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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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13 reader reviews for Mazda MX-5 Coupé Cabriolet.
  • 1.8i 2dr

    Douglas McDermott , Oxfordshire . Date: 01/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32.5

    My car

    We purchased our 2.0i Sport RC (08-reg., 20k miles) for £11k, from a private seller in Nov. 2010 and we have had no problems at all. A set of four new tyres cost £500, though that is hardly the car’s fault! My wife is delighted with the MX-5 and relishes the 10-mile drive too and from work each day. She absolutely loves it! The interior is well appointed and the heater/heated leather seats are superb, as is the (optional) upgraded Bose stereo. There is easily enough room for my 6ft 2in frame, although the steering wheel and seats could be more adjustable. The folding electric roof is superbly engineered and very pleasing to use – it is great that the boot space is not compromised with the roof down. The boot space is okay - it can actually hold a fair bit, though not bulky items, as the opening is rather small. On the move, the MX-5 is great to drive, although it is quite noisy and ‘twitchy’ over anything other than perfectly smooth roads. The steering wheel is always very much ‘alive’ and responds instantly to any road imperfections – again, this (along with the noise and the size of the boot) is only to be expected from a sports-orientated car Performance is good (I ride a Fireblade, so I’m hardly going to be blown away by the performance), though it does need to be revved beyond 4000 rpm to really get going. It is certainly more than adequate though and having a 6th gear really helps on motorway journeys. Overall, we are both really impressed with this superb car!

  • 2.0i Sport 2dr

    David Hampson , Berkshire . Date: 11/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I've had my MX5 for 3 months now and have to say I am very happy with it. Performance is amazing and its very comfortable inside - the build quality feels so sturdy that I can imagine it going on years without problems. Very little fancy equipment inside but the Bose stereo is all you need though its a shame it is so hard to connect an iPod to it. Sound quality is definitely worth the extra and it may make your ears bleed if you get it up to maximum volume! One good piece of advice is to shell out £300 on the Eibach lowering kit and another £100 getting the geometry set correctly at a suspension specialist; handling is radically improved and it should improve fuel consumption and reduce tyre wear, as well as making it look a stunning car (if you have the brochure, all but 2 pictures show the car with the lowering kit). My wife's main objection was boot space for going on holiday - we survived with two of the smaller suitcases - if you take the repair kit out you can push the first case in longways and slide it over then do the same with the second. Not too sure how I'm going to get around the Ikea problem though :)

  • 1.8i 2dr

    peter lewis Date: 09/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    There is a significant issue with the transmissions on these new MX5s. With the clutch released there is a rumbling from the gearbox, this starts after the tranmission has wormed up (so if you test drive one, just listen to the gearbox after a good run).

    Mazda say this is normal, I suspect that a Transmission expert would say that the Input Shaft Bearing is rumbling and is NOT normal! Only time will tell if there are a lot of MX5s with broken gearboxes in the future.

    I have a Mark1 MX5, which is now 13 years old and still offers great fun ..... the Mark3 should prove to be as good (gearbox problems excepted).

  • 2.0i Sport 2dr

    Robert Smith Date: 12/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    We have had this car just over a week now. Overall very pleased, the dealership were really good. Its very well put together, and drives well. The only thing I would recommend is getting the optional eibach suspension, it lowers the car by 30mm and improves handling by a significantly. This upgrade lowers the car to the height it was designed to run at, rather than the 4x4 look which was necessary for NCAP and the US market. The sport should really come with this upgrade as standard. Roof is great.

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