1989 Mazda MX5 Reviews

1989 Mazda MX5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carMazda MX5


High opinion, couldn't be higher, it's the best one I've had


I had to replace the cambelt, but you have to do that on just about anything these days.

General Comments:

It's not seriously quick, but handles like it's on rails or steroids.

Runs on the smell of an oily rag.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2010

1989 Mazda MX5 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance147000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Landcruiser


Fun and reliable generally


Both electric windows broke down, necessitating new replacements at $A500.00 each.

Back Plastic window became brown necessitating a replacement at 110,000 Km.

Differential leaked oil, I didn't pick it and it seized up at 60 Km/hr after 147,000 km.

Tiny Battery needs frequent trips to recharge.

General Comments:

Fun car, economical.

I am disillusioned with the Mazda Dealership, as they did not know their product well enough to advise me of the differetial problem when I reported it. I narrowly avoided a major accident.

The Wrecker Mechanic said the differtial was a design fault that cropped up more frequently with the MX-5, but the Mazda Dealership were unaware of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2003

14th Feb 2005, 21:51

Running costs 4/10? I have the same model as this, I have done about 50 000K's and only replaced the Cam belt when it was due at 100 000k's. As for gas, I regularly get between 10 - 12 k's to the litre around town, slightly better on the open road. This is a great little car, heaps of fun, economical, and still going strong after all these years.

14th Oct 2005, 02:32

I totally agree with the second guy. The car is one of the cheapest to run I've ever owned, & I can't believe how much fun I'm having for so little expense. Anyhow it's not about Miles per Gallon, it's about Smiles per Mile. & the MX5 is a hands down winner in that dept.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews