Those who are regular here on 'life' will know that my time with TeeVee has, so far, not always been a happy one.
There have been a litany of faults since buying this car in May, some minor and some serious.
There was the worn rear hub-carrier debacle - hugely expensive - with 80% paid for by Mazda UK and the remainder covered by my own extended warranty.
Then the engine undertray had to be replaced as a result of a recall notice.
There have been other, ongoing things which I haven't bothered to report, but today I simply must warn our dear Mk4 (ND) friends of another very serious problem.
Today, I was leaving the drive to make my way to the cinema in Barnstaple to see the new Le Mans film that Tim mentioned on another thread.
I got about 200 yards.
I lowered the driver's side window to clear the rain drops, then CRUNCH! - the window tried to raise itself before dropping down inside the door!
I turned around, put it back on the drive and proceeded to remove the door card (quite straightforward on the Mk4) only to find a completely frayed and mangled window-lift cable!!!
The cable had completely destroyed itself and wrapped itself around the pulleys - terminal!!!
Please bear in mind that this Mk4 is only 4 years old, with 33,000 miles on the clock. Hardly an 'old banger' by any stretch of the imagination.
I then had to gaffer-tape the open window aperture with a black dustbin bag in an attempt to keep this dreadful wet weather out.
It now sits on the drive in bloody disgrace until next Wednesday, when my local Mazda dealer will supply new parts and do necessary repairs to make it work again. I will then have to make yet another warranty claim for this latest Mazda MX-5 Mk4 failure.
In the meantime I am grounded again now that I am on my own with no second car as backup.
I must hope and pray that it isn't raining when I take it in (12 miles away).
Please remember this is a relatively late model with low mileage and is well looked after with full dealer history.
Oh, yes...I did miss the film!