• Pauly

    Awesome car, good review, although I think you will find the roof is made of plastic, again to save on weight.

    • bangel

      BRILLIANT drivers car , handling that others only dream of .

  • TenFour

    I’m not convinced. We have one of these (an NC, but not this latest update). It’s a good car and all but…

    * A new one is far too expensive for what you actually get. The price these sell for in the US is much more realistic. However, used, they’re a good buy.
    * There’s too much plastic. Everything is scratchy black plastic, and it attracts dust. The interior is nothing like sports cars of old.
    * The whole thing lacks…theatre. The exhaust note is subdued, the engine lacks punch unless you drop it back to second or third…handling aside, it’s rather like driving a roofless Camry.

    Perhaps with a turbo whistle, louder exhaust, a less plasticky interior and a slightly lower cost, this really would be perfect.

    I’m still not convinced on this MX5…

    • bangel

      Why did you buy it then with so many negatives , especially being non turbo.

    • Milsie

      You clearly have not driven a Camry if you think an MX-5 is comparable…

    • Igomi Watabi

      get into the aftermarket for what you’re looking for.

  • Pauly

    I agree the price should be cheaper, as the Aussie dollar is going strong. However with little competiton at that price point, there is no reason for Mazda Australia to change their stance.

    Maybe once VW get that roadster concept into production?

  • Sam 300TD

    I can remember standing outside the Mazda dealer in Colac in 1989 as a 12 year old. I was taken by the new MX-5, it was a red one in their showroom. I recall saying to someone that it was the coolest sports car I had ever seen and when I grow up I want one.

    Well I’m all grown up now (sort of)and I still want one. Kudos to Mazda. Job well done. Now, who can lend me 50k?

    Also how much was the original selling for in ’89 does anyone know?

    • YoLex

      The original sold for $27-29K new.

      • Sam 300TD

        Wow. Would have been money well spent. I guess if you buy a new one now and look after it for 20 years it would be great value at the end too. All that fun motoring for the next 20 years…..

    • davie

      you can check redbook online. They list (by year) the value of the car when originally sold.

  • Douglas9305

    I have had two of the original generation – both fantastic cars and instantly felt affection for them. Wish I had kept the green/tan one I had last – fantastic buying 2nd hand (10-15k gets a great car) but find the $50k price tag for the latest ones a bit of a joke given the age of them now…..come on VW/Porsche with a rival to force the price down…..

    • http://www.ozmazdaclub.com Tien – OzMazdaClub.com

      I must agree with you there

      I have the 2nd generation MX-5 and love it.

      I have looked at getting a brand newie but that 50k price tag is a turn off and not to mention it doesn’t hold its price value very well

  • Matty B

    I don’t know how you could call any car with that face “agressive” It looks like an anime character.

  • Robert LONTIS

    As the acknowledged FIRST person in Australia to ever order an MX5 , on 14 February 1989, and yes, I still have the original order form, price,colour and specifications/options TBA. The dealer did not know what I was on about, we don’t make a convertable, don’t you mean an MX6?, but yes we will take your $1000 deposit.
    Specifications were released and advised on 6th June 1989, production of export RHD models was advised on 28th September 1989, and I took delivery in October, one of 8 to come to SA, VIN JMONA306100100079, red of course.
    Base price was $29,500, Air either $1625 as per the distributor or $1900 according to the dealer. Optional hardtop was again $2100/$2184, and only came in a mottled black, the red and white versions were much later. Total on road price was $33,583, so I consider the ask for a new one at cica $50K not to be unreasonable considering the difference in earning potential from 1989 to 2011.
    A house I bought for $210,000 in 1985 recently sold for $2.35m, not mine any more, but it sort of puts things into perspective for the tightwads out there. said MX5 was heavilly modified and was still the fastest in the land at 1994 NatMeet, won every round of MSCA supersprint series in its class for 5 years straight, and got me A runner-up overall competition champion trophy one year. beaten by 0.01 of a second on corrected averages, damn!
    Drive a new MAZDA 3 Neo hatch 6sp these days,with SP25 17″ wheels of course. Damn thing gets better than 6.9L/100km average, and has good comfort,room, and roadholding, but don’t kid yourself kiddies, nothing this side of a clubman handles like an MX5 of any age, and you really do have to spend upwards of $200,000 to get anything that handles as good.
    The beasta

    • Freddo


      • Roadtard

        I’ll bet Robert’s a hit with the ladies…

      • Robert LONTIS

        Verbosity aside, I find your comment in reply…um..scintilatingly intellectual!

