1996 Mazda MX5 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Underpowered and overrated
Chassis rust, but can't complain as it's an old car.
Reliability is spot on, no problems whatsoever.
For me the best thing about this car is the gear shift - short throw, very positive and bolt action like.
I personally like the look of the mark ones - looks like a Lotus Elan. Quite like the simple layout of the interior.
Another cool feature on this particular car is the rubber centre of the steering wheel can be removed to reveal a Momo wheel.
That's the good points.
People often say that proper sports cars shouldn't be all about power and speed, but the MX5 takes the mickey. A 1.8 engine in a pretty light car should be so much keener than this. Even if you rev it to 6-7k, it still isn't pulling very hard and sounds harsh.
You're not actually sat that low. Granted it's a bit lower than a hatchback or saloon, but it's not sports car low. Not particularly comfy on longer journeys, but you can forgive it as it certainly wasn't built for that.
I don't think the feel from the steering and pedal box is anything special, just normal. People talk about the MX5 having almost telepathic steering. I disagree.
Fuel economy is terrible really. I've driven 3.0 V6s in much heavier cars that were maybe 5 MPG worse overall.
Lots of body flex going round bends or over bumps, which is a shame. Modifications can be made to improve this, but it would have been good if Mazda had this sorted as standard.
I thought it was a cool thing to bomb around in at first, but I'm bored now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th January, 2016