1994 Mazda MX5 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1994 Mazda MX5 1.8

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser


Lots of fun and very reliable


Leaking coolant hose at 172000km, which was easily replaced.

General Comments:

Has been very reliable. Have travelled about 17000km in just over a year since I bought it, with just the usual oil and tune up needed when purchased, and after 10000kms.

I have taken it on numerous long distance trips, including a 2000km trip down in the South Island of New Zealand, which included a drive up a narrow 4WD road, which was steep, windy and lots of fun.

Has been my daily driver. Always fun, especially around round-a-bouts in the wet, when you can easily slide the backend if you want, with just a quick turn of the wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2007

30th Jan 2010, 19:13

Original poster here. Have now travelled 206000km, with just routine maintenace. Replaced radiator and cambelt at 194000. Great car, but will be sadly selling soon as I need a larger car for everyday use.

20th Sep 2011, 20:03

I finally sold my MX5 at 226000km, only because I have bought a larger, more practical car. I'm sure the MX will keep going and going. All in all, a great car. May end up buying my old one back one day, as I sold it to a work mate.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review