What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For The MX-5 is thrilling to drive, reliable and affordable

Against There's little storage space and the 1.6-litre version is too weak

Verdict It's good at most things and great at some: as close to perfect in satisfying its market as any car

Go for… 1.8 Sport.

Avoid… 1.6i.

Mazda MX-5 Open
  • 1. The hood should last 10 years, but vandalism or mildew can mean a replacement is needed, costing hundreds
  • 2. If the hood isn’t original, check that the heater element in the rear window works
  • 3. Alloy wheels can corrode, so check for bubbles or other surface problems
  • 4. These cars are often driven hard, so check the panel gaps for signs of repairs to crash damage
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