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2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5

$5,312 — $16,736 USED
Convertible
2 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.3) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Handling
  • Maneuverability
  • Fun to drive
  • Gearbox operation
  • Performance

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Engine noise
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Snug cockpit

What to Know

about the 2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5
  • Turbocharged 178-hp four-cylinder
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Convertible body style
  • RWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mazda is the automaker most responsible for the sports-car revolution of the 1990s, and the MX-5 Miata continues to provide driving entertainment at a moderate price. For 2005, Mazda's rear-wheel-drive two-seat sports car remains available in base and LS trim levels, and a six-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Performance-minded roadster fans now have a stronger choice, though. During the 2004 model year, Mazda introduced a high-performance Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata with a turbocharged engine that generates 178 horsepower rather than the usual 142 hp. Offered only with a six-speed-manual transmission, the Mazdaspeed model rides on 17-inch tires and has a body that's been lowered by 7 millimeters.

The company says more than 1,000 parts were modified to create the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata. A Bosch torque-sensing limited-slip differential is installed.

A new Grand Touring edition of the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata arrived for the 2005 model year and features leather upholstery rather than the cloth seating of the base model. Mazdaspeed is the in-house performance arm of Mazda.


Exterior
The Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata exhibits an amalgamation of curves that are offset by few straight lines. The manual-folding fabric top has a glass back window with a defogger. A wind-blocker panel is included.

The sport-tuned fully independent suspension in the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata includes shorter springs with increased rates, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and Mazdaspeed-tu...
Vehicle Overview
Mazda is the automaker most responsible for the sports-car revolution of the 1990s, and the MX-5 Miata continues to provide driving entertainment at a moderate price. For 2005, Mazda's rear-wheel-drive two-seat sports car remains available in base and LS trim levels, and a six-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Performance-minded roadster fans now have a stronger choice, though. During the 2004 model year, Mazda introduced a high-performance Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata with a turbocharged engine that generates 178 horsepower rather than the usual 142 hp. Offered only with a six-speed-manual transmission, the Mazdaspeed model rides on 17-inch tires and has a body that's been lowered by 7 millimeters.

The company says more than 1,000 parts were modified to create the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata. A Bosch torque-sensing limited-slip differential is installed.

A new Grand Touring edition of the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata arrived for the 2005 model year and features leather upholstery rather than the cloth seating of the base model. Mazdaspeed is the in-house performance arm of Mazda.


Exterior
The Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata exhibits an amalgamation of curves that are offset by few straight lines. The manual-folding fabric top has a glass back window with a defogger. A wind-blocker panel is included.

The sport-tuned fully independent suspension in the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata includes shorter springs with increased rates, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and Mazdaspeed-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers. A rear-deck spoiler, an under-spoiler and a large exhaust tip are standard. Fog lamps are recessed into the front under-spoiler. A $1,500 detachable hardtop is optional.


Interior
Cloth bucket seats are used in the regular Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata, while leather upholstery is installed in the Grand Touring edition. A black vinyl top is standard, and a black cloth roof is available on the Grand Touring model. Because the car is only 4 feet tall, occupants have to drop down into the seats. The driver faces a simple dashboard, and all the controls and gauges are within easy reach. Standard equipment includes a 225-watt Bose six-speaker AM/FM radio with an in-dash six-CD changer. Sirius Satellite Radio can be installed.

Under the Hood
Beneath the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata's hood sits a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 178 hp at 6,000 rpm and 166 pounds-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine teams with a six-speed-manual transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Second-generation front airbags include a key-operated deactivation switch for the passenger side.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.2)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(3.0)

MY 2ND MIATA

by MSaj. from Austin, TX on November 9, 2018

First mistake was buying it from a small lot. If you're going to buy a used Miata, make sure you do so from a "private seller"! My 1997 was a dream & sometimes sorry I sold her. But the 2005, just ... Read full review

(4.0)

Love my Mazda Miata

by StuC from Boston on September 28, 2017

Great car. Love its performance and pep. Love the size - fits me well. Mazda Miatas are such great performance and handling cars. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5 currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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