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MAZDA MX-5 Used Car Review

In 1989 this compact, lightweight Japanese roadster emerged to invoke fond memories of great, affordable British sports cars of the past. One of the world's most popular sports cars ever since, the MX-5 has won countless fans with its engaging dynamics, affordable pricing and a retractable (soft or hard) roof that accessed open-air motoring.

Pros

Cons

  • Loveable small-capacity engines that like to rev
  • Superb manual gearshift action
  • Brilliantly agile handling yet rides comfortably
  • MX-5 models lacked Bluetooth until 2015 model
  • Latest 1.5L not as flexible as 2.0L engine
  • Interior quality has been patchy over years
  • Some ergonomic interior issues
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2020 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 15856 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Stunning hard top convertible with the punchy economical 1.5 litre engine, six speed floor shift, SatNav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, push button start, Bluetooth, black-out alloy rims plus reverse camera. 15,000km with new car warranty until 2025. Beautiful car.

$46,999
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 57101 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Up market two door roadster with the punchy 2 litre engine, sporty six speed manual floor shift, luxurious leather trim, heated front seating, soft top convertible roof, keyless locking and unlocking, push button start, automatic aircon, SatNav, Bluetooth, safety of blind spot monitoring, ABS brakes, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, sporty 17inch alloy wheels. Low 57,000 with full service history. Immaculate condition throughout. We are a friendly and efficient company, t

$34,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 68000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Perth WA: This Mazda MX-5 GT convertible has the 2 litre 4 cylinder and 6 speed manual transmission. Features log book service history, electric windows, climate controlled air conditioning, Sat/nav and alloy wheels. Has just been serviced by us and is ready for immediate delivery. We are a Multi franchise dealership that first established in 1962 and only deal in Quality workshop tested cars and Commercials. We have everything from a price ranged first car to SUV’s, 4x4’s and Commercial veh

$31,965
Attadale, WA

Dealer used
02/08/2022

Top2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 14622 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Feel the breeze in your hair in the sporty Mazda MX-5 soft top. Powered by a 1.5L engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox, this one is ready to go. 16" alloy wheels and red paint make it stunning to look at. If you think this is your next car, come and see our friendly sales team today or give us a call to arrange a test drive at a time that is convenient to you. We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer, stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia

$39,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2019 Mazda MX-5 ND MY19 Roadster Red 6 Speed Automatic Convertible

  • 24500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Check out this amazing low km Convertible Mazda MX-5! Finished off in the stunning Soul Red! Excellent finance packages available, and trade ins welcome!

$39,990
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

Top2007 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 MY07 Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Softtop

  • 72821 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WELCOME TO OUR MASSIVE MULTI-FRANCHISE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP 2007 Mazda MX 5 Automatic Convertible 2 Door. Immaculate!!! Only one owner from new with books and service history. Watch the heads turn as you cruise the streets in this 2007 Mazda MX-5 convertible. If you want to join the sports convertible market you wont find a better example than this. Equipped with a punchy 2.0 litre engine & six speed automatic your ready for some wind in the hair touring or just leave the top on and enjoy the

$24,999
Canning Vale, WA

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2019 Mazda MX-5 ND MY19 Roadster Red 6 Speed Automatic Convertible

  • 24500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Check out this amazing low km Convertible Mazda MX-5! Finished off in the stunning Soul Red! Excellent finance packages available, and trade ins welcome!

$39,990
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 101770 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

CONVERTIABLE! LEATHER! 2015 MAZDA MX5 - RED IN COLOUR - GREAT CONDITION - LEATHER SEATS - CONVERTIABLE - FULLY OPTIONED - CLIMATE CONTROL - TURBO PETROL - 2 SEATS - MEDIA SCREEN - BLUETOOTH - GREAT SERVICE HISTORY - FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY WE ARE LOCATED JUST 30 MINUTES FROM THE MELBOURNE CBD IN THE SOUTH EASTERN SUBURBS OF MELBOURNE. DEAL WITH THE BEST! Amazing vehicles PRICED RIGHT! Enquire now to discuss how we can make this process as simple, easy and enjoyable as possible! Here is a

$29,990Drive Away^
Wantirna, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 28000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

