Well, as you quoted, the Edmunds' reviewer said those things in '99. The big question is, will he/she say it now that the Spyder is out.
Some say the Spyder is ugly...some say it is purpose-built. In the end, if you want a sporty roadster under $30k, you get a Spyder. If you want the ultimate roadster, get a S2000. Miata is more for cruising.
Automobile journalists are subjective people. They are writers first that then became interested in cars...some are forced into it. If you are a car nut (like i am), you will notice that these car "enthusiasts" are frequently WRONG, even in the objective parts! Until there is a college degree in AUTOMOTIVE NUT, i will not base all my opinions on ONE article! That is just plain nuts!
Personally, i HAVE a life...remember, i went off-roading with friends this past weekend!
It is unfortunate that you did not take my advice before....
Oh yeah, BMW X5 has an M-version??!! I thought it was just the 4.6-version coming soon.
Finally, WHY ARE YOU HERE ON THIS FORUM???
Man, there is no need to get angry...this is all for fun, man!
Thanks...and do NOT come again! (Sarcasm has no effect on this guy!)