Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mazda MX-5 sports?
The Mazda MX-5 was praised when it came out for having a leak-free roof – something its British rivals rarely managed to emulate. If you test drive an MX-5 and want to check the roof for leaks, head to an automatic car wash and put the car through a cycle.
Being small, it should be easy to park. But, because the driver sits quite low, they might miss a low bollard or wall, and rear parking sensors aren’t standard unless you get the top-spec Sport Nav. Check the bumpers for scrapes because it can be costly to put paint damage right.
Mazda has earned a reputation for reliability in the past, and in our most recent reliability survey the firm finished in 12th place out of 31 manufacturers. Even more impressive, the MX-5 finished second in the sports car class with an excellent overall score of 95%.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for coupés and convertibles, head to the What Car? reliability survey for more information.
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