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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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Mazda Mx5 Na6 1.6L

  • 136000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great looking car , nice and straight body Paint is pretty good , there is the odd small dint on the bonnet and one on a guard Soft top is good Interior presents well This is a rare model with window winders instead of electric windows Car has 136,000kms Some aftermarket parts such as 15” wheels Koni yellow shocks Aftermarket steering wheel Water Re route Boot rack Car is not registered We can assist in getting a rwc We can also assist in shipping Australia wide Msg me for more info

$12,500Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

13 hours ago

Mazda MX5 nc series 1 low kilometres

  • 47800 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual

2005 nc1 Immaculate condition, full service history. Serviced every 3000 km , only 47800 km. New tyres and battery, Will not disappointment.

$18,500
Clare, SA

15 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

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$39,000
Shorncliffe, QLD

18 hours ago

MX-5 Mazda Convertible, Auto

  • 45511 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Private sale, Westlake, Brisbane. Mazda Soul Red , Full Mazda service history. Great condition, 2 original Mazda keys, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Great Sound, Great Air Conditioning. This car is small but captivating. This car is priced to sell quickly at $31,000. Bluetooth capability that allows you to make hands free phone calls while driving. There is a small scratch on the right hand front panel. Only travelled 48511km. Great economy at 7l/100, 2.0L petrol engine. Pur

$31,000
Westlake, QLD

19 hours ago

MX5 NB 1998 megasquirt, sparco

  • 228000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1998 Grace Green MX5 This is the list of what has been fitted. Megasquirt PNP 2 AEM AFR sensor and guage Sparco sprint seats on orginal runners Sparco quick release steering wheel Whiteline sway bars front and rear Adjustable Coilovers Mars 10 spoke Alloys 8.25 x 15 so correct dish New Nakang R 205/50/15 tyres all round Alpine head unit Pioneer sub/amp Sony component speakers with rampage amp Remote locking with 2 sets of keys Ducktail spoiler Front mount air-cooler fitted but no

$12,500
Doonan, QLD

22 hours ago

1990 Mazda mx5/possible part out

  • 280000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Runs and drives is registered Hardtop Clean interior Aircon Fully serviced Paints not bad for 31 year old car Not in a hurry to sell

$10,500
Townsville, QLD

20/06/2021

1998 Mazda MX-5 NB1

  • 155000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 1998 NB1 Mazda MX-5 with only 155xxx k’s on the clock. Full service history from new, serviced every 10xxx. Very well looked after. I’ve owned this car for the last almost 11 months. I bought it from an enthusiast who looked after it well, just as I have. It’s been sitting locked away in the garage for the majority of the time I’ve owned it as I also have a work Ute. The engine doesn’t miss a beat and I’ve had zero problems with the car. Only modifications done to the car have been

$13,999Negotiable
Largs North, SA

20/06/2021

Mazda MX5 na 1990 1.6 manual with hardtop

  • 382000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda MX5 NA 1990 1.6 manual p/steer air conditioning. 382100km runs like a dream was told by the previous owner that it had been reconditioned but no receipts. Rego till end of July I have carried out major service 5000km ago Replacing all fluids timing belt water pump etc Just recently replaced rear brakes disc and overhauled calipers Does have a couple of issues that need to be looked at Windscreen cracked Rust around windscreen Rear main oil leak Dash is cracked and missing cluster hood A

$9,000Negotiable
Botany, NSW

20/06/2021

Mazda MX-5 ND GT 2.0L Auto 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

20/06/2021

1992 Mazda mx5/Make a offer

  • 137000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

137000kms All new fluids and filters Car is imported Factory hard top Factory spoiler option Upgraded exhaust Aftermarket tail lights Aftermarket wheels Will make a great car for someone Is a barn yard find has been sitting for a long time hence why I’ve put all new fluids through it Has the common lifter tick Car runs and drives fine I do not need to sell just putting it out their as I own another one

$18,000Negotiable
Townsville, QLD

20/06/2021

2002 Mazda Mx-5 4 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 188000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2002 Mazda MX-5 NB series 2, 1.8 vvt with 188,000 .Just had a major service done with all fluids replaced, 4 new tyres, new radiator, cold A/C, mechanically and cosmetically the vehicle in good condition all round, soft top is in good condition with on rips or tears. Exterior has a couple of small car park dents but generally in good condition. Will be sold with current roadworthy and 6 months rego.

$11,500
Brassall, QLD

20/06/2021

1998 Mazda MX5, low klms 5 speed

  • 119000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

119k kms only. Perfect running order. Logs and recent service, new alternator and all hoses. No tears in soft top. Seats steam cleaned. Only mod new stereo, original included. Everything works. Reg 12/21 Genuine reason for regretful sale. RWC with sale. Real drivers car. Will consider swap for Rolex Submariner or similar.

$11,900Negotiable
Pelican Waters, QLD

19/06/2021

1989 Mazda MX5 NA Immaculate Original Condition

  • 229450 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. Originally delivered by Werribee Mazda in Melbourne. 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. No

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$18,500
Mordialloc, VIC

18/06/2021

1989 Mazda MX-5 NA Manual Sports Car

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$15,990Negotiable
Kotara, NSW

18/06/2021

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

$8,000Negotiable
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

17/06/2021

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

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

  • 15950 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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 15800km. - Ext

$37,800
Clayton, VIC

14/06/2021

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

14/06/2021

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

14/06/2021

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

$6,800
Bilgola, NSW

12/06/2021

Mazda Mx-5 Roadster Manual ND 2015

  • 71500 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For sale is my 2015 ND MX-5 in manual with 12 months registration. - 2.0L - 71,500 km - average fuel use has been 7L/100km (always filled with 98) - full service history - ceramic white metallic paint in fantastic condition - very reliable and fun car, only selling because I have a newborn coming. - comes with loads of extras worth around $4000 and stock parts. Extras: - Whiteline front and rear swaybars - Cusco front and rear strut brace - Goodwin motorsports superstreet exhaus

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$27,000
Kingswood, NSW

12/06/2021

1990 Mazda MX-5 Auto

  • 193000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1990 Miata (Eunos) imported from Japan so it's a genuine JDM gem. Had one owner for most of its life, she was an elderly old lady and since buying the car, I have only put on an additional 2000kms. It's got relatively low mileage for its age. Just spent over $2.5k worth on new gasket seals, front and rear brake calipers and brake pads, and flushing all fluids. So brake pads and calipers are brand new, and everything is mechanically sound. Timing belts were replaced about 2 years ago.

$13,000
Ferndale, WA

11/06/2021

Mazda MX-5 GT 2019

  • 19837 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

• Beatutiful car. Great top down driving. • All the 2019 GT specs, but additionally, it has factory fitted front parking sensors, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and tinted windows. • I'm selling it as I need to purchase a ute • One owner • Log book history (Had it's 24 month service on 8/6/21) • RWC Greatest features include • Heated leather seats • Automatic option provides more driver leg room with no clutch in the way • Latest engine upgrade • 9 speaker Bose sound system • Apple Car

$42,000Negotiable
Wakerley, QLD

10/06/2021

Mazda Mx5 Miata

  • 189241 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto

Mazda Mx5 soft top 189xxx kms 6 speed auto Leather interior Has hail damage as per pics. Doesn't show extent of hail. Fair few tiny little ones. Inspection is recommended. Drives really well. No oil leaks etc. No rego and no Roadworthy Was involved in a small accident in 2013 but was repaired and inspected and passed. Ran out of rego few months back. Not being used and must go.

$8,500
Woodridge, QLD

08/06/2021

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.