Hi everyone, and thank you very much for reading.
I have sadly been without an MX5 since 2021 - I had a 2018 RF 1.5 which I picked up around April 2021, unfortunately due to covid restrictions at the time, it was bought sight unseen, and when I finally picked it up it was clear to me it had a very nasty respray job on the front bumper which always played on my mind. I then decided to take advantage of the silly used car prices in August 2021 and sold the RF for a nice chunk of profit, always with the intention to go back to MX5 ownership as soon as the prices were reasonable again.
That time seems to have arrived! I have been looking at RFs and they seem to be getting close to what I paid for mine a few years ago (£12.5k to £13.5k seems to get a decent one).
Now, I find the base soft top 1.5 very tempting indeed due to the lower prices but mostly due to the slightly lower weight, however I am really not a soft top person and I find the looks of the RF intoxicatingly beautiful, so I know that if I buy a soft top I will regret it.
With this in mind, I have settled on an RF 1.5 - I am probably going to look at white, black or red as the other colours are a bit not me. Spec wise I am actually not that bothered, I think only thing I absolutely require is heated seats (I love a bit of roof down action during frosty/cold weather).
At this point I need to mention why I’m going back to an MX5 - absolutely joyful thing to drive, simples. I’ve driven thousands of cars (I used to work in the motor trade) and there is no other car I find more entertaining or desirable, and considering the current state of the automotive industry I decided to grab a nice well cared for low mileage example while I can with the intentions of, for lack of a better term, never sell it.
And finally (sorry for such a long post) - the reason for this post is I want to make sure I don’t end up with another MX5 which has had questionable work done which will cause me to fall out of love with it.
I am intending to do my own maintenance (probably change oil and filter every 6 months), I would also like to do a rust protection treatment as soon as I get it, ideally would also like to do a ceramic coat and full PPF, and slightly later I’ll probably look at some decent tyres (personally had some really good experience with Uniroyal Rainsports) and a decent alignment (it is my understanding no one can beat Paul Roddison at this)
I am aware the MX5 is just an amazingly reliable car, but nothing is perfect, so this is what I am aware of/plan doing about it:
Rear hub carriers - I’ll replace with the polybush kit when they go, but how can I check if they’re OK?
Drains - I used to run water through my RF drains every month to ensure they were free of debris, anything else I need to check here?
RF top - it is my understanding these are still looking pretty much bullet proof, is that right?
Window regulators - these now seem to be a common failure point, is there a permanent solution to do once and not have to do again? Seems like a really fiddly job! Again, how can I tell if they’re on the way out?
LED headlights - these look to be very reliable, but I am slightly concerned with the high repair cost if they were to fail, are they known to fail/wear out?
And of course, I would like to hear from anyone who has advice to give regarding buying a used MX5 and what I should be looking for specifically on the ND (I am not very experienced with this platform)
Thank you very much