Well, this is probably a question that’s been answered to death. I’m an annoying tryhard getting his first MX5 and I’m trying to get it “perfect”.
But basically, since I’ve been trying to narrow down what I want, I’ve stopped on a car with an LSD and a fun colour scheme, which in my case is gonna be either a 1.8 blaze yellow Arizona or a velocity red Euphonic. I like the wheels, the interior and the extra speakers of the Euphonic specifically - and the sport chassis bracing and big brakes etc.
This all just so I can simplify my choices cause there’s too many NBs out there. I initially wanted a Montana/Indiana cause of the tan interior and wooden bits, which I like, but obviously, no LSD. I’m also basically a noob at driving - I’ve spent maybe a few months total actually driving a car (and on the wrong side too). So whether or not I need an LSD is seriously debatable - but it’s mostly because I really don’t know if any garages around here would be willing to fit an LSD I buy myself and I’ve nowhere to do it myself in case I do one day decide I’ve need for one.
The stuff above aside - I specifically avoid Sport models because of people’s general dislike of the 6-speed, how it feels, it’s usefulness and that awful reverse gear placement. Naturally, the best way to see which one I like is to drive 'em - but I’m neither in a position to really do that at the moment nor are there any MX5s to test around the place. I don’t really like the Sport color options, but beyond that, removing them from my searches helps with choice paralysis.
Is this the wrong approach? I think 6 is too many gears on a 1.8 - especially considering (if true) that the 6-speed isn’t really any taller than the 5 and therefore no highway benefits. I am very happy to add things like the speaker windblocker, engine bay braces, foglights etc. myself.