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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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TopMazda MX5

  • 36000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Based in Gordon but can meet in Hobart or alternative location - Log books included – 36,455km - next service 45,000km or 7/2021 – car will be professionally detailed prior to sale – registration paid until 13/08/2021 - Mechanical inspection welcome – no mechanical or cosmetic issues – always stored under cover – car cover included – I am the 2nd owner – selling to finance boat. I have enjoyed this car on weekends but it could comfortably be utilised as a daily driver. The seats are comfort

Contactless
$35,000
Hobart CBD, TAS

Yesterday

Top2006 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
39 minutes ago

Top2016 Mazda MX-5 ND (K) MY17 Roadster GT Black 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 47225 km
  • Convertible
  • 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.

$31,996
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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

  • 45285 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Stunning convertible coupe done only 45000 kms, full service history, powerful 2.0 litre engine, six speed Tiptronic auto, sat nav, luxurious sports style leather seating, push button start, paddle shift, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Lovely vehicle.

$32,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
10/05/2021

Top2019 Mazda Mx-5 Rf Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 11796 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Awesome little motor, so much fun to drive. Got all the bells and whistles. Beautiful cream leather interior and gorgeous red soul crystal paintwork. Beautiful to drive with the roof off. Excellent condition. Warranty and service package.

$40,900
Wondunna, QLD

Yesterday

Top2017 Mazda MX-5 K GT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 26640 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT Roadster 2dr SKYACTIV-MT 6sp 2.0i in red with blue tooth, allys, CD, air conditioning, central locking, airbags, These are just a few of the features associated with this vehicle, for more information, please dont hesitate to call our professional sales team directly, which is headed by Robert Wright our Used Car Manager who will make your next purchasing experience peace of mind decision. We are an award-winning 5-star customer service Toyota dealer. Thinking Finance,

$38,990
Ulladulla, NSW

Dealer used
9 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
39 minutes ago

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND (K) MY17 Roadster GT Black 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 47225 km
  • Convertible
  • 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.

$31,996
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

Mazda Mx5 Nb8a 1.8L

  • 104000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great looking car 2000 model Nb8a 1.8L Manual Paint is ok but has some stone chips / scratches and the odd don’t here and there Soft top is good , has had a patch done Aftermarket 15” wheels with good tyres Headlight have been respray internally in gloss back Interior presents well Drivers seat has some tears as shown in pics Aftermarket stereo Car has coilovers and an alloy radiator Car has 275,000kms but engine was just replaced with a 104,000kms No Reg and No Rwc We can assist in getting a r

$8,600Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

2 hours ago

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

  • 43826 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Stylish soft top coupe with the spirited 1.5 litre engine, sporty six speed floor shift, sat nav, luxurious sports style leather seating, push button start, cruise and traction control, bluetooth, heated front seating, alloy wheels, plus more. Very low 43,000 kms with full service history.Stunning vehicle.

$28,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Mazda MX5 2016 1.5 Roadster Manual Low Kilometres

  • 31865 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition , build date Feb 16 , purchased new from City Mazda and first registered in May 17, low kms , serviced at City Mazda with complete servicing record , books , manual, 2 keys electronic locking and engine immobiliser , Mazda Soul Red Metallic paint (extra cost) , 16 inch silver alloy wheels , good tyres , has full size spare in addition to standard tyre repair kit, A/C perfect , LED lights , power mirrors, 4 speaker audio system with 2 speakers in head rests , Bluetooth hands

$23,500
Northgate, SA

9 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 K GT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 26640 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT Roadster 2dr SKYACTIV-MT 6sp 2.0i in red with blue tooth, allys, CD, air conditioning, central locking, airbags, These are just a few of the features associated with this vehicle, for more information, please dont hesitate to call our professional sales team directly, which is headed by Robert Wright our Used Car Manager who will make your next purchasing experience peace of mind decision. We are an award-winning 5-star customer service Toyota dealer. Thinking Finance,

$38,990
Ulladulla, NSW

Dealer used
9 hours ago

Wanted: WTB MX5 NB for PARTS

  • 0 km
  • Other
  • Manual

Wanted to buy in good condition mechanically an MX5 NB. Body damage OK.

