Here is the very delayed review of my new miata. Finals week got in the way of writing this so I apologize.
(Full disclosure: Mazda wanted me to drive this so much, they made commentators on jalopnik hype it enough to the point where I had to test drive one. Then Mazda let me purchase this one from the original owner for $2200.)
I personally love the look of the first gen Miata, but this one has some front end damage from the previous owner. Also I don't believe this tthing has ever been waxed in it's entire life so it can't get the full 10 points.
This one is the m edition so it has some nice features like a wooden shift knob and wooden handbrake lever. It also has a tan leather interior that has been taken care of unlikely the exterior. My complaints are only on the size of the thing. I am a 6 foot 200 pound male, I have to sit all the way back and ghetto cruise in the thing. Luckily for me that is how I normally drive so it isn't too bad. Also the steering wheel rests on my thighs.
This thing feels fast. It has the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder that produces 133 bhp. Now that doesn't seem like much but when your coming from a car with only 100 bhp it feels insane. Plus the thing weighs in around 2500 with my fat ass in it.
The brakes are nice and bite well. But this car lacks ABS which can be a problem for some people.
I love the way this thing rides, but my mom hates it. She says it's too stiff, I think it is just right.
I think this thing handles perfectly but I am coming from a base model Hyundai Accent which handles as well as a boat.
I FREAKING LOVE THIS GEARBOX!!!!! I just hate the stupid Nardi shift knob. Seriously how do you hold it right. Also when shifting into third quickly i mute the radio.
I think the engine sounds nice but i wish it was louder. My car came with an aftermarket radio which is nice as it has an aux port. The stock speakers are absolute shit. Only 1 door speaker works, and all of the headrest speakers are blown.
Everyone on here knows what the value of a Miata is so I don't have to explain that. The reason this one gets a 12 out of 10 is, I purchased it for a total of $2,210. Now it does have some minor frond end damage and a cracked taillight assembly, but it only has had 1 previous owner. It has all of the service records from the original dealership, and it only had 80,000 miles on it.
Total Score 71/90