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      25.04.2013 20:22

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      A brilliant, timeless classic

      The best car i have ever owned and driven. Its a definate head turner. 0-60 in about 8.5 seconds. The handling is amazing. 360 turns can be done a sixpence! I had the matching silver hard top roof and chrome roll bars and i think they were an amazing addition to a truly stylish car. In the winter the soft top makes for quite a cold car so the hard top is worth considering for £300- £400. I found the mx-5 to be quite good economically, averaging 35-40 mpg around town. The mark 2 version is the best style and shape although would have been nice to have kept the pop up headlights of the mark 1. Rust can be a problem on older models so do check underneath the vehicle for signs of early corrosion. As with all mazdas hardly anything goes wrong with them , mechanically so other than wear and tear they run and run. I had to sell mine because we couldnt run 2 cars so i miss it terribly.

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      18.05.2010 22:48

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      the best convertible

      This car is perfect. The best roaster on the road. It does beat all roasters and have done so for years (according to car magazines)

      It is reliable, classy, speedy. Once you have driven this Mazda, it is very hard to drive anything else.
      The roof is manual and it is not a problem at all, as it is compact enough and managing the roof is very easy.
      I had mine for 10 years and all MOT's and services have passed with no problems, and no extra costs. This car will look after you if you do look after it. It is reliable.

      The downside of owning this car is the car tax £200, not fair I think. Do not leave it in the garage for 2 months with the alarm on, the battery will die (and I am saying this as I have experienced it).

      Nice little car, reliable. Treat yourself.

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      31.01.2009 03:19
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      The cheapest way of having the best driving experience!

      Hairdressers car? Boat on wheels? Yes we've all heard it but who cares! Maybe i would if these people drove it and still said the same thing!

      I bought my MX5 around a year ago, its a UK 1996 mk1 in black. I was in desperate need of a reliable car and Mazda don't seem to ever let anyone down! I bought mine off a young lady who had kept it serviced and in good condition, and duly snapped her hand off.
      If you are looking to buy a mk1 mx5 (pre-1997) when you are going to view please note the following;
      - Do you want a Uk car or an import? An import will generally be more expensive to insure, but the car will usually be in better condition due to it being born and bred in a more car-friendly environment i.e. no grit or harsh weathers! A UK car will have a long rectangular registration plate. An import will have a more squarish looking plate. The UK car will also have a serial code on the underside of the bonnet which is i think 15/16 digits long. Aircon is pretty standard in the import and rather rare in a uk model. Look out for roadster badges as well (this will imply it is an import).
      - Look for rust, even the latest of the mk1's are over a decade in age now so if it has not been treated properly (with the love and respect it deserves!!) the prone places for rust are on the underside of the wheel arches which eventually spread and weaken the metal joinings.
      - You can always change the hood for a plastic, mohair, or hardtop but they don't come cheap so if the hood is looking worn, damaged, or most importantly will leak! Then add this into the expense of getting the car as it will be a necessary job. I personally have a mohair top with heated glass windows, which is more expensive than a standard plastic top, but makes the car look much more attractive.

      As for the drive, its rear wheel drive so you just swing around the corners and roundabouts its wonderful! Be wary in wet or icy conditions though it is easy to lose control. I can't really say anything else other than test one (a 1.8 if you can) because no review could express the joy
      :)

      p.s. pop up lights!!

