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Mazda MX-5 Overview

The Mazda MX-5 is a small 2-seater and comes under the roadster class. It is produced by the Japanese manufacturing company Mazda. This car is a rear wheel drive and followed on from such British or Italian designed roadsters of the 60’s, such as: Triumph Spitfire and Alfa Romeo Spider. For a roadster this is a great buy. It is reasonably priced compared with some of its competitors; it is stylish and great fun to drive. On some of the cheaper versions, safety features are missing and generally the engines are quite noisy, but overall is a good purchase for this type of car.

Mazda MX-5 History

The first generation NA (1990-98) is easily recognisable due to its pop-up headlights. This was a very popular and received great press from the media. This high praise it received resulted in demand being higher than production rates. In 1994 it had a bit of a makeover. The chassis was upgraded to comply with safety standards and a 1.8L engine was introduced. The second generation NB (1998-2005) changed the look slightly by removing the pop-up headlights and borrowing some of the design features from the RX-7. The engines were changed, making them more powerful cars. The new design made the car wider and more aero-dynamic than its predecessor. The new design incorporated new brakes, wheels and tyres, improving the handling. This received a makeover in 2001, rendering it ‘sportier’ The third generation NC (2005 - present) is the version currently in production. This version changed how it looked, to look more like the original design due to the lack of sales on the second generation model. It had hardly any of the same parts as its predecessor. This version received a makeover in 2009 which gave it an all new look, incorporating some of the new Mazda design features from other Mazda’s.


Standard trim Niseko Kuro Kendo Miyako Icon 20th Anniversary ZSport Launch Edition Sport Black Venture Edition Sport

Fuel Economy

The first two generations had a 1.6 and 1.8 engine available where as the latest version offers a 1.8 and 2.0 engine ranges. As these vehicles are for the sportier type rather than fuel economy, they can be pretty greedy on fuel. Take into consideration the age and engine size if you are thinking along the lines of economy.


There is a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox available through out the generations. A 6-speed manual gearbox is offered from the second generation onwards. Have a look at the Mazda gearbox section to find your gearbox parts.


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