Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible

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A: I am curious as to why you left out the best of this class. Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG. Even the SLK in 280 form is on par to these you have listed. The SLK55 will blow all of them in the weeds.
Anyway your list compares Apples, Oranges and Lemons.
Apples: Boxter, TT,
Oranges: MX5, Honda S2000
Lemons: Saab 9-3 and I will add a lemon: Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky.

Q: Which ride would u go on in a convertible car, a Porsche Boxster S , a Mazda MX-5 Miata or Audi TT and Why ?

A: Any would be just fine

Q: Looking for a Car like Mazda MX-5 Miata, but seets 4 people.?
Something like it, convertible, manual transmission, etc, but able to seat 4 people (not comfortably, just able to seat them.. legally, and safely.)

A: Wow – some dumb answers on this one so far.

tt convertible seats two, not four
350z – ditto
G35 – is a sedan (the coupe is a G37), and is not available as a convertible in any case.

So, four seats and stick available, and from your other posting you mention a 20k budget?

You’ll have to go a little higher, you can get a New Beetle convertible for about 23K, the VW Eos is more, but has the folding hard top. You can also probably get a Mustang V6/stick in the low 20’s too.

Good luck

Q: Which of these convertibles would u choose to drive & why ? Mazda MX-5 Miata, Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster S,?
BMW Z4 , Saab 9-3, Pontiac Solister or Mercedes SLK ?

A: It really depends on your budget. If thats is a concern, the mazda is the way to go, but if its not, I like the Boxter S. Even though some of the cars you listed may beat it on paper, the Porsche is a tough competitor, and probably better engineered, and more reliable.
P.S. it looks pretty bad a$$ too.

Q: Saturn sky? Mazda Mx-5 miata? 4 seats? Help!?
I really like these cars but they only seat two people
Is there a car like this (same look/price) that seats 4?
I want a convertible car, i like the vw eos but it is a foreign car and my parents wont buy me a foreign car period. ughh
is there anything else? (not a mustang, those are cheap)
thanks!

A: The Mazda MX-5 is also a foreign car.
Foreign cars the best cars and most reliable. I don’t know why your parents said you can’t get a foreign car.
Ford owns 33.5% of Mazda, but Mazda’s are still Mazda’s and still foreign cars. They do not use any Ford made or designed parts.

The only other 4 seat American convertible besides the Mustang are the Chrysler Sebring and Pontiac G6.

Q: What do you think the advantages/disadvantages would be in buying a Mazda Miata or a convertible in general?
This is disregarding costs. I’m thinking or buying one, and I’m interested to know if anyone has ever driven the car before or has had any inauspicious experiences with convertible cars in general. This particular model is the MX-5

A: Well, the MX-5 is the Miata. It’s just the name of the car. Your models or time levels are Sport, Touring, Grand Touring.

First, the Mazda Miata is the best selling 2 seat roadster of all time, of any brand of car ever made….ever. A few reasons for this are that they are fun to drive, they are engineered with the DRIVER in mind, not how it looks, but rather how it functions and how it makes driving a fun experience.

There are more Mazda’s being road raced on any given weekend than any other make of car in the world. Go drive one at your local Mazda dealer and you wont be disappointed!

Second, convertibles are a blast!

Q: Are Mazda MX-5 Miatas safe & reliable?
I’m looking into getting a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and just wanted to know, how safe are they?
Not many people find convertibles safe, so how is the Miata?
What problems could I face with buying one?
How many miles does this car last?
Overall, is this a great car?

A: It depends on what kind of driving you’re going to be doing.
If its mostly city, then you should be fine in a Miata; its low center of gravity will prevent it from rolling (if you are really concerned about this you can get a roll bar added on to protect your head in a crash) its superb handling will help you avoid accidents and its overall reliability means that you won’t get stuck far away from your home.
If, on the other hand you often go on the highway, a Miata might not be your best bet. For one, its a very small car. Many big SUV’s/18 wheelers could easily crush it if you got in an accident going 65+ mph. More importantly, the car’s small size (and particularly its low height) make it very difficult to be seen by other cars, and in highway conditions there’s a possibility that somebody could try a maneuver and slam into the car simply because he did not notice it.

Problems: I’ve had one for about two years now, and it has about 120k miles. So far, other than the clutch occasionally slipping, the car is running perfectly. The battery had to be replaced a couple of months ago, but only because it got corrupted by a new anti-theft device that drained power.

