My wife and I have owned a 98 1.8 Mk2 for several years and had a lot of fun and good service from it. But we would like a newer preloved/second hand MX5 now, most likely the Mk4.
We have a budget of around £15K. I’m aware there are two main engine sizes 1.5l and 2l, plus a hard and soft top, but not a lot else at this point.
I will be doing research and reading reviews in the days ahead, but I thought the best place to start is here.
Right now we’re leaning towards a 2l for the extra performance. On our NB we’ve had a hard top on for most of the year since owning it. My wife prefers the extra insulation in the winter and reduced wind/road noise it offers. On sunny days we take the lid off, but it’s a bit of hassle and requires nearby storage. For these reasons we’re also leaning towards the mk4 mechanical hard top.
But I suspect it impacts the weight/handling, boot space and may have additional reliability issues. So we’d welcome advice on whether the hard or soft top is the way to go.
Finally are there any issues/common faults we need to be on the look out when looking at used Mk4’s?