    • Sambo

      You need a job mate

      • Robert LONTIS

        Had one for 45 years Sambo, now step back off that platform

    • Jonty

      Good stuff Rob, glad to hear some passion on these pages.

      As for you knockers…well you are just that.

    • Jo Blow

      Seriously? ZZZZZZ – Get a life

  • Andy0217

    Are heated seats standard in this thing?

  • Rubes

    You love taking your cars down to long reef don’t you. I don’t blame you either, nice location.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Yes, it’s a great place to shoot cars and it’s relatively quiet late afternoons.


    Even if this is Australia and it’s the norm to get ripped off here, and even if the MX-5 is all about handling not power, I still think it’s too expensive for what you get

  • http://ozmazda.com ozmazda

    awesome report and I’d have one in a heart beat…..if I had the funds…maybe a good 90’s model will surfice.

  • PeterG

    For this price it should handle AND perform .

    Good formula but not enough grunt.

  • pja

    The most biased thread i’ve ever come across on this site…

    45k will buy a 3yro BMW Z4 3.0L convertible with reasonable kilometers. we passed on this to go with a functional car instead.

    slap on extended warranty, and find a non-ripoff service mechanic, the mx5 for similar mooney is downright ridiculous in comparison.

    • Sam 300TD

      I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. I love z4s and I have shopped for a Z4 recently and you can hardly get a decent 3.0lt ’06 model for 45k. The holding cost of the Beamer would be twice as much as the Mazda. Tyres, rego, pertol and servicing would all cost substantially more with the Beamer and Insurance would be astronomical in comparison I reckon. Beamers have to be serviced at a dealer too don’t they? Special computers or something. If you can find an ’08 3.0 z4 for 45k in great nic, buy it!

      • pja

        the one i saw was a 08 3.0 convertible with 70,000km. advertised for 45k private seller in the eastern burbs.

        is your price estimate for dealers? they’ll be substantially more of course.

        • Jo Blow

          Buying a used Beamer is like a dating an old bird from nursing home with dementia… Live within your means…

        • Sam300TD

          If you have the money to keep it, buy it!

        • KO

          70,000k’s is hardly comparable to a brand new MX-5

          you might as wells buy an MX-5 with 70,000k’s and save even more.

          or better yet buy a used Lotus elise or Porsche Boxter S for 45k

          • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

            Agreed, 70,000 clicks is over 3 years driving, and while the Boxter at 45K is tempting (a very good one will cost you closer to 60K) the cost of ownership will be considerably higher with insurance, service and tyres alone, not too mention any mechanical problems or replacements. If anything, the MX-5 provides a more exhilarating drive than the Boxter, but it has more space.

            The Lotus Elise is a brilliant drivers car, but it’s no where near as practical for day-to-day commuting as the MX-5 or the Boxter.

            Much less grief with a new MX-5 than either of the other two, and you have the benefit of a new car, which counts for plenty.

    • Old Dog

      for my 50k, a one year old 370z (roadster if thats your thing) is a far better buy, with real sports car performance.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

    You mean a MY2009 Coupe with 37K on the clock, because that’s the best you’ll do for a dealer car. A roadster will cost you plenty more. It’s still good buying but the MX-5 will be a lot cheaper to own and maintain, and gives nothing up in the handling department.

  • Ash

    Unless you have OWNED an MX-5 you have no idea what you are talking about…

    Comparing a BMW or 370Z (both heavy overweight SLOBS)..

    An MX-5 has NEVER been about POWER..

    You have more fun driving a slow car fast than a fast car slow!…

    That is why I own both the latest RX-8 and MX-5.
    Yes, we are ripped off in Australia for ALL cars…greedy importers are pocketing our High Dollar margins…if only we can import cars from OS on-line!!

Mazda MX-5 Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$23,210 - $26,380
Dealer Retail
$24,050 - $28,600
Dealer Trade
$18,300 - $21,100
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
188Nm @  5000rpm
Max. Power
118kW @  6700rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
205/45 R17
Rear Tyres
205/45 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Sports Suspension, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin