I realise this may be controversial - although I am fond of my mx5, it has been a very unreliable car - in spite of the perception that many people have of it (including Jeremy Clarkson’s “bullet proof reliability”). Mine is mk 3, 11 years old, only 93k miles. It has had the following faults (some of which may be ‘standard’ for an mx5):
- both front callipers seized
- broken interior light switch
- broken coil spring
- drivers seat worn such that the foam is spilling out
- seat belts don’t retract
- exhaust sensor failed
- electrical fault (either alternator or parasitic drain, still to be diagnosed)
- blocked drain holes (I know this happens to everyone) - it has caused corrosion
- widespread (but so far manageable) corrosion underneath
- noisy water pump
- paintwork easily scratched.
In my lifetime I’ve owned a rover metro, seat cordoba, ford sierra, peugeot 807, kia rio, citroen C4 and kept them all for 100k - 130k miles and had virtually no trouble worth mentioning with any of them except a snapped cambelt in the rio.
I am now contemplating either keeping the mx5 for ever and being prepared to spend whatever on it every year, or scrapping it for an EV.
Perhaps I’ve got the wrong idea, I should treat it as a labour of love.
Am I past the worst or will it be perpetual trouble ?