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Blending the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars like MGs and Triumphs with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese cars was the goalÑand the Miata succeeded admirably. The Miata is a nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. Though it leans in corners a bit more than before, the latest version rides marginally better.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
NA
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2012.
Model Summary
Blending the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars like MGs and Triumphs with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese cars was the goalÑand the Miata succeeded admirably. The Miata is a nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. Though it leans in corners a bit more than before, the latest version rides marginally better. The engine is willing and responsive though not that powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use. The convertible top has a glass rear window instead of plastic. The interior remains cramped for tall people, however, and the Miata can prove tiring on a long cruise.
Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Caused by intermitent coil failure”

Ray H., OK (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“engine knock caused by sparkplug. eventually sparkplug blown out of engine. repaired with helicoil and now running great”

Ben W., AZ (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Minor transmission oil leak, two minor engine oil leaks. Oil cooler o-ring, leak around knock engine sensor”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal leakage from oil seals in transmission”

Anonymous, OR (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Harmonic balance pulley on front of crankshaft was coming apart”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“Gas tank leaked and Mazda could not provide a replacement tank. Had to have distance rebuilt”

Mario D., QC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“car down on power, drivability effected”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Car sat idle and undriven for 11 months. Fuel pump and fuel relay were part of the repairs to get it running again”

Lawrence A., DC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“fuel pressure sensor. fuel tank had to be removed to replace. 4 hours labor cost 6 times more than the part”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“02 sensor had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Car is kept outside, and canvass top need replacement. Totally expected. VERY happy with the car otherwise”

Michael P., CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Convertible top leaking into interior and trunk - required new connertible (vinyl) top”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“after 15 years just now needing replacement. car is kept outside. VERY happy with the life of the car”

Michael P., CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“This car has 2 Cats. One is eight odd the exhaust manifold. This car also had a faulty coil which caused misfires on start when hot. The raw gas from the misfires ruined the Cat. Common problem in 1999 and 2000 Miata”

Don H., CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed - had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“two catalytic converters. Extremely expensive to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Three different trips to dealership before proper diagnosis. Secound trip they replaced plugs and wires that were less than seven months old. They claimed after market plugs and wires could be causing non starting and poor running when it finally starts”

Ray H., OK (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“one coil failed and given the age of the car we opted to replaxe all of them”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“spark plug blown out of engine block. "easily" repaired”

Ben W., AZ (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

“car parked out side in sun most of day had to put new cover on”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Got a new top last year and directions for install either weren't properly followed (or not available) or the top was bad. Having to replace again this year”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“airbag light flashing”

Anonymous, GA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Replaced headlights twice in lase year”

Anonymous, AL (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Radiator seam split / overheating- required new radiator and thermostat”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“radiator top separated from core”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“delaminated clutch plate and seized idler bearing”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

“The evaporator experienced a leak. It took nearly a week to find the replacement part. Probably time to sell the car”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Mechanic had a hard time finding an engine for such an old car. Then we found out it had more problems than was known”

Anonymous, GA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“High gloss layer of paint on the hood separating after being hit by road grime”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

“Took it to Pep boys for a brake job. They have been unable to adjust the parking brake after 3 attempts”

Lori P., VA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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