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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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2017 Mazda Mx-5 Gt 6 Sp Automatic 2d Roadster

  • 28000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Low kilometres vehicle. Always kept in garage. Selling due to purchase of new car.

$30,000
Wollongong, NSW

9 hours ago

2002 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 232000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Hey guys, I’m selling my baby Rx7. Which is really a 2002 silver mx5 NB with a mazdaspeed rx7 wing on the back. It’s the 1.8L VVT motor paired with the excellent 6 speed manual transmission. The car is in good condition and has been extremely loved by me. Upon sale the car will come with; an extra boot, two spoilers - Rx7 Mazda speed and the original ducktail. I put an aftermarket headunit in the car, which is annoyingly difficult to do on an mx5 Also has a catback exhaust which

$13,500
Walkerville, SA

11 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 K GT White 6 Speed Automatic Roadster

  • 27451 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Stunning example travelled very low kms, upgraded wheels, the best colour, full leather, fully workshop approved, will be issued with 3 months rego at time of sale, priced to sell immediately and will not last! 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 passe

$31,388
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
11 hours ago

2001 Mazda MX-5 NB Silver 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 59382 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Burnett Cars is very proud to present our absolute gem 1 owner 2001 Mazda MX-5 Convertible! With very low mileage this MX-5 is in immaculate condition for its age and is a credit to its previous owner. Complete with the Mazda's 6 speed manual, alloys, 2 keys, plenty of service history all in receipt form, 1.8L engine which is great on fuel & roof cover. This is sure to impress collectors and/or those wishing for a weekend joy ride heading into the summer! Australia wide transport available. P

$22,990
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
11 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND Limited Edition RF SKYACTIV-MT Light Grey 6 Speed Manual Targa

  • 36507 km
  • Other
  • Manual
  • 4

WELL MAINTAINED MX-5 Hard Top Just Serviced by our Highly Trained Techs and Ready for a New Home! Comes Packed with Features including Heated Leather Bolster Recaro Seats with Suede Inserts, Multifunction Steering Wheel, 17" Blacked out Alloy Wheels, Navigation and Plenty more... Get in Quick this one will not last Long at all!!! Receive a *FOUR YEAR Membership to our Exclusive Rewards Programme which includes *FOUR YEARS ROADSIDE ASSIST *T&C’s Apply* Come in Today for a HASSLE-FREE te

$41,490
Willagee, WA

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 15136 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

***SALE EVENT NOW ON, ENDS 5PM SATURDAY 6/8/2022 COND APPLY*** ***$2000 MIN TRADE* IN OR $3000 MIN TRADE* IN IF YOU FINANCE WITH US*** ***COME AND SEE WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE ELSE*** ***CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS*** ***PRICED TO SELL, GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS*** ***DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY*** ***WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE*** IS THIS VEHICLE STILL AVAILABLE????? Yes absolutely, our s are only listed online when they are available for purchase, enquire now to speak with a consultant anyt

$54,888Drive Away^
Pakenham, VIC

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2020 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 7696 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**All our cars are thoroughly tested** ** Location: 1.5 hours north of Sydney in the beautiful area of /Gateshead (Newcastle)** ** We offer dealership pick up or delivery to your door Australia-wide, it has never been simpler, or safer, to own the car of your dreams** **FAQ** >Yes, if the ad is visible the car is still available >Yes, we can trade any vehicles >Yes, we can finance with low rates tap >Yes, the vehicle comes with a warranty >

$50,500
Bennetts Green, NSW

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 14622 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Feel the breeze in your hair in the sporty Mazda MX-5 soft top. Powered by a 1.5L engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox, this one is ready to go. 16" alloy wheels and red paint make it stunning to look at. If you think this is your next car, come and see our friendly sales team today or give us a call to arrange a test drive at a time that is convenient to you. We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer, stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia

$39,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2002 Mazda MX-5 NB30P2 Silver 6 Speed Manual Softtop

  • 153953 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Feel the breeze in your hair in the sporty Mazda MX-5 soft top. Powered by a 1.8L engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox, this one is ready to go. 15" alloy wheels and silver paint make it stunning to look at. If you think this is your next car, come and see our friendly sales team today or give us a call to arrange a test drive at a time that is convenient to you. We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer; stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Austra

$19,990
Launceston, TAS

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2020 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 15856 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Stunning hard top convertible with the punchy economical 1.5 litre engine, six speed floor shift, SatNav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, push button start, Bluetooth, black-out alloy rims plus reverse camera. 15,000km with new car warranty until 2025. Beautiful car.

