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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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Top2015 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
16/06/2021

Top2019 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 2170 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Stunning convertible done only 2000 kms, powerful 2.0 litre engine, T-bar Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, sat nav, luxurious sport style leather seating, electric hard top, push button start, cruise and traction control, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, heated front seating, new car warranty til 2024, alloy wheels and the list goes on. Absolutely as new.

$45,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
15/06/2021

Top2016 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
20 hours ago

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

  • 22088 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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
9 hours ago

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
16/06/2021

Top2020 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. 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

$37,910
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
Yesterday

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

  • 22088 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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
9 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 34500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

$37,888
Tweed Heads, NSW

Dealer used
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 hours ago

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

  • 29909 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT Roadster 2dr SKYACTIV-MT 6sp 2.0i in red with books, leather, GPS, blue tooth, 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. Thi

$31,990
South Nowra, NSW

Dealer used
17 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
19 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
20 hours ago

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

$8,000Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

24 hours ago

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. 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

$37,910
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
Yesterday

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
16/06/2021

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
16/06/2021

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
16/06/2021

2002 Bullet Roadster V8

  • 16300 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Bullet Roadster V8 with 16300kms on it. 320kw Lexus V8.This car was specially built for John Bettini the former owner and founder of Bullet Cars Australia so it has all the good gear on it like Brembro brakes etc. Has the hardtop as well as a beige soft in as new condition. The car is in excellent condition and located in Ipswich Qld . Sorry I had to put Mazda MX5 in the title to be able to list ad. THERE WILL BE NO JOYRIDERS THANKYOU.

$46,500
Coalfalls, QLD

16/06/2021

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
16/06/2021

2021 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Automatic Premium Soft Top Convertible

  • 0 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Brand New 2021 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Automatic Convertible Soft Top (June 2021) Don't wait to have your dream car! - Includes Premium Upgrades! * Includes 5 Year Warranty & 5 Year Road Side Assistance & 12 Months Registration & 3 Years Free Servicing Through Mazda Dealership * * Mazda Internal and Extrernal Protection Package (Worth Over $3000) * * Advanced Keyless Entry * * Premium Machine Grey Matalic Colour * * Blackview Premium Gold Duel Dash Cameras * * 9 Bose Audio Premium speakers

$62,000Negotiable
North Lakes, QLD

16/06/2021

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
16/06/2021

Mazda MX-5 ND GT 2.0L Auto Convertible MX5

  • 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

16/06/2021

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
16/06/2021

2007 Mazda MX-5 NC MY06 Upgrade Coupe Burgundy 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 40000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2007 Mazda MX-5 NC MY06 Upgrade Coupe Burgundy 6 Speed Manual Roadster

$23,850
Lismore, NSW

Dealer used
16/06/2021

1990 Mx5 NA6 with Hardtop

  • 160000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1990 Mx5 NA6 160xxxkm 3 owners, first was a lady owner, second an older gent, and then me! Full log books from 1990 Timing belt, water pump, radiator, muffler, and hosing replaced in the last 1000km Rego till October Original optioned hardtop Needs new tyres Stock aside from the following; Offset license plate Moss retro side mirrors Genuine Momo steering wheel and horn button JVC double din head unit Stainless angled exhaust tip Centre console cup holders Dashmat Floor mats (will be sold wit

$22,000
Brisbane City, QLD

16/06/2021

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

$29,888Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
16/06/2021

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
15/06/2021

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

  • 77541 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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

$29,990Drive Away^
South Morang, VIC

Dealer used
15/06/2021

  • 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.