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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 MX5U RF Grey 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 8001 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

As new Mazda MX 5. Just traded and ready for its new home. Excellent value. Extremely Low kms Soft Top Convertible. Ready now for immediate delivery Why buy from us.? All of our cars come with guaranteed clear title, have been workshop and safety tested plus are supported by our free 3 year 175,000 klm Mechanical Protection Plan. We are a family owned and operated dealership with over 30 years of dedication and service to our local Canberra community. If you can’t make it into our de

$37,320
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2018 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-MT Eternal Blue 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 17975 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Stylish hardtop convertible coupe with the powerful 2.0 litre engine, sporty six speed floor shift, sat nav, cruise and traction control, push button start, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth, alloy wheels etc. Very low 18000 kms with full service history. Absolutely unmarked.

$39,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

Top2015 Mazda MX-5 GT AUTO GEM REAL HEAD TURNER FROM $111PW

  • 94000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CHECK OUT THIS STYLISH HEAD TURNER ! GO TOPLESS ANY TIME YOU WANT IN THIS LITTLE BEAUTY ! AUTOMATIC / LOW KLMS / MECH A1 LOOKS AND DRIVES FANTASTIC 1ST TO SEE WILL BUY ! $25990 PLUS ONROADS OR FINANCE FROM $111PW EASY TERMS Www.stylishrides.com.au CALL THE STYLISH TEAM TODAY O42658O552 WE HAVE 3 ONSITE FINANCE BROKERS THAT HAVE ACCESS TO UP TO 40 LENDERS AND WILL GET YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME ACCORDING TO YOUR SITUATION ! CALL OUR STYLISH TEAM FOR MORE INFO O42658O552 Find us on Faceboo

$111
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2016 Mazda MX-5 K GT Black 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 37669 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind. With over 2000 late-model quality passenger and commercial vehicles available under cover at one convenient location, our best price first fixed-price philosophy equals better value for you and provides a simple no-haggle, no-hassle vehicle buying experience.

$35,977
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
22/06/2021

Top2016 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 68818 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Great Condition ! 2 Keys , Full Mazda Service History , Makes For Easy Buying From A VW Dealer Drive Away ! Great Fetures Include , Sat Nav , Blutooth , Cruise Control , Amazing Handling ! Located in close proximity to Brisbane city, we are Brisbane's premier used vehicle specialists. Stocking only high quality pre-loved vehicles which have all been comprehensively checked by our trained technicians to offer you hassle free buying and worry free motoring. We offer no deposit finance and leasing

$32,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
22/06/2021

Top2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Targa

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

*****BE QUICK VERY RARE TO HAVE 1 IN STOCK GT MANUAL MX-5***** New Mazda MX-5 GT MANUAL, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and AndroidÂ

$53,288Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
22/06/2021

2015 Mazda MX-5 K Soul Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 18200 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WE ARE A LARGE FAMILY OWNED NEW AND USED, MULTI FRANCHISE DEALER THAT SPECIALIZES IN LATE MODEL, WELL MAINTAINED PRE-OWNED VEHICLES. ALL VEHICLES UNDERGO A STRICT USED VEHICLE SAFETY CHECK BY ONE OF OUR QUALIFIED TECHNICIANS FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND. WHY RISK BUYING FROM A WHOLESALER OR PRIVATE?

$30,990
Mandurah, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 K GT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 41226 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind. With over 2000 late-model quality passenger and commercial vehicles available under cover at one convenient location, our best price first fixed-price philosophy equals better value for you and provides a simple no-haggle, no-hassle vehicle buying experience.

$30,489
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 K MY17 RF GT Grey 6 Speed Automatic Convertible

  • 17301 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 K MY17 RF GT Grey 6 Speed Automatic Convertible

$38,999
Dapto, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-MT Eternal Blue 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 17975 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Stylish hardtop convertible coupe with the powerful 2.0 litre engine, sporty six speed floor shift, sat nav, cruise and traction control, push button start, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth, alloy wheels etc. Very low 18000 kms with full service history. Absolutely unmarked.

