New(ish) member in Surrey - 2004 2.5 Euphonic

Hi all, I picked up my Sunlight Silver 1.8 Euphonic and joined the club a few months back, so thought it was time I said hello. I had been getting pretty despondent in the midst of a long term MGB GT restoration project, so decided to get something else as a bit of fun to tide me over. I’d always fancied an MX-5 so it was the obvious choice, and I absolutely love it.

78k with full history (mostly Mazda) up to 2018, since when it was hardly driven. All the correct Euphonic trim in pretty good nick, original stereo, and newly refurbed original alloys. I gave it a full service and timing belt for good measure when I got it and it drives beautifully.

Rear sill ends were done for the last MOT, the arches have a few spots of rust, so will be planning on doing them in due course (…after the MG is done probably). The nearside chassis rail is quite far gone, definitely not the worst I’ve seen, but am tackling that this week. Strangely, the offside one is pristine, absolutely rock solid, so don’t think I’ll touch it with anything but Waxoyl right now - is it common for the condition to be so different?! (I guess the previous owner spent a lot of time going through kerb-side puddles).

Beyond that it’s mostly all good. The suspension is pretty crusty as usual, so might strip and clean it up if I do keep the car long term, but all perfectly serviceable for now. The remote locking has been disconnected at some point due to some electrical gremlin, so still some fun to be had working that one out (any tips on common issues welcome!).



Welcome to the experience and the club. Tidy looking car with the usual rust worm nests. I’m in Aldershot (just over the border) with a 2005 NB Icon that’s cost me a fortune and a 2011 NC as a daily drive, so far cheap to run. See “MX5 Owners club - South Central” page on Facebook for local information and light hearted banter.:blush::blush:

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Hi and welcome. Enjoy your Euphonic !

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Hello and welcome from me as well, it’ll be interesting to see how you feel about to the MG when it’s done compared to the MX. Have fun regards Dave.

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Finished doing that chassis rail last weekend using the excellent repair panels from the MX5 Restorer. Zinc primed, painted, stone-chipped, and pumped full of Waxoyl - hopefully that’s good for a few years now.

I wire-brushed back the other side just to be sure there was nothing nasty lurking, and there still wasn’t a trace of rust except a tiny bit around the drain holes, so I just gave it the same rust prevention treatment and hoped for the best!

Also fixed the remote locking issue this morning. The previous owner seems to have had their garage just disconnect the keyless unit and remove the fuse rather than diagnose and fix it. I took a gamble on it being an issue with the unit and picked a used one up complete with fob on eBay - swapped it in and fitted a new fuse and it all works perfectly.

So, slightly less rusty, and fully usable now… just in time to tuck it in for winter :confounded:

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