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  • RdS

    nice comparison and photos. :)
    i think id take one of the orig NA6/NA8 mx5′s.. more purposeful. ;)

    n happy 20th birthday to the mx5′s next month! :p

  • Ash

    Try 840,000 MX-5′s made so far!

  • Mitch1

    Saying a car is more about numbers is speed is all well and nice, but i really do think the MX5 is a cop out in the current market.

    Great car, but how hard is it to offer the 2.3L turbo mazda? When the hatchback is significantly faster than your sports car you know somethings up.

    • RdS

      Sounds like you’ll never understand…

      • Mega

        Yeah where is the turbo engine. I’d much prefer a grunty turbo than a peaky NA 2.0L that has to rev to 7k.

  • Nightshifter

    I never understood the underpowered MX-5s……

    For the 2009 model. I like the front but really hate the side profile and those wheels.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    You don’t need heaps of power etc to enjoy driving, the Mx-5 is a perfect example of this. Any powerful car can go fast in a straight line, but you would harldy call it fun. Find a nice, twisty country road and you will find the MX-5 would be faster point to point than many so called ‘performance cars’ with over twice the amount of power. Not to mention you can concentrate more on enjoying stringing a few corners together and not on “how much of this 1 million Killerwasps can I unleash on this corner before my car will swap ends on me or understeer off the side of the road”.

    I have driven many cars up to $120k in value, including many years ago owning a E36 BMW 325i coupe with M-Tech suspension etc and I can put my hand on my heart and say that the MX-5 would have been the most FUN to drive. These include many well regarded high performance AWD/FWD/RWD cars. The ‘Jinba Ittai’ philosophy they use is not just words, that is what it feels like to drive. You don’t have to drive fast to enjoy driving, if you can’t see that as mentioned above you just don’t get it! :-)

    • Nightshifter

      I think ppl understand what you said but it’s just a waste to have so little horse power when you have a good handling machine. This is what ppl don’t understand!

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au OSU811

    the best model MX-5 has always been the standard model with the MANUAL transmission anyway, even in the new model!!! (u dont buy an auto MX-5) its just not the way they are meant to be!

  • David

    The quality of the early Miatas was shoddy. The paint work was prone to fading. See how many Hondas you see from that era with faded paint – not many.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      I have seen quite a few Hondas of that vintage with crazed/peeling paint. Going by the fact you called it a Miata, I guess you are American (I don’t know of any other counrty that doesn’t call it an MX-5). The sun here in Australia is quite harsh so even Hondas left out in the weather show the ravages of our harsh environment. They seem to be no better or worse than Mazda in that department over here in my experience. However I do agree the paint on the Mazdas at that time could have been better, but they were far from the worst.

  • Flying High

    Kudos to Mazda for not reinventing the shape of this car every few years as is the nature of so many other models where so often you take badges off between models and there is not even a semblance of familiarity. MX5 has visible DNA that stretches back to the birth of this car and so should it remain. Any BMW for example will never need a badge to know which family it comes from.

  • John of Perth

    have they improved access to the battery in the boot, in the newer models?

    • MisterTwo

      The Battery is now under the bonnet.

      Having driven a Toyota MR2 (SW20) for a number of years I am now an MX-5 convert. We have a 2006 Roadster Coupe (folding hard top) in manual and it is excellent. Would never buy one of these (or any sporty car for that matter) in auto – totally misses the point.

  • toxic_horse

    thanks for the interesting read. Great to read this sort of article.
    I love the origional MX5 , my cousin had one for years and it was so much fun to drive.
    I could never own one though, if you have another bloke in the passanger seat it looks like you are both off to oxford st for a make over.

  • Technofreak

    We love ours :) (2000 model) such a fun car to drive and true to the sports car vine in every way!!

    • http://dodge franz chong

      Without this car there would be NO Z3 OR Z4 BEEMERS,MERCEDES SLK OR PORSCHE BOXSTERS not to mention the short lived reborn MG amongst others out there.

  • imugli

    My brother in law has a supercharged 1.6 89 model (obviously aftermarket) and even without any chassis / supsension mods the thing handles and corners like it’s on rails. It’s just rock solid.

    The gearshift and steering, even now, are amazing.

    A pure ‘sports car’ legend.

  • John

    Hi, I have the same 2009 auto model shown above minus the BBS wheels and recaro seats.

    Anyway, I’m sick of people bagging the new auto hard top car.

    Yes, it has an auto trans if you like, but what people fail to mention is that you can flick it over to a sequential shifter and it also has paddleshifters on the steering wheel. I have personally found the transmission arrangement to be brilliant. Also, I’m annoyed about the flack regarding the folding metal roof – at the press of a button the open top turns into a stylish coupe – all in 12 seconds!

    My last convertible was a ’89 capri and the MX5 is light years ahead!

    As much as I longed to own the first gen MX5, side by side comparisons wouldn’t see me swap my current model.

    You have to forget tradition, and see the Roadster Coupe auto for what it is – a beautiful looking, sophisticated, quality place to live.

Mazda Mx-5 Specs

Car Details
Make
MAZDA
Model
MX-5
Year
1996
Body Type
2D CONVERTIBLE
Seats
2
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
155Nm @  0rpm
Max. Power
98kW @  0rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
100W/kg
Bore & Stroke
83x85mm
Compression Ratio
9.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.1
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
48
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.5L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
980
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1230mm
Length
3975mm
Width
1675mm
Ground Clearance
115mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
9.14
Front Rim Size
6Jx14
Rear Rim Size
6Jx14
Wheel Base
2265
Front Track
1410
Rear Track
1430
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - SOLID
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Alloy Wheels
Driver
Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio Cassette
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows
Optional Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  80,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-H-14
Country of Origin
JAPAN