The 2002 Mazda Miata mx-5 is a great affordable sports car.
Great car! Very fun to drive and efficient in terms of gas mileage. The Mazda Miata also makes a great first project car. There are not too many problems other than servicing breaks, tires, etc. However, the water pump/ radiator is going bad due to the fact that the car wants to overheat with the a/c on during the hot summer days of Texas. Shouldn't be much of an issue if you live in cool areas. Parts are readily available as well so fixing isn't an issue. Handling on this car is also great. Fun little sports car for anyone wanting an affordable sports car.