***HERO MAZDA COLOUR***GREAT COLOUR COMBO**IMMACULATE CONDTION***AND MUCH MORE*** We have market leading prices and friendly staff that are committed to making your buying experience as smooth as possible! Looking at Financing? Enquire now and ask us about our quick, easy and transparent finance options! We have access to various lenders to help save you time and money. Time poor? No worries, we can organise to bring the car out to you so please enquire now to organise a time. Being a high

$31,990
Midland, WA

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 14622 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Feel the breeze in your hair in the sporty Mazda MX-5 soft top. Powered by a 1.5L engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox, this one is ready to go. 16" alloy wheels and red paint make it stunning to look at. If you think this is your next car, come and see our friendly sales team today or give us a call to arrange a test drive at a time that is convenient to you. We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer, stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia

$39,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
Yesterday

2020 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 15856 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Stunning hard top convertible with the punchy economical 1.5 litre engine, six speed floor shift, SatNav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, push button start, Bluetooth, black-out alloy rims plus reverse camera. 15,000km with new car warranty until 2025. Beautiful car.

$46,999
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 8350 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

JUST DIRECT FROM A MAZDA LOW K' CAR FINANCE WITH SAME DAY TRADES WELCOME We are the region’s highest rated dealer on with a 4.7/5 Star Rating, we offer unrivalled vehicle quality and high standards across sales, service and parts. Look at our reviews and see why our customers rate us as one of the best! Our specialized Mazda consultants know the iconic brand inside out and can assist you in matching you with your ideal vehicle. We have tailored finance and insurance packages to sui

$46,990
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

2020 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Soul Red Crystal 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 1689 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This vehicle comes with the Balance of Factory Warranty. Factory Warranty Expires "25/02/2025" Unlimited Km's Optional Extras Fitted: N243V4990 - Air Deflector for Front Spoiler QNDN51960 - Rear Lip Spoiler NA1JV909X - Alloy Brake & Clutch Pedal ND11ACWEL - Welcome Illumination ND11ACFPAY - Front Parking Sensors NA1JV9091 - Alloy Accelerator Pedal ND11ACTRA - Cargo Tray QNDB56490 - Strut Tower Bar QNDE51P10A - Side Under Spoiler QNDE50360A - Rear Un

$49,995Drive Away^
Toowoomba, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 57101 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Up market two door roadster with the punchy 2 litre engine, sporty six speed manual floor shift, luxurious leather trim, heated front seating, soft top convertible roof, keyless locking and unlocking, push button start, automatic aircon, SatNav, Bluetooth, safety of blind spot monitoring, ABS brakes, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, sporty 17inch alloy wheels. Low 57,000 with full service history. Immaculate condition throughout. We are a friendly and efficient company, t

$34,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

2007 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 MY07 Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Softtop

  • 72821 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WELCOME TO OUR MASSIVE MULTI-FRANCHISE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP 2007 Mazda MX 5 Automatic Convertible 2 Door. Immaculate!!! Only one owner from new with books and service history. Watch the heads turn as you cruise the streets in this 2007 Mazda MX-5 convertible. If you want to join the sports convertible market you wont find a better example than this. Equipped with a punchy 2.0 litre engine & six speed automatic your ready for some wind in the hair touring or just leave the top on and enjoy the

$24,999
Canning Vale, WA

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 13598 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR LOCATION** Buy with confidence and complete peace of mind from an awarded winning Mitsubishi dealer. With Market Leading Prices and Friendly Staff To Make Your Buying Experience Smooth And Easy. FINANCING? Why Not Ask Us About Our Quick, Easy and 100% Transparent Finance Options With Loads Of Lenders To Save You Time And Money. TRADE INS? Being a high volume small margin dealer we pay the best money for trades ALL TRADES ACCEPTED trade in your Auto, Auto

$38,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 114553 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

** Automatic ** Leather Interior ** Satellite Navigation ** Service History with 1 Key ** This top spec MX-5 GT makes a bold style statement and is packed full of features to make every trip enjoyable and comfortable. An inspection is sure to impress! Highlight features include: * Alloy Wheels * Leather Interior * Heating and Cooling Seats * Satellite Navigation * Cruise Control * Bluetooth * Push Button Start and much more We make it easy to buy a car here at our family owned dealership W

