Mazda MX5 Review from South Africa

2002 Mazda MX5 1.8i

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

MX5 promises to be the best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Number plate light fell out.

1st & 2nd gears stiff to engage when gearbox is cold.

Slight clutch judder when cold.

General Comments:

I have gotten rid of my 'small' collection of cars that included a showroom condition Mercedes 200 W123, Triumph TR6 and my old, but amazingly reliable Range Rover. I bought the MX to enjoy my driving and enjoy the benefits of a low mileage recent used car. I have always wanted an MX5 after borrowing one from Mazda for a weekend two years ago.

The MX is lovely. I'm not into brands any longer, nor image and the MX is a stunning little car and an absolute pleasure to drive.

Because it is so good in almost every respect, the notchy 1st and second gears and clutch shudder when cold stand out more than they should. I look forward to driving it all the time. Dealer service is iffy - front desk service is good, but workshop knowledge of the car appears to be limited other than what is in their 'service instruction manuals'.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th July, 2005

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review