In 2015, his youngest daughter was about to graduate high school, which meant he and his wife were about to become empty nesters. Running low on oil on pre-2001 cars can cause the engine to throw a rod. The downside is a stiffly sprung car with more cowl shake than is found in newer convertible models, especially over uneven road surfaces. At his local Mazda dealer, he saw a 2001 Special Edition, No. The biggest change is the uprated 2. With a capacity of just 130 litres, a weekly shop will be a squeeze, let alone holiday luggage for two. The more powerful model may be sportier, but both are very rewarding cars to drive down a favourite country road.
Engine Lively and revvy, the Mazda engine needs servicing every 9000 miles and a cambelt change every five years or 54,000. The engine is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use. 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. The four-speed auto option was rare; in 1. That said, I still prefer the five-speed box, legendary for its short, precise throws. Even with its top up, but especially when driving alfresco, it was impossible to be in a bad mood when behind the wheel of the cheerful little two-seater.
Dampers also take a pounding, so budget to replace all if the car is wallowy. At 6-foot-2, my longstanding beef with the roadster is its lack of tilt steering. 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. On December 30th, while taking his wife and their three daughters to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform in St. Things have improved inside the cabin, though, with a steering column which now adjusts for reach as well as height to make it easier to fine-tune the driving position. I decided I had to own a Mazda, and bought this car in 2002.
The ratios keep the engine in the fat part of its powerband, minimizing peaks and valleys in the power curve. Reasonably so for a sports car. You must also inspect carefully for crash damage. Really tall drivers may still want a little more legroom, however. The same holds true for sixth-to-fifth downshifts to avoid hanging up or accidentally hitting third. If it has, the sensible move is to walk away and find a better one.
Check the coolant: corrosion inhibitor is vital to prevent aluminium head damage, and resultant overheating. Great value now, especially with the improved head gasket already fitted to most. If in doubt, insist on undertray removal and look for bulging in the surface that betrays rot between the layers inside. Since the current generation arrived in 2015, it has been widely regarded as the best affordable roadster on sale. The look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars and Japanese quality and reliability converge in this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster.
Engines are long-lived, but watch for oil leaks, especially on 1. 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. Although I am not the biggest fan of body kit add-ons, they have the effect of giving the Miata the appearance of more expensive cars. Interior Hide was an extra-cost option except on special editions such as this. Even the exhaust is original. 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.
Oil leak into pre-cat can blow engine, otherwise cheap, reliable and not rot-prone. With knees splayed around the steering wheel, comfort, and a modicum of coolness, take a hit. The smaller engine sounded sweeter and revved more freely. On the last day of my conference, I went to class, I signed in, and I left. The look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars and Japanese quality and reliability converge in this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster.
The ride is acceptable for shorter periods of time, but the number of a good chiropractor is necessary for longer excursions. I have gotten older, paunchier and slower; the Miata has not — just more expensive. Before, it was hard to choose between the 1. I would hate to see that connection with its roots, and the ghosts of British budget-based sports cars, disappear. 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. The manually operated convertible top has a glass rear window. Gearbox Gearchange five- or six-speed should be superlatively slick and precise: test all synchros.