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Mazda's Devotion to a Vision
I have a 2005 NC, 15 years old, with 75,000 kms and it runs like a dream. There Is no other car that has made me smile as much. It handles extraordinarily well and on the Michilin Pilot Sport 4 tyres I installed I have not gone anywhere near its limits of adhesion which are immense. It needed a new fan which after 15 years had failed, so was initially getting hot in traffic, but with that biggish job done it has been very reliable. Mazda set about fostering MX5 clubs in every region right from the beginning and as a result there is an extraord...inary community around them online and in the physical world. I am 6 foot 1 and a half and I fit fine in my NC, which is the largest MX5, I even have my drivers seat 1 click forward from the rear-most position. You may find a subculture of people who sling off at the NC as being a boat because it is the largest MX5 and because as standard it sat a little high due to US regulations introduced late in its development cycle. The hanfling is still exceptional, and the ride height is easily dropped by 30mm or more with all kinds of suspension options from coilovers to lowered springs. I used Kings Springs which made it look great and handle even better than standard. If you ask those calling the NC a boat if they've driven one the answer is normally no. It has a much better power to weight ratio than NA or NB MX5s. In my view it is the best MX5 and it has been under appreciated, though that now seems to be changing. It took me till I was 59 to justify a 2 seater as a father to two and step father to 5. It is plainly a car for those in a position to give themselves the gift of a car that allows them to be a bit selfish. The NC has reasonable storage in the cabin with a glovebox, 3 storage boxes behind and between the seats, abd a cupholder/storage space in the console. The boot isn't huge, but it's adequate for the car it is and can manage a shop for the typical empty nester or young single owner. It's not big enough for a large suitcase, so if you're going to the airport and parking in the airport parking you'll need to go alone and use the passenger seat, and put the seatbelt in so the weight sensor doesn't bing at you. My only tegret in buying the MX5 is how long I waited to buy it.
Purchased in October 2020.
Versatile sports car
Purchased my Mazda MX5 ND/RF 135kw in June 2020. As the owner of a number MX5’s since 1993 I have always found the ownership experience as been totally positive. I may not fit the normal sports car owner profile, my MX5’s have not been purchased as daily drives. This ND RF package is winner in all categories. Although I purchased privately, my local dealer has welcomed my service custom with open arms.
Purchased in June 2020.
Easy car to live with and enjoy
Bought the car back in 2010 and only sold it in August 2020 (to make room for a new ND MX5!) Only sold it to get something newer.
Car is brilliant to drive. Low fuel usage, tightest turning circle on a car I've ever seen, brilliant gearbox, cheap insurance, etc. Even the boot is usable for most things, including weekend trips away.
And the suspension is the best bit. The car handles like its on rails, but the comfort level on the road is unbelievable. The other car we had at the time was a Mazda 3, and to this day, I reckon the MX5 suspension ...
Purchased in August 2010.
Battery continually goes flat
I look after a 2017 Mazda Mx5 (2 litre) and the battery goes flat continually after 2/3 week of non driving. The owner lives overseas and I drive it every 1-2 weeks. I had the car back to the dealer several times and they can't find a fault, and I can't complain about their service, which is excellent. It is on its third battery and the problem persists. The internet is full of concerns from other drivers with the same issue and I'm wondering if others have had the same issue and is there a know fix for it.
Apart from that its a fabulous little car.
Just got new used nc on the weekend love it. This is the third Mx5 we have owned nb(2002) nc(2006) and now nc(2013)never had a problem with any of them .they are a great car for us older amateurs to play around with . Go and get one!
Purchased in April 2020.
325 km 1 month old and electric window broke
1 month old delivered Jan 2020-Mazda MX-5 RF GT top of the line- with 325km and the passenger window will not go up, broke first time used, unusable. Also the local Mazda dealer has absconded left town along with VW, Holden, and naturally Mazda (same dealer for 3 Manufacturers) and the nearest dealer is now 100kms. Very sorry this MX-5 was purchased. Waited 3 months to order and this MX-5 is a lemon.
Purchased in January 2020 for $49,500.00.
Best car i've ever owned!
2007 soft top GT. I've had this car since new, loved every minute that i've had the pleasure of owning it, drives & handles like a dream. Purchased this car with the optional sports suspention package that came with the bigger blistien shocks, LSD ,traction control, & stability control. Got the side sill extenssions & the front & rear extentions, really a sharp looking car. I get more complements on the appearance of this car now than i did when i bought it 13 years ago. Millage on vehicle is 68000 klms, always garaged & car covered when no...t in use, this is a second car not a daily driver. It's only been out in the rain about 4 times since I've owned it totally Mint condition. I change the oil at regular intervals & thats about it for maintenance,other than visual inspections & a little tinkering since new. I have replaced 1 headlight & an EGR valve, & i'm on my second set of tires, thats it in 13 years. I keep the battery on a trickle charger when i'm not driving it for long periods of time & i have never had a problem with the battery. This car ia a keeper, i have no intentions of selling it in the future, i'll keep it till i can no longer drive. To me it's part of the family. I'ts as tight & solid,"squeek free" as the day i bought it, & ilove it!
