2002 Mazda MX5 Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Great for summer, poor for winter
Clutch replacement needed at 66000 miles.
Leaky seal on differential led to loss of gear box oil and consequent damage to gearbox, requiring new gearbox (actually got a reconditioned one) at 66000 miles.
Number plate holder fell off at 60000 miles.
Reverse gear always been a problem even after new gearbox, takes numerous attempts to get it into gear.
Everything about this car is classy and fun, but one major bugbear is that it won't move in even the slightest bit of snow and slush. Whilst every other car on the road seems to negotiate the slightly slushy and icy roads with no effort, the MX5 just refuses to budge. Mine has been abandoned on the side of the road for over 2 days unwilling to move. Tyres by the way are just under 6 months old and were good quality, so can't blame them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st December, 2009
Without sounding too patronising, what style of driving are you using to try and move off? You want to move the tyres as slowly as possible with good clutch control and almost no revs. In fact pulling off in second is often the best way. You want to drive in as high a gear as possible with very few revs.
Having said that, some cars are just pants in the snow. Being so light and very likely on wide tyres (alloys), it will be worse than something weighty with narrow tyres. Maybe it is geared awkward for pulling off in the snow.
Hope this helps.
This car isn't a good snow traveler for 3 reasons:
1. It's very lightweight.
2. It has rear-wheel drive.
3. It's engine is in the front.
These 3 things together make a horrible winter combo. For the track, or dry pavement, these same 3 things make a beautifully driving vehicle. But it doesn't matter how good your tires are if you're so light you can't get any weight on them. And especially with the engine being in front, with the drive wheels at the rear. It just takes even more weight off those rear drive wheels. Great summer car, but very lost in the snow. I figured that these things would be quite obvious to see...
Having to replace a clutch at 66,000 miles is pretty damn good, especially considering the enthusiastic driving an MX-5 encourages. I wouldn't say that was a fault at all.