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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2006 and Newer)

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  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I received news that I will be getting my first MX-5 PRHT GT next week! It is currently at the port in NJ. It is True Red with black leather. I can't wait.

    I will post once I try it out!
  • Does anyone know when the Ibuki will be available?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Just rolled off the truck, our 1st MX-5 PRHT in True Red, Grand Touring. Really nice car. As soon as it is PDI'ed, I will post on how the top works.
  • Nice...thanks
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Subject says it all. The top retracts quite quickly. Very impressed.

    There is still a release trigger, identical to the regular soft top MX-5, on the top. Press "release", and open the latch. To lower, and raise the top, you must hold down the respective button, "top up" or "top down".

    The seals on the top when up seems to be a nice fit.

    This car kinda looks like a mini RX-7, or a mini Lexus SC430
  • I just happened to be in the market for a new car. My son talked me out of my beloved Honda Del Sol for his college transportation. The Honda Del Sol was also a convertible hardtop but it was a manual process and required one to get out of the car and put the top in the trunk. They stopped making the Del Sol in 1997. So I shopped for a suitable replacement and there were none. My criteria was, convertible hardtop that was not a pain to remove and put on, good on gas, 2 seats, reliable, small and simple.
    I looked at the Mercedes Benz SLK 280, Lexus SC430. I even searched some larger 4 seat cars, Volvo s40, Pontiac G6. All of these are retractable hardtops but all failed my criteria in one or more areas.
    Just when I had given up all hope I heard a rumor that Mazda was putting a power retractable hardtop on the MX-5. The Mazda Miata is why Honda created the Del Sol and I had often wondered why the Miata didn't have a hardtop that didn't require a mechanic to install.
    Well, I have been waiting since June to hear an actual test drive or test top to confirm that this is the car for me. I was not sure if Mazda would beef up the suspension to handle the extra weight or if it would it be necessary to order the suspension package to better handle the weight, even if it is not a great increase in weight. I also wanted to know if this was an electric or hydraulic system. Hydraulic systems tend to leak and I feel are less reliable. So I am glad Mazda went with electric motor.
    By the way, I want a hardtop because I park outside , in the Arizona sun, and cloth or vinyl just does not stand up well under the relentless UV downpour we receive here.
    I ordered one as soon as Mazda announced them at the British car show in July or August. So when can I expect to recieve mine? Will it take longer because it wes ordered? How does it look??? :shades:
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I ordered one as soon as Mazda announced them at the British car show in July or August. So when can I expect to receive mine? Will it take longer because it wes ordered? How does it look???

    Typical time is 16-18 weeks from time is ordered to delivery. However, if you reserved one that was already allocated to the dealer, it may be sooner.

    The car looks great. Should be a very good seller. The top is relatively silent, and quick. The choice of an electric motor was the smart thing to do.

    The top breaks into 4 pieces. The roof separates from the side and rear structure, and then the rear window recesses from the rear/side structure. Then there is the back cap, of which the rear break light is mounted, that raises up, then lowers back to position once the top is fully up or down.
  • I stopped by my local Mazda dealer this afternoon to ask some questions about the new 2007 Miata PRHT and they had just gotten one. It was a Grand Touring 6-speed manual at $27k MSRP including delivery. The salesman couldn't wait to have me take it out.

    The power hardtop is very easy and quick. With the top up highway sounds are nicely muffled, but the engine is louder than in a typical sedan. The ride at speed was very stable. When we got off the highway and put the top down, it handled solidly around my suburban streets. I took a hard turn to make a power-slide, but it felt forced, probably because of the 17-inch wheels. (The salesman had just learned how to drive a stick as a condition of getting his job, and he was loving it!)

    The test-drive was fun and the car is impressive, but I'm not planning to buy it. It would be a great replacement for my 1996 first generation 5-speed Miata, but not until I feel like growing up (now 55 and counting).
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Hadn't driven the 06, so this was my first NC. A nice car. Lot more solid than my 93. Not as raw, but not too refined. Hard top is easy to use. Solid car top down and more solid top up. I can see picking one of these up eventually (used), to replace my 93 with. I think it will become a pretty popular model for Mazda over the next couple of years.
  • Just brought one home today. Copper red, 6M. Seattle roadnoise was excessive, but once off battered I-5, I could appreciate the nice exhaust growl.

    I love this car.

    Will post a follow up after running it a few hundred miles.

    RD.
  • I am looking to buy a MX-5 Miata in the near future with retractable hard top. I am going with the grand touring package with 6 speed manual. My question to forum members is, does anyone feel it is necessary to spend $450 to $500 for the suspension package upgrade? Will the Miata really handle that much different/better with the upgrade?

    I don't plan on taking the Miata out in bad weather/snow/heavy rain so I'm not really sure the limited slip differential is of great benefit. The upgrade to Bilstein shocks and tuned suspension seems a little pricey for $500.

    In any case I guess Miata drivers of 06 and 05 models (maybe older) will have some input on this subject.

    Brake4me
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    If you're spending the money on the grand touring, at least get the suspension package, or get premium package #1 with limited slip. You'll like the limited slip in light rain, or any slippery conditions.

    $500 is a good deal for the suspension package. There are aftermarket lowering springs out there which will make your Miata handle better, but for most folks the suspension package is fine.

    Me, I want a silver PRHT Sport with suspension package.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 976
    Congratulations, rahim! Hope to read more about your first impressions in our Mazda MX-5: New Drivers' Reports topic too :-)

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  • Brake4me,

    The premium packages require the suspension package, and doesn't come with out it. One of the reasons I got the 6M was, that it was the only way to get the limited slip differential - and ofcourse that I love manual trannys! Reason enough for the suspension package.