$39,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 43112 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

$37,980
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

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

  • 22088 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4

ONE OWNER FROM NEW VERY LOW KLMS LOG BOOKS SERVICE HISTORY 2 KEYS CLASSIC SPORTS CAR MAZDA MX5ND GT Roadster 2dr SKYACTIV-MT 6sp 2.0i Price $37,998* Excl. Govt. Charges Kilometers 22,088 km Colour White Transmission 6 speed Manual Body 2 doors 2 seat Convertible Engine 4 cylinder Petrol Aspirated 2.0L Registration Plate 1HHY566 Build Date October 2017 Compliance Date October 2017 Stock 61751 ONLY 10 MINUTES FROM PERTH CBD TC

$37,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

1999 Mazda MX-5 NB Silver 4 Speed Automatic Convertible

  • 269980 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Genuine enquires only. Please enquire if you want to make an appointment. The price includes roadworthy certificate, stamp duty, transfer fees and all government charges. We provide very competitive finance, we have fantastic warranty options, we accept trade ins and we can bring the car to you!

$11,888Drive Away^
Werribee, VIC

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2006 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Softtop

  • 86600 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

COME TEST DRIVE TODAY!!!! At Zai Motors we have a selection of hand picked vehicles and stand by every vehicle we sell. We offer a hassle free buying experience as purchasing a new car is a big decision to make. *****EXTENDED WARRANTIES***** We can offer an Extended Integrity Warranty from 1 to 5 Years with 5 different levels of cover to select from. These Warranties are excellent value and are also transferable if you decided to sell the vehicle privately in the future. *****FINAN

$17,990
St James, WA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND Limited Edition RF SKYACTIV-MT Blue 6 Speed Manual Targa

  • 44592 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND Limited Edition RF SKYACTIV-MT Blue 6 Speed Manual Targa

$41,990Drive Away^
Buderim, QLD

Dealer used
22 hours ago

Mazda Mx5 Nb8a 1.8L

  • 210000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great looking car , beautiful red colour Paint is good , straight body only a few paint chips here and there and a dint on the boot Car is pretty much stock Has 210,000 kms Soft top is good Has Ac and power steering Manual gearbox Clean interior , seats not thorn there immaculate Still has factory casette stereo No reg and no rwc We can assist in getting Rwc We can also assist in shipping Australia wide For more info msgs me

$8,800Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Yesterday

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

  • 3936 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

SAVE THOUSANDS, CONTACT US TO FIND THE MAZDA YOU ARE LOOKING FOR !!!! backed by Mazda’s 5-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty We are just a short drive from the City and our aim is to provide you with Perth's best service, price and car purchasing experience. Need finance and insurance? We have a team of experienced finance and insurance managers who have many years of partnerships with major banks and insurers Every vehicle is fully prepared to the highest standard with a full 12

$46,990
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

2015 Mazda MX-5 GT AUTO GEM REAL HEAD TURNER FROM $111PW

  • 94000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CHECK OUT THIS STYLISH HEAD TURNER ! GO TOPLESS ANY TIME YOU WANT IN THIS LITTLE BEAUTY ! AUTOMATIC / LOW KLMS / MECH A1 LOOKS AND DRIVES FANTASTIC 1ST TO SEE WILL BUY ! $25990 PLUS ONROADS OR FINANCE FROM $111PW EASY TERMS Www.stylishrides.com.au CALL THE STYLISH TEAM TODAY O42658O552 WE HAVE 3 ONSITE FINANCE BROKERS THAT HAVE ACCESS TO UP TO 40 LENDERS AND WILL GET YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME ACCORDING TO YOUR SITUATION ! CALL OUR STYLISH TEAM FOR MORE INFO O42658O552 Find us on Faceboo

$111
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

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

  • 30041 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2016 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Low Km Convertible ABS Brakes 6 Speed Auto Alloy Wheels Cruise Control 4 Airbags Air Conditioning Bluetooth Satellite Navigation Power Steering Power Windows Remote Central Locking Remote Boot release Convertible - manual roof Start Button Soul Red Tyre Pressure Monitors Stability Control ***Secured Loan repayment Options Available T.A.P.*** Contact our Business Manager for competitive finance solutions on 03******6163 or email . Applications ar

$31,990
Horsham, VIC

Dealer used
Yesterday

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Automatic

  • 31950 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT, Automatic, Electric operated retractable fastback, Optioned with Heated leather seats, Rain sensing wipers, Bose speakers, Advanced keyless entry and also the black roof option, Very comfortable little car to drive and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, Well cared for with service history and only $34990. Exclusive Cars is a small family business who have been in the motor industry since 1986 delivering all types of vehicles from luxury brands like porsche and ferrari

$34,990
Perth, TAS

Dealer used
Yesterday

2020 Mazda MX-5 MX5U RF Grey 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 8001 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

