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New (to us) Car! 2007 Mazda MX-5 (a.k.a. “Miata”)

car and Anna Crop

It was time to say good bye to the 2000 Chrysler 300M. At 235,000 miles, it had served us well. I got too good at working on it, and it started occupying more time than Anna really wanted. I didn’t mind fixing it. It was a good challenge, but Anna was right. We needed a new(er) car.

Anna got a ride in a friend’s Miata, and really liked it. I was a bit more open – if Anna wanted a Miata, then other roadsters were also fair game. Honda S2000, and the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky were also considered, and showing them to her, Anna liked them as well, but she really liked her friend’s Miata.

After a little looking, this car popped up. I was intrigued by the hard top. Turns out this is a “Power Retractable Hard Top” (PRHT) model- the first one I’d seen on the market (typical review here). Price was reasonable. I showed Anna’s best friend the listing, and she gave her thumbs up, so we went to see it. The dealer had this 2007 Grand Touring with a 6 speed manual, and a 2006 (soft top – 2007 was the first year for the “Power Retractable Hard Top”) with an Automatic transmission. I liked both. The Automatic Transmission was easier to drive, and I was concerned about commuting in stop and go traffic (it can, occasionally, take an hour to drive the 13 miles from home to work or back), but we both really liked the idea of the PRHT.

Both were nice cars, but this car was so much more. The Grand Touring MX-5 is loaded with options. The previous owner had also done some upgrades and taken very good care of the car. There’s a K&N (Apollo) Cold Air Intake and a custom exhaust. Between the two, the sound is phenomenal but not overpowering. Even stock, this little 2 liter 4 cylinder DOHC engine produces more power (166 HP – the Automatic Transmission car gets derated to 163 HP) than my last sports car, a 1983 Toyota Supra (2.8 liter DOHC Inline 6 produced 150 HP). 10% more power, and about 220 lbs (100 Kg) less weight. Win-win. Zoom-zoom!

I realize that the hairy-chested among you will be scoffing and tutting …. You will say “girl’s car” and “gay” and all sorts of other things.

Well, that’s fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it 14. – Jeremy Clarkson, The Sunday Times

We’re both very pleased with the car. There’s something very special about driving with the top down at night, and being able to look up and see the stars. But I have some upgrades in mind, so if you’re interested, stay tuned!

3 Comments

  1. Robert Simpson wrote:

    You’re going to like it. I bought a used ’97 back in ’99 and sold it two years and 35,000 miles later for a few hundred $ less than I paid. Wish I would have kept it longer. A five-speed manual, it had cruise control! A fun low-maintenence sports car.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12:29 | Permalink
  2. Arved wrote:

    We love the car. We actually bought it about 3 months ago, and have had a lot of fun with the car. NO BUYERS REMORSE! 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Friday, January 22, 2016 at 15:47 | Permalink
  3. Arved,
    I bought a 2002 Miata back in 2005 – 2nd generation. It had less than 10,000 miles on it. I paid $10K for it. It now has a wee bit more than 26,000 miles on it. I love this car. It’s simple and loads of fun to drive. As you can see, I don’t drive it much except to have some fun. Enjoy yours!

    George

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 20:42 | Permalink

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