2008 Mazda MX-5 MIATA User Reviews
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- $11,792 - $13,562
- 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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- retractable hardtop, SMOOTH short shift knob, shifts aren't tacky, peels corners easily, etc
- small trunk space (expected), lack in power vs S2000, etc
Very enjoyable car; it's small, throws in and out of corners well, PRHT works well, etc etc etc etc. I can go on all day typing pros for this baby. The manual shift knob is.. flawless. It shifts smoothly during the drive and not tacky at all. Haven't mis-shifted this baby yet.. so it seems alright.
The cons.. well, this one still lacks in power in comparison to the S2000 (Honda). Although the price difference is quite the gap, Mazda should have set another powertrain for the Miata. I've driven all three gen Miatas.. I would say the 08 model isn't as fast when it goes in and out of corners as the first gen Miata.. That's only b/c of the weight difference between the two cars. The trunk space.. well, not much can be said considering some cars like the SLK w/ electronic hardtop doesn't even HAVE a trunk to spare after they put the top down. So technically the trunk size should be a pro.
**THIS CAR WASN'T MADE FOR POWER IF PEOPLE HAVEN'T NOTICED! ENJOY IT, PEEL IT AND HAVE FUN.. THAT'S ALL**...read morehide
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- Great Sports Car and good on gas 24/30mpg
- Can't think of any?
I just LOVE my new MX-5. It's peppy and a blast to drive. I get great gas mileage and I plan on keeping this car for many years to come.
5 stars rating!!
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- 33 mpg, red dash lights, smooth shifter, PRHT, drivers seat height adjuster
- A little hard to get in to and out of.
I 've been looking at miata's for years. I've always wanted one but I didn't want a soft top. When mazda came out with the PRHT that sealed the deal. I've only had my 2008 sport for one week but I know this is the car for me. It's fun to drive on back roads and in town. The gear changes (5mt) are quick and precise. Once inside the car fits like a glove. All controls are at my fingertips. I particularly like the audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel. The PRHT draws attention every time I raise or lower it.
I just had my first fill-up and i got 33 mpg. Outstanding
I have a little trouble getting into the driver's seat (might be old age) but once there it's worth it.
This is a great little car, I only wish I had bought one sooner. If your looking for a sports car you can't go wrong with this one...read morehide
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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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- Fun to drive, great gas milage 33 MPG highway the hardtop is a blast
- the Bose system is awesome, but why no access for the Ipod
we bought this car for my wife, we wanted our first convertible, I knew enough to know a hardtop would be less noisy, besides everytime we are operating the top it attracts attention and comments. We have the PHT Grand Touring with stablizer, and manual paddle shifters on the steering wheel for those times you want to play like a race car driver. To sum up we love this car with no regrets....read morehide
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- Fun, Fun, Fun. Reliability +++
- Center Console cup holders,
Excellent auto, cant wait to drive it again every day. Very good handling and response. Gas milage 33.5 with 5800 miles driven
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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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