Mazda MX5 Review from Greece

1990 Mazda MX5 1.6

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Saxo


The best entry level sports car ever


The battery had to be changed at about 100.000 Km for the first time. Keep in mind that it's a little bit expensive and unique to find.

Always keep an eye on the soft top and take good care of it otherwise you'll have problems.

General Comments:

Great car with no problems at all. Handles like a real sports car and its fast enough, if you keep in mind that has only a 1.6 lit engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2002

26th Sep 2006, 08:07

Certainly not "the best" in my opinion, especially comparing with the direct competition cars, mainly MR2 (both MK1 & MK2). Power definitely a let down, otherwise it is a fine sports car, but I personally found it a bit unexciting. Still it seems to appeal to many people, but would be good not to over-hype it.

26th Sep 2006, 17:43

I would agree that it is the best of this & the last generation of traditional (rag top)entry-level Sports Cars.

I loved the old MGs & Triumphs, but the MX5 Miata had it over them in the power & reliability departments.(The old MGBs & Triumphs did look real good though!)

The Solstice & Sky certainly have good looks, but are compromised as far as sports cars go.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review