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 S 2dr

    Paul Hunt , Buckinghamshire . Date: 29/05/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having driven and owned cars ranging from a Rover Metro to Ford Ka's, and more recently three Mazda's in succession: a 1989 Mazda 626 2.0l, a 1998 Mazda 323F 1.5, and now this 1.8 S Mazda MX-5.

    Compared to these other cars, the handling and the feel of the car when you drive is superb, the engine does like to be worked to get the most out of it, but it also doesn't burn oil and fuel as readily as some of the other roadstars you can buy (for substantially more I may add e.g. Porsche, BMW Z3, Audi TT).

    Again, being my 3rd mazda, and like the previous 2, the running costs and reliability is fantastic. They go in for the service yearly, and they come back fine with little or no problems.

    This is well worth it, and certainly reliable and cheap to run too, you can't go wrong with a Japanese car!

  • 1.6i 2dr

    G Allandale Date: 30/04/2008
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second car that i use on those barmy summer days "not" had many of those lately anyway the MX5 is great!!!

    The handling is spot on and a joy with the rear wheel drive and 50/50 balance incorporated in the design.

    I have owned a Mazda before a 323F and that was perfect,hence my decision to buy this model.

    You cannot go wrong with Japaneese,the mechanicals are superb!!!

    A lot of "smug" people i know bought Audi tt,s Porsches and BMWs and have had "nothing" but problems, indeed there as common as muck where i live.

    I need to know that i can jump in the MX5 and it will start first time and never breakdown and it dosent.

    The "old fashioned" view of "German" engineering dosent cut it with me if this were true why are Japaneese engines the driest in the world?

    "Surely" a finely engineered engine dosent burn oil at the rate i experienced with an Audi. As for technology well its Japan every time!!

    I would recommend the MX5 you wont lose any sleep over any problems like an MG OR TT.

  • 1.8i 2dr

    Jane Atkinson , Leicestershire . Date: 28/01/2008
    • 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

    My car

    Pure joy to look at, and to drive. Lovely elegant colour scheme - black hood, silver body. Fabulous design, amazing road holding, excellent turning circle, it's my seventh car and the best by far. I'll only change this for a newer MX5 model eventually. Economy, very good (I use BP'S Ultimate). After a tough day at the office, it lifts my spirits to approach my wonderful MX5 and drive home smiling.

  • 1.6i 2dr

    Beverley Johnson , Herts . Date: 26/01/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my 'x' reg 1.6 Isolo red MX5 second hand (cost £9k) and have driven it for 5 years - Mileage is: 67k to date and it has a hard top and a soft top. During this time, I have replaced a window winding mechanism, and a brake caliper only. (plus normal wear & tear: wipers/brake pads/oil/tyres etc.) It is a brilliant car, I love it and have never regretted buying it. Part-X have been offered £4k; I need a 4-seater Cabrio now, but cannot find anything else to compare to the cost,running expenses,reliablility and fun of my MX5. Why don't they make a 4-seater?????

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