Purchased in March 2007 at Mazda Dealers for $47,650.00.
- MX-5 ND (2015-Present)
Miata is always the answer
I considered a lot of other cars before deciding to upgrade from my Mazda 3 to a 2016 Mazda MX5. Having had a '99 NB which I missed driving, I decided on the MX5. It was my daily driver, perfect for everything and a joy to drive. Sold it recently but can't wait to buy another one soon.
Purchased in May 2019 for $27,000.00.
Extremely pleased until...
Have had the car since it came out. Loved it, every second of it. I admired Mazda as a company who takes care of so much details they put in their cars. Heck i even went to see the Mazda stadium in Hiroshima to pay my respect to the brand...
Only until one of the parts at the front of the vehicle (a tow bar eye cover) fell off while i was driving it and even though this happened while it was under warranty, they declined my request to replace it as they failed to believe that it could happen. Attached is the outcome from them
The part costs les...
Purchased in May 2017 at McGrath Mazda Liverpool for $40,000.00.
Excellent. First convertible. What took me so long? (I had an RX-7 in 1980s)
Bought June 2018. NC hard top convertible, black. My second car but use it on club rallies. Great fun. Mostly along the coast with roof down. Cheap to service with a guy who raves one himself. Quick but not so powerful. Blue tooth, cruise control, wheel controls. Seven speaker Bose. Very reliable and quite cheap stuff interchangeable with other Mazda’s. Not unlike the two Mazda Sixes I’ve had. Any faults? I think the paint may be a bit soft cos there’s a few stone chips at fron end. Working thro them right now. Lights were clouded, fixed.
Purchased in June 2018 at Better Braces.
I have had my MX5 RF 2017 from new. 15 months after it was delivered the battery died and the car needed to be towed to the dealer, After it being at the dealership for 6 weeks sorting out many issues, I was told it had a faulty battery so a new one was installed. Then 4 months later the new one failed as well, so for the 2nd time my car was towed to the dealership. I was questioned if I had left the the interior light on or modified the car to which I said not at all, I was made to feel that I had done something wrong and caused the problem! S...o after two weeks of testing and changing the battery I was told that they could find nothing wrong and to pick it up. The day I went in to pick it up, guess what, they went to get it and it would not start because the battery was flat!!!!!! What ever you do, do not purchase a Mazda MX 5 until they take ownership of the issue and fix it
- MX-5 ND (2015-Present)
All they say it is
Fun weekend and special touring car to replace our motorcycle (BMW1300GT SE). Not quite the same but still get that open air buzz.
- Read the motoring journalist's reviews: brilliant.
- Exactly as the motoring journalists describe: superb handling and road traction
- Enough power not to get ones-self into trouble (nippy).
- Great Roadster style
- Very easy to raise and lower the roof.
- Biggest problem is the Soul Red colour: very soft and thin paint, marks, scratches, and chips easily
- This model has little of the great safety features that are supplied in the newest model ...
The real sports car
The Mazda MX5 has developed it's own unique DNA since the first NA model was launched over 25 years ago, small improvements in safety and driving dynamics have ensured the MX5 maintained it's true sports car credentials. I have owned my NC2 coupe for over 5 years, with regular services from my local Mazda dealer. This MX5 has never had any warranty or service issues, although I have not used it on a daily basis, I feel the MX5 is better suited for that pure driving experience.
2004 Mazda MX5 SE Turbo Edition
My thoughts are purely based on the SE Turbo which I owned for roughly 7 years. My advice to any one thinking about a purchase of this great motoring marque would be to source out a very good solid one owner vehicle which is totally stock standard or still at factory specs. These particular cars especially the SE Turbo have a habit of falling into the category of the slightly modded to a heavily modded vehicle. In the end mine fell into the heavily modded mold and put out a whopping 300 RWHP
If I had it over would I do it again? Definitely not...
- MX-5 ND (2015-Present)
I LOVE THIS SPORTS CAR!
FOUR STARS Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis! FOUR STARS Price, Packaging and Practicality! FOUR STARS Safety & Technology! FOUR STARS Behind the Wheel! FOUR STARS X-Factor!
