1995 Mazda MX5 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1995 Mazda MX5 Clubman 1.8

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Karmann Ghia

Summary:

Excellent, 10 out of 10. Buy one

Faults:

Battery went flat first few weeks. Cost $220 Australian.

Seats wear driver side.

Timing belt must be changed at 100,000km's or sooner. Best do the water pump at the same time..

Great sports car that is not going cost you your house..

I also own 1991 BRG 1.6.. I need new rear window plastic; was burnt from sun. Need work on diff.. Alarm kept going off in the rain... Power window went up slow, needs work. Other than that, great sports car.

Most parts are cheap; there are MX5 wrecker yards all over Australia.. Also new parts as well from Mazda Australia.

I ended up selling 1991 BRG MX5 to a Mazda dealer in late 1998.. Ended up buying a Clubman in 2000.. looking at buying all colors from MX5 starting 1989 to 1997.

General Comments:

Excellent sport cars for any age.. I got my first Mazda MX5 back in 1997, haven't looked back since...

They handle like go cart - excellent... I now own Clubman black, 1 of 7 in Australia... no power steering/no air con/1.8 motor/ LSD Diff/ comes with Bilstein shocks. All factory spec made for the race track...

I also owned a 1991 British racing green back in 1997.. Tan leather seats /CD player/ 1.6 motor/ numbered as well. Only 300 were imported from Mazda Australia, only 200 had the numbers.. Don't know why?

They're great. Investment prices will go up next few years. The MX5 is world's best selling sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2010

31st Jan 2010, 12:56

Nice to see another person that loves the Miata. I have never driven another car that was so much fun.

1995 Mazda MX5 SE 1.8 petrol

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 kilometres
Most recent distance176000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

Turbo ragtop fun fun fun!

Faults:

Rear wheel bearing at about 110k.

The soft-top can leak (very slow drip) at the rubber join half way along the drivers window - but I have a hard top now instead.

Leather seats wear quite easily. Cloth seats are better in this respect.

Not much fun if you never get a bit of empty road to play on.

These are really minor niggles - in 60k of driving (with an aftermarket turbo) over 7 years it's been rock solid!

General Comments:

Great fun to drive when traffic is light - the 1600 is even better!

I read a lot about the image issues on the forums, but the only comment I've had was from someone who thought it was a Ferrari! (yeah it was dark at the time, but still)

It's been a lot of fun tinkering with it, going from a modest sports car to a turbo-terror which can out-do most factory turbo cars with ease. A lot of parts are interchangeable with RX7s (diff, injectors), 323s (engine, wheels) and even Toyotas (wheels, injectors) and Hondas (wheels).

Have done basic servicing myself - it's never *needed* to go to the dealer or mechanic, other than to buy the odd oil filter.

Engine is seriously tough, having put up with 7yrs/65km of turbo'd driving (10psi, and about double the hp) without a hiccup.

Fuel economy is OK, 10-12km/l. Only a smidge less than our Toyota bB, but a lot faster and more fun.

If I was doing it all again I'd get an early 1600, as they are purer, fun, rev-happy little puppies!

As much as I dislike being on display, the car really does shine :) when the top is down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2008

1995 Mazda MX5 1.6i

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 kilometres
Most recent distance147000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Nubira

Summary:

A good looking and fun car to take out for a drive at the weekends

Faults:

An annoying rattle from inside the a/con ducts, only occurring @ 2200 rpm (which happened to correspond to my favorite cruising speed in the suburbs of approx 65km/h). Took me weeks to hunt it down fixing with wooden wedges jammed between a/con and car body in the dash.

Left soft top clip does not lock as easily as the right clip.

Back window replaced by previous owner because it turned yellow and cracked (!!!). The new UV stabilized window is holding out in the Aussie sun very well so far.

General Comments:

A very well balanced machine with excellent dynamics; result= takes corners very well.

Stability and feel is even better with the Hard Top on.

Soft top / Hard top provides excellent seal on windows & there's no leaking problems in the rain.

Do go for the better quality and more powerful sound system on offer as you'll need to turn it up with the top down over 80km/h.

Can consume a surprising amount of fuel when pushed and the 48L tank goes very quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2003

6th Jan 2007, 05:23

The clips for the top are adjustable. There is a threaded bolt visible with the clip open. Just adjust them both the same, should be firm, but not a great effort to push. As the rubber ages, you may have to tighten them a little.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews