1996 Mazda MX5 Reviews

1996 Mazda MX5 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Zoom zoom

Faults:

Nothing, and if it did, it would not be costly to repair because there are a zillion parts available on the market.

The seats are worn a little, and it needs SP wires every now and then.

I have an honest mechanic, and he keeps the masterpiece on the road for under 300/year.

General Comments:

Awesome performance for under 3000 greenbacks.

Handles great, like on rails.

Acceleration is not bad at all, and braking is wonderful.

This is an awesome machine, and needs nothing but stock except a stereo and maybe headers.

I am so impressed with this car; it is amazing and awesome. The only better car I have driven is my Datsun 280ZX.

One of my brothers has a Honda roadster, and the other a Subaru. They both paid tens of thousands more than me, and are majorly jealous when they ride with me. The car does not outperform the Honda and Subaru, but is more awesome and over all, a superior ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2010

1996 Mazda MX5 1.8i 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 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)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carMG Midget

Summary:

MG without tears

Faults:

Nothing much has gone wrong with this car.

Battery, two new tyres and a new exhaust.

Exhaust was only replaced because the previous owner bashed it on a kerb and the tail pipe fell off. I put a stainless steel big bore one on instead!

General Comments:

The 1.8 goes better than the 1.6.

Interior is a bit plain and plastic, but seats are comfortable even on long runs.

Hood is sound, but plastic back window prone to scratching.

Fuel consumption a bit heavy.

Handling is good, but original Japanese Dunlops are tricky in the wet. Michelins grip better.

The most reliable car I have ever had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

18th Mar 2006, 14:49

I have owned a 1.8i for around 4 weeks now. I always fancied one and finally got it. All Ill say is GET ONE NOW. They are fantastic, mine has 118,000 on the clock and is running better than the wife's 90,000 mile scenic!!! Yes I get the "hairdresser car" Jokes, but once they ride in it it stops... I commute 90 miles a day in mine with no problem. The roof is good even with a couple of blemishes that I have patched up, but will need replacing at the end of the summer. Brilliant car, best I've had.

1996 Mazda MX5 Miata 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 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 acquired12500 miles
Most recent distance13200 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

Summary:

The best handling car for the money!

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

This is the best handling car I have owned, and I have owned over 20 different sports cars in the last 13 years. This is the most confident feeling car I have owned. Only a BMW or MB would feel similar but at 3 times the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2000

8th Oct 2007, 16:48

Could you please write down these 20 different sport cars?I know that miata is a good car, but I couldn't imagine that it would be so nice... :)

1st Aug 2008, 22:52

Does the author of the last comment own an MX-5?

8th Aug 2009, 01:57

Well I own a 96 Miata and have driven the S2000, Porsche Boxster and 350z. I have got to admit that the Miata really is a great car. When it comes to top speed it can't compete, but when you take it on the curves... whoa...good times. It is a very fun car that I recommend to anyone that wants a sporty car.

1996 Mazda MX5 Miata PEP 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet in 30K.

General Comments:

A true sports car that can shyless compete with almost anything on the road when one knows how to get the most out of it. Sticks like glue without bad surprises at the limit. Amazing gear box on manual transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 1999

1996 Mazda MX5 1.8i 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.8i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Last six inches of the exhaust pipe fell off - replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Great looks, great fun to drive, even better with the sun out, ran perfectly for the 18 months and 43,000 miles which I owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 1997

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews