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Marrying the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese models was the goaland this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster meets it admirably. Though it leans in corners a bit more than before, the latest version rides marginally better. Its twin-camshaft Four is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use.
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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“The steel cover, just forward of the steering column, that conceals the area under the dash panel, cannot be securly fasten down. It just hanks, slightly down on the right side”

Joseph B., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint on both outside mirror chipping”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat has peeled on mirrors, doors, hood and totally peeled off on hardtop”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint on hood has faded to point the base coat white shows”

Bernie M., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Fading and peeling”

Andres H., FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I purchased this car with rust on the body panels in front of the rear wheels”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Convertible top leaks where it attaches to the bodywork around the rear (i.e., at the "rain rail"). On the other hand, it's the original 16-yr-old top and the car has spent most of its life outside in the weather, so I can't complain too much!”

Kenneth K., FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Convertible top leak”

Anonymous, NH (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“weather strip/ gasket around the top began to crack and allow a small amount of water to leak into the interior of car”

Suzanne H., SC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch squeaks when used”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“When Iam driving on the road I notice the sound of the wind around me , that bother me”

Andres H., FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Replaced clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Clutch chatters when starting from a stand still. Not yet fixed”

Anonymous, DE (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor leak from transmission dripping on exhaust. Smell of burning oil. Did not affect drivability. Replaced clutch during repair”

Pete P., IL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“The OEM parts were worn to the point of feeling a little sloppy”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced due to fluid leak”

Al F., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“When the shocks were replaced the tie rods were worn but usable. Replaced them with new”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Purchased the car with a rips in the soft top”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“The electrical lock system does not lock the driver's door. Can only lock that door by key”

Joseph B., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Needed new motor for power windows”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Pressure control valve developed a big and dangerous leak. Repair: part and labor $345.00”

Arturo J., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Sensor went out. Repair: $125 parts and labor”

Arturo J., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Air intake sensor failed. Cost was almost $600”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch chatters when moving from a stand still. Not yet fixed”

Anonymous, DE (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Due to age needed to replace the clutch”

Kim H., FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

“Heater core is leaking, smell of anti freeze when i turn it on”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Freon leaking. too costly to repair”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Cracked caliper & warped rotor on driver's side”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear caliper piston seals failed. Replaced the calipers with rebuilt ones”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Hose broke. Engine overheated. Car had to be towed”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

“Thermostat was replaced with an after market unit. Overheating started then and replaced with another after market unit. Finally worked properly when replaced with a mazda thermostat”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“needed replacing”

Russell W., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“fan relay switch failed”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Appears to have a slight engine oil leak at the front main (crankshaft) seal and at the rear of the valve cover, but car has almost 100K on it”

Kenneth K., FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Replaced timing belt while fixing rear main oil seal and oil pan”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 23 2006
WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO PRO-A MOTORS AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61944
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:FOG LIGHTS
Jun 05 2003
SHOULD THIS OCCUR, THE BULB SOCKET AND THE HARNESS CAN DROP INSIDE THE BUMPER AND POSSIBLY BUT RARELY, THE HEAT GENERATED BY THE BULB CAN CAUSE THE BUMPER TO BURN.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN MINI VANS AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE SOCKET HOLDER IN THE FOG LIGHTS IS INSTALLED IN THE LAMP CASING USING PRESSURE. DURING OPERATION OF THE FOG LIGHT, THE HEAT FROM THE BULB CAN EXPAND THE SOCKET HOLDER. THE EXPANSION CAN FORCE THE SOCKET HOLDER REARWARD. AFTER REPEATEDLY BEING SUBJECT TO THIS EXPANSION, IF THE FOG LIGHT IS ALSO SUBJECTED TO VIBRATION DURING VEHICLE OPERATION, THE SOCKET HOLDER WITH THE BULB HOLDER AND THE WIRING HARNESS MAY SEPARATE FROM THE FOG LIGHT CASING.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A SPRING TO PREVENT THE SOCKET HOLDER FROM SEPARATING FROM THE LAMP CASE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JULY 14, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-800-222-5500.
For more information:
MAZDA RECALL NO. 1103F.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V206000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64000
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