Used Mazda MX-5 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open 1998 - 2005

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mazda MX-5 sports?

The hood should last for 10 years or more, but vandalism or mildew staining can mean a replacement is needed, and that will cost hundreds of pounds. If the hood isn't original, check that the heater element in the rear window works.

Watch for poor quality repairs following a crash because this is one of those cars that needs expert hands to rebuild just right. Check in particular that the door and bonnet shut tightly and show an even gap between the panels.