Negotiable
Richmond, TAS

11 hours ago

New MX-5 V 6MAN 2.0L ROADSTER GT RS

  • 250 km
  • Other
  • Manual

DEMO 2021 Mazda MX5 Roadster GT RS. Jsut arrived is this beautiful 2021 spec MX5. Complete with BBS forged alloy wheels. Bilstein shocks Bremo Brakes and a strut brace. Also wireless AppleCarPlay. Very low kms perfect as new condition. Only driven by the business owner. Price is drive away NSW registration.

$46,990Drive Away^
Armidale, NSW

Dealer new
23 hours ago

[QUICK SALE] 1989 JAPANESE NA MX5 MIATA

  • 161000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Price heaps low already due to LHR quarter panel needing respray - refer last pic and wanting quick sale! - 4cyl 1.6L Petrol engine (only ever run on premium) - 5 Speed Manual - 161*** KMs - Small 'repairable' cosmetic damage to bodykit front lip and rear fender. - Only 3 owners, no smokers! - Mods and Add-ons: Hardtop, bodykit, tyres, rims, brakes (pads, rotors, calipers), close door respray, central locking with anti-theft system, momo steering wheel and Mazda speed shifter, boot hydraulic k

$11,500Negotiable
Northfield, SA

24 hours ago

2019 Mazda Mx-5 Rf Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 11796 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Awesome little motor, so much fun to drive. Got all the bells and whistles. Beautiful cream leather interior and gorgeous red soul crystal paintwork. Beautiful to drive with the roof off. Excellent condition. Warranty and service package.

$40,900
Wondunna, QLD

Yesterday

2002 Mazda Mx-5 Titanium 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 249000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Special Edition New Low Profile Tyres (Nitrogen) Sony Bluetooth Audio System Immaculate condition Only ONE owner (Female) Registered until 16\10\2021

Contactless
$12,000
Port Macquarie, NSW

Yesterday

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-MT White Nova 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 14936 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

We believe the process of buying a Used Car should be the same as buying a New Car that's why all of our used cars are prepared to the highest standards. All cars are subjected to a 120-point inspection and road test by our highly trained Toyota Technicians then fully detailed by our expert team. Buy with confidence with our 7-day money back guarantee, 12-month Zooper warranty and 12-month Platinum 24/7 roadside assistance plan. We offer competitive finance that can be processed within hours. W

$35,990
The Gardens, NT

Dealer used
Yesterday

2016 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

$33,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

2016 Mazda Mx-5 GT Auto Couple 2.0L

  • 28000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto

2016 Mazda Mx-5 GT Auto Couple 2.0L 4cyl One Owner Full Service History Rear Wheel Drive Bluetooth Blind Spot Sensor Keyless Entry & Start Daytime Running Lamps- LED Electric Heated Seats Reverse Camera Navigation European Car Showroom: 38 Richland Ave Coopers plains Japanese Car Showroom: 3/347 Bradman Street Acacia Ridge. Opening hours Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun & Public Holiday Closed. Call us now at for inspection. Appointment essential. We offer: -A variety of finance optio

$36,800
Acacia Ridge, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

Mazda MX5

  • 36000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Based in Gordon but can meet in Hobart or alternative location - Log books included – 36,455km - next service 45,000km or 7/2021 – car will be professionally detailed prior to sale – registration paid until 13/08/2021 - Mechanical inspection welcome – no mechanical or cosmetic issues – always stored under cover – car cover included – I am the 2nd owner – selling to finance boat. I have enjoyed this car on weekends but it could comfortably be utilised as a daily driver. The seats are comfort

Contactless
$35,000
Hobart CBD, TAS

Yesterday

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

  • 19185 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 Roadster 1.5L | 19000kms | Soft Top Convertible | Looks & Feels Amazing Amazing | Impressive in every way | Excellent Condition 2 Keys | Service History Presents in a brilliant Black Exterior w/ Yellow Racing Stripes and Black Leather Interior. FEATURES: • Key-less Go | Bluetooth | Sat Navigation | Voice Activation • Multi Media: BT Audio | AUX | USB x 2 • Multi Function Leather Steering • Alloys | Dual Exhaust System THIS CA

$31,999
Croydon, NSW

Dealer used
10/05/2021

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

  • 45285 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Stunning convertible coupe done only 45000 kms, full service history, powerful 2.0 litre engine, six speed Tiptronic auto, sat nav, luxurious sports style leather seating, push button start, paddle shift, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Lovely vehicle.