What I like: FOUR STARS Braking and handling tweaks, FOUR STARS Stand-out styling cues, FOUR STARS Body-hugging seats. Not so much: TWO STARS Price relative to competitors, TWO STARS It could use more power, TWO STARS Tight headroom.
Sweet Old School Roadster
When I saw a new red roadster with tan leather unholstery in the showroom I was smitten. It was just a matter of getting the same car in a manual for the best possible price. Within a few weeks I was driving it home and 18 months later I still love it.
This time I kept my practical car because this one can only be used for some supermarket shopping or small items. It is essentially a driver's car for driving and in that it excels. A 10km trip to the shops can easily turn into 50km + simply because it's such a sweet drive.
The looks are...classic old school roadster with simple but elegant lines that are gorgeous. It's light, with lots of aluminium and a dedicated chassis that needs to be seen from underneath to appreciate how much work Mazda have put into this car. With the LSD and RWD you can feel it squirming for grip at times but it's so small and light you can literally throw it around with confidence and enjoy some real driving fun. The finish is excellent and the seating position is very snug but totally appropriate. The Bose 9 speaker audio provides wonderful clear punchy sound even at 100km + with the top down. The gearbox shift is sublime and the engine delivers instant go from 2,000rpm while sipping fuel. My average is about 6.3L/100km, less than quoted. It's also the sort of car that's begging to be modified and responds very well with lots of options available. I replaced the coil springs with some much meatier ones that lowered it a bit and had a specific alignment to increase the negative camber. I also changed the exhaust and optimised the performance. It's now a quick car that pulls harder above 5,000rpm with a sweet note and handling to match, yet there are several turbo and super charger options available to make this little roadster even quicker without breaking the bank.
- MX-5 ND (2015-Present)
Yes, you can be in love with a car!
Every single time I sit behind the wheel... I smile.
Pure bliss is what you feel when you drive it. No problems whatsoever so far.
This is my first convertible/roadster so I do not have much to compare it to but if you feel like buying a toy you can actually drive, buy that one!
Best roadster convertable I ever owned.
Driving experience , drive one to experience the exelant feeling. Increadable reliable. Economical cost effective. I now own the 4th Mx5. 1990 +
My first one (BLUE) was given to my Daurghter when she was of driving age at 16 y. Again I bought a next Roadster Merc slk and replaced this with next Mx5 white 9mths later. This one whent to 2nd daughter at driving age.Then I got Toyota celiaca and replaced with Mx5 ( Green) that whent to 3rd Daughter. Then I got BMW roadster one year later replaced with Mx5 Red 1990 . No further Daughters my own at...
Everything you could want in a cheaper sports car
Bought this rare marble white series 1 NC back in 2009 when it had 42,000kms on the odometer. Having travelled a further 68,000 kms through Vic, SA, NSW and Tasmania, I can honestly say this is an exceptionally reliable car and a real fun driving experience. Also a good touring car albeit not a very practical one. I love the handling although it me some time to learn to drive fast on winding roads ( I have always been a very cautious driver ). Generally the car has been economical recording around 7 litres per 100kms on two interstate trips and...using 98 octane. Around town about 9 litres per 100 kms.The recent 110,000 km service carried out by a local mechanic cost only $440 and included 5 litres of FL 22 coolant and a new air cleaner element. Mazda dealer was contacted regarding cost of coolant service and quoted a hefty $340 which included 2 x 5 litre containers of the "magic" green liquid. Decided by the local mechanic to only drain and replace the coolant in the radiator and carry out the next flush earlier than 5 years/50,000 kms. False economy? Just test coolant strength every 12 months. The car has a nice interior apart from the plastics used. Tyres have been replaced every 40,000 kms and always Michelin Pilots. And I love the ease of putting the fabric hood up and down as I still have memories of the silly set up on my old MGB. My only gripe, the truck like manual transmission when cold. Can't see myself selling this car, at least not in the next 10 years when I will be too old to drive anyway. Perhaps I will then keep it in the garage under the custom made indoor cover provided MX5 Mania.
Value for money
Car looks great. Feels great to drive. Retractable hardtop is down in 12 seconds. Very secure. Not the fastest car but very smooth. Sound system bose is superb. Leather seats still smells inside like new. Uses approx 9ltrs per 100ks. It has 4 cupholders! Last mx5 1999 had only one hidden one in console. Cruise control and control on steering wheel for radio is awesome. Lights look fantastic!
Questions & Answers
I have a 2006 mazda mx5. Is there any difference between a NC roadster and a NC coupe as there is a $220 difference in insurance premium between the two. Not sure to insure as a roadster or a coupe.
The wiki page might answer that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_MX-5#Third_generation_.28NC.29 From what I can tell, there is a difference- I think soft-top vs hard-top (coupe).=?
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