Purchased new with whopping discount so it was such great value for money. Owned now for over three years and is everything I could hope for from a small sports car. You do need to push the 1.8 engine hard to get it to respond but it doesn't disappoint.It is economical,comfortable and such a pleasure to drive. The hood can be lowered and raised in seconds and with such a powerful heater, even in the winter top down motoring can be enjoyed. I have so much fun in this car whether driving like a pensioner(which sadly I am) or giving it a bit of wellie on the motorway(always within the speed limit of course) and feeling like I am in a racing car.
I can't fault the MX5,it looks great, goes well, is cheap to buy and run, is reliable and gets lots of comments, and is so user friendly to own. Everyone should try one of these before they die.
I would love to say I love this car and most of the time I do. It's good fun, it's fast, it looks great, it's comfy and with the top down it turns heads. So why don't I love it. I brought this one from new in 2006 after owning my previous one for 5 problem free years. Unfortunatley this one has not been the same. It's had no major problems but the ones it has had have been long winded in correcting. Leaking roof which took 5 times back to the dealership to find, resulting in a new roof. Annoying rattle from the centre console just behind yur left ear, 7 times in the garage but still rattling. Knocking from the front brakes, turned out to be a known fault with the brake mounting, after a lot of fighting Mazda they finally decided to pay for the repair. After only doing 21K I now don't know whether to cut my losses and sell but nothing else out there looks as much fun.
I purchased a 2nd hand MX5 2 litre at the end of last year. I have done nearly 700 miles in it and I have to see that I pretty much agree with most people on here, it really is a fantastic car to drive. The handling is right up there with my old Mini Cooper and that is about the highest praise that I can give any car! It is great to have rear wheel drive although I have to admit in the current icy conditions you do need a bit of caution. The backend has come out a few times on roundabouts but fortunately the DSC system has always saved the day! I have been doing a bit of motorway work in the last few days and it copes really well with not too much noise. The build quality is good and the heater works very well. The only slight disappointment has been the petrol consumption, I am only getting about 32mpg which is not great for motorway work. I am actually quite impressed with the storage space for a 2 sitter; you can easily get one good sized suitcase in the boot. The dealer assures me that he got 10 bags of shopping in the car on one occasion! If you are prepared to ignore all the gloom in the media this really is the time to buy cars like this. I got a fantastic deal from the dealer in Swindon at well below book price without even trying.
It's actually the 2.0 litre Niseko that my wife owns (1.8 not available to select!). My wife absolutely loves this car and when I can get my hands on it so do I!
The road holding is fantastic (an improvement on her last model), and it hugs the road, although to be fair it can be a little bit scary in the wet, but hey that's part of the fun of having this type of car.
The cabin is perfect from the layout, the heated seats and the quality sound system. The hard top drop down is fantastic and can be up and down in a matter of seconds.
If you are considering other rival models such as the MR2, then don't, this is simply a fantastic car.
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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
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!