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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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Wanted: WTB: Mazda MX-5 Nb8b, Manual

  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Looking to buy a Mazda MX-5 Nb, must be manual.

$12,345
Eltham, VIC

07/06/2021

Wanted: Looking for Mx5 / Miata nb, na or nc

  • 0 km

Would rather a manual hardtop convertible nc, but looking for all kinds of mx5s or miatas around the 12k range

$12,000Negotiable
Blackwater, QLD

06/06/2021

Wanted: WANTED MX5 for project car cheap!

  • 10 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Looking for a older miata (like pictured) Looking for a cheap mx5 as a project car to work on with my dad:) Let me know

Free
Mermaid Waters, QLD

06/06/2021

Wanted: WTB: Mx-5 Na******1997 1.6

  • 120000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Wanting to buy a Mazda MX-5 NA that is moderately good condition. >130,000kms Hardtop and or soft top Minimal rust Working clutch Paint and dents do not matter as much Either 1:6 or 1:8litre Manual Ideally the car is close to Brisbane

$10,000Negotiable
Loganholme, QLD

04/06/2021

Wanted: WANTED MX-5 NA SERIES 1, 2 OR 3

  • 100000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

LOOKING TO BUY MX-5 NA IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA, MUST BE UNDER 180,000KM. HARD TOP OR SOFT. DAMAGED OR COMPLETE.

$8,500
Adelaide CBD, SA

03/06/2021

Wanted: WTB NA 8 MX5

Hello, Looking to buy a mazda MX5 NA8. Newer and cleaner the better. Car must have ABS, power steering and AC installed. Have got cash and ready to buy. Please let me know if you are selling. Cheers, Ted

Riverton, WA

31/05/2021

Wanted: WTB looking for MX5, or eunos roadster any condition

  • 999999 km

Looking to buy any mx5s Happy to buy in any condition from rolling shell to complete Will pay cash and pickup to suit you Budget is dependant on car Any and all cars considered, just flick through a message All generations are welcome from na to nd Happy to buy parts alone also Pic of my money pits for attention

$5,500
Trinity Park, QLD

23/05/2021

Wanted: WTB: Mazda Mx5 NA

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

Wanting to buy a Mazda MX-5 NA that is in any condition that I can use as a base for a project car

$6,000Negotiable
Dora Creek, NSW

15/05/2021

Wanted: Wanted: Mazda MX5 NC PRHT suit wrecking.

  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Wanted: Mazda MX-5 NC with Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) suitable for wrecking. It does not need to be running condition or licenced. A written off (WOVR) vehicle is OK. It does need to be the retractable hard top model. I cannot use a soft top car. Please let me know what you've got and how much you want for it. Thanks. p.s. picture for attention. No I don't expect your wrecker to look quite that good.

$1,234.56
Kewdale, WA

15/05/2021

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

12/05/2021

Wanted: WTB: MANUAL NB MAZDA MX-5 SERIES 2

Want to buy Manual Series 2 NB Mazda MX-5 project car, have cash waiting willing to travel for right car.

Negotiable
Mortdale, NSW

14/04/2021

Wanted: Mazda MX5/Miata in any condition.

  • 200000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I am looking for an old Miata in any condition. I am happy to buy a worn out paint or worn out clutch or any condition, working or not working anything will go. Please contact me through message or on .

Negotiable
Adelaide Airport, SA

31/03/2021

  • 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.