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, but that halo seems to be slipping. The brand has fallen into a mid-table position of 18th out of 32 car brands surveyed in our most recent reliability poll.
However, the MX-5 finished second in the convertibles sector in that same survey, with an overall score of 96%.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for coupés and convertibles, head to the What Car? reliability survey for more information.