    I paid close to MSRP for mine. 28400 including the colored splash guards (don't know if I am going to use them - they are in the mail as they had to be special ordered), and wheel locks. There were a few dealers offering second stickers thousands more than MSRP, but I think I got a pretty good deal, considering I bought it over the phone the day it arrived on the lot - one of the first ones sold in Seattle. (Probably would have gotten a better deal if I had waited but the color was right, and I didn't want to lose it).

    Rahim.
  • Not sure about the option package breakouts for '07 but the limited slip might be nice for rain conditions since the rears on my '06 can spin on exuberant starts. But I think that better overall tires (say a Dunlop SP MAXX) would be a better cure for your weather condition use. IMO - the OEM Michelins on my GT could be grippier even in dry conditions. I have Michelin PSs on my other car and I rarely light up the traction control. I hear the Bilsteins are a rough ride.
  • Decided to give in to my mid-life crisis and bought a MX-5 with retractable hard top yesterday. I got the Grand Touring package with 6 speed manual and added the suspension upgrade as an option. For $25,997 I think I did OK (before tag, tax, title, etc.)

    Most dealers would not give me a price quote over the internet, so I wonder if that is due to a new model coming out or dealer price quotes are not that common over the internet? The few dealers I did see wanted to sell the MX-5 PRHT at sticker price but I found one that actually gave me a very fair offer. I don't mind waiting for early 07 to get this baby since winter time in DC is not the greatest time to have the top down on your car. Most dealers do not even have the retractable hard top model to test drive or even on the display floor. My guess is once this new 07 Miata get more press, seen on the street and highway and displayed in dealership orders will take off.

    As far as I am concerned, you can't beat the price you pay for what your get. BMW, Porsche, even Nissan sports cars all cost a great deal more and even though the MX-5 is priced thousands less, the quality is still there. Now the question is will Mazda hold firm on current prices or start to raise base prices as the new car season starts to open up.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Congrad's on your new hard top

    I have sold my only 2 for full list. No haggling by either customer, both just happy to have the opportunity to purchase one.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Congats! About $1500 off sticker. You might find lower prices this winter as demand drops. (I assume you can cancel your order.) I've never had any problem getting Mazda's below invoice. Just have to wait a bit for initial demand to die off.
  • I believe my deposit check is just being held and will not be cashed out, per dealer. I think the MX-5 PRHT might actually be a good selling car for Mazda dealers since there are so few retractable hard tops on the market. I do know if you want to order one with a lot of bells and whistles you will have to wait quite a while for it to be built and shipped.

    The only two draw backs I've seen (and mentioned by other members) is the poorly laid out CD storage holder in between seats and possibly coffee holders. Since I have not driven test driven the hard top version it will be interesting to see how much outside noise is reduced by the hard top versus the soft top. I'm not crazy about wind noise and I understand that might not be a problem while driving under 75 MPH. Anyway thanks for your message.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    I think it will be a good seller for Mazda too. Supply will catch up with demand though. Hard to say when...

    My attitude about Mazda has always been... if you pay more than invoice, you're paying too much. I have two Mazda's now... they are a good car company.

    Nice to see Mazda finally updated their website with 07's.
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    Sirius is currently having issues broadcasting to some Mazda Sirius sat radio tuners. You will get the message "UPDATING" flash across the head units LCD panel.
  • I was wondering if anyone has ever ordered sound insulation attached to the Miata front hood to diminish engine noise. I would think this would be practical and easy to do, but am not sure if you can factory order this, or have it installed at the dealership when the MX-5 comes in.

    I would think the hood insulation would be a great help on a soft top MX-5, but also on the retractable. I have no idea the clearance space between the hood and engine but I assume there is enough space for insulation.

    MX-5 engines seem to rev a little high in low gears and I was just wondering if extra sound proofing might help? All answers welcomed.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    No. Could do a homemade job, but not sure how much it would help. Really isn't worth the effort. Engine noise is part of the Miata charm. Miata is not a good long distance cruiser, but I've taken 4,000 mile trips in my NA with no issues. By comparison, the NC would feel like a luxury car.

    You can wear earplugs for long drives. (I don't.) Most folks adjust.
  • I am in the process of purchasing an 07 Grand Touring. I have a simple question that I need answered by someone here and not a salesman. Are the stock roll bars functional? I don't mean SCCA road racing functional, just are they anything more than decoration? I'm not for sure why it is important to me but I just want to know.

    By the way, this will be my first roadster in many years (it has been a long time since my barely running TR-4 got me around in high school). Between my wife and I we have owned 7 Mazdas with three in the driveway right now.
  • I was wondering if it is possible to track the status of a new Mazda being built in Japan? Kind of like tracking a UPS delivery I assume, but I'm not sure how you go about it. Once an order has been placed can the buyer get a tracking number from the dealer and then go on-line to Mazda to check on the status? It would be nice to see if a pre-ordered MX-5 is on schedule and narrow down a future shipment date.
  • mx5mk3mx5mk3 Posts: 2
    Hi, I have just received my MX5 NC a month ago, and 10 days after driving it, found a rattling noise on the driveshaft when the car is driven in low revs. I called the dealer on 2 separate occations and after 2 inspections, the answer I got was "IT IS A NORMAL NOISE ON ALL 3 GENERATIONS OF MX5s". I have been looking up this "noise" in many MX5 forums but haven't found such a NORMAL noise. Can anyone shed some light on this? THX!
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    Did the service department drive the car with you along to point out the specific noise/vibration? I would try another dealer and make sure they hear/feel exactly what your describing....the problem doesnt sound normal to me.
  • mx5mk3mx5mk3 Posts: 2
    my original deal drove it and gave the "normal noise" comment. i went to another dealer who also drove it, and he commented that he hears the noise, but when he checked the car he couldn't find the cause. :(
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