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1989 Mazda MX-5 review

It’s almost 30 years since the covers came off the original Mazda MX-5 at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Since that time, well over a million MX-5s have been delivered all around the world. It can probably be argued that the MX-5 is both the genesis and ultimate expression of Mazda’s 'zoom zoom' philosophy...

1993 Mazda MX-5 Clubman review

With a lovable smile and cheeky wink, the Mazda MX-5 arrived on Australian shores in 1989. Arising from the ashes of the Lotus Elan and its contemporaries, the MX-5 combined the British roadster charm with Japanese reliability – a formula that reminded Mazda what ROI meant. Fast-forward to 1994, and the updated MX-5 was released with a new 1...

1990 Mazda MX-5 review

Last month I bought a new car. And when I say new car, it would have been new back in April 1990. These days my original NA-series Mazda MX-5 is 28 years old. In an age of increasing technological features and safety standards, squeezing into the tiny MX-5 is like stepping back to a bygone era. The first thing you notice is the diminutive size of the vehicle...

2005 Mazda MX-5 review

An MX-5 review, or as I like to think about it, my Ferris Bueller fantasy. The story of this car begins with the death of my father, who was a mechanic and used car salesman. I grew up watching him buy, repair and sell hundreds of different cars over the years. He was a bit of a boozer and a rat bag, but he was my dad, so naturally I became a car nut as well...

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT review

When the all-new MX-5 was released in September 2015, Mazda replaced the retractable hardtop model with a soft-top convertible – a retrospective step of taking the MX-5 back to its origins as a lightweight convertible sports car. It was applauded by motoring journalists and enthusiasts as a return to affordable, fun, top-down motoring the Mazda MX-5 had been known for...

2016 Mazda MX-5 GT Review

Mazda has put a lot of thought into this car and the end result is a very useable car that has an aura of quality about it. Great fun to drive and everything is easy to use. Seats are comfortable with a good driving position. The soft top is quick and easy to use. I am 1.8 metres tall and have not had any issues at all...

2005 Mazda Mx-5 Limited Review

Great car for any motoring enthusiast who appreciates handling and balance over outright power. You can have so much fun in this car, without it ever getting out of control - discover the limits slowly and safely and when you push beyond them, the car is communicative, balanced and agile enough to allow you to bring it back into your chosen line...

2016 Mazda Mx-5 Review

I am absolutely in love with this car! I've always loved the idea of a small low slung sports car, and have always had an eye for convertibles. Theres something so old world about them that makes you feel nostalgic for a time you've only experienced through books and films...

2002 Mazda MX-5 Review

Why an MX5? I was looking for practical, fuel efficient daily transport but didn't want to compromise on driving enjoyment and having read little but praise of MX5's in various motoring publications over the past 2 decades, I had to see what all the fuss was about. For a mere $8000, it was hard to say no...

1991 Mazda MX-5 Review

It was not that long ago that my friends laughed at me when I bought my first MX5; a red NA '91 model. Since then, that has changed somewhat and the little 'girly' MX5 has become somewhat cool for young 'stancers'. I'm not a stancer, or a hairdresser, nor have I been over the past two years; I have however in this time owned all three models of MX5's – first a red NA, then 6 months later a black supercharged NC, and I now a silver NB SE...

2005 Mazda MX-5 Review

Prior to first driving the NC Mazda MX5, I must admit I was sceptical as to the reason why the little two seat roadsters have such a large following worldwide. I was always wondering why a vehicle with such a small capacity engine, compromised practicality and somewhat cliché symbol of middle age or hairdressers, could achieve such high praise...

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