$33,656Drive Away^
Deer Park, VIC

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 61919 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

The wind in your hair as you drive along the coast as the sun goes down you pullover and lift the easy to operate soft top roof into place with 2 simple clicks and you're protected from the elements. Life in this sporty Mazda MX-5 Roadster will be full of fun drives and good vibes! ## Very Low Km's & Excellent Service History ## Short of Time? Buy Online!!! We offer a complete purchase option from the comfort of your home via our easy, stress free online purchasing plan. Our customer experie

$29,998
Bibra Lake, WA

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2005 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 Maroon 6 Speed Manual Softtop

  • 132793 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** MANUAL *** 133KM'S *** SOFT TOP *** REAR WHEEL DRIVE *** ALLOYS *** DRIVES GREAT *** ZOOM OUT TODAY *** BE QUICK *** SERVICE HISTORY ** ALL OUR CARS COME WITH WARRANTY ** UNBEATABLE VALUE ** THIS PRICE IS DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! ** EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE! ** ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME! ** WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! ** ALL our prices include registration, RWC, stamp duty and transfer fee. We have more than 150+ vehicles starting from $4999 for you to choose from, and we are lo

$16,999Drive Away^
Rocklea, QLD

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2006 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 MY07 Roadster Coupe Red 6 Speed Manual Hardtop

  • 155081 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

YES VEHICLE IS STILL AVAILABLE!! 3Year Australia Wide Comprehensive Warranty. Immaculate condition after new paint. On the wova but repairs and passed Dept of Transport inspection. Please inspect and test drive. We are a family owned Business with two great locations who have been buying, Selling, and Trading pre-loved vehicles for over 25 years in the same community. We have an onsite Vehicle Loan Specialist to make Financing your next car Fast and Easy. Every vehicle sold includes Safety Cer

$19,990
Morayfield, QLD

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 45082 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Buy with confidence knowing when you buy your Pre-Loved Car from us you will drive out with complete peace of mind in a vehicle that has been inspected, tested and approved by our licensed technicians. For your peace of mind our cars come with: 1. 12 Month Protection Plan. 2. 12 Month Roadside Assist. 3. 7 Day Money Back Guarantee. 4. Fixed Price – We’ve done the research for you, no need to haggle. 5. No immediate expenses i.e.: registration,

$37,870Drive Away^
Strathmore Heights, VIC

Dealer used
06/08/2022

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 68000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Perth WA: This Mazda MX-5 GT convertible has the 2 litre 4 cylinder and 6 speed manual transmission. Features log book service history, electric windows, climate controlled air conditioning, Sat/nav and alloy wheels. Has just been serviced by us and is ready for immediate delivery. We are a Multi franchise dealership that first established in 1962 and only deal in Quality workshop tested cars and Commercials. We have everything from a price ranged first car to SUV’s, 4x4’s and Commercial veh

$31,965
Attadale, WA

Dealer used
02/08/2022

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Overview of the Mazda Mx5

Overview of the Mazda Mx5

In 1989 this compact, lightweight Japanese roadster emerged to invoke fond memories of great, affordable British sports cars of the past.

One of the world's most popular sports cars ever since, the MX-5 has won countless fans with its engaging dynamics, affordable pricing and a retractable (soft or hard) roof that accessed open-air motoring.

MAZDA MX-5 GENERATIONS

1989-1997

1998-2005

2005-2015

2015 on

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

1.5L 4-cylinder: 6.1 to 6.4 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder: 6.9 to 7.1 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder (pre-2015): 8.1 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MAZDA MX-5

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MAZDA MX-5 (2015 ON)

The first Mazda MX-5s have proven themselves to be very robust and durable, so it's no real surprise to learn that the all-new model from 2015 seems to represent more of the same.

About the only complaint we've heard is that some examples make a clunking noise from the rear suspension which has since been identified as a noise rather than a problem.

But we'd still drive any second-hand MX-5 through a commercial car-wash to check for leaks in the roof, but there's a high likelihood you'll almost never find one.

In the case of the sliding-roof RF model, make sure the roof works properly as it's a complicated set-up that requires proper alignment.

Beyond that, as with any sports car, check for accident damage. The rule of thumb is that if you can see where repairs have been made, they haven't been made properly.