I am looking to purchase a 2005 mazdaspeed miata here in the NE-USA.
I found one for $19,900 and have a few questions.
Does anyone here own one?
If so, is it worth the premium?
I had a 2001 Miata and loved the car.
Just curious as to others experience with the turbo version.
I have a 2004 MSM. It's a great car, but you should be able to get it for
less than 20k. I paid $15,600 for mine two years ago.
The non-turbo has a nicer exhaust note. On the other hand the MSM has a
much stronger engine.
Some (most?) prefer the 5-speed to the 6-speed transmission that the MSM
comes with. The gearing is also very short in the MSM. Good acceleration
but a lot of shifting. Not everyone's cup of tea. I would have preferred
a 5-speed with longer gearing.
The 17" rims on the MSM look fantastic but are very fragile. I have
already replaced mine with 16" Rota Slipstreams. Lighter, stronger, more
sidewall, better ride.
Overall it's a lot of car for the money and great fun to drive. Whenever
I drive normal cars now they just feel dead. I will not be selling this
car any time soon.
Thanks for the info.
I think the car is still listed so they seem to be having trouble selling it
at that price.
I never saw my original post appear (thanks Time Warner!!!) so I guess you
are the first to respond.
I was tempted to offer 15 to 16k and see if they would take it.
I loved my 2001 model and was loath to part with it but finances did not
allow it then. (Don't really allow it now but I wanted to grab one of these
rare models before to much time lapses.)
Have you ever driven one? Are they worth the premium?
They are nowhere near that cheap around here (Hou). I can't see how there's
much of a premium for the MSM at all. A regular 'loaded' miata cost about as
much as far as I can tell and the maybe it's the fear of hard use that has
driven down the price of the MSM so fast but I think they seem quite a
value. Not at $19k of course but, .......