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Mazda MX-5 (2005–2015)

Last updated 27 March 2018

A great sports car. Incredibly nimble. Responsive steering. Easy to live with day to day. Comparatively inexpensive to run. Roof is easy to fold down.
Limited cabin space. Requires special coolant. Roof not electric.
Updated 27 March 2018

Further report of intermitent leaks into the boot of three successive Mazda MX-5s. All parked on a slight incline and up to 2 pints of water gets in. Dealer showered it for 2 days on an incline and no...

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Introduction

Lots of people claim to be father of the Mazda MX5. The story I like most came from Shigharu Hiraiwa, original project leader. The task fell to him to sell the MX5 concept to the then formidable three-man Mazda main board.

He simply said, "would you like to build a car for one third less than a Mazda 323?" All three heads nodded in the affirmative. He then asked, "would you like to sell that car for one third more than a Mazda 323?" all three heads nodded enthusiastically. That's how the original Mazda MX5 got signed off. Now, 16 years and 721,000 sales later, we have a third incarnation of the most successful sportscar ever built.

Mazda MX5 2005 Road Test

Mazda MX5 Roadster Coupe 2006 Road Test

Mazda MX5 2009 Road Test

 

Owners' reviews

5
Excellent fun Car for little money
4
Great fun, but light and flimsy
5
Ace
5
Brilliant if wind noise less
5
The funnest vehicle I have ever owned!
5
Fantastic car, brilliant value and so much fun!
 

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