$46,999
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT White 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 5550 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**NEAR BRAND NEW**LOW KMS** **17 Inch Alloy Wheels**Adjustable Front Seats - Manual**Android Auto**Apple CAR Play**Automatic Air Con / Climate Control**Bluetooth Connectivity**Cruise Control**Heated Front Seats**Leather Accented Steering Wheel**Leather Trim**Multi-Function Control Screen**Reversing Camera**Satellite Navigation**Sound System with 9 Speakers**Start/Stop Button** ***** All CARS SOLD OUT OF M1DLAND CITY TO WA CUSTOMERS WILL BE REGISTERED****** * Speak to one of our staff for a

$46,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
14 hours ago

Wanted: MX5 98 - 04 in Black or Red

  • 100000 km

Chasing a NB model MX5 in Black or Red Km between 50,000 - 180,000 Price between $8,000 - $18,000 Not interested in something that's been raced or poorly modified. If you're thinking about selling to a dealer, let me know as hopefully I'll be able to beat their offer.

$18,000
Perth, WA

15 hours ago

2018 Mazda MX-5 K MY17 RF Machine Grey 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 38189 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

"2018 MAZDA MX5 RF TARGA COUPE IN MACHINE GREY, VERY WELL MAINTAINED VEHCILE WITH COMPLETE MAZDA DEALER HISTORY FROM NEW, EXCELLENT CONDITON, FULLY RETRACABLE HARD ROOF, PERFECT SPORTY MOTORING. We pride ourselves on good old fashioned service and we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations. Call today and allow one of our friendly sales professionals show you how easily this car can become yours. Locally owned and operated since 1992, we stock hundreds of vehicles every week a

$42,913
Cardiff, NSW

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2005 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Softtop

  • 190100 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

FIND US; now with TWO convenient locations; * TRADE-ins welcome. * BUY with confidence; best price guarantee on new & used cars. * INSTANT finance with competitive rates ( * INSURANCE we can arrange. * GUARANTEE of clear title & safety certificate provided on all cars for your piece of mind. * STATUTORY warranty with the option of extended warranties up to 3 years. * CAN deliver anywhere in Australia * PLEASE SEND GENUINE ENQUIRIES ONLY WE ARE CHARGED PER ENQUIRY, THANK YOU

$18,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2018 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 8350 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

JUST DIRECT FROM A MAZDA LOW K' CAR FINANCE WITH SAME DAY TRADES WELCOME We are the region’s highest rated dealer on with a 4.7/5 Star Rating, we offer unrivalled vehicle quality and high standards across sales, service and parts. Look at our reviews and see why our customers rate us as one of the best! Our specialized Mazda consultants know the iconic brand inside out and can assist you in matching you with your ideal vehicle. We have tailored finance and insurance packages to sui

$46,990
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2015 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-MT Blue 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 21392 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** Mazda MX-5. - Roadster. -6 Speed manual. - Soft top. -Navigation. -Push start. - Low low klms what a great car to drive. WOULD YOU BUY A CAR FROM ANYONE? A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR NEXT CAR - 1. We pride ourselves on reputation. We are a Canberra based multi franchise dealership with 8 brands to our name and over 300 quality used cars to choose from. We have been selling cars to the Canberra community and all over Australia for over 54 years. 2. ACT/NSW roa

$33,888
Phillip, ACT

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Roadster

  • 15061 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

***SALE EVENT NOW ON, ENDS 5PM SATURDAY 6/8/2022 COND APPLY*** ***$2000 MIN TRADE* IN OR $3000 MIN TRADE* IN IF YOU FINANCE WITH US*** ***COME AND SEE WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE ELSE*** ***CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS*** ***PRICED TO SELL, GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS*** ***DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY*** ***WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE*** IS THIS VEHICLE STILL AVAILABLE????? Yes absolutely, our s are only listed online when they are available for purchase, enquire now to speak with a consultant anyt

$49,888Drive Away^
Pakenham, VIC

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2021 Mazda MX-5 ND GT RF SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Targa

  • 2146 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

***SALE EVENT NOW ON, ENDS 5PM SATURDAY 6/8/2022 COND APPLY*** ***$2000 MIN TRADE* IN OR $3000 MIN TRADE* IN IF YOU FINANCE WITH US*** ***COME AND SEE WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE ELSE*** ***CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS*** ***PRICED TO SELL, GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS*** ***DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY*** ***WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE*** IS THIS VEHICLE STILL AVAILABLE????? Yes absolutely, our s are only listed online when they are available for purchase, enquire now to speak with a consultant anyt

$57,990Drive Away^
Pakenham, VIC

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2009 Mazda Mx-5 6 Sp Manual 2d Convertible

  • 183824 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

MAZDA MX5 ROADSTER SPORTS RECARO/BBS Not your average MX5! This is a special edition with full Recaro seats and BBS wheels, valued at approx $5000! This car is in lovely condition and is just beautiful to drive! Manual gearbox, sports pedals and full electric HARD TOP roof! Full dealer service history, 2 keys and rego until July 2023. 4 Brand new quality tyres fitted 1/7/22. Current personal plates don't come with the car. Grab it in time for Spring, fabulous time for a convertible in Aus!

$24,750
Ashmore, QLD

19 hours ago

2016 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Fawn 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 85700 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.5L

Buy with confidence knowing when you buy your Pre-Loved Car from us you will drive out with complete peace of mind in a vehicle that has been inspected, tested and approved by our licensed technicians. For your peace of mind our cars come with: 1. 12 Month Protection Plan. 2. 12 Month Roadside Assist. 3. 7 Day Money Back Guarantee. 4. Fixed Price – We’ve done the research for you, no need to haggle. 5. No immediate expenses i.e.: registration,

$31,810Drive Away^
Strathmore Heights, VIC

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2020 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Soul Red Crystal 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 1689 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This vehicle comes with the Balance of Factory Warranty. Factory Warranty Expires "25/02/2025" Unlimited Km's Optional Extras Fitted: N243V4990 - Air Deflector for Front Spoiler QNDN51960 - Rear Lip Spoiler NA1JV909X - Alloy Brake & Clutch Pedal ND11ACWEL - Welcome Illumination ND11ACFPAY - Front Parking Sensors NA1JV9091 - Alloy Accelerator Pedal ND11ACTRA - Cargo Tray QNDB56490 - Strut Tower Bar QNDE51P10A - Side Under Spoiler QNDE50360A - Rear Un

$49,995Drive Away^
Toowoomba, QLD

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2002 Mazda MX-5 All Others Manual Convertible

  • 190000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

NOTE: Please read the full description *** Convertible *** Manual *** 6sp Manuel *** NB Series II Stand out from the crowd with this Mazda MX-5 Convertible!!! Featuring aux input, premium audio system, durable interior, air conditioning, full electrics, ABS, EBD, traction control, remote locking, advanced onboard computer and too much more to list... Get in fast as this car will not last long! Note: this vehicle is not acctually for sale, just using the add for test purposes

$15,000
Melbourne CBD, VIC

21 hours ago

2017 Mazda MX-5 ND GT SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Roadster

  • 57101 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Up market two door roadster with the punchy 2 litre engine, sporty six speed manual floor shift, luxurious leather trim, heated front seating, soft top convertible roof, keyless locking and unlocking, push button start, automatic aircon, SatNav, Bluetooth, safety of blind spot monitoring, ABS brakes, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, sporty 17inch alloy wheels. Low 57,000 with full service history. Immaculate condition throughout. We are a friendly and efficient company, t

$34,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

2007 Mazda MX-5 NC30F1 MY07 Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Softtop

  • 72821 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WELCOME TO OUR MASSIVE MULTI-FRANCHISE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP 2007 Mazda MX 5 Automatic Convertible 2 Door. Immaculate!!! Only one owner from new with books and service history. Watch the heads turn as you cruise the streets in this 2007 Mazda MX-5 convertible. If you want to join the sports convertible market you wont find a better example than this. Equipped with a punchy 2.0 litre engine & six speed automatic your ready for some wind in the hair touring or just leave the top on and enjoy the

$24,999
Canning Vale, WA

Dealer used
06/08/2022

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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.