12th Dec 2006, 04:31

How on earth anyone can compare a Fiat Coupe to an MX-5 is beyond me. Why are you comparing them? Would a Porsche 911 Turbo driver ever say to a Coupe Turbo driver: "you should get a 911 Turbo, mate, it'll out perform the Coupe in every gear, like a real performance car"? OK it's an extreme example, but you get my drift (?). I've heard of very high running costs on Coupe's, the MX5 I supposed to be a small, cheap and fun sports car. SPORTS car, not PERFORMANCE car.

Also, to the poster on 17th Nov '04, reliability to me is how reliable a car is! How can a cheap feeling interior make a car unreliable!? Who really cares if it feels cheap, as long as it isn't actually built cheap and doesn't fall out the car or snap in half when going round a tight bend, who cares? It's like these people who go on about VW's being reliable based on the fact that the dash boards look expensive. It's all perceived build quality, and it's amazing how many people fall for it.

OK I don't know why I started ranting, must be in one of those moods!

8th May 2007, 09:59

Hi, I have a three year old MX5 Nevada 1.8. The car has only covered about 9k miles, but over this period I have experienced engine rattle about four times. Sounds like back in the old days of non-returning oil filters when the oil was allowed to drain right back overnight. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, but is causing concern nonetheless. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

10th May 2007, 19:46

To the comment from the nevada owner:

I've got a Nevada and had that same problem, though for me it was more of a vibrational sound. It turned out to the baffles in the exhaust silencer which had knocked loose. A new box at the back sorted out the problem.

Good Luck.

7th Aug 2007, 19:43

To the chap with the brake rattle issue (I have a Mazda Eunos v special 1990 with 26000 miles on the clock), do your pads have the anti-rattle clips installed? They are thin spring metal clips that are installed on the factory pads. I have a friend who had a brake job done at a shop and they "forgot" to reinstall them. His brakes rattled until he had the brakes checked by another shop.

3rd Dec 2007, 05:19

I have a mark three Mazda mx5. It has been back to the dealer 4 times, for a leak that comes through the retaining bolt on the passenger seat. The car is only 5 months old. Has anybody else experienced this problem?

5th Mar 2008, 14:09

Check rubber wireboot in doors for water leaks.

13th Mar 2008, 08:17

I have had leaks too. They finally put in new rubber seals around the top of the driver door where the window meets the 1/4 light. I have dried out the carpet, but I fear the underfelt is still damp.

24th Apr 2008, 03:32

Hi There:

I have a Eunos 1.8i 1997 83k on the clock. I seem to be experiencing rather bad handling i.e. skidding across the road going round corners and pulling off from junctions (not racing!) and front wheel judder on braking/acc, steering pulling. I feel like I'm on a giant ice skate in the wet. Any suggestions?

18th May 2008, 10:56

In response to the post on 24th April '08, have you had a full wheel (all 4 wheels) alignment done recently? The MX5's handling can be seriously affected by poor wheel alignment, so I would suggest you get this checked out. My MX5 had a similar problem (massive over-steer at very low speed when turning). Once the wheels were aligned it handled perfectly again.

11th Jun 2008, 05:50

I have a G reg Eunos MX5. Every time it has rained I get in my car & when I brake its like I've got a bath of water sloshing around underneath. After driving it for approx 10/15 minutes the water would be out, however these days it stays in & its gonna rot the car. I've taken it to a few garages but no-one seems to know how its getting in.

Any suggestions most welcome? Many thanks to anyone who replies.

10th Sep 2008, 07:17

To leaking car - I had a lot of this. Took it to the dealer a lot. Front foot area sopping wet. In the end it appears to be the well behind the driver sear. It was blocked and the roof water which flowed in there, over flowed and ran down on to the carpet. Check that out. Ther are various forums which have photos. You can see the well when the roof is back and folded. good luck.

28th Nov 2009, 16:04

To the comment 25th Apr 2006, 02:25.

If this is when you first start up and pull away after having had the car stood for a while outside, it's the rear brakes. Nothing to worry about.

28th Nov 2009, 16:09

To comment 24th Apr 2008, 03:32.

If you've already had your tracking checked and a full 4 corner alignment, and are experiencing a loose back end and bump steer, I'd suggest getting some decent tyres. The MX5 is very tyre sensitive.

My MK2.5 used to be very skittish and bump steer like hell at the front till I put Toyo Proxes on. For a MK1 the tyre of choice is different I think.

24th Mar 2010, 12:01

Can anyone help me, I've got a Mazda MX5 1990. I'd like to know if one, the seal that meets the roof around the windows is supposed to be in different pieces or all in one, and two, if it is meant to be in sections, how can I stop it leaking and dripping when it's raining?

Any help would be really great, thanks Ginette.

4th Jan 2012, 20:07

It sounds like the drain holes are blocked by mud/dirt at the edge of the sills. Get the edge of a paper clip or thin bit of wire, and work it in the hole at the end of the sill on the underside, just in front of the rear wheels, and water will probably start dripping or pouring out. Happened to my car. Simple to fix.