1994 Mazda MX5 1.8
Lots of fun and very reliable
Leaking coolant hose at 172000km, which was easily replaced.
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
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.
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.