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

This generations ranks 9th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (25%), engine (25%), and the other (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all 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 0.4
2001 2 0 0 0.18
2000 2 0 0 1.6
1999 0 0 0 0.0

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