1995 Mazda MX5 SE 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Turbo ragtop fun fun fun!
Rear wheel bearing at about 110k.
The soft-top can leak (very slow drip) at the rubber join half way along the drivers window - but I have a hard top now instead.
Leather seats wear quite easily. Cloth seats are better in this respect.
Not much fun if you never get a bit of empty road to play on.
These are really minor niggles - in 60k of driving (with an aftermarket turbo) over 7 years it's been rock solid!
Great fun to drive when traffic is light - the 1600 is even better!
I read a lot about the image issues on the forums, but the only comment I've had was from someone who thought it was a Ferrari! (yeah it was dark at the time, but still)
It's been a lot of fun tinkering with it, going from a modest sports car to a turbo-terror which can out-do most factory turbo cars with ease. A lot of parts are interchangeable with RX7s (diff, injectors), 323s (engine, wheels) and even Toyotas (wheels, injectors) and Hondas (wheels).
Have done basic servicing myself - it's never *needed* to go to the dealer or mechanic, other than to buy the odd oil filter.
Engine is seriously tough, having put up with 7yrs/65km of turbo'd driving (10psi, and about double the hp) without a hiccup.
Fuel economy is OK, 10-12km/l. Only a smidge less than our Toyota bB, but a lot faster and more fun.
If I was doing it all again I'd get an early 1600, as they are purer, fun, rev-happy little puppies!
As much as I dislike being on display, the car really does shine :) when the top is down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2008