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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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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

8 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
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

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

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

$7,250
Bilgola, NSW

12/06/2021

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

12/06/2021

MAZDA MX-5 nb8a 1999 mx5 miata silver manual convertible nb

  • 190000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Nb Mazda mx5 99 model 5 speed manual Ac ps twin air bag Standard car. Very good condition genuine roof. Timing belt recently done Car has damage to front end tho can be fixed and easily registered. Car still drives Clean title just fix at home and get rwc and your good to go. Price is firm $6900 Not intersted in swaps If dont sell will wreck.

$6,900
Newport, VIC

11/06/2021

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.

$14,000
Ferndale, WA

11/06/2021

1989 Mazda MX-5 NA Manual Sports Car

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$15,990Negotiable
Kotara, NSW

11/06/2021

1990 Mx-5 NA - Unfinished Project & Parts Bundle **Read Description

  • 180900 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual

Unfortunately selling my unfinished project mx-5 Mechanically perfect, except some lifters tick (which is a common and not serious issue with these vehicles). I have already bought a heap of accessories to fit, however I no longer have the time to work on it, and have already poured heaps of time and money into it. The car was originally red, the previous owner had painted it yellow (for some reason), and I am in the middle of having it resprayed, and was painting it the colour of the newer Mx-

$9,600Negotiable
Tamworth, NSW

07/06/2021

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

1998 Mazda MX-5 Manual Convertible

  • 173700 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Brilliant, sporty and tons of fun to drive. NB series MX5 convertible. Silver with black interior. Aircon, custom fitted sheepskin seat covers, upgraded stereo, chrome roll bar with wind deflector, tonneau cover, power windows and mirrors, front suspension cross brace. Very good overall condition, with good tyres. Qld rego till May 2022.

$12,750
Caboolture, QLD

05/06/2021

1989 MAZDA MX-5 Convertible *** GREAT VALUE $15,990 ***

  • 126610 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

* VERY TIDY 1989 EUNOS ROADSTER * POWER STEERING * AIR CONDITIONING * RARE AUTOMATIC GREAT VALUE at only $15,990* This very low kilometre 1989 Eunos Roadster Convertible in Automatic is sure to impress! Loaded with Features such asPower Steering, Air Conditioning, and More! Must be seen! Great value! Enquire for further information, and to organise a viewing. FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL OUR VEHICLES FOR SALE FIND US AT: https://www.gumtree.com.au/business/footscray-central-motors F

$15,990
Footscray, VIC

Dealer used
05/06/2021

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

Mazda MX5 1997 race/rally/road car

  • 158000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Thinking of parting ways with my MX5. Great entry level motorsport car and very cheap to run. Rego is the old B class so you can drive it to and from events and to any club activities/workshop etc. No problem with Police as nothing has to comply. Cams logbook with cams approved 6 point roll cage. Built 1.8lt engine from Japan with high comp, adjustable cams, ITB's, Apexi computer, headers etc. This thing screams like the good old escorts and last dyno had 163hp to the rear wheels. I put a 4.77

$16,900
Wembley, WA

02/06/2021

FOR SALE MX5 NB

  • 220000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For sale MX-5 NB 1999 New soft top roof replaced New clutch replacement with machine flywheel Major service done Regularly serviced and maintained with mechanic receipts 220,000kms Rego until December 2021 Excellent condition with excellent paintwork for its age. Car is completely stock with no modifications done other than some interior cosmetic. Come and inspect price is negotiable.

$10,500Negotiable
Lidcombe, NSW

02/06/2021

1990 Mazda MX5

  • 270000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual

Have owned this car for nearly two years now and as much as it pains me to do this, I'd like to get a bit more serious about racing. So, rather than turning my lovely little drive to the track roadster into a dedicated race car, I'd love to see it go to a new home and continue to be enjoyed as it is. During my ownership I have replaced and refurbished the current soft top, had the front bar, sills and window frame restored professionally, spent thousands of dollars at SB auto tuning and workin

Contactless
$17,500Negotiable
Wollongong, NSW

02/06/2021

2000 Mazda MX-5

  • 197000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

(EOI) Up for sale is a 2000 Mazda MX-5, NB8A model. The car has done over 197,XXX km’s and the condition of the car reflects this. It’s in OKAY condition, most of the exterior needs some paint work and the soft top is almost gone. Runs fantastic and really corners great. Sitting on RE003’s. The car has had a bit of work done to it recently as well as by the original owner. From what I’ve been told and researched, the car was bought new in 2000, and the original owner did a bit of work. It

$9,000
Northgate, QLD

01/06/2021

1990 MX5 na Miata manual

  • 225800 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 1990 Miata as l have other cars and don't have time to look after every one. Rego until 13th July 2021, all works done by MX5 Mania ,have all receipts.The body is in good condition, no rust. Feed BP 98# only. Pros Major service 2 months ago , New timing belt, New water pump, New cam cover gasket, New rear main seal, New tyres, New shift boot and rubber and rebuilt the shifter, New clutch, New radiator and thermostat, New alternator, New battery, Aftermarket exhaust and suspension, N

$19,500Negotiable
Parramatta, NSW

01/06/2021

1999 Mazda MX-5 NB Manual

  • 269000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1999 Mazda MX-5 NB Manual Selling my mx5 nb, have had it since mid July 2020. It has nearly 269000k km, car has freshly been resprayed in 2020, silver. After a quick sale at $8500, if not I’ll see how it goes and add rego and all. Serviced every 5000km, engine bay is tidy new drive belt Unknown axle back exhaust, not too loud, nice tone K&n panel filter Front strut brace Maxpeedingrods 24 way coilovers MST time attack cosmic purple wheels te37v style with multi stud 15x8 0 offset, wrapped in

$8,500
Kemps Creek, NSW

29/05/2021

1999 Mazda Mx-5 5 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 185200 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Original unmodified 1999 Mazda MX5 in above average condition. Always kept undercover in a locked garage. Original soft top in good condition. Paint in good condition. Wheels in above average condition with very few marks. Service history with books. Tonneau cover. Good Bridgestone RE003 Tyres. Timing belt replaced at 143K. New front brake pads. New clutch master cylinder. Always run on 98 octane fuel. Upper and lower gear shift boots replaced. Leather gea

$11,750Negotiable
Royston Park, SA

26/05/2021

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

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.