Mazda Miata MX-5 (2010)

Last fall I was looking for a new convertible or roadster to take me through the next 10 years. I will retire one day and I was looking for something that might be fun for the next little while. This could possibly be the last car I will buy.

In July 2012 I had test driven a 2009 Mazda Miata SV model that had been recently hail damaged. I didn’t know the vehicle was damaged when I went to the dealer and they hadn’t yet had time to assess the damage. So, there was no point to buy. But, the test drive did affirm that I would most likely acquire a Miata. A late model vehicle was within my price range and the car reminded me of the 1968 MGB that I had restored and driven from 1985 through to 1995.

In September 2012 there was a blue 2008 Miata SV model available in Vancouver that had aftermarket leather seats, but the dealer wasn’t sufficiently motivated to meet my price at the time.

In October I discovered a 2010 GT model being sold at Birchwood Honda in Winnipeg. The vehicle had just come in as a trade and was priced to sell. After a few phone calls I was driving to Winnipeg the next weekend to trade in my 2006 Sebring convertible and buy the 2010 Miata GT roadster. At the time of purchase it had about 16500 km on the dial.

The GT model comes with all the bells and whistles. The vehicle has leather, premium trim, Bluetooth, Bose audio, heated seats, Xenon headlights, climate control, sport suspension, traction control, and a power retractable hardtop. I had to call the local Mazda dealer to determine what color this car was. It is Metropolitan Grey Mica with Havana Brown leather interior. The color sometimes looks black or gray and shows hints of blue and green depending on the light. This color was not available in the USA.

Now at Easter 2013 the weather has warmed up enough such that I can take a few pictures of the car. Yes, the grass still looks dead and there is winter road dirt and a little snow, but spring has arrived in Calgary.