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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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2004 Mazda Mx-5 Se 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 176000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For sale is my MX5 SE Factory Turbo. A beautiful car to drive, test drive and you will fall in love. Please note, this is not my daily driver so I’m in no rush to sell and won’t reply to low ball offers. Please do not negotiate price before you’ve inspected. Modifications: 2.5 inch Magnaflow exhaust. Upgraded PWR intercooler AEM short ram intake (impossible to buy one of these at the moment) Turbosmart plumb back blow off valve Upgraded stainless steel throttle intake pipe NGK Iridium IX Spark

$22,000
Mordialloc, VIC

28/07/2021

2004 Mazda MX-5 SE Factory Turbo

  • 99490 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Best I have seen ! Totally original, SE Factory Turbo. Full service history, timing belt replacement last service. Viewing by appointment from Monday to Friday.

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$28,950
Murarrie, QLD

Dealer used
23/07/2021

2004 Mazda MX-5 NB Series 4, 6 speed manual, located Mackay 4740 QLD..

  • 179998 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual

Price excludes hardtop & 17" wheels currently on car (but all is cash neg).. MX5 is in Mackay 4740 & NOT an SE. Not selling hardtop separately; sorry.. No more time wasters please. Mine is NOT an NB Series 1 (i.e. NOT 1998, 1999, 2000); it is a rare 2004 NB8C Series 4 MX5 (but NOT an SE) Australian Delivered. 2004 NB8C series 3 & 4 got numerous interior differences / upgrades over NB8B. QLD Road Worthy can be negotiated. 2nd photo are 15 inch steel wheels sold with car (on Bridgestone Po

$12,500
Mackay, QLD

12/05/2021

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.