanding with a few mods here and there. Quality for the price is hands down no comparison. Styling with mods and tweeks here and there is a head turner. ZOOM-ZOOM my fellow Mx-5 owners

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: FUN

Cons: needs bigger engine a 2.3 liter tubro or 3.0 liter super charger

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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Zoom Zoom Is Not Just A State Of Mind But A Way Of Life. Get You Some. — Kick ass sports car driving experience without the price tag. This is my second miata and have not been disappointed by either car. joined some miata clubs met a punch of great people who also love driving miatas. Even got my dad to get one.

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

Pros: the thrill of top down sport car driving.

Cons: Top down when its snowing out.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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All The Reviews Are True. It's That Good. — The best pure sports car you can buy, and a smokin' good deal, too. I bought mine slightly used and I've enjoyed it since. Nothing beats a top-down drive on a warm day, especially when the car is so fun to drive.

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

Pros: It's the most fun on wheels you can buy for under $20k

Cons: You need space to haul things.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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It Is A Convertible!!! — first of all this car is the most fun to drive out of all the cars i have ever driven second its comfortable, compact, and gets reasonable gas milage. even with me driving and 50,000 miles on the car i have never had any problems with the car.

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

Pros: it is fun!!!!

Cons: two seats

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
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My Beautiful Car — This car is a lot of fun. I love the convertible top. I have a hard time keeping it clean on the outside. I love the sound system and the leather interior. I am extremely blessed to have this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: The convertible top and sound system

Cons: The road noise

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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The Mx-5 Miata Mk3 Is Just That Amazing —

This car is one of those cars that makes you want to take the back roads to where you're going. She begs for curves, twists, and roads that are barely patrolled by cops. The performance for such a small car is amazing (given the car weighs just over 2,400lbs). I have the automatic which I didn't want at first but the thought of a RWD-stick-shift car in the winter wasn't too amusing to me. It has the manumatic transmission which means one awesome thing, paddle-shifters! The auto is nice though if you feel like being lazy haha. Cost wise, it's not bad. The Premium gas and synthetic oil was a little different to switch to after using regular unleaded gas and regular oil in my previous car, but if treated right, these cars will easily hit 300,000+ miles. Feed her the right stuff and she'll please you in ways that your girlfriend only wishes she could. I love the looks of the newer style Miatas. Bigger, safer, better accents, and the fog lights are all a nice touch. The trunk size isn't bad (I honestly expected smaller). Good luck fitting in some golf clubs though. Just put the passenger in the trunk and the golf clubs in the passenger seat. They most likely won't understand, but other Miata enthusiasts will haha. As far as fun factor goes, it's right next to a Porsche Boxster for me. There's nothing like dropping the top and taking her down a windy road on a nice sunny day with the music turned up a bit. I have had quite a few complements at parks, gas stations, etc and it gets eyed up quite a bit. I highly recommend getting a Miata. It's like a little go-kart for the road and will definitely put a smile on your face.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Pretty much everything

Cons: Optional 2.3L upgrade like on the Mazda3

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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2006 1.8l Mx5 — The engine can be as agreable and fun than dull. At high rev, it become fun to exploit, but driven "with reason", the lack of torque make it dull to drive. And also, the fuel consumption is too high. OK, it's supposed to be a sport car, but it's also very light and not so powerful. Road handling is fun but the Yokohama tires are a piece of crap. Look is a key point. Built quality is good. Previous MX5 generation proved to be reliable. I'm expecting the same for mine. It's not so cheap to own used, but as it keeps it's value very well, I should get my money back when I'll sell it. The maintenance is not overpriced but the fuel consumption is too high. Manual soft top is a masterpiece of engineering. Up or down in just a few seconds. It is much roomier that expected.Even if it's just a two seater with a small boot. But it's not surprising when you own a roadster. It's also much more comfortable than expected. The only weak point is the noise at highway speed. Or the wind if you're top down.

Pros: Good looking, surprisingly roomy, surprisingly comfortable, can be fun to drive, weel engineered soft top.

Cons: can be dull to drive, thirsty engine, not made for long highway trips

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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Superior styling,engineering,and driving experience. Low on space,but knew that going in. I compared it to Subaru BRZ via web reviews. Read More

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Love this car!!! Going to order the 2022! for next spring! Read More

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By GuruDG5LR

I like. I think. But expensive. And inexpensive. O.k. Read More

Review By Bruno

Small, light, agile pure sports car. I am 100% satisfied Read More

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By RRNoles

A drivers car as I have heard many times. First rate technology and just a joy to drive. I love my music but I dont listen as Im having so much fun just enjoying the driving experience. Read More

Review By GuiltyCrow

Excellent great deal great apr and they even brought the car to me Read More

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Guru9B7W3Y

Fun car to drive. Good mpg, it isnt an every day driver and it does need premium fuel. The trunk is small but it would carry a few duffle bags for a long trip. The manual tranny is tight, fast shiftin... Read More

Review By pasodave

This is a very fun car that rewards drivers with a great road experience. Quick, nimble and fuel frugal, Read More

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Phil

Great features, good value, its a stand alone model. The fiat has same body, but long term value significantly less Read More

Review By Mike

just a good value, good quality toy and fun to drive. Read More

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