"coming from a Miata Mx-5 driver"4.0 starson by easel
Pros: Better looking than a $100 grand car, incredible handling
Cons: Clunky transmission, whistling top, no space
Summary: When I bought the car it had 4 things that disapointed me and 3 things that impressed me, compared to my old miata.
-slugish in first, this car needs to be driven at 5k RPM's to feel it which normally it shouldn't
-Top wasnt as tight to the windshield as I would of liked, it gave off a whistling at high speeds. the top itself is much nicer, the mechanism to raise and lower it is tighter and its larger so you have to get out of the car.
-I had a leak in the rear diferencial (one day free service at my dealer)
-Transmission has no give and is clunky (Trucklike)
The things that impressed me:
-The styling is timeless, minimal and really turns heads. Every car should be this unique and i applaude GM for taking a chance.
-Roomy compared to the Miata. The miata feels like your sitting in a clown car waiting to go on stage. Just no comparison except they are both cockpick style.
-This thing handles too well! I could slide my miata out on every turn, spin it and race it around. This car is just to sticky and I haven't been able to get the back end to slide out once.
This is the first year compared to a re-engineered miata, they shouldnt be compared on that level. I went looking to buy a new miata or solstice and I couldnt even look at the miata after driving this thing. The miata is so behind the times in styling.
No doubt about it the miata is quicker (although the books say 7.0 0-60 for the miata compared to 7.4 for the solstice) but the miata feels like go cart speed compared to cars speed.
If you want to burn rubber or race your buddies in your new fast car, this isnt for you. If you want to cruise around in a unique car with enough speed to get in and out of traffic then this is the one.