What's Wrong with the Mazda MX-5 Miata?

MX-5 Miata owners have made 36 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the body (16%), followed by the interior (13%) and the electrical (13%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the MX-5 Miata.

Comparing MX-5 Miata Generations

Watch out for the 4th generation's (2016–2018) 1.08 PainRank™, which is the worst of 4 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
4th Gen MX-5 Miata 2016–2018
5 1.08
3rd Gen MX-5 Miata 2006–2015
19 0.98
2nd Gen MX-5 Miata 1999–2005
8 0.37
1st Gen MX-5 Miata 1990–1998
4 0.07

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    The Worst MX-5 Miata Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2005 (2), 2006 (2), 2011 (2), 1997 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 1993 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1), 2004 (0), 2003 (0), 2009 (0), 1999 (0), 1998 (0), 1996 (0), 2013 (0), 1995 (0), 1994 (0), 1992 (0), 2017 (0), and 2018 (0).