Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

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

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27 reader reviews for Mazda MX-5 Open.
  • 1.8i (rev '01) 2dr

    paul maudsley , lancs . Date: 09/10/2015
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    well buying what i thought was a minter of a car 2003 1.8 sport top of the range example' and driving it home was sublime and i instantly fell in love with it. the pristine black leather interior was a joy to sit in and the quick shift 6 speed box a joy to use all the electrics worked fine and the roof looked like it had just left the factory, the car was suffering some sill rust which is quite common on this model which didnt put me off at all... but and here is the but a local mazda specialist had up on the ramp and dealt me a massive kick in the nads !!!! the sills had been holding water which has rotted the ineer sills and the outer sills !! the drain holes in the sills were blocked and had held water which resulted in this fatal damage... the issue is common on this mark but caught early can be rectified but even a full mazda history at only 70k miles didnt help me !!!! to make the car mint it would require around 2k of restoration work ouch !!! so if anyone is think of getting 1 of these brill little cars get under the car and check the outer and inner sills because the sills hold water they rot from the inside so a sound looking sill from the outside can hide a rotten inner... dont make the mistake i made of falling for a pristine looking car because that can mean nothing of what lies beneath... gutted aint the word !!!

  • 1.8i (rev '01) 2dr

    Antony Bowes , . Date: 09/11/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    I've owned my MX-5 for around 4 years now, and it really is an excellent car to drive - especially on open B-roads. The seating position is perfect (and I'm just under 6ft tall), the cornering is precise and involving, and it's very comfortable even on long journeys. However, being a typical front engine RWD roadster, don't take it out on icy / snowy roads, even at a crawl the back end loses grip but it's easy to correct the oversteer. Seems ok in the wet though, but I wouldn't recommend going nuts! 0-60 is around 8 seconds, so faster than your average road car, but nothing to write home about. But then you buy this car for it's fun factor, rather than racing others off at the lights! Running costs aren't bad either for what it is (although you can't compare this to a more sensible car), returning a combined MPG of around 31 depending on how heavy your right foot is. Whilst servicing costs are very similar to smaller, less powerful hatchbacks, the servicing intervals are every 9,000 miles which is quite frequent compared to more modern cars. Tax is £270 per year, so that's not cheap either. The interior is of high quality with clear, well positioned dials.

    The only (well known) downside is rust. Mk2 MX-5's rust like hell (even when only around 6 - 7 years old). before buying, check the rear arches for rust and keep drain holes clear. My brake cable is starting to rust now, so keep an eye on the underside too.

  • 1.8i Nevada 2dr

    Fredrik Rich , West Yorkshire . Date: 03/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I recently took the plunge and bought a 2003 MX-5, having originally been looking at a pre-2000 Mercedes SLK and BMW Z3. I am far from disappointed with it.

    The driving experience is superb. The handling is great, the steering nicely weighted and communicative, and the ride surprisingly compliant. As you would expect for an open top there is a little bit of scuttle shake, but its not bad, especially if you have a roll bar fitted.

    I've had the car now for three months, and because its not my only car I don't use it that much. Fuel consumption has been quite reasonable - probably better than my main car in fact, but then you don't really buy a car like this for its fuel economy. Insurance is also very reasonable.

    When all is said and done the MX-5 is a two seater, and if you're over 6 foot tall you're going to struggle to get comfortable in the driver's seat. The boot is quite small, though you can squash a fair bit in with some effort and planning. Quality is very good, as can be seen from the condition of my 5 year old, 60,000 mile example.

    Overall, and excellent little car, as long as you don't have unrealistic expectations about practicality.

  • 1.6i Icon 2dr

    Michael McCusker Date: 24/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    The car is fantastic to drive, it looks good and the running costs aren't too bad, the build quality is second to nothing i have ever owned.

    The alloys do however bubble which is a common fault on all Mazdas that i see so must be made cheaply. But aside from that my wife and i love it.

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