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Comparing my old MX5 Mk1 and my new Copen

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Nightjar, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Nightjar

    Nightjar Copenworld Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2013
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen Turbo
    The other week while the sun was shining I decided to go on an early morning Sunday blast out in Derbyshire's Peak District, and to do a run that I used to do with my local Mazda MX5 club, it was very enjoyable.
    As I was driving on a very narrow, steep and winding lane I was comparing this drive in my Copen with my last run with my MX5 up this same lane.
    In the MX5 I had plenty of power with its 1.8 engine, and I could get up the really steep bits in third/forth gear while in my Copen 659 turbo I had to drop down to second gear. The ride in the MX5 was smother than the Copen, in that I felt every dip and bump of the road surface in the Copen where I did not feel the bumps as much in the MX5. In the Copen I could throw it into corners that I would not have done so with the MX5, do not get me wrong the MX5 is fantastic car on country roads but any slippery surface and the MX5 became very tail happy e.g wet roads, mud on the road or wet cow muck. Driving the Copen is like ridding a roller skate compared to driving the MX5 which is like ridding a skate board, you the point the wheels of the Copen in any direction and you go almost instantaneously in that direction.
    In the MX5 if it started raining I had to manually put the soft top up, where in the Copen I just have to press a button, if I wanted to have the hard top on the MX5 it was a mayor pain (in the back) to get it on and off by myself and when I did not want to use the hard top finding somewhere to store it was another pain.
    Finding parts for the MX5 is fairly easy unlike the Copen, if you want to pimp up the Copen you have to import the parts from Japan or Germany unlike the MX5 you can get almost any parts in this country. To change parts on Copen e.g. head lights and indicators you have to remove another part of the car e.g. wheels or bumper. In the MX5 were thing are not pact so tight into the car it is easier to work on. The Copen is very rattly especially with the hood up, whereas the MX5 is quieter and seams better put together and the seat belts work as they are meant to work and do not get snagged every time you try and put them on.
    To sum up I love both of these models of cars I cannot say one is better than other, I have more experience with the MX5 than the Copen having own two different MX5 a 1.6 and a 1.8 (both in British racing green with tan leather seats) and if I could afford to run an MX5 and a Copen I would.:)

    P.s.I'am sorry for my poor spelling and grammar.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  2. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Location:
    Sunderland
    Car(s):
    Copen 1.3
    Did you drive the mx5 in snow or on icey roads? I like the mx5 particularly the latest active hard top version but have been put off getting one because of rear wheel drive instability on slippery roads. Are they like a BMW and almost unusable in winter weather?
     
  3. Nightjar

    Nightjar Copenworld Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2013
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen Turbo
    Although my Mx5s where Mr1s and did not have any stability control in them, I did go out in the wet and the snow. When I went out in the wet and the snow I drove very carefully and as smoothly as possible, especially accelerating and bracking. I did get my Mx5 sideways on one occasion accelerating too fast out of a junction on a wet country road and on another occasion I fishtail down a country lane that had cow dropping all over it.:rolleyes:
    I to like hard top version I saw one the other day in a garage.
     
  4. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Oct 20, 2009
    Location:
    Cardiff
    Car(s):
    Copen
    Nice review Nightjar.

    rex.
     
  5. Nightjar

    Nightjar Copenworld Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2013
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen Turbo
    Thank you Rex for your kind words.
    It would be nice to read other peoples reviews of the Copen compared to other roadsters/cars that they owned or drove.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
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