Overall, its a great car.
Its cheap -you can probably get a used one in great condition for under 8,000, or under 4,000 if you look hard enough/don’t care about high mileages.
It handles well, better than most sports cars – its low weight makes it extremely easy to control.
Its a Mazda, so its gonna be pretty reliable.
Its a convertible, so its fun to drive.

Pros
Cool looking
Cheap
Handles well
Comfortable
Reliable

Cons
Relatively slow for a sports car
Not entirely safe on the highway

Q: Which of these three cars is the best choice if you aren’t taking into account the price?
1999 Chrysler Sebring LXI Convertible with 130,000 miles on it for $1,500
2001 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe with 110,000 miles for $1,200
1999 Mazda Miata Mx 5 convertible with 132,000 miles for $3,600
All are in relatively the same, pretty well managed condition. I only included the price in case I was being ripped off

A: The Chrysler Sebring made the top of the list for cars to avoid every year it was made. Not this one!
The 2001 Camaro is most likely in need of new plugs. Chevrolet made them with 100K plugs for a reason. It is almost impossible to change them, it is a service nightmare! Not this one!
The Miata is in need of maintenance also, but it is easy to work on. It needs a timing belt, front seals, water pump and maybe a fan relay switch. How ever the engine has special oilers in it to increase ring life and should run an easy 300K miles with out needing major work if you take care of it. Insurance will most likely be lower on it then the Camaro.
Get the Miata.

Q: What is your opinion about this car?It is a 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2D Convertible.

I pretty much need it to go to and from work here in chicago. But I dont want to deal with something that will have many problems, I just got through my 94 toyota tercel.

A: Mazda Miata are VERY dependable and nearly trouble free cars. Many older ones have 200,000 miles on them with routine maint. and a cam belt every 60,000 miles. They also are very economical. Low miles and a decent price, how can you go wrong. My son has a 1991 and loves it. I’m getting too old to easily get in and out of it, but it is great fun to drive. They are great cars and the only downside I can think of is only 2 seats and very little trunk space.

If you consider buying it make sure you run a “Carfax” on it and maybe take it to a mechanic and spend 100 bucks having it looked over. If the miles are correct and no flood or accident damage I think it is a fair price.

Q: I called a few placees for an auto quote, but am getting such mixed rates I’m getting worried. Help!!?
I called Allstate first since I’m on my parents insurance and that’s the company they’re with, and they quoted me around 169 for LIMITED torte. Now, the car I want is a Mazda Miata mx-5 hardtop convertible and I realize that will be a bit more expensive to insure. I called State Farm and they gave me around the same rate. However, I called Geico and Nationwide and they each quoted me around 105-120 full torte. Am I missing something here? Which ones do I believe? Are Geico and Nationwide leaving details out and when I actually buy the quote I’m going to get charged moe than I thought? I watn to make sure I can afford this insurance along with the car payment and my student loans. It’s going to be very tight if I have to wind up paying 167 a month for insurance.

Thoughts?

A: Easy – they are not quoting the same coverages. Geico is probably giving you state minimum ( I assume you are in PA because of the tort option), which is $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident and $5,000 property damage. Which is NOT sufficient. You know what your car is worth, imagine if you hit a car worth more than $5000. You’d be screwed. You should go with the company you feel comfortable with. For me, it would be State Farm. Also, you should ask what the rest of the coverages are, so that you can get an apples for apples quote from all places – as that is the only true way to compare based on price.

Q: Is it dangerous to have a 2 seater convertible?
I really like the Mazda Miata MX-5. It’s within my price range as well. Only problem is that it’s a one seater. Now, I don’t drive much..I’m actually very scared to be out on the road so I don’t travel long distances. When my friends and I go places, I usually ask somebody else to drive, so not having a back seat isn’t too much of a problem for be because I usually don’t have anybody in my car.

I’m more curious about safety issues. Is it a death trap to have a two seater?

Pros and Cons will be appreciated.

Thank you.

A: Is it dangerous to have a 2 seater convertible?

The insurance companies seem to think so… 2-seater sports cars have very high insurance rates.

Q: Which of these cars should I buy?There used by the wayHelp me narrow it down?
1)2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0,color: black
2)2004 Cadillac CTS color:Light Platinum
3) 2000 Ford Mustang Convertible color:White
4)2004 Ford Mustang Coupe color:Gray or 2000 black coupe
5)1999 Mazda Miata MX-5 color:black
6)2003 Chrysler 300M color:Silver
7)2003 Chrysler Sebring LX Convertible color:white
8)2005 Chrysler Sebring color:Black
9)1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible color:Red
10)2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT color:White
11)2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS color:black
12)1987 Chevrolet Corvette color:blue and black stripe in the middle
13)2005 Chevrolet Cobalt color:black
I live in Brooklyn,NY I might move to the Poconos or move somehere else in Brooklyn

A: 2004 Cadillac CTS color:Light Platinum

Q: Which of these cars is more of a babe magnet?I’m thinking about buying one of these used cars.?
1)2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0,color: black
2)2004 Cadillac CTS color:Light Platinum
3) 2000 Ford Mustang Convertible color:White
4)2004 Ford Mustang Coupe color:Gray or 2000 black coupe
5)1999 Mazda Miata MX-5 color:black
6)2003 Chrysler 300M color:Silver
7)2003 Chrysler Sebring LX Convertible color:white
8)2005 Chrysler Sebring color:Black
9)1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible color:Red
10)2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT color:White
11)2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS color:black
12)1987 Chevrolet Corvette color:blue and black stripe in the middle
13)2005 Chevrolet Cobalt color:black

A: Why would you want to use a car to attract women? If that’s the only reason they’ll talk to you, why would you even wanna be associated with someone that shallow & airheaded? It shouldn’t matter whether you drive a sports car or a Scooby Doo van- if a girl doesn’t like you for you, then you don’t need her.

Q: Are Mazda MX-5 Miatas safe & reliable?
I’m looking into getting a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and just wanted to know, how safe are they?
Not many people find convertibles safe, so how is the Miata?
What problems could I face with buying one?
How many miles does this car last?
Overall, is this a great car?

A: Mazda Mx-5 is safe and reliable. The possibility of flipping the vehicle is slim to none given it’s low squat on pavement. Stock equipped cars are regular fixtures with few modifications on the weekend to race competitively throughout the country. This would suggest real world experience underscores safety and reliability of the car. In fact, Mazda has sponsored races for the Mx5 as well as the Rx8. Most car manufacturers will put their vehicles to the test in a racing atmosphere to debug and fix any niggling weaknesses that hamper perfection.
If you look on UTube the Mx5 has been tested on the vaunted Nuremburg circle in Germany, the same can be said for the Mazdaspeed 3. All manufacturers of every stripe honor and respect the Nuremburg ring, as a manufacturer you bring your “A” game or stay home. On the safety tip, Mazda Mx5 is as safe as one could hope for in a small convertible.
The biggest problem you may find in buying one is driving it in the snow and ice. Its strong suit is not wintry weather. It can be loaded with sand bags and snow tires, but, that is not what the car was designed to do. The original Mazda Miata was first built in 1989. If you ask anyone who owns a Miata for a period of time, they will tell you it is the stuff of legends ad nauseum because they are so pleased with their reliability and it continues to be fun to drive. For what it is worth, I have yet to see a Miata on the side of the road.
I have flirted with getting a Mx-5, I have a Mazda3 for practical reasons; not only is it a great car after building more than 800,000 copies for more than 20 years, it is the gold standard for all mass produced convertibles at any price point.
It stands to reason, that Mazda has been building the car long enough and has invested millions of dollars in research and development that directly benefits your decision to purchase a Mazda Mx5. And to your last question, how many miles does the car last, I am informed it is a 20 year car. A properly maintained Mx5 should last 200-250,000 miles before a major rebuild. Cheers.

Q: Are Mazda MX-5 Miatas safe & reliable?
I’m looking into getting a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and just wanted to know, how safe are they?
Not many people find convertibles safe, so how is the Miata?
What problems could I face with buying one?
How many miles does this car last?
Overall, is this a great car?

A: My son has a 1989 Miata with 200,000+ miles on it and it still runs great. It’s no more dangerous than any other car so long as you don’t plan on flipping it over — very rare –
There are thousands of aftermarket parts and add-ons available plus dozens of clubs (which are great fun and informative). Try to purchase one with a good top — they only last about seven years before they begin to fray around the edges and leak. A replacement unit costs about $600. Rear brakes will require caliper replacement when the pads are worn out ($68.00 per caliper from Autozone) and if the clutch needs replacing go ahead and buy a high performance unit. It only costs about $50 more and will double the lifespan. If you buy a Miata with no maintenance records go ahead and have the timing belt replaced. Miata engines and drive systems are as tough as they come, get a solid 34 mpg and require only minimum upkeep. If you don’t have to haul lots of luggage, (the trunk gets crowded with a shoebox in it), and passengers then you will love this car.

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