2008 Mazda MX-5 MIATA
There are 18 user reviews for the Grand Touring trim shown below
- Great handling, great braking
- Poor seat comfort after a couple hours of driving. Poor location of cup holders
Purchased As New
I'm a six footer and this car is not made for comfort on long hauls without stopping occasionally and stretching, but a heck of a lot of fun to drive on the winding roads. This is not a commuters car which would involve much stop-n-go traffic unless you buy an automatic, but who would buy a sport car with an automatic..........read morehide
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- Ergonomics, tactile feedback, shifter, clutch & pedal positions, enclosed, yet open feeling
- Torque below 2500rpm, noise level at times, front end feel
Warning: this car isn't for everyone.
A lot of folks have bought the new generation MX5 Miata for the rave reviews the auto press has given it, expecting a miracle car. It isn't. It's a car, in manual shift format, very sensitive to driver input and won't coddle its driver when he/she's tired or lazy in staying in the right gear. Compared to my first-generation Miata it's a Cadillac; compared to a Cadillac it's a first-generation, rough-riding Miata.
If you're the type who wants quiet, no-drama transportation this isn't the right vehicle. If you value a thoughtful engineering, lots of feedback and open-top thrills and a good bit of raucous noise when wrung out and are willing to engage with the car, this model should be high on your shopping list....read morehide
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- Tight feel, great steering, plenty of power, economical, lots of fun, value
If you want a true sports car experience, without the old problems, this is the car. Reliable, fun, economical and great open road feel on winding back roads. Lots of bang for the buck.
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- Outstanding looks; reel eye candy. It met my expectations which were high
- Gas economy shrinks fast over 60, and the engine likes high test.
I checked out Honda 2000 and the Pontiac two seater (forgot name). The 2000 was faster, but I didn't like the comfort. The Pontiac was another american disappointment. The Miata was my choice and after a year of driving remains so. The car brought in more admiration then any I've owned.
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- Get 28-30mpg around town even with all the hills.
- Ride is rough on concrete interstates.
Have had the car almost a year and no complaints. Ride is what you would expect in a roadster, gets fabulous gas milage and is a lot of fun to drive. Handles very well with lots of horsepower. Great car for the money!
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- No more fun for the buck. Looks great and carves up the backroads.
- The Bose sound system doesn't measure up. Audio Pilot doesn't really work, no IPOD jack, nor MP3s
I grew up on British roadsters and the the latest MX-5 provides all the thrills of the classic MGs, Austins and Jaguars and more without all the maintenance headaches. At 6'3" I thought the car would be too cramped, but the 2008 MX-5 fits like a glove with all the controls at the fingertips. The highlight of the car is the 6-speed, close-ratio manual gearbox that really enhances the slightly under-powered engine, although the third series of the Miata backs up its beefy look with the most powerful engine yet at about 170 horses. And the wide torque range is impressive. The PRHT is nice and provides a much quieter ride, but I'm a traditionalist and opted for the ragtop. And while the PRHT is down in 12 seconds, the ragtop goes up or down in about 4 seconds and I can already be at 60 mph before the PRHT cycle is complete. ;-) But the best part of the car is the handling. The new MX-5 has a 50-50 weight distribution with a driver onboard and sticks to the road better than any car I've driven. Hit the backroads and look for a curve with a recommended speed of 35. Convert it using Miata math, take it at 65, accelerate out of the turn in fourth at over 70 and you are still thinking to yourself that the car could have handled more, but you might not. Try that in one of the GM sportster knockoff and you'd likely end up bottoms up in a ditch. This car is just built to take all the road you can throw at it. After all, Skip Barber picked the Miata for its racing school....read morehide
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- Very fun to drive. Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) available. Easy to customize.
- Cramped seating, Less storage for PRHT model
I've driven my MX-5 Miata Grand Touring w/ PRHT for 13000 miles already and I LOVE THIS CAR! "Miata" is Old High German for "Reward," and this car is truly that and more. I hear lots of people talk down to this car to the Pontiac Solstice GXP, BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster, and the Honda S2000. I test drove a Solstice and was disappointed by the way it drove compared to the MX-5 Miata. With a little tweaking from a very large aftermarket, my car will run circles around them for cheaper prices. Also, the Honda S2000 and BMW Z4 require Super Unleaded to run properly. With today's gas prices, is that really worth the extra dollars spent on extra ponies?
My biggest complaint about the car is it's comfort, especially for tall people. You also lose the storage area behind the seats if you have the Power Retractable Hard Top, but I didn't buy my MX-5 Miata to be a cargo carrier. I'm also not too fond of the "tombstone" look of the center console. I love my PRHT. Do the Solstice, Z4, S2000, and Boxster have ANY hard top options? NOPE! You're stuck only with soft tops!
Lots of choices for aftermarket items, the large number of Miata clubs and events in the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, and Japan, and the Spec- Miata racing circuit show that the MX-5 Miata is truly the "world's favorite sports car." I look forward to more "zoom zoom" in my MX-5 Miata for years to come....read morehide
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- Good value, sporty roadster, 6 speed MT has excellent pick-up, hard top convertible, fun
- Ride is a little rough, cup holder in door intrudes on driver's leg...
I purchased 2008 MX-5 Grand Touring, tan leather, with 6 speed MT,
Bose stereo system, Midnight Blue Mica in May '08 and love it! For those evaluating a hard top convertible roadster, '08 MX-5 is the best value on the market.
When comparing Nissan Z (roadster, $35K+), Solstice and the others
MX-5 is hands down the best value with a proven track record. The hard top is well engineered and does not take up trunk space. I commute 44 miles round trip daily (City/Freeway), 29-32 mpg....read morehide
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- The most fun you can have driving for a reasonable price
- Small exterior
I checked the competition and I am glad I chose the Miata, Grand Touring edition.
FUN to drive - has me looking for reasons to get behind the wheel.
The Miata handles like a true spirts can - better than a Beemer or 350Z (close 2nd). If you enjoy driving and want a price under $30k - this is a great choice....read morehide
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- Well designed car, handles great, fun to drive and 27.4 mpg overall! Top is so easy to use.
- Bose stereo. Doors resonate causing low frequency distortion.
I've owned a bunch of sports cars from C-5 Vette to Austin Healy Sprites, MKII 3000's and others. This car is everybit as much fun to drive as the Vette. I didn't say fast, I said fun! It's plenty fast enough for everyday driving. Power to weight ratio is very good and the car is almost perfectly balanced. It really is a serious sports car and for the money you can't beat it. Tied Boxster in Consumer Reports. 10 best cars of '08 picked by magazines like Road and Track. If you want a small roadster, the 2008 MX5 is the one....read morehide
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