It’s time to sell the MX5. We bought it on a bit of a whim nearly 3 years ago and it’s been great, never let us down even though it’s 26 years old and I’ve nearly doubled it’s power with the supercharger. We will genuinely be a bit sad to see it go but I want to get my Mini back on the road so I need the space and time.
Mazda MX5 MK1 1991 V-Special Japanese Import (Eunos Roadster)
Imported in 2004
MOT until 28th July 2018
124k miles (200k km showing on odometer, only the speedo dial is converted for uk registration)
1.6ltr engine circa 200bhp and plenty of torque
Eaton M45 Supercharger with reduced size pulley producing 10psi. (I bought the supercharger years ago as almost brand new having just been removed from a delivery mileage Mini Cooper S. It has been unused until I fitted it to the MX5 and I have changed it’s oil.)
Track Dog Racing intercooler with over the rad pipework
RX8 yellow injectors
Dual throttle body setup and recirc valve
T304 Stainless Steel exhaust system, manifold and down pipe heat wrapped
AEM wideband lambda sensor and gauge
Oil pressure gauge
KYB AGX adjustable dampers all round
Genuine OEM front strut brace
Brakes upgraded to larger 1.8 setup with slotted discs and Mintex pads all round
Sportdrive stainless steel chassis rails to improve chassis rigidity
Nardi steering wheel
Crystal clear Wipac headlights
New clutch, upgraded to 1.8 flywheel and Exedy clutch kit
New gearbox oil
Recent engine oil and filter change
Diff oil changed
Water pump replaced
Front crank seal changed (common problem)
Gearbox turret boot replaced (common problem)
Front ball joint boots replaced (common problem)
Wheel alignment done for max caster and sensible camber
Both handbrake cables replaced with Pagid items, these are not prone to the common problem of sticking.
Brake fluid replaced with ATE TYP200
New radiator fan thermo switch
XXR dished wheels, refurbished in BMW Sepang Bronze
Matching Falken tyres all round
GV front lip
Duck tail boot spoiler
Genuine MK2 Mazda hardtop, metallic black in mint condition
Soft top in good condition with no holes or leaks
I have a big pile of receipts documenting the cars history during my ownership and before.
The main reason I bought this car was how tidy it was underneath and it is still very good with no rust on the arches. The spot welds are still visible in the rear arches and the sills are solid (see pictures below). I looked at a few MX5’s at the time and some were in a terrible state underneath.
The electric windows actually work and at a proper speed, unlike many out there.
The supercharger was fitted prior to the last MOT which it passed fine with no emissions problems, being a 1991 car it does not require a CAT to be fitted for MOT.
I should also point out that all the boring but important things like cold start, hot start, sitting in stop start traffic are not a problem. I daily drove the car over the summer for about 5-6 months and it was totally reliable.