It and cloth wear on bolsters, but check everywhere for wear, damp stains and damage. I would hate to see that connection with its roots, and the ghosts of British budget-based sports cars, disappear. On the last day of my conference, I went to class, I signed in, and I left. At 6-foot-2, my longstanding beef with the roadster is its lack of tilt steering. The ratios keep the engine in the fat part of its powerband, minimizing peaks and valleys in the power curve.
The engine is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use. Light with great handling but minimal luggage space. The ride is acceptable for shorter periods of time, but the number of a good chiropractor is necessary for longer excursions. With it, the Miata never runs out of zip or growl, for the motor is far from quiet as it accelerates, getting to 100 kilometres an hour in about eight seconds. I'm texting and emailing between him and the banker, and finally, I get the deal done while the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's playing! Interestingly, the six-speed-equipped Miata is slightly less economical than the five in the fuel department. You must also inspect carefully for crash damage.
With a capacity of just 130 litres, a weekly shop will be a squeeze, let alone holiday luggage for two. Interior Hide was an extra-cost option except on special editions such as this. Worn or sticky linkages can affect things, but are easily rectified. Check the coolant: corrosion inhibitor is vital to prevent aluminium head damage, and resultant overheating. It was with a hint of trepidation that I renewed my acquaintance with the sports car: Would the rough-and-ready Miata still bring a smile to my face, or have I been seduced by more sophisticated sporty product? So Mazda made a virtue out of necessity by refining the design, making it a bit bigger inside and out , a little more aerodynamic and noticeably more powerful. Oil leak into pre-cat can blow engine, otherwise cheap, reliable and not rot-prone. Running low on oil on pre-2001 cars can cause the engine to throw a rod.
The more powerful model may be sportier, but both are very rewarding cars to drive down a favourite country road. . The look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars and Japanese quality and reliability converge in this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. The downside is a stiffly sprung car with more cowl shake than is found in newer convertible models, especially over uneven road surfaces. It sounds great, and goes as well as it sounds. Put the wheels on full lock and peer into each wheelarch. Really tall drivers may still want a little more legroom, however.
The manually operated convertible top has a glass rear window. The look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars and Japanese quality and reliability converge in this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. In 2015, his youngest daughter was about to graduate high school, which meant he and his wife were about to become empty nesters. The salesman finally gets back to me while I'm sitting at the 3 p. Look for examples with full history and evidence of caring owners who have kept drain holes in sills and doors clear, and avoided too many mods. Gearbox Gearchange five- or six-speed should be superlatively slick and precise: test all synchros. I have gotten older, paunchier and slower; the Miata has not — just more expensive.
If it has, the sensible move is to walk away and find a better one. Great value now, especially with the improved head gasket already fitted to most. Just as important, it now revs 700rpm higher. The smaller engine sounded sweeter and revved more freely. The engine is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use. Both the roadster and the retractable hard-top model now have more powerful engines, extra safety kit, and a reach-adjustable steering wheel. I decided I had to own a Mazda, and bought this car in 2002.
Later, high-spec models have more items to test than earlier base models. Dampers also take a pounding, so budget to replace all if the car is wallowy. Inspect suspension arms for corrosion, too. Just like with old friends, I drifted apart from one of my favourite cars, driving it sporadically since the second-generation version came out in 1999. Engine Lively and revvy, the Mazda engine needs servicing every 9000 miles and a cambelt change every five years or 54,000.
The four-speed auto option was rare; in 1. With knees splayed around the steering wheel, comfort, and a modicum of coolness, take a hit. That said, I still prefer the five-speed box, legendary for its short, precise throws. The same holds true for sixth-to-fifth downshifts to avoid hanging up or accidentally hitting third. Mileage, condition and service history affect values more than specification, though. Still, with a skimpy curb weight of only 1,120 kilograms despite the addition of power accessories, safety items and creature comforts over the years , the roadster is decidedly perky.
While the next-generation version, still a couple of years away, will undoubtedly be larger a good thing , I hope Mazda resists the urge to soften it too much to satisfy ageing Boomers. The manually operated convertible top has a glass rear window. The six-speed is every bit as short and precise — through the first five gears anyway. Electrics Damp can wreak havoc with electrics so confirm it all works, especially windows. Later cars do command a premium, as do the more sought-after special editions such as the 10th Anniversary, while a hardtop generally adds £3-400 to the price.
Before, it was hard to choose between the 1. Rear disc calipers £110 and handbrake are prone to seizing, especially on cars that are rarely used in the winter. Though it leans in corners a bit more than did earlier Miatas, the latest version rides marginally better. However, the updated model does have additional safety kit on the two highest spec levels, including Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert. The biggest change is the uprated 2. Really low-mileage examples are dear, in fact, and anything under 100,000 will rack up the same again without major expenditure. Reasonably so for a sports car.