Mazda MX-5 (Mk3) buying guide - Mazda MX-5 (Mk3) specification and costs

How much to pay for a Mazda MX-5 and how much it'll cost to run

What to pay

The entry-level price for a privately advertised 2005 or early 2006 1.8 is currently around £4000, with an equivalent 2.0 generally commanding a £750-950 premium. The earliest 2.0 Sports with the six-speed ’box and LSD start at around £5000. Another grand buys an ’07 car, while £7k gives you a choice of the very best ’07/’08 Sports. The first facelifted ’09 cars appear at around the £9k mark.

Specification

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1999cc
Power158bhp @ 6700rpm
Torque139lb ft @ 5000rpm
TransmissionSix-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, limited-slip diff
Tyres205/45 R17
Weight (kerb)1122kg
Power-to-weight143bhp/ton
0-60mph (claimed)7.8sec
Top speed (claimed)131mph
Price when new£18,900 (2005)

Mazda MX-5 parts prices

(Prices from mx5-racing.co.uk. Tyre price from blackcircles.com. Brake prices from ebcbrakeshop.co.uk. All prices include VAT but exclude fitting charges)

Tyres (each) £96.09 (Bridgestone Potenza RE050A)Front pads (set) £69.21 (EBC Greenstuff)Front discs (pair) £96.01 (EBC standard)Damper (OEM, each) c£240MeisterR coilovers (complete kit) £780Clutch kit £274.80Manifold (four-branch) £432 Exhaust backbox (stainless steel) £390Spark plugs (set) £72Oil filter £4.20

Mazda MX-5 servicing

(Price from mx5-racing.co.uk, including VAT)

Every 10,000 miles/12 months £150

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