$32,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
10/05/2021

Mazda MX5 NB 2000 model Front and Rear Struts and Springs

  • 175000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I am selling 2 x used front struts and springs and 2 x used rear struts and springs from a 2000 model NB Mazda MX5. There are no leaks evident from the struts. Bargain priced to sell. Will consider fair offer.

$120
Crows Nest, NSW

10/05/2021

Mazda MX5 1991 MK1

  • 364000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1991 Mazda MX5 MK1 1.6 Litre manual. Good condition Completely original Have completely opened, refurbed and serviced the engine with new hoses, seals, oils, fluids, new brake pads, fresh tyres. Timing belt and AC re gassed. New OEM Suspension and dust boots/ bump stops replaced. New ignition coils. Spark plug leads. New Head light retractor engine and rod. The car has no issues and is very reliable. Only reason for selling is my new car is 2 weeks from getting delivered and I have too many p

$12,000Negotiable
Austinmer, NSW

10/05/2021

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

  • 81175 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF 2.0L AND FAST 6 SPEED MANUAL - FULL MAZDA DEALER SERVICE HISTORY - CONVERTIBLE LIFESTYLE FUN! This Mazda MX5 is very special having been so well loved and with the desirable combination of 2.0L engine and 6 speed manual transmission making it one for the motoring purists. Most impressive is the full LOG BOOK service history displaying 9 services in only 81,000 kilometres with every one done at Mazda indicating now expense has been spared and promising reliable, hassle

$29,999Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
10/05/2021

Mazda ND MX5 2.0 RF GT Hardtop

  • 48500 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Top-spec Retractable Fastback 2.0L manual model in good condition. Service history and logbooks all up to date. Originally bought late last year as my first car in 7 years, and only selling as I feel like I've had a great enough time and wish to return to commuting on a motorcycle. Features on this car include: - Black hard roof colour, only available on top model - Gloss black front lip spoiler - Rear view camera - GPS navigation - Nappa leather seats - Ceramic coat applied Available in the

$32,600
Rouse Hill, NSW

10/05/2021

2002 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 198000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For Sale 2003 Mazda MX-5 NB series soft top convertible Black with black roof 1.8lt petrol 6 speed manual 198***km Cloth interior (just removed factory seat covers fitted from new - seats are like new) Genuine carpet mats Electric mirrors Electric windows ABS Dual airbags 16” alloys (few scuffs as you can expect from previous midlife crisis owners) Nardi steering wheel Still has factory cover for when the roof is retracted Two owner vehicle, previous owner has had this vehicle the past 10 year

$11,000
Upper Coomera, QLD

08/05/2021

1998 Mazda Mx-5 4 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 180000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale is my beloved MX5 - named Gigi (for Golden Girl). I've owned her since 2011 and she's been a wonderful, reliable and fun car to own. But I've bought another MX5 so sadly Gigi has to go to a new home. She's been regularly serviced as the logbooks show. I had an engineered and certified rollbar installed in 2013 which not only improves safety but also increases the rigidity of the car's structure. Remote central locking has been installed as well, which is very convenient! A sports

$12,650
Maleny, QLD

08/05/2021

1989 Mazda MX-5 Manual Convertible

  • 204000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda MX5 1989 NA Classic car. A lovely red Car, set up for racing or car club events. It won the Under 2000cc Class in the 2004 Mattara Hillclimb at King Edward Park in this car, and I have only driven in a couple of events since then and many years ago. Immaculate soft top. 2 sets of four wheels (Includes original NA Wheels with tyres) a spare GMH wheel 4 Alloys with Advans that have only done one Hilllimb event. Rollbar MoMo Steering wheel. Eunos badge on rear of car. Tonneau co

Contactless
$17,000Negotiable
Kotara, NSW

08/05/2021

  • 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.