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      31.05.2001 03:45
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      I've just got to the end of my first seven months with an MX-5 and I love it! I have an X-Reg 1.8iS, with the optional hard top and a CD player. With the hard top on, the car feels like a normal sporty two seater, plenty of acceleration and a dream round corners. You may want to bear in mind that before the MX-5 I had a Fiat Cinquecento, so I may be colouring my experience based on the upgrade. On the motorway, all you need fear are supercars, motorbikes and sales reps, you have the power to get out of most situations with a quick blip of the loud pedal. About town, the car has plenty of low end for pulling into traffic safely and is nimble enough to change lanes almost at will. However, you didn't come here to read about a car with a hard roof, and removing this is the route to true joy. The actual removal process is reasonably simple and can be accomplished single-handed if you need to, and you have the arm length to pick up the roof. When you have stored the hard top somewhere out of the way in your house or garage, you can take in the splendid sight of a scaled down TVR with no roof. On your driveway. Waiting for you. You can almost hear it purr. Driving the MX-5 with the soft top down is not such a different experience from driving it with the hard top on. There is a slight amount of flexing, which translates to more roll going round fast corners, but other than that the only different you will notice is that your hair is being blown into your face. If you have long hair, I would seriously advise you to wear a hat when driving "sans top", the small air dam to the rear of the cockpit helps slightly, but at speed you will have whip marks all down your cheeks if you don't restrain your wayward locks. When you, reluctantly, come to put up the soft top for the first time you will wonder if it is ever going to close. The material of the roof needs some "slight" stretching, so much
      so that it may be worth your dignity to close and open it a few times before you journey out. I made the mistake of putting the top up for the first time in Sainsbury's car park and made a complete fool of myself after an amazingly cool entrance. After a few times, though, the action becomes so smooth you may be able to perform it one handed while still sitting in the driver's seat. Dropping the top is an extremely simple task, the work of three to five seconds, depending on whether you lower the roof, or let it drop. When driving long distance, long legged people, such as myself, may find their right leg aching a bit. This is, I believe, due to the lack of support under your leg as you drive. This in turn is due to the seat being so close to the pedals, there isn't all that much room if you want the seat inclined back at a comfortable angle. This minor point aside, I would quickly recommend this vehicle to anybody wanting a two seater fun car. Driving through sunlit country lanes, with the top down and your favourite music blasting out of the speakers is an experience not to be missed. I could tell you about the heated rear window, with the hard top and soft. I could tell you about the heater, electronic windows and mirrors. I could tell you about the small boot and the slightly ugly clock. I could tell you about all of these things, but if you want to hear about them, you don't want an MX-5, you want a Mondeo. If you want to drive fast, with no roof and you want a car that's more reliable than a Lotus Elise and less expensive than a BMW Z3, buy an MX-5, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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        26.10.2000 17:46
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        The MX5 has to be Mazda's most successful car, and it should be too because it simply is the best Mazda and probably the best open top budget sports car available to buy at the moment. Some people say that it has lost some of it's good points, and that it no longer looks as good, but I think it looks much better. The car has a lot of style and really is the class leader, no other manufacturer can beat this car at this price (from around £16k to £20k). the only serious competitor is Toyota MR2, but that hasn't got a boot so it clearly isn't as practical. If you are interested in finding out more about this fabulous car then go to Mazda's homepage. The car won't depreciate anywhere near as much as it's rivals, and is a very sound investment. The car comes in lots of special editions, and has 1.6i, 1.8i and 1.8 S litre engines, which producce 109, 138, 138 bhp respectively. The fastest model is of course the 1.8i S which sprints to 60 in 7.4 seconds. Fantastic!

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          16.09.2000 03:38
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          I am now on my 3rd MX5. I started with a basic mk1 1.6i and have been hooked since, ny second was a special edition (Berkeley) 1.8i and my latest is the mk2 1.8is ICON. The difference between the mk1 and 2 is very noticeable, the mk1 is great to drive handles and corners like a dream but it is very noisy inside and no matter how hard I tried I could not stop that plastic back window from getting scratched, but besides that the car never once let me down in over 2 years and those pop up headlights look superb. The mk2 is quicker it does handle better and is a much more solidily built car. The glass rear window is a definite improvement and makes it even quicker top get the roof down. I do miss the pop up headlights but overall I am glad I bought the mk2. Mazda have cut the prices on the non special edition mx5's which make them great value at the moment, and if you shop around the insurance can be very reasonable (I use the RAC). If you have any doubts about buying an MX5 take it out on a sunny day with the roof down find some nice winding country roads (without speed cameras) and you will never want to drive another car again.

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