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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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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
22 hours ago

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

Yesterday

MX5 2002

  • 197000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Price includes removable genuine Mazda hardtop. New A/C compressor installed October 2019. This car is standard and has no modifications. Their car has been my daily commuter car, lots of highway driving and a 150km round trip for work. I'm selling as I have dodgy knees and a bad back and it's too hard to get in and out of. I'm the second owner and the original owner was way older then me so it's had very easy life. I have bought a Suzuki Jimmy to continue to satisfy my inner child.

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$14,900
Wamuran, QLD

08/06/2021

1999 Mazda Mx-5 4 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 161500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Car is really good condition mechanically and aesthetically Bluetooth capable stereo HID Lights Original rims also available Air conditioning Rego expires 03/03/2022 I can bring the car to you around Sydney for you to have a look at it Make an Offer. Open to all reasonable offers

$12,999Negotiable
Bankstown, NSW

26/05/2021

Mazda MX-5

  • 138600 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2001 Mazda MX-5 NB8C 6 speed manual, 1.8 vvt with only 138600kms .Just had a major service done with all fluids replaced, 4 new tyres, new battery, new radiator, all hose replaced with Sealcon hose . Comes Tein coil overs and white line sway bars front and rear. You will not find a cleaner MX-5 for sale

$15,750
Moorooka, QLD

28/04/2021

MX5 NB 2003

  • 162000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 Mazda MX5,1.8l, 6 speed, turbocharged. Some upgrades include: - tuned to 157kW/211hp & 430Nm - 162000km, serviced every 3000km - rego till December 2021 - Torsen LSD - custom 3" exhaust system - 15" Equip wheels - aftermarket coil overs - Engineering works air intake - internal turbo pressure and temperature gauges - aftermarket front and back sway bars - aftermarket clutch - upgraded injectors - braided brake lines - SE rear diffusor

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$14,997
Dee Why, NSW

20/04/2021

Mazda mx5 Classic NB Series3. 2003. 6 speed

  • 132900 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual

2003 Mazda Mx5 Classic. NB Series 3. Rare Model. 6 speed. 132xxx kms. Books and History. Timing belt replaced at 95000 kms. 2 new tyres. New battery. Replaced steering wheel. Sports suspension. Sports exhaust. Inspection welcome. All enquires call John . No rego No RWC. No Offers. $12.500.00

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$12,500
Shepparton, VIC

28/03/2021

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.