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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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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
13/06/2021

Top2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 24127 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE!!! TO SECURE THE VEHICLE SIMPLY GIVE ONE OF OUR FRIENDLY STAFF A CALL TODAY!!! We are only located 10 minutes north of the CBD, and all of our vehicles are workshop checked and tested, and we can arrange delivery anywhere in Australia. We also have competitive Finance & insurance packages available that can be catered to your specific needs. ENQUIRE NOW AND SECURE YOUR VEHICLE TODAY!!! (Price excludes government charges) FT

$35,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2021

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.

$31,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2021

Top1989 Mazda MX-5 NA Manual Sports Car

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$15,990Negotiable
Kotara, NSW

11/06/2021

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
22 hours ago

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
13/06/2021

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

  • 22088 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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

$37,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
12 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
12 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
12 hours ago

2017 Mazda Mx-5 Rf Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 15950 km

Price is firm, the best value MX5 you can find. This is a very low KMs GT model with hardtop, full leather interior and extended factory/paint warranty. No time wasters I am selling due to just receiving a company car. Must be seen in person to appreciate the excellent condition it is presented in. This car has bluetooth. An accident free car. Full service history. Cruise the beaches or cut loose around the mountain terrain, either way this 2017 Mazda MX-5 is happy to oblige. Only travelled

$36,800
Clayton, VIC

14 hours ago

1991 Mazda MX-5 Turbo (SP) Manual Roadster / Track Ready

  • 88000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

One of a kind Turbo MX-5 Imported ex South Africa and a lot of work done and mods Hard top and new soft top Full options including a/c power steer and electric windows Turbo engine / wilwood brakes / adjustable coil over shocks / limited slip diff / turbo boost dump value / reinforced aluminium gearbox / upgraded cooling system / momo streering wheel / new Michelin tyres and wheels. Timing belt and major service just done Very quick and drives A1 Can double up as a weeke

$21,999
Morningside, QLD

15 hours ago

1989 Mazda MX5 NA immaculate Condition

  • 229200 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

An immaculate and exceptional example of an Australian delivered October 1989 Mazda MX5 in original condition with working factory air con. For a nearly 32 year old car, it is exceptional condition overall covering mechanically, duco, roof and interior. The car drives exceptionally well, starts first time and is extremely reliable. Totally original and unmodified. Definitely no oil leaks, rattles and squeaks that are common to the NA’s. Not a cent to spend, just jump in and enjoy. Body an

Contactless
$18,500
Mordialloc, VIC

15 hours ago

Mazda Mx5 na 1989

  • 200000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Mx5 1989 , cusco coil overs , ssr wheels , extractors and cold air pod filter , goes good handles well , interior is ok but missing some covers , roll bar , soft top is ok , has some panel damage on left side . Best to come and see it and we can talk about price . On modified classic rego which is non transferable. So will be sold unregistered, No swaps .

$10,000
South Windsor, NSW

16 hours ago

2018 Mazda MX-5 RF GT ND2 Manual 2d Convertible

  • 17000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

This beautiful car has been very carefully looked after, and only driven 17,000 kms, the majority of which are on the highway. It's an amazing touring car (hence the highway miles) and also absolutely brilliant for a day trip. You'll get compliments just about everywhere you stop - the deep blue is glorious in the sun. This has Opti-Coat Pro ceramic clear coat protection applied to all the panels, and the wheels as well. The wheels have no curb rash (I like to be careful!) and while there a

Contactless
$39,000
Shorncliffe, QLD

20 hours ago

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
22 hours ago

Mazda MX5 Auto Roadster Convertible

  • 41000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda MX-5 December 2015 , 2.0L engine GT model , auto transmission. 41000 kilometers on the clock , Soul Red metallic colour with ceramic coating done by the dealer on delivery , reverse camera , full option top of the range model with heated leather seats . 4 new tyres just fitted, rego till December 2021 . Owned by mature lady . Full log books with 2 keys . Few marks and some minor gutter rash on the mag wheel , nothing major . Car has been looked after and serviced by Mazda . Goes like a dr

$32,900
Cherrybrook, NSW

22 hours ago

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
22 hours ago

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

  • 480 km
  • Other
  • 4

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.

$44,990Drive Away^
Armidale, NSW

Dealer new
13/06/2021

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
13/06/2021

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
13/06/2021

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

$32,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
13/06/2021

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 9101 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAIN DEALER FOR ABSOLUTE PEACE OF MIND! WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY AND ULTIMATE HEAD TURNER!! ONLY 9101 KMS SINCE NEW AND IMACULATE INSIDE AND OUT! THIS GT MODEL HAS STUNNING LOOKS AND SO ENJOYABLE TO DRIVE... -CONVERTIBLE -PUSH BUTTON START // KEYLESS ENTRY -CRUISE CONTROL -SAT NAV // GPS -REVERSE CAMERA -BLUETOOTH -AIRCON -ELECTRIC WINDOWS -POWER MIRRORS -USB -PLUS so much more!!! For sale at a VW, GMSV AND Holden Main Dealer Service team for absolute peace of mind! We

$45,988
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
13/06/2021

2008 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 MY07 Roadster Coupe Green 6 Speed Manual Hardtop

  • 117836 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

>ALL VEHICLES WORKSHOP TESTED AND ROADWORTHY BY MTA LICENCE MECHANIC >MANY YEARS EXPERIENCE IN SELLING PRE OWNED CARS >COMPETITIVE INTERSTATE TRANSPORT RATES ANYWHERE AROUND AUSTRALIA >1-5 YEAR AUSTRALIA WIDE PARTS AND LABOR WARRANTY OFFERED ON ALL VEHICLES >TEST DRIVES AND TRADE INS ARE WELCOME >CUSTOMER SERVICE IS PARAMOUNT TO US AND WE STRIVE TO DELIVER THE BEST QUALITY PRE OWNED CARS ON THE MARKET > 1 4 8 . P A R R A M A T T A . R D . A U B U R N . 2 1 4 4 &lt

$22,999
Auburn, NSW

Dealer used
13/06/2021

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
13/06/2021

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

$29,990Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
13/06/2021

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

$29,999
Croydon, NSW

Dealer used
12/06/2021

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.

$31,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2021

2020 Mazda MX-5 MX5U Roadster Grey 6 Speed Automatic Convertible

  • 8001 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

As new Mazda MX 5. Just traded and ready for its new home. Excellent value. 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 dealership, no problems, we are happy to com

$37,910
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
12/06/2021

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

  • 24127 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE!!! TO SECURE THE VEHICLE SIMPLY GIVE ONE OF OUR FRIENDLY STAFF A CALL TODAY!!! We are only located 10 minutes north of the CBD, and all of our vehicles are workshop checked and tested, and we can arrange delivery anywhere in Australia. We also have competitive Finance & insurance packages available that can be catered to your specific needs. ENQUIRE NOW AND SECURE YOUR VEHICLE TODAY!!! (Price excludes government charges) FT

$35,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2021

Mazda MX5 1998 NB in good condition

  • 297000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

An unmolested clean example of the early NB MX5 that drives well. The body is straight though the bumpers could do with a paint if you wanted a newer look. Roof is in good condition though I have been recently chasing a leak in the rain rail which is in good condition, but the bolts were loose. Will continue testing with hose over weekend. Engine goes well with compression of between 185 and 195 in all cylinders. Last service include plugs and air filter. She has been a little bit smokey on s

$7,250
Bilgola, NSW

12/06/2021

  • 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.