The Roadster

2003 Mazda Miata MX-5


After a few years of wanting to sit in the cabin of another convertible Roadster, I happily settled on the super popular Mazda Miata MX-5. Decades ago, I owned a Triumph Spitfire, a classic British Roadster, which, when running, was a blast to drive. Actually, I had very little trouble with the Triumph. A few sports cars and a few boring cars later, I decided it was time for another fling with a classic convertible Roadster as my daily driver. The Mazda Miata MX-5 fit the bill perfectly. Affordable, reliable, fun, and, that classic British Roadster look. Mazda built the British Roadster the Brits wish they had built.


Our MX-5 is the second generation NB Series, built between 1999-2005. She sports a 1.8 liter engine mated to a 5 speed, short throw, manual transmission. Her power to weight ratio is superb, with low to mid-range torque that quickly brings her up to highway speeds in fourth gear at 4500 RPM. The “fun” power band sits between 4500 and 6000 RPM, redline is at 7000.


On the road she is a blast to drive. This car is “tight”, as a true sports car should be. No  luxury, pseudo sports car here. The suspension is sport stiff, giving the driver much wanted feedback from the road. The steering is quick and responsive, just what you want on those curvy, mountain roads. Surprisingly, though, this car is very comfortable. The suspension is stiff, but not jarring. As small as this car is, once seated in the cabin, she seems to morph into a larger vehicle. Leg room is generous, as is the cabin headroom. Her beam (side to side) is wide, allowing me to shift gears without digging my elbow into my passengers ribs, as in my previous car.


She came to us in turnkey condition, with only 75,000 miles on the odo. Ruth has named her Guinness, a nod to her black and tan interior.We are both very happy with her, and are now part of the large Miata community in our area. We are looking forward to many top down adventures and invite you to join us on this blog site! Keep the drive alive!

Smiles all around!