1990 Mazda MX5 1.6 from North America


A class act all the way


Replaced clutch at 120k, also put in a new timing belt at that time. At 135000 I had the rear brakes replaced. The plastic rear window ripped, so I had to have a complete new convertible top installed. Pricey!

General Comments:

Handling and steering are great. Engine could use a bit more power, so I'd get the 1.8 next time. Still the 1.6 loves being revved and has a sporty character. The car fit me like a glove, a delight to drive. I found the hardtop very useful during winter driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2005

1990 Mazda MX5 Miata from North America


Best vehicle I've ever had, and probably ever will


Rear disk brakes wear wedge shaped.

Many dents due to soft metal on body.

Spark plug wire shorted on engine block.

Catalytic convertor had to be replaced.

General Comments:

The Rear disc brakes have been replaced at least four times due to wearing wedge shaped...The service dept. had no explanation for it, but there was an equal wear on both sides. The one shoe would have little wear, but the one's that move were full thickness on one end, and down to the metal on the other. (Would appreciate any comments on this, as the problem is still ongoing.)

One just has to look at the body to put a dent in it.

This is a great vehicle, and I will not part with it. Every year, I get the Ziebart rust protection done, and there is no rust anywhere...I'm sorry to see Mazda come out with the new Miata without the pop-up headlights...They look like a Neon from the front.

Vehicle handle great at high speed, and tight corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2003

1990 Mazda MX5 Miata Standard from North America


A great convertible for the budget minded


The transmission required repairs. The 1990 model has a defect that sometimes results in the transmission being "stuck in reverse." Cost: $600.00.

The top has it's problems, but then it is the original top. To have a professional replace the top, you can expect to spend around $800.00. This is not a do-it-yourself project. Get somebody who has done it before, and well.

General Comments:

This is my 4th Miata and I have loved all of them.

If you like riding in a convertible and don't need space for more than one passenger and a few bags, this is the car to get.

Reliable, reliable, reliable. You can't beat driving a car you know will start and run and not give you fits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2003

1990 Mazda MX5 from UK and Ireland


Great for the money, but buy one that has been undersealed


Common crankshaft fault appeared at 129000miles.

New radiator at 132000miles.

It now needs a new battery.

This car is a rust bucket!

General Comments:

This car is very well put together no oil leaks.

Everything works as it should.

Great handling and great fun.

This car has been thrashed and is now in a tired state.

It is a credit to Mazda that they put the car together so well and has lasted the abuse that it has been given without too much going wrong.

- but -

The body steel is crap. this car now needs a new body shell as all enclosed sections such as sills, rockers, are shot, wings are rotten also.

Be afraid be very afraid!, if you own an old one.

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

Review Date: 5th January, 2003

7th Jan 2004, 20:31

Be afraid?

I own a 1990 model and it has no rust at all.

It all depends on maintenance. If you never bother cleaning it, well, your car will rust.

28th Aug 2004, 10:46

I also have a 1990 roadster which looks and sounds better than my girlfriends 2 year old car, no rattles or rust anywhere.

I think you may have been unlucky as I have NEVER seen a rusty mx5 or roadster in the uk.

Don't be put of this car is a great smile generator for both the driver and passenger.

29th Nov 2005, 08:56

I live in Canada, and I own a 1990 miata with 185.000 km. Due to salt on roads and long winters in Canada, my miata needed a body reconstruction. I replaced driver side floor panel, both front fenders, rebuild quarter panels. Miata is not a rust fulproof car, if you're not doing an annual oil body spray. This is not a stainless steel body.