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Mazda MX-5 Miata, Convertible
#18 of 273 Re: New MX-5 Owner [allcarsrcool]
Jul 24, 2006 (6:59 am)
I drove a used Nissan 350Z which I loved but it just felt too big and flashy (and expensive). A used BMW Z3 which I thought had a similar feel to the MX-5 but not quite as smooth. I also didn't want the BMW repair bills. The Mini Cooper was too small and I really only wanted a two-seater. They wouldn't let me drive a Saturn Sky but just sitting it in it felt too big and I hated the expansive and cheap looking dash board, difficult operation of the top, and lack of storage/trunk space. Same for the Soltice. The Audi TT was ok but I didn't want front wheel drive.
I was not a big Miata fan before the 2006 model and my wife was surprised when I told her I was going to look them. But in the end, I felt the MX-5 was the right size, handled great, looks nice, priced right, and has a great reputation for reliability. The 2006 model just seemed to have everything going for it and no negatives. I have had it about 5 weeks now and put about 800 miles on it and I love it. Everyone that sees it comments on what a nice job Mazda did with the redesign. If you are looking at roadsters, don't buy one without giving the MX-5 a try.
#19 of 273 Re: 2007 MX-5 Retractable Hard Top [audia8q]
Jul 24, 2006 (10:11 am)
I've been hearing numbers quite a bit higher...but nothing solid
I have been hearing a bunch of different numbers too.
#20 of 273 MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top
Jul 25, 2006 (5:46 am)
Sport w/5 speed manual $24,910
Touring w/6 speed manual $25,660
Touring w/6 speed AT $26,760
Grand Touring w/6 speed manual $26,920
Grand Touring w/6 speed AT $28,020
All prices are MSRP and include Mazda destination charge of $560.
It looks like I was right in assuming $2000 over rag top trim lines.
#21 of 273 Re: 2007 MX-5 Retractable Hard Top [sthoma]
Jul 26, 2006 (12:07 pm)
I purchased a 2006 with the normal softtop and am quite pleased with its top up experience. Looking at the details of the retractable top, I wonder if the storage boxes behind each seat and above the center console will disappear to make the top fit in the existing well. I also wonder about the "estimated" 75 pound penalty for this top. Seems to me it would be more...well see.
As for the need for this top, I think this is sending the car in the wrong direction (I'm guessing most buyers of this top will get the automatic...) The car is supposed to be modern but minimalistic and Mazda supposedly went to a lot of trouble to reduce weight (no spare! for example) and now this top? I went and got a space saving spare that fits in the trunk (I use the car as a toy to go to and from the office in Washington DC and really don't want to have the car towed because our crappy streets damaged a wheel or tire more than the silly foam fill up kit could handle.)
Finally, if I want a real retractable hardtop to drive I'll just go into my garage and drive my 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable.
#22 of 273 Re: MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top [aviboy97]
Jul 26, 2006 (1:08 pm)
but the effective net difference might be more like $3K if these puppies don't get discounted as much.
#23 of 273 Re: White dot on my tail light [l82ray]
Jul 26, 2006 (7:27 pm)
Hi. I am also a proud owner of a limited edition MX5, 2006 (246/3500) and no there is no white dot on my tail lense. I do have a question however. The other day a rattle noise started. This occurs when the car is running and is in neutral with the clutch not depressed. The dealer says this is normal, but it never happened before. Dealer says it is "over gearing" or something like that. Have you had the same problem. I have a service appt. set up.
#24 of 273 Re: White dot on my tail light [gypsy123]
Jul 27, 2006 (5:39 am)
My car doesn't do this. Sounds like the usual "they all do it" response whenever a dealer can't be bothered to step up to the plate and admit something needs attention.
#25 of 273 Re: White dot on my tail light [howsthat1959]
Jul 27, 2006 (3:02 pm)
Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate that. Yes, I was a bit miffed at the fact the dealer gave me that guip answer too. I intend to make that fully known when I bring it in for service. Both my husband and I have read other owners opinions of this car and no one is having this same problem. So, for the Dealer to state that "It is normal" is very upsetting. I have a different rattle noise also in the passenger side dash or passenger side door, and the same person at the dealer said, are you sure the sound isnt coming from the lever that operates the convertible top? I said absolutely not. He replied that "I must be the first".
Wish me luck.
#26 of 273 My New MX5 had to have a new exhaust system
Jul 27, 2006 (3:16 pm)
When I picked up my new MX5 from the dealership and drove out of the lot, I did not get but three miles from the dealership when the check engine light came on. I immediately called the salesman as the service desk was closed. He made an appointment for me for the next morning. The car was driveable. Upon evaluation, I was told that my car needed a new Cataletic (sp?)Converter!!
I was very angry. The dealer received it Fed Ex the next day and installed it. Then the entire exhaust system coded out when they ran a check!! I was told that most likely the car sat for a period of time on the ocean freight liner when it was out of gas, and this was why this happened. Well, not that I can understand that an empty gas tank could cause the entire exhaust system to fail, I had to correct the service manager. He had forgotten that the dealership in fact had let it run out of gas. I know this because I wanted to take it for a test drive and they thought the battery was dead. They tried to jump the car and it did not work. I was finally told that the car was out of gas. This is how I know. Anyway...this was the only limited edition available at the time around here, so I did not want to return it to the dealer. In order to fix the car, the dealer had to remove a complete exhaust system from another MX5 and put it on my car. It has been ok since then, but I am wondering if anyone else may have experienced this type of problem with their brand new car, or heard of such a crazier thing happening due to the car running out of gas.
#27 of 273 Re: White dot on my tail light [howsthat1959]
Jul 28, 2006 (10:42 am)
Sounds like the usual "they all do it" response whenever a dealer can't be bothered to step up to the plate and admit something needs attention.
now think about what you just posted....it makes no sense. Why wouldn't the dealer want to "step up to the plate" and fix a problem?