Mazda MX-5 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda MX-5 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Should I buy a used MX-5?
I've reached the time of life when I want to splurge a little on a fun car and am thinking of a used Mazda MX-5. What do you think of them? Read more
Best options for a fun convertible?
Merc-ed out, I'm a baby boomer wanting sunshine, fun and change. I thought a Mercedes CLA sedan would do the trick but after my 190E, C180 and C220, I want a change. But a lot of the little fun ...Read more
Mustang, 370Z, IS350F, 86 or MX-5?
I’ve only ever driven a Toyota Corolla in my 20 years as a driver. I had a 1980 model for seven years then a new 2003 model, which I still drive. Now I’m ready to upgrade to a fun car with a bit of ...Read more
Mazda MX-5, Toyota 86 or Mustang for long-time V8 driver?
I am a long time Holden and HSV V8 driver, and I'm considering the SS-V, but I'm also thinking of a change to something different, like a Mazda MX5, Toyota 86 or the 4-cylinder Mustang? What would ...Read more
Price of parts after manufacturing stops?
What will happen to the price of parts and servicing with the loss of locally made vehicles and the competition it provided? Deciding on what to buy, my wife had the Mazda MX-5 as favourite, until I ...Read more
Expensive headlights in MX-5?
I'd be interested to see if you can confirm the replacement cost for the LED headlights on the new Mazda MX-5. I've heard they're in the range of $3000 each. If that's true, it seems to be a case of ...Read more
Which new MX-5 engine?
I saw your story about driving the new Mazda MX-5 in Scotland and, as I'm looking to put an order in, which engine would you recommend? The 1.5 or the 2.0-litre? I currently own a MX5 NA 1.8 Clubman ...Read more
Future value of repaired classic cars
Would the future value of a collector car be affected if it had a rear-quarter accident, but was repaired again and the complete car was re-sprayed to original condition? My thoughts are that ...Read more
Used Mazda MX-5 review: 1989-2014
Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the used 1989-2014 Mazda MX-5. Read more
Used Mazda MX-5 review: 1990-2012
Not only becoming the biggest selling roadster of all time, but also nudging many other car makers into building open-top cars, something that had previously seemed to be impossible due to ever ...Read more
Used Mazda MX-5 review: 2009-2010
The arrival of the Mazda MX-5 in 1989 was like a breath of fresh air in a market that was as dull as dishwater.It was a car you could truly enjoy driving again, a modern sports car that turned the ...Read more
Mazda MX5 service cost
A Mazda dealer recently quoted me a price of $270 for a minor service on my MX5 NC, but a local Brakes Plus shop has quoted me $120 for virtually the same service. The dealer service seems expensive ...Read more
Car radio in MX5
Will the radios in our cars today work once the new digital radio signal commences? I want to upgrade the sound system in my 2002 Mazda MX5, but if the current store products will not work then I ...Read more
Can you convert me?
I AM looking to sell my much-loved 2000 Toyota Celica and buy a convertible, for which I am happy to spend up to $50,000. Can you recommend a car that is both reliable and good value for money? ...Read more
I READ with interest the cold starting problem your reader was having with a Mazda MX-5. It took almost two years to fix my 2001 VVTI model, which felt like it was running on three cylinders for a ...Read more
Hit and miss?
AFTER reading about your reader's problem with a miss in his Mazda MX-5 (carsGuide, November 27) I thought you might be interested in my son's experience with the same problem in his 1999 MX-5. He ...Read more
Hit and miss
MY 1999 Mazda MX5 sometimes develops a bad miss in the engine. It will often go weeks without a problem, but then play up intermittently for 5-10 minutes before coming good. It seems to be related to ...Read more
Used Mazda MX5 review: 2002
From the moment the Mazda MX5 was launched there were calls for more power, calls that were finally answered in 2002 when the locally developed turbocharged SP went on sale. The MX5’s chassis always ...Read more
Used Mazda MX5 review: 1998-2005
In a world in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy driving cars the Mazda MX5 stands out as a beacon of old fashioned fun. Mazda’s little sports car isn’t the most expensive, it isn’t ...Read more
Used Mazda MX5 review: 1989-1993
When the Mazda MX5 was launched in 1989 it was like a breath of fresh air to a country starved of sports cars for almost 20 years and it ushered in a new era in fun motoring. Now in its mid-life the ...Read more