2001 Mazda Miata

We got an incredible feeling at San Diego Cash For Cars when coming into possession of this 2001 Mazda Miata.

We normally expect that when we buy a car there would be some repairs, especially with an automobile produced 15 years ago. However, this vehicle aside from issues of normal wear needed nothing dramatically major:

  • Valve job and valve gaskets
  • Clutch set and flywheel
  • Paint
  • Installed heavy duty aluminum radiator by Megan Racing to prevent overheating as Miatas are known to do
  • Timing belt and tensioners, water pump, upper and lower radiator hoses, bypass hoses
  • Thermostat, oxygen sensor and front brakes
  • Tune up, oil change, oil filter, brake fluid, power steering fluid and radiator coolant

It was extremely fortunate that the previous owner kept the 2001 Mazda Miata well taken care of with routine maintenance. This automobile was driven minimally for a total of 125,000 miles (approximately 8000+ miles driven per year). Upon completion of all improvements, we were pretty amazed with the vehicle.

This well loved sports car is given a 9.5/10 rating (289 reviews) by Kelly Blue Book, 4.7/5 rating (44 reviews) by Edmunds, and as reported by Car and Driver, the Mazda Miata is the bestselling two seat roadster ever.

A couple of owner reviews from these respected automotive resources published:

I enjoyed this car immensely and am sorry to this day I sold it 2 years ago. It was my baby and beautiful until I had to sell it due to pressure from my husband to get a bigger vehicle to haul “stuff”. If I ever see it, I will try to buy it back if it is in hallway decent shape. I feel I deserted it by selling. Boo-Hoo 🙁


One of the best, if not the best, cars I have ever owned. Bought in California and driven home to Texas and averaged over 30 MPG at an average speed of about 95 MPH. Most fun of any vehicle I ever drove and is more reliable than any I have owned which have included several sports cars. The only drawback to certain 2001 MX5s is a very slight clutch shudder when first driven on certain mornings. This is no real problem because it disappears after a couple of starts. I have tangled with BMW Z3s, among others, and blew them off in both high speed acceleration and cornering. If I didn’t like this one so much I would buy another Mazda Miata at the drop of a hat.

San Diego Cash For Cars taped a few quick various videos on the 2001 Mazda Miata to showcase a little more insightful information for drivers interested in this sporty ride that continues to be immensely popular today.

For Additional Information on 2001 Mazda Miata:
Kelly Blue Book
Car and Driver