1990 Mazda MX5 Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1990 Mazda MX5 1.6i from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Ultra-reliable modern classic, pure sports handling

Faults:

Fogged-up/scratched rear plastic window.

Zipper on rear window frayed.

General Comments:

Fantastic driving position, you feel really like you are in a solid little sports car. The ergonomics are top-notch everything fits like a glove, steering wheel is excellent.

The performance considering this is a non-turbo 1.6 litre engine is excellent, once a few revs are on board the car pulls away quite well.

Handling is just pure sportscar, faultless really, easy to control oversteer, understeer if you wish, steering can be controlled in the wet in corners by the throttle etc etc... don't take any of this as meaning it is 'zippy' in the sense of a small commuter/family car that turns well or anything. What I would emphasize is that for a sports driving enthusiast there are not many cars that handle this well, you can go seriously fast through twisty roads on dry summer days! Loads of grip.

Exhaust sounds excellent, classic note.

Gearbox very smooth and 'snick-snick' style between gears. Very tight and precise.

The only down point is luggage space and wind noise on long distance drives.

It's not a problem day to day, but for 8 hour interstate drives it is quite noisy. I suggest earplugs! They work well and you can still hear the radio fine.

For very keen drivers, newer light weight wheels and performance tyres, packaged with an aftermarket sports suspension system would eat up just about anything in twisty driving!

Not to mention turbo and supercharger kits for straight-line urge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2003

1990 Mazda MX5 Miata 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres

Summary:

Definite buy

Faults:

Replaced the rear plastic window. (faded)

Car vibrates at 100-105Km/hr.

Manual adjustment of side mirrors difficult.. Plastic may crack if forced.

General Comments:

The ride is sporty and high speed can be safely attained in tight curves.

Suggest installation of radio speakers in headrests.

Fairly economical of gas. Very low maintenance cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2002

1990 Mazda MX5 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

Sweet, very sweet

Faults:

Needed new hood which cost $1000.

Interior fading a bit due to exposure to sun.

No further expenses aside from regular upkeep.

General Comments:

Absolutely loved it, shouldn't have sold it, but I had to because of moving to the UK. Am looking for another one. The 1.6 engine is not fast, but character full when kept over 4000 RPM. Handling is excellent and the chassis could do with a bit more power. Fairly good mileage, small trunk. Can get a bit rough on long rides though. Poor standard radio.

Very reliable. A hoot to drive.

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

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

8th Oct 2007, 15:47

Could you do a comparison between miata and 200sx??Which car did you like most?Which one handles better?

1990 Mazda MX5 1.6 from Greece

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

Summary:

The best entry level sports car ever

Faults:

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: 8.3 / 10, based on 20 reviews