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Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Mazda MX-5
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• GREAT TO DRIVE • IMAGE • EASY TO OWN • AVAILABLE BRAND NEW

WHY BUY?

If you’re in the market for a serious sports that’s also easy going and with the modern conveniences, reliability and safety standards, there’s no better car than this Mazda.

DRIVING

Mazda got the basics so right, from the cockpit to the chassis and it shows in handling although the tail can catch the unwary out on greasy roads, particularly the Mk1. Some Eunos grey imports have a limited slip differential fitted which simply adds to the sideways fun. The Mk3 is arguably more suited to those who want rather than appreciate what MX-5s are all about.

WHAT TO PAY

You can nab one for £1000 but they will be ratty; a grand more will secure a good honest example while top Mk1s can sell for £5000. Mk2s values vary, starting for less than £3000 and topping £4500; this amount can get you a Mk3.

GENERAL

Know what you are buying: genuine MX-5 chassis numbers begin with JMZN, Eunos Roadsters start NA. Values are not necessarily too dissimilar these days. Special Editions abound but may not be worth more.

BODY AND CHASSIS

Early cars tended to bubble up below the sill tread plates and at the rear of the sills, and can lead to an MoT failure. Rear arch panels now available.

ENGINE

Exhaust manifolds can crack. Repairs are acceptable, but replacement best. All came with a cat. If this rattles, then it will need replacing. The engine is tough but can leak oil from rocker covers, front crank oil seals, cam oil seals, timing assembly.

RUNNING GEAR

If the handbrake has excessive travel or does not work too well, that part of the rear calipers may have seized and require replacements. Too wide tyres usually impair handling.

BEST MODEL? 1.8s
WORST MODEL? Iffy imports
BUDGET BUY/? 1,6
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? Excellent
DIY EASE? Ok for a modern
CLUB SUPPORT? Excellent
APPRECIATING ASSET? Not yet



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