Used Mazda MX-5 (1990 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 18 Nov 2013
4
Pretty much every manufacturer builds a convertible and it was the MX-5 that got us all back into drop-tops in the first place. With rear-wheel drive and sharp, responsive handling, it's fun to drive although it's not hugely powerful.
Mazda MX-5 (90-05)
Classic modern roadster, affordable.
Cheap 'Eunos' imports without history.

New price range:

£13,750 - £22,410

Used price range:

£750 - £2,553

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Pretty much every manufacturer builds a convertible and it was the MX-5 that got us all back into drop-tops in the first place. With rear-wheel drive and sharp, responsive handling, it's fun to drive although it's not hugely powerful. Being a Mazda, it's also superbly reliable and well-engineered. If you're after a fun car then make sure you stick this on your list of possibilities.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 There isn't much that is practical about an mx5 but with the spare tire removed from the boot it is more than enough for one or two peoples weekly shop plus with the roof down you can carry really...  

4 out of 5

Robert Hough ,   26 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Remote boot lid release (old MX5 didn't have this!).  

5 out of 5

S Davies ,   21 Aug 2013    ... read more

 The MX-5 is cheap to run. Only has two seats so you don't have to take the kids. Responsive on the roads. (In the dry). Lovely gearshift.  

5 out of 5

Richard Foggin ,   30 May 2013    ... read more

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