2nd Generation (1999—2005) MX-5 Miata Problems

MX-5 Miata owners with a 1999—2005 model year have the most problems with the electrical (25%), engine (25%), and the other (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clear Coat Is Delaminating 1 complaints at an average of 98,750 miles in the 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
  2. Bose Radio/cd Player Died 1 complaints at an average of 55,000 miles in the 2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
  3. Engine Pinging 1 complaints at an average of 140,000 miles in the 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

What MX-5 Miata Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 2 0 0 0.39
2004 0 0 0 0.0
2003 0 0 0 0.0
2002 2 0 0 0.41
2001 2 0 0 0.18
2000 2 0 0 1.6
1999 0 0 0 0.0

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