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).
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.
We have had this car for just over a year now, and despite last years poor summer, we've still managed to find plenty of chances for a drive out with the roof down.
My only slight grumble would be that you have to work the engine to get the best out of it (it's a shame there isn't a more powerful version), however the handling is superb and on the whole it is great to drive.
The heating is spot on, it never feels cold with the roof down, and there is plenty of space in the boot for a weekend away.
A fantastic car, I would recommend it to anyone.
Had my MX-5 Roadster Coupe for a month now and it is great. I had a Hyundai SE before which was a great car to drive but I have to admit that after driving this car I have no regrets about the change.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
owned it from new nov 03 its the first car I have ever owned which drives just as good it did on day one. I want to change for a new A5 Cabriolet but…