1989 Mazda MX5 from Australia and New Zealand


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


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.