1991 Mazda MX5 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1991 Mazda MX5 B Package 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Great economical fun to drive car

Faults:

Small trunk.

Interior has faded due to the convertible top being down a lot.

Original clutch only lasted 40,000 miles.

Car could use more power.

Cramped interior.

Small gas tank limits cruising range. If you're driving happily, you'll get about 24mpg. Car has a 10 gallon tank and some reserve, so 250 miles is about tops.

Oil filter is hard to get to.

General Comments:

Car just feels right when you drive it. The suspension isn't too soft nor too hard.

Feels like a go-kart. Puts endless smiles on my face.

Cheap maintenance 4 cylinder engine and the light weight of the car makes tires last a long time and it gets good gas mileage even when driven somewhat hard.

Driven all freeway under 75mph, car will get 31 mpg. That's a 300 mile cruising range.

All maintenance is easy to do yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2001

16th Aug 2005, 04:52

Hi Steve. Just wondering how hard you drive your car. I have only had mine 3 months, but I get 35 MPG around town and the same on country roads. Mine 1.6 liter.89.

1991 Mazda MX5 Eunos Roadster 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car that wasn't caused by me :-) It runs perfectly and starts EVERY morning. Keep the oil changed and it runs forever! No leaks from the soft-top or hard-top.

General Comments:

There is NOTHING at the same price that gives so much! It isn't the fastest of cars, but it handles much better than anything else I've ever driven!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2000

1991 Mazda MX5 Miata A Package 1.6 Litre 16 Valve from North America

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 Litre 16 Valve
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

I bought this car used in October of 98 with 65,000 miles on it. 20,000 miles later and I haven't experienced any problems to speak of beyond normal wear and tear (brake pads and shocks).

General Comments:

I bought this car used for what it cost me to maintain my 87 Porsche 924S in 1987 & 88 ($6.5K). This car is driven very hard every day up and down the canyons from my house. Handles great, dirt cheap to run, maintain, and insure. Just wish it had a little more top end power. Can keep with most anything the germans can throw at you on the tight canyon roads, but as soon as the speeds pick up (in access of 75-80 mph) its handling becomes less mature. The car still makes me grin everyday, just at lower speeds. Considering picking up a new M2 this coming spring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 1999

24th Aug 2007, 03:02

Does Mx5 handle better than your previous car, Porsche 924?

I am due to buy one of these cars, but I cannot decide which one.

1991 Mazda MX5 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Heatshield over exhaust rattles, battery petered out at 50k, plug leads wrecked when water got into recesses on top of head.

General Comments:

Best car I'd ever owned. Cost 16k and sold for 9 k after 4 years and 57k miles - not bad depreciation at all.

I cried when I sold it (well, nearly).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1991 Mazda MX5 Eunos Roadster 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Electrics are a bit dodgy, fuses tend to blow when it gets very wet.

General Comments:

A brilliant, fun car. Looks amazing with the roof down & even though they are quite common now, people still look at it with a smile when they see it. Only bad points are 25mpg, poor for a 1600 car and the boot. What Boot?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews