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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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Top2016 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
22 hours ago

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
20/06/2021

Top2015 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
20/06/2021

Top2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

***IN STOCK NOW***New Mazda MX-5 GT ROADSTER AUTOMATIC, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, 5 Star ANCAP Safety, Re

$50,888Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
5 hours ago

Top2016 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
2 hours ago

Top2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 7 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

New Mazda MX-5 GT TARGA BLACK ROOF & BURGANDY LEATHER AUTOMATIC, the world’s favourite sports car returns and takes the roadster experience to a whole new level – Pure Zoom Zoom! 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, 5 Star ANCAP S

$56,288Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
5 hours ago

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
20/06/2021

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
20/06/2021

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
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

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
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

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
20/06/2021

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
20/06/2021

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
20/06/2021

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
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

Contactless
$18,500
Mordialloc, VIC

18/06/2021

1989 Mazda MX-5 NA Manual Sports Car

Contactless
$15,990Negotiable
Kotara, NSW

18/06/2021

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

  • 34500 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WE HAVE DEALERSHIPS IN QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN NSW SO WE CAN MEET YOU EITHER SIDE OF THE BORDER SO YOU CAN INSPECT ANY OF OUR VEHICLES. We are a Mazda and Nissan Dealer that sells the quality pre-loved trade ins from new car purchases as used cars, which means we stock quality motor vehicles and have an extensive inventory that changes daily helping to increase our variety! We can do both NSW and QLD registrations. All vehicles that are traded in undertake an extensive MECHANICAL and SAFETY C

$37,888
Tweed Heads, NSW

Dealer used
17/06/2021

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
17/06/2021

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

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 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 start up on the recent cold mornings, but cleans up once warm. Currently running fully synthetic Magnatec 5-40. Would go a little heavier next time. Interior i

$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

Contactless
$27,000
Kingswood, NSW

12/06/2021

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.