Fun, reliable, cheap, noisy
Nothing under my ownership. It's been great, but I've only had it for a bit. But it's my second Miata, fourth Mazda, and I'm sure it will last forever.
The car is in every sense a go cart. Handling is superb, suspension sophisticated and stiff, torsen LSD is incredible, never slips up, 5 speed transmission has great short throws and very positive engagement. 1.8l is reasonable in terms of power, feels faster then it actually is. Gas mileage is excellent, I average 31-32 mixed, which is better then 95% of cars out there.
Sadly, the car is hindered by a very rough and noisy ride. Even the slightest road imperfects can upset the chassis, and with the top down there is noticeable cowl shake. The car also suffers the chronic 65 mph vibration that is common with NA models.
My 95 was also noticeably quicker (94 horsepower was actually lower than printed and fixed in 95)
Great weekend smooth road car, but I'd look into an NB model if you can, I'm getting a 2001.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2008