Mazda MX-5 roadster (2005-2015): owner reviews

"The Mazda MX-5 isn’t just one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the road, it’s also affordable and reliable."

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

Reviews

Owner Reviews

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Common Problems

  • Other (11 cases)
  • Electrics (2 cases)

Review 1 of 100

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Miyako special edition

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
The MX-5 is a car that my partner and I have always wanted. So we took the plunge and bought a 5 year old, low mileage 2.0 Miyako folding hardtop roadster. After less than 6 months of ownership she doesn't want anything else. I am inclined to agree. Anyone who is considering buying one stop considering and just do it. Never has a car made me as happy when driving as the little Mazda. I've owned many great driving machines over the years. Alfas, Audis, BMWs, even a Mk1 Golf GTI, but none have been as engaging as the Mazda MX5. It is a truly fantastic drivers car. For those idiots who label it as a hairdressers car you have no idea what you're talking about. The Mazda MX5 is probably the purist form of a sports car money can buy. Perfect weight distribution, sublime steering and handling. A gear change sweeter than sugar and a fizzy engine that spurs you on. Sure you could spend thousands more on a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster and you'll be going a lot faster but trust me you won't be having anymore fun. My other car is a fairly powerful BMW. I love it but when getting out of it and climbing into the MX5 the Beemer feels clumsy and cumbersome. The MX5 makes you feel part of the car. It makes the dullest of journeys exciting. I always judge a car by if it makes you want to go out and buy milk. Sounds crazy but bear with me. You could have a fridge full of the stuff but you just pop out for some more because it's an excuse to go for a drive. The MX5 isn't a practical car although it has a boot big enough for a small shopping trip or a weekend away. What the MX5 is, it's an excuse to enjoy the pleasure of driving an excuse to go out and explore just for the hell of it. It's what cars should be about and it proves you don't need to spend super car money to own a truly super car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Perfect to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34.5
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brilliant, fantastic car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
Superb car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
as the car does little mileage it has not had time for faults
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
It is superbly reliable in every respect
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
IT@S VERY NEW AND THE FIRST MAZDA I'VE HAD SO I'M VERY PLEASED
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Tell us what you think about your car?
No Problems as yet
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems in 2 years
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's very early days but after 3 months, I've had no teething troubles and no issues whatever.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27.9
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
Totally reliable in all respects.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
Extremely reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

31
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems or faults yet.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great. No issues at all since new
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
never let me down
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great except on snow and ice and having rear wheel drive slides more
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
faultless
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

31
Tell us what you think about your car?
No issues at all with this or my last MX-5
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?
some problems with front suspension that should not have happened at 5000 miles
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is my second MX5 and to date I have had no reliability issues.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
100% Reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
Perfect except from transmission noise which is un-cureable by the Main Dealer.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
My mx5 has never skipped a beat, best car I've ever had
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

41
Tell us what you think about your car?
No issues at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
No isssues to report
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have not had any reliability problems with the car whatsoever
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never have a problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
only had the car since june last year so thankfully up to now everything it fineth
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

37
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
never been anything wrong with it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
Cannot tell a great deal at the moment but everything so far has been good
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
no problems as yet, tyure wear poor.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
Have been driving this car for just over 2 years - absolutely no problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Other

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
Bullet proof!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
no problems at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
good
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Have never had a single problem with car working.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35.4
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only fault so far, minor wind deflector rattle, rectified by dealer (no charge).
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
only minor problem, Mazda accessory parking sensor ceased to function correctly. In process of having it fixed
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never had an issue with the car. Always totally reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
Battery tends to go flat if not regularly run, otherwise totally reliable to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
no problems to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?
Nothing wrong with the car whatever, except delivery faults not rectified by the dealer related to tyre pressures and tracking
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never had any problems.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems after3500 miles
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is the 4th MX-5 I have owned and apart from a flat tyre I have hod no problems with any of the cars
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
As expected with a Mazda......No Worries
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never let me down
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
So far it is 100% reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
100% reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems in 15 mths ownership
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?