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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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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
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

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$17,500NegotiableWas $18,500
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

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

TURBO Mazda MX5 NB8C

  • 167000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For Sale is my Turbocharged 2002 Mazda MX5 NB8C. I've owned it for about 7 Months now and I’m selling it as I’ve purchased another car. Makes around 170rwkw and is without a doubt the most fun car I’ve ever driven, sounds amazing and is very very quick. Car has 167kms on it but it’s only been turbo-ed for 3000kms, so the engine is very healthy, as is the 6 speed box. The paint is very nice and is ceramic coated but has a good few dings/scratches – not a show car but still very good. Demist

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$18,500
Sandringham, VIC

30/05/2021

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Manual Convertible

  • 22639 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

As new condition,Machine Grey , burgandy Nappa Leather seats, has OZ racing mag wheels, Super Q sports muffler , Rev9 sports steering wheel, Carbon fibre duck tail ,front and side skirts, Goodwin Racing upgraded sway bars front and rear. phone only no text

$36,000
Kalbarri, WA

29/05/2021

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. 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. Upper and lower gear shift boots replaced. Leather gear shift boot and handbrake cover. Genuine reason for selling - too many MX5'

$11,950Negotiable
Royston Park, SA

26/05/2021

2015 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Automatic 2d Roadster

  • 41100 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 Red Mazda MX-5 GT Roadster Converitable. 2DR SKYACTIVE 6-speed Automatic 2.0l Petrol This very low kms one owner Mazda MX-5 GT roadster, comes with a full service history, Soft Top Roof, and just a amazing fun vehicle to drive. Imagine driving down the coast, top down enjoying the beautiful view and smelling the ocean.

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$28,000
Ormiston, QLD

26/05/2021

2015 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Automatic 2d Roadster

  • 41100 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 Red Mazda MX-5 GT Roadster Converitable. 2DR SKYACTIVE 6-speed Automatic .2.0l Petrol This very low kms one owner Mazda MX-5 GT roadster, comes with a full service history, Soft Top Roof and just a amazing and fun vehicle to drive.

$28,000
Ormiston, QLD

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

2015 Mazda Mx-5 Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Roadster

  • 40387 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling without plates. If you would like to keep the plates, they will be extra. The car has also been fitted with racing paddle shifters and a sports exhaust. The misses and I are expecting our first, so I bought a CX-5 already, hence, selling our MX-5. Regrettable as this is truly an amazing 2 door car!

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$28,000
Maroubra, NSW

25/05/2021

98 Mazda mx5 nb

  • 132000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my nb mx5 as the lease has finished for my parking spot. Car has been parked undercover in a private lot. Modifications are as below: - Aftermarket head unit - Aftermarket antenna - Aftermarket muffler(sounds like stock but 10% more grunty) - Comes with a hard top(green, has demister wired up) Rego runs out in July, RWC will be provided on sale.

$13,500
Carlton, VIC

24/05/2021

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

1997 Mazda MX-5 RACE CAR

  • 8031 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Mazda mx5 2f RACE CAR Great for hillclimbs and sprints with CAMS log book. High Compression 1800cc engine with Wisco piston, big cams, port & polished heads. Large air Intake and C.E.S Racing Systems headers and large diamer exhast system. Recent (April 2021) JPC Automotive dyno tune using Premium 98 fuel = 150HP (111.1Kw) at the rear wheels. CAR has turbo brakes upgrade. 7" Superlite RACE wheels - new Nankang AR1 semi slicks with 80% tread. Quick release steering wheel. Powered by Ha

$14,500
Sunbury, VIC

23/05/2021

2007 Mazda MX-5 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 83857 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

June 2007 build MX5 2.0l 6 speed manual convertible with folding hard top. Very low mileage, and well looked after. Tan leather seats and door cards. The VIC rego was renewed only this month, so almost 12 months rego is included! Bose sound system, with exception of the head unit which is a more modern bluetooth unit. 90% tread left on the Pirelli P Zero tyres, 205/45R17, which is part of the factory upgrade package with Bilstein suspension. New battery and battery cover in the last few mon

$19,800Negotiable
Stawell, VIC

21/05/2021

1989 Mazda MX-5 Manual Convertible

  • 235145 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Owned since 2007. Has been my daily drive and mainly used for hills driving. Has never let me down and is certainly now a classic. Has been regularly serviced every 10,000km. No major issues in the time I have owned this car just routine replacement of parts and servicing. Recent works completed include: Clutch kit installed at 190,000 km Timing belt/drive belt/radiator/water pump changed 227,000 km – radiator and water pump changed as precautionary given cars age Soft top replaced Ma

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$9,500
Meadows, SA

20/05/2021

1998 Mazda MX-5 Automatic Convertible

  • 429103 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1 owner, regulary serviced. 12ths regerstration, Roadworthy Certificate available. 6 Stacker CD player in boot, rear spoiler, rear mudflaps, airconditioned, central locking. Minor body damage. Soft top in very good condition.

$9,950Negotiable
Moolap, VIC

19/05/2021

2005 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 57000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is my immaculate 2005 NC1 MX5. Comes with custom plates if you choose Perfect cloth interior with only a couple of tiny marks on the exterior (for a car this age its incredible honestly) 2 keys, 7 months rego, full service history from new. No leaks in soft top Price negotiable, any questions get in touch :)

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$20,000
Beacon Hill, NSW

18/05/2021

2000 NB MX5 6sp Manual

  • 145000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling 2000 NB MX5 6 speed manual Rego until July 145xxxks Selling my partners NB. Always garaged and regularly serviced. Have the owners manual and records of previous services from previous owners. 20% Tint Weighted Gear knob. Crinkle black rocker cover. Car is completely stock except for a few things mentioned above. It’s been our daily for 3 years and we are non smokers. It’s been well kept and aside from a few scratches on the front bumper it’s in good shape. It has fairly new tyres

$13,000
Newcastle, NSW

16/05/2021

2016 Mazda Mx-5 Rf Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Convertible

  • 55000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is my beloved MX5 GT RF Black Roof Auto with the 2.0 SKYACTIV. Finished in Machine Grey metallic with the body and terracotta leather interior in great condition. Car has had full Mazda service history. Tyres and brakes with a long life ahead and new wipers recently changed. Am happy to provide previous service report. Mazda warranty valid until 27/9/21 and will be sold with rego. As standard this GT RF has - Electric targa roof - Auto wipers - Auto LED head lights - Bose s

$35,250Negotiable
One Tree Hill, SA

16/05/2021

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

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.