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.
The alloy wheels can corrode, so check for bubbles or other surface problems. A wheel specialist should fix and re-lacquer the wheels for about half what new replacements would cost.
If the steering feels slack, a set of replacement bushes should improve things and won't cost much. Engines and transmissions seldom give trouble even at high mileages, provided all the owners have kept to the 9000-mile service intervals.