Used Mazda MX-5 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

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

Our recommendations

Which used Mazda MX-5 sports should I buy?

There are just three models to pick from. The range starts with a 1.6i, which is fine, if a little slow, but most MX-5s have the 1.8 engine, which is a fair bit quicker, and comes in standard and Sport models. For us, it's the range-topping 1.8 Sport that is the ultimate MX-5 in every sense, so make sure that's the car you have on the top of your shortlist.

They all have remote locking and electric windows and mirrors, twin front airbags and anti-lock brakes, but the Sport adds leather seats and alloy wheels - both very desirable. The standard models make do with steel wheels, although it's quite possible alloys were fitted as options when the car was new.