2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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$20,545

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2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The car that started the roadster revival more than 10 years ago is spruced up for the spring and summer with a Special Edition model. Unique features on the Miata Special Edition include a six-speed manual transmission, parchment-colored leather upholstery, “mahogany mica” paint, a 200-watt Bose audio system and other amenities.

Miata debuted for the 1990 model year as a basic sports car like the British roadsters of the 1950s and 1960s but with Japanese quality and reliability. Though it was redesigned in 1999, the current Miata retains similar dimensions and styling as the original.

Exterior
With an overall length of 155 inches, the Miata is a trim-sized roadster that is about 3 inches shorter than the BMW Z3. It comes with a standard manually folding convertible top that can be raised or lowered from the driver’s seat. The convertible top comes with a glass rear window with a defogger. A removable hardtop is optional.

Interior
The Miata is just 4 feet high, so occupants literally have to drop into the two snug-fitting bucket seats. A simple, functional dashboard places all gauges so they are easy to see and controls are within easy reach.

An optional Convenience Package includes a “windblocker” that mounts behind the seats to reduce turbulence.

Under the Hood
The only engine for the rear-drive Miata is a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Regular models come with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, and the Special Edition comes only with a six-speed manual.

Performance
The engine is rather loud, the ride is pretty stiff, and the Miata can’t keep pace with more performance-oriented sports cars. However, it is still fun to drive, reasonably priced and designed in classic sports car style. There was nothing else like it when it arrived as a 1990 model. Even with several other roadsters crowding the market, the Miata still stands out as a great value.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

fun, reliable, drives like a go-cart!

If you are looking for great fun, economical maintenance costs and outstanding reliability this is the car for you. I had mine for ten years with only normal maintenance. Winding back roads in a Miata are where you will want to be.

4.7

Hard to find a more reliable and fun car.

Like taking the roller coaster to work!...but with enough comfort, storage, safety, etc. to be quite practical. I can feel like I'm going really fast but actually be obeying the traffic laws.

4.1

People's sportscar

Budget Fr and all the pros and less the cons Handling Balance tire balance weight 50/50 Easy convertible for all Heavy hardtop need 2 people for ease Great top off Immeasureable parts and upgrades

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