2006 Mazda MX5 Reviews

2006 Mazda MX5 Grand Touring 2.0L i4 N/A from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0L i4 N/A Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

This is a serious sportscar with the practicality of a weekend cruiser, plain and simple

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

My little Porsche. This is the only true successor to the British roadster. The essence of a true sports car. This is a driver's car.

The performance is simply fantastic. With all the federal regulations in the US, the car is still 2500lbs, something that is truly remarkable. This is no accident, but is instead the result of deliberate and tedious redesign. This generation Miata (NC chassis code) shares not a single component with previous generation Miatas. The trunk and hood lids are made of aluminum. The body is a monocoque, made of high tensile steel. The wheels are a lightweight allow (since I own the Grand Touring). The suspension and brake components are also aluminum alloy. The Mazda engineers know exactly the value of a low unsprung weight.

The weight distribution is perfect at 50/50. The car is a FMR layout since technically, the engine is behind the front axle. The wheelbase is short.

The engine is surprisingly torquey, and the power delivery is flat and predictable. The engines are simple, and with proper maintenance, will run forever.

The transmission is the real highlight however. Mazda engineers invest R&D into not only picking the perfect gear selector lever, but also researching the most optimal amount of resistance when shifting gears. The result is serious amounts of fun simply driving the car around town.

The looks are fantastic. The orange leather interior is gorgeous, and is reminiscent of the more expensive BMW roadsters.

The steering is super-short. Forget your SUV truck or your family sedan, one full turn of the wheel and you're ready to make a sharp right turn. The road feedback is fantastic due to the sharp rack and pinion setup. And don't forget the careful caster tune that provides almost no self-centering tendency.

All of this combined and what do you get? The funnest car to drive in the segment, period. Not only that, this is the BMW M killer at the local autocross chapter, make no mistake about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2011

2006 Mazda MX5 Grand Touring 2.0L from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

The Miata's a great toy, but not reliable enough to be a daily driver

Faults:

Driver's side airbag sensor went out under warranty.

Driver's side airbag sensor went out under warranty again.

Passenger side airbag sensor went out.

Roof drains clogged and flooded the car.

Passenger side airbag sensor went out again.

Roof drains clogged and flooded the car again.

Roof drains clogged and flooded the car yet again.

Passenger side air bag sensor went out yet again.

General Comments:

I love driving this car. The paddle shifters are great and add fun to the car, but let you drive it in "automatic" when you are in traffic.

This car has had more trouble than I thought possible. Either Mazda has some serious design issues with this car, or my dealership's mechanics need some training.

Don't park under trees. The drains clog very easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 2008

2nd Feb 2008, 10:10

The Mazda MX-5 never had paddle shifters. What car are you driving?

21st Mar 2008, 21:16

The MX-5 in the USA is available with an automatic transmission and paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

In Europe Mazda imports only the manual transmission versions, which is rather sad because automatic transmission is so much more relaxing to drive.

5th Feb 2011, 03:07

Paddle shifters are available in America automatic trans MX5 Miatas from 2006.

2006 Mazda MX5 Grand Touring Not sure from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Not sure Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance6500 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Beautiful car, but not worth the money

Faults:

The Bose speakers rattle and vibrate badly.

The latches where the convertible top meets the car rattle and vibrate.

There is a noise in the trunk that sounds like a bowling ball rolling around.

The car has a very rough ride. This could be due to the run flat tires.

General Comments:

The new generation of MX5 is beautiful and the car runs and handles well. The exterior styling is sleek and sporty. I got the leather/sport package and the interior feels rich and cozy.

The speakers however are very rattly and noisy. After repeated attempts by the dealership to repair them, they still rattle and vibrate.

The car has had several rattles and noises. After only a few short months, I've had the car in for service 5 times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th April, 2007

10th Jan 2008, 14:24

Changing the tires won't help. With no spare tire, you have to use run-flats. As such, any tire will be stiff on that car.

22nd Dec 2009, 08:38

That's that AAA is for.

13th Aug 2010, 19:25

This reviewer must have bought a lemon with some sort of exceptional bad history. They also seem to expect it to behave like a Camry/Lexus appliance when it's a SPORTS CAR!

MX5s have a great reliability record, and will easily get to 180,000 km+ with no mechanical issues. Mine is the first model 1991 with 225,000 km. Just look at all the positive comments on this site. Hardly a blue faced symbol anywhere.

31st Mar 2011, 21:53

I agree with the last comment.

My 1994 MX5 has done 223000 reliable km. They are built to last!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews