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TreVoR

MX-5

We will have had this car six years in January!  

There isn't a lot to report on it really.  It has been utterly reliable other than brake and battery issues caused by lack of use and a broken spring caused by the horrible roads.

I took it down to Darlington today as I didn't really want to risk the Land Rover's gearbox exploding on the way down and I still enjoy it.  It needed a jump start this morning as it has sat without moving for a month but the brakes weren't seized and the tyre pressures were OK and it still drives really well.

Roof was down and it is nice to have heated seats and an excellent heater.  I find the seats uncomfortable for long distances and I can't quite get the driving position right.  If I have the seat back far enough then it is too upright and I end up crippled so I have to make do with slightly shorter distance than I would like.  This also means that my right knee presses quite hard against one of the four cupholders - who thought that four was necessary in a two seater?

The interior is in good order with no squeaks and rattles at 50k miles despite the plastic fantastic Japanese design.  Black carpets, roof and seats make it feel claustrophobic with the roof up though and the internal roof drains make it quite noisy.  The TVR is definitely more refined and comfortable with the roof up.

Exterior paintwork isn't that great.  There are scratches a plenty- mainly due to a wife driving down narrow country roads with untrimmed hedges, the wheels are shocking and there are some scrapes at the corners due to careless parking by others.

We paid 9k and it is probably still worth 5.5k with only 50k miles on the clock so can't really grumble about the costs as other than routine servicing, 2 sets of tyres, some discs, pads, a couple of callipers and a spring, it hasn't needed any other maintenance in six years.

In terms of value for money, I struggle to see an alternative that is as cheap to insure and run that is RWD than a Mazda MX-5. Insurance is less than 200.

If we were being sensible, then we would sell it due to lack of use but at the end of the day it is Lindsey's car and she likes it so we won't.

I've just bought a EOBD solar trickle charger to hopefully combat the battery issues as I really don't want a mains lead trailing over the drive throughout the winter.
Michael

I really like these, I remember having a go in Darthballs car a few years ago and loving it. They are very affordable and I could be tempted to get one in the new year - although I've said that to myself for years.
Big Blue

When I picked the boys up last weekend I noted with joy that Marlene's MX-5 Mk1 1.8iS is still running. Had it 14 years thus far.

The Sharan has died though and has been replaced by an A Class (last shape). My number plate (was on the Sharan) is currently on retention.
PhilD

Michael wrote:
I really like these... and I could be tempted to get one in the new year - although I've said that to myself for years.


me too!

I now feel that a two seater is just not right as there are three of us  
Bryan M

Big Blue wrote:
When I picked the boys up last weekend I noted with joy that Marlene's MX-5 Mk1 1.8iS is still running. Had it 14 years thus far.

The Sharan has died though and has been replaced by an A Class (last shape). My number plate (was on the Sharan) is currently on retention.


I like the old shape A class - Sister in Law has one and very practical for a small car

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