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You are in the Honda S2000
What is this discussion about?
Mazda MX-5 Miata
#30 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Aug 31, 2007 (7:25 am)
Sounds good, glad you're enjoying your S2K!
Temps are mild in the Mid-atlantic right now, so it's been perfect top down weather.
FWIW, the Miata PRHT (power retractable hardtop) is in such high demand that dealers command MSRP and there are wait lists in some places.
One dealer employee here on Edmunds (aviboy) says his dealer has only had 1 allocated to them so far and it sold at MSRP immediately. People shopping for them are having a hard time even finding them.
Mazda has a hit on its hands. Funny thing is the soft tops are readily available and heavily discounted.
#31 of 62 Re: 4 months old [ateixeira]
Aug 31, 2007 (9:04 am)
I hope I didn't sound like I was bashing the Miata because I wasn't trying to (sorry to dangle my participle). didn't mean. I think it is a fantastic car, especially for the price. The price I paid for my S2000 was heavily discounted as the dealer had 13 on hand and is/was having a hard time moving them because of the Sky/Solstice/Miata. I paid about $6500 below MSRP. I couldn't walk away. My wife actually likes the Miata better since there is an automatic option (she cannot drive a stick-shift). The Mita is a very capable car, IMO.
Here in Dallas, softtops are readily available, too.
#32 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Aug 31, 2007 (9:38 am)
$6,500 below MSRP does sound like a good deal! The S2K is a great car, you will love it. The Miata is just a different car. It's a shame the cup holder was in your way. I actually feel your pain, because I am 6'3" and it is near my leg when I sit in it. Unfortunately, the car is no made to fit everyone!
The 2007 MX-5's, the few we have, are being discounted to move them. We just got in a few 2008 rag tops, and only 1 hard top, which sold at MSRP before it got here no questions asked. That is basically what we have been seeing. The hard top is so desirable, and supply is so low, when someone can find one, they buy it instantly.
#33 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Aug 31, 2007 (10:21 am)
You didn't sound like that at all, no problem.
Actually the cup holder annoys me a little, too. Not a deal killer, but the door panel could definitely have been better designed.
Does the S2000 take premium fuel? Miata does.
I have a '93 Miata and it's turned out to be an efficient little commuter. I get about 27-28mpg on plain old regular. Mazda now wants 91 octane for the 2006+ models, actually they've recommended premium since the 2000 model IIRC.
#34 of 62 Re: 4 months old [ateixeira]
Aug 31, 2007 (11:09 am)
Yeah, it does take Premium. I get nearly 300 miles on a tank and I believe the tank is 12.5 gallons. After the break-in was completed, I visit the VTEC range pretty regularly and I'm seeing well over 23-25mpg with top down. I understand the top down reduces fuel efficiency by about 1-2mpg... Is that the same on the Miata? 23-25 is huge increase from my previous vehicle which avg. 16-17mpg. Frankly, I'm willing to sacrifice the 1-2mpg for the top down experience since I'm still coming out ahead! Once the ozone is gone, I'll drive a hard top.
My bigest complaint about ANY convertible is the crap that seems to find its way into my left eye. I guess I need better sunglasses.
Oh, and being able to see underneath the 18-wheeler next to me is a little discearning but I digress.
#35 of 62 Re: 4 months old [ateixeira]
Sep 01, 2007 (8:57 am)
True, 91 is recommended. I have a customer that uses just 87, against my word, and swears to get 30 highway and 24-25 around town.
#36 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Sep 04, 2007 (9:10 am)
I don't know if mileage improves with the top up because my top is always down. Seriously, unless it's raining or colder than 40 degrees F, the top is down, period.
I get about 27-28mpg. The tank is tiny, though, I think it's about 11 gallons on mine. So I usually don't even make it to 300 miles before I have to fill up. I'd love another 100 miles of range, basically.
Newer Miatas hold 12.7 gallons, so that's a bit better I guess.
#37 of 62 Re: 4 months old [ateixeira]
Sep 04, 2007 (9:32 am)
For me (in Texas), top goes up if the temp is higher than 94 and if it is cooler than ... oh wait, I have hit a low yet. Haven't had the car long enought to experience any low temperatures yet.
#38 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Sep 04, 2007 (9:35 am)
Even that hot, I'll run the A/C, but the top still does down!
#39 of 62 Re: 4 months old [accelerator]
Sep 04, 2007 (6:05 pm)
Sorry about the size. I felt compelled to show the thoughts of S2K owners.