As new Mazda MX 5. Just traded and ready for its new home. Excellent value. Extremely Low kms Soft Top Convertible. Ready now for immediate delivery Why buy from us.? All of our cars come with guaranteed clear title, have been workshop and safety tested plus are supported by our free 3 year 175,000 klm Mechanical Protection Plan. We are a family owned and operated dealership with over 30 years of dedication and service to our local Canberra community. If you can’t make it into our de

$37,320
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
Yesterday

1989 Mazda Mx5 supercharged

  • 132000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Planned on keeping this little mazda for a long time but unfortunately have to sell. Wont be available for about 3 weeks but happy for inspections to happen sooner. 89 model Eunos roadster/mx5 I've fixed alot of things since owning this and tried to tidy it up alot. Still has a few cosmetic things that could easily be fixed and will be an awesome looking car. 131000kms Rebuilt engine at 120000kms with long nose crank and standard internals. Jackson racing supercharger kit with piggyback ecu H

$16,000
Forrestfield, WA

22/06/2021

Turbo 1994 Mazda Mx-5

  • 135000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Nows your chance to own the closest thing to a turbo go kart for the street (ENGINEERED). These cars are only going up in value as we have seen over the last couple of years, and they will continue to do so No expense spared Meticulously looked after All repairs and maintenance has been carried out when needed with quality parts Always run on 98 octane fuel Comes with factory seats and good condition soft top Car made 205whp (98) on 12psi with a conservative tune. Dyno sheet in photos. Very

$24,000
Southport, QLD

22/06/2021

Mazda Mx5 Nb8a Automatic

  • 197000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great looking car , presents very well Green metallic colour with tan interior Soft top is in great condition Straight body with good paint , little clear coat peel on the boot only Interior presents well Auto g box as you can see 197,000kms Car is still registered Can help with getting rwc separately Car has coilovers For more info msg me Can ship Australia wide

$7,500Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

22/06/2021

2016 Mazda MX-5 K GT Black 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 37669 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind. With over 2000 late-model quality passenger and commercial vehicles available under cover at one convenient location, our best price first fixed-price philosophy equals better value for you and provides a simple no-haggle, no-hassle vehicle buying experience.

$35,977
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
22/06/2021

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Machine Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 1 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Feel pure excitement with the Mazda MX-5 RF with standard features such as Auto Retractable roof, Cloth trim seats, Advanced keyless entry, 17? Alloy wheels, Reverse Camera, Rear Sensors, Satellite Navigation and Climate control air-conditioning. The RF is equipped with a powerful 2.0L 4 cylinder DOHT petrol engine. Available in both Manual and Automatic transmission. Feel the excitement today! Here at Mazda, we are proud to offer our customers a full range of serv

$55,836Drive Away^
Hillcrest, QLD

Dealer new
22/06/2021

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 111651 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

$27,980
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
22/06/2021

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

***IN STOCK NOW***New Mazda MX-5 GT ROADSTER AUTOMATIC, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, 5 Star ANCAP Safety, Re

$50,888Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
22/06/2021

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

New Mazda MX-5 GT TARGA BLACK ROOF & BURGANDY LEATHER AUTOMATIC, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, 5 Star ANCAP S

$56,288Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
22/06/2021

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Targa

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

*****BE QUICK VERY RARE TO HAVE 1 IN STOCK GT MANUAL MX-5***** New Mazda MX-5 GT MANUAL, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and AndroidÂ

$53,288Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
22/06/2021

  • Common FAQs
  • The Mazda MX-5 is a classic-looking two-seater sports car available in either convertible or coupe body types.
  • The 2016 model MX-5's 1.5-litre engine can take you from a standing start to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds while the 2.0-litre powerhouse can beat that, hitting the mark in just 7.1 seconds, racing to a top speed of 215km/h.
  • Better than simply "good", the Mazda MX-5 can claim to be the "best" as the Wheels magazine's Car of the Year in 2016, beating 24 other nominees including the significantly more expensive marques such as the Audi TT and the Lexus RC.
  • The Mazda MX-5 is considered good value for money, and recent models (2017-19) on Gumtree command anywhere from $28,990 to $43,490 for a 6M RF GT. For those on a more limited budget, for example, a 2012 Mazda MX-5 can be snapped up for around $14,000.
  • The Mazda MX-5 1.5 L engine delivers 96 kW of power and 150 Nm of torque, whereas the 2.0 L engine gives a gutsier 118 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque.

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.