Looking into buying an MX5 soon and was wanting some advice. I’m setting myself a budget of maximum £3000, preferably nearer the £2500 mark. For that money what would be the better option, a 1.6l MK1 or MK2?
I like the look of both, although would lean towards the original, however am looking for a car to be as low risk/maintenance as possible. I intend on using it year round, in most conditions, including torrential rain. It will be my only car and I’d like to keep it for at least a couple of years before selling it on in good condition.
Apart from regular servicing and the usual work such as replacing tyres or the cam belt I want to do as little work to the car as possible. However, for the money would I be better off buying a poorer condition car, near the £1000 mark and having welds and any rust repairs done, buying a car with good repairs already carried out or simply buying a low rust example?
Finally, if I were to buy an example with relatively low rust around the sills and arches, how long would you expect this car to last before failing an MOT and needing repairs?
Thanks for any responses and apologies for the long winded questions, I’m finding it hard to decipher these MX5’s and what sort of car will fit my requirements best .