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I know some of us own low mileage MX5s and others own high mileage '5s so how many miles has your MX5 done and how old is it?

To kick off I own a 2006 06 reg Mark 3 2.0 Sport which has done 42,000 miles and is almost 5 years old (it was 3 years old and had done about 32,000 when I bought it). My other MX5 is a 2000 W reg Mark 2 1.8iS which has done 48,000 miles and is 11 years old (I bought this about 6 months ago when the mileage was about 44,000)

The highest mileage MX5 I have owned was my very first G reg Mark 1 which was approaching 100,000 miles when I sold it (it would have been about 12 years old then)

The lowest mileage was my Mark 2.5 1.8 Sport which I bought as a pre registered car in 2003 and sold it in 2009 with just 25,000 on the clock

The lowest mileage for it's age though would be my Eunos Roadster that I sold last year with just over 100,000 km on the clock so approximately 62,000 miles and which was 18 years old at the time.
 
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You don't drive them enough... lol

I have never put on so many miles to a car in such a short time
Reg Sept 08 - 250miles (no Ks) when i bought in the Jan 09 - now done just over 30k :frantic:
and loving every one..... when not thinking about the fuel costs lol
 
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Jumpy had 9 miles on clock when i had him on 1 nov 2003 and now has 104.5k miles, all driven like a sports car should.;). Did 1000 miles in the 1st week of owning him and believe it or not was totally standard for the first year and a half of ownership.:giggle:
 

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Jumpy had 9 miles on clock when i had him on 1 nov 2003 and now has 104.5k miles, all driven like a sports car should.;). Did 1000 miles in the 1st week of owning him and believe it or not was totally standard for the first year and a half of ownership.:giggle:
Jumpman - you would never think that your MX5 has done 100k + to look at it - is the next target 200k?

I wonder how many sets of tyres you have got through in doing that mileage ;)
 

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Present one (the '96); brought in 2005 with 90k kms, now on 245k kms. Onto its second lick of paint, second engine, 3rd roof, 3rd set of shocks/springs (P5 Puredrives). Previous one (the '91); brought in 2000 with 40k miles, and by 2005, was onto about 150k miles, original engine, new paint, 3rd roof.
 

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Andy - I am intrigued that you mention your current and previous '5s are on their third roofs after 5 or 6 years of ownership which suggests that the 2nd roofs were replaced after less than 5 years on the car. Were these brand new, aftermarket roofs - in which case their lifespan seems disappointingly short - or were these secondhand roofs that you fitted?
 

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On the red 91, a new Duetto Hood (US made, Haartz premium vinyl, so in principal, identical to Mazda OE), cost back then was about £500, with a 5 year "international" warranty. By 2004, the binding was splitting (ie. vinyl had shrunk). The warranty didn't include shipping, which was £100 each way. By then, Trim Technology, via Shing Fung in Coventry, were offering perfectly good hoods for £150.

On the later car; purchased in 2005, with a clearly original 1996 hood that was in pieces. I was lucky enough to find an original VR-Limited hood, on frame, that had been removed from the car in 2000 (ie 4 years old), and stored, in the "up" position, in a dark loft (the owner had replaced the hood and frame with a brand new Mk2 hood and frame obtained from an Italian race team.....long story). Roll onto 2009, and that hood was looking a little shabby (small splits, and a permanent filthy look). I was in the process of selling a M2-1002 to Sam Goodwin, and we agreed a cash plus services deal for the car ( I got coilovers fitted for free, and a new hood supplied and fitted by Sam).

Original Mk1 vinyl factory hoods last 7-10 years, aftermarket; 4-7 years. Can't say how Mk3 hoods will go, as these are made by a completely different supplier to Mazda, and use different material (most are cloth, which won't shrink, but might have more rot problems with time, a small number are vinyl).
 

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My Mark 2 is 11 years old and the roof, which I believe is the original, has clearly seen better days with a number of splits and tears in it although it is still fairly waterproof except when it rains heavily :eek: I don't think me putting the roof down on cold days this winter has helped either, but I knew that I would be buying a new roof sooner or later so was not too worried in hastening the demise of the old roof (as said above I bought the car about 6 months ago)

A trip to Jack Smith in Swansea is on the agenda for later in the year, when I can afford it. I will be upgrading to a cloth roof too :)
 
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