1998 Mazda MX5 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
As much fun as a bugeye Sprite and 100 times as reliable!
The very small battery goes flat within about 3 weeks if the car isn't driven. If it's a 'weekend special', make sure you take it for a run every couple of weeks.
The paint seems to be very thin and chips easily.
Otherwise, it runs like clockwork!
I owned a bugeye sprite once and thought I'd never find another car that was as much fun - but I was wrong.
To drive an MX-5 is to be guaranteed a huge smile, and the car is beautifully put together as well.
And, to top it all off, the resale is excellent - if you ever sell. I know I won't, mine's a keeper!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th September, 2002