"Joy to drive but Bose radio is very poor."4.0 starson by Miata42
Pros: We own 2. Great handling on the curves with responsive acceleration. The 6 speed manual and premium suspension package overcome any handling deficiencies in the base Grand Touring and Sport. Seats are far more comfortable than the Sport model.
Cons: I posted this warn everyone how poor the Bose sound system is. Sirius won't hold the signal even on the interstate. Mazda says its Sirius so why use them? Second, hard if not impossible to do streaming bluetooth audio even though website says can.
Summary: Die hards will say its about the car and not the sound. I bought the car for the driving experience, not a rolling boom box. However, I've got a cheap 2006 Chevy HHR with XM radio and never any reception problems at all. It's not too much to expect what's put in the car and advertised (satelite and streaming bluetooth audio) to actually function as expected from such advertising. The one saving grace is I'll hopefully find an aftermarket bluetooth audio to swap out the connection to the Sirius since it's so bad I won't take the subscription after the free trial. Also, sound quality overall is about half what would be expected from a Bose. I've go a 2004 Chevy with factory Bose that blows the Miata Bose away in sound quality and volume. It's just sad that Mazda couldn't have put in a tiny bit more cost to come out with a vehicle up to modern standards in sound tech.
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