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View Poll Results: Mazda MX-5 Mk1
Sub Zero 7 6.09%
Cool 59 51.30%
Uncool 34 29.57%
Seriously Uncool 15 13.04%
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Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Mazda's tiny roadster makes an appearance. It was also known as the Mazda Miata and the Mazda Roadster.

Engine: 1.6L I4
Layout: FR
Power: 114 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 100 lb·ft @ 5,500 rpm
0 - 60 mph: 8.5 seconds
Top Speed: 117 mph (188 km/h)
Weight: 970 kg (2,138 lb)
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

And just for kicks, check out this one. Just don't take it into consideration when voting.
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Does everything it should, and does it well. The definitive roadster.

Affordable, reasonably good looking and no doubt great fun.





BUT totally and utterly UNCOOL
 
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Lotus elan anyone ?
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Re-Kickstarted the roadster market all by itself.


But is it cool? I think it originally was, but it's
success and numbers have dragged it into uncool territory.
 
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Its a good car, but it is also common as muck and driven mostly by peroxide blondes, and men having a mid-life crisis. (like my dad)

Uncool.
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It wasn't long ago that i thought these cars were cool. Pretty girls could always be seen in them; top down, hair billowing in the wind, their eyes curiously hidden behind dark lenses as the beat of the sun glinted off them. They would roar past, their faces etched into a "I know i'm cool and good looking. And i know you want me" look of glamorous arrogance, that wry half smile just parting their lips enough to see their perfect pearly whites. It was one of my highs of the summer. They were everywhere, and i loved them.

So imagine my dismay as i finally pluck up the courage to speak to one of the these drivers. It was in the winter, so top up with scarves and hats to fight the breezy conditions that you get inside these things. It was a chilly Monday morning. New frost had settled overnight creating a crisp freshness that was as invigorating as it was biting. I approached the car not sure of what i was going to say or how i was going to say it. I just knew the moment was right. Maybe ask her to join me for a warming coffee, or maybe just comment on her car. I could have said a million things, and all of them were racing through my mind with frightening speed that matched the rate of my heart.

I approached from the rear so as to catch her as she stepped out, deciding in the end to go for the "oh, i'm sorry" route as i bumped into her as she opened her door. A perfect opener i thought.

The moment will stick with me for the rest of my life. It was hideous and not even female. My moment of bliss had gone forever. Never could i look at these cars with the same warm affection as before. The image was now permanently tainted with a builders big stomach hidden by a stretch shirt and florescent jacket.

Uncool thanks to him.

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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Alfaspeed - classic

As for the car, uncool, but a fantastic machine.
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Why is this a private poll? Can you make a new thread and copy these posts into it, just so the poll is not private?
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Wel id prefer the Spider, here in Belgium it gets more attention than a MX5..... and is more fun to drive....
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Quite cool when it was new and definitely the best of the breed but just a bit common and a bit cheap now with all the tired grey imports and not-quite-classic age of it.

Just steps across into uncool for me but I've seen some nice, well-cared for ones and they are terrific little roadsters and deserve our respect for what they did to revive that market.
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Wel id prefer the Spider, here in Belgium it gets more attention than a MX5..... and is more fun to drive....


With respect, that isn't the question.
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

As others have said - a few years ago I would have said cool - but now I'm neutral on it
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A poor imitation of an MGB. Seriously uncool.
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A poor imitation of an MGB. Seriously uncool.
Borrox. The MGB was total cack in every respect from its lever arm suspension to its wheezy motor and naff dash to its dreadful build quality. It handled and drove like last night's chips in a wet newspaper.

The MX5 was a modern homage to the Elan in most respects except it was so easy to live with and cute that it attracted more girlies than the original as owners.


And a few hairdressers.
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

Recently I went to a lecture given by Tom Matano, the guy who designed this car.

The logic, the reasoning behind it is bulletproof, and the 1st generation has aged amazingly gracefully.

I think its sub-zero.
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Borrox. The MGB was total cack in every respect from its lever arm suspension to its wheezy motor and naff dash to its dreadful build quality. It handled and drove like last night's chips in a wet newspaper.
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Why is this a private poll? Can you make a new thread and copy these posts into it, just so the poll is not private?
I forgot to click on the box that makes it public...
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I think its cool, although I'd prefer an Elise
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Re: Mazda MX-5 Mk1

'er indoors had one ...........British racing Green........ Great drive, go round corners like they are on rails !!!! .......... and great fun.

They'd be really cool............. if they weren't a hairdresser's car......... Mind you the MX5 had far more street cred than the Cooper S she has now........

The car and the whole new mini concept is really "pants"........ Good girls car......... I wouldn't be seen dead driving it !!!!

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I think its cool, although I'd prefer an Elise
The thing with the Elise is though, its not as easy to live with.

Most people who buy the Mazda do so because it won't scare them, it always starts, the roof doesn't leak...
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The thing with the Elise is though, its not as easy to live with.

Most people who buy the Mazda do so because it won't scare them, it always starts, the roof doesn't leak...
Try owning an MG Midget
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Try owning an MG Midget
Funny you should say that, before my dad got his Westfield he owned an MG Midget.
It was a 1275 Round arch model in Harvest Gold.

We went to a car show in it and the headgasket went.

It was much better handling than an MGB, thats a fact but it was pretty slow and noisy. I suppose thats part of the charm
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Funny you should say that, before my dad got his Westfield he owned an MG Midget.
It was a 1275 Round arch model in Harvest Gold.
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It was much better handling than an MGB, thats a fact but it was pretty slow and noisy. I suppose thats part of the charm
To be honest, for a design that dates back to the 1950s they were quite quick, and they do handle very well. True, they are noisy, particularly on motorways where the lack of the 5th gear shows, and your legs do burn from the heat coming out of the engine bay - but brilliant fun on a summer's day
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