MX5: Not Just a Car for Hairdressers

September 10, 2017





My name is Chris Chen and I am in my second year of my Civil Eng/Project Mgmt double degree at the University of Sydney. I am currently driving a 2016 Mazda MX5 ND in Ceramic White, making me a qualified hairdresser. 


How long have you had the car for?

I bought the car second at the end of April 2017. It cost me $27,000 with only 14,000km on the clock.



What do you like or dislike about the car?

The best thing about the car, by far, is the feeling of wind rushing through your hair when tackling twisty roads. That feeling when you get the heel-toe downshifts perfect and having a little bit of oversteer coming out of corners is amazing. It feels like I am completely in-tune with the car when I drive it at its limit. Having only two seats is also a bonus, as I have a reason to turn down people who ask for lifts. In saying that, I do wish I had more boot space. I can’t fit very much into the boot, as a lot of space is taken up by roof storage when it is down. But so far, I’ve managed fine – if I ever need to transport something large, I would just borrow my dad’s car. In terms of the engine, I do wish it had a higher redline. The 2.0L version’s rev limit is at 6800rpm, while the smaller 1.5L engine can rev up to 7500rpm. It would be perfect if the Mazda engineers were able to make the 2.0L rev as high as the 1.5L. However, overall, I love how the car runs and handles.


What are the running costs of the car?

I would say it’s a relatively cheap car to run. It is recommended that 95-rated fuel is used, but so far in my ownership I have only used 98. In regular day-to-day driving, I am able to average around 7.5L/100km, which is better than most modern cars. Cost of servicing is average, and since I like to get my servicing done at a Mazda Dealership, it is around $350. Fortunately, I haven’t encountered any mechanical issues that has cost me more


What are your future plans for the car? What do you want as your next car?

I’ll probably keep using the MX5 as a daily driver and weekend cruiser rather than tracking it. The philosophy of the MX5 to me is more about cruising along twisty roads on a sunny day, rather than attacking corners on the track. In terms of modifications, I hope to install a ducktail spoiler to make the side profile a bit more interesting. I also would like to get an axle-back exhaust to give the car a deeper exhaust note. If I was to get another car, I would like to follow the Mazda line and get an RX7 FD. I do know that rotaries are relatively unreliable, but the style of the car makes it all worth it.




2016 Mazda MX5 ND


Price guide: $27,000 - $33,000 with approx. 15,000km on the odometer

Body: 2-Door Convertible

Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive

Engine: 2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline 4-Cylinder

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual (as reviewed), 6-Speed Automatic

Power: 118kW @ 6800RPM

Torque: 200Nm @ 4600RPM

0-100km/h: 7.1 seconds (manual), 8.2 seconds (automatic)

P Plate Legal: Yes


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