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The MX-5 Miata is fun to drive, with extraordinary handling and a slick powertrain. The interior is nicely finished and the manual convertible top is simple to operate from behind the wheel. The ride is comfortable for a sports car, although noise levels and cramped quarters make long trips tiresome.
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There is 1 recall 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
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The 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been recalled 1 time 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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Paint/Trim
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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 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Interior trim above driver side windshield corner is loose and rattles”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“As my Miata ages, squeaks and rattles are becoming regular events”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car has always had a rattle in the area behind the seats”

Steve M., CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes always squeak when initially backing out of garage+first few miles. I live quite near the beach so this could be a result of sand in the breaks even though the care is garage kept. But my other vehicle does not do this so, not sure of the caus”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“As the car has aged, it now has 115K miles on it, it has more things that make buzzing or rattling sounds than my 1995 Miata did at 150K”

Edwin J., IL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is increased due to a tear in the convertible top”

Lisa M., NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“The convertible top needs to be replaced because of a tear that began at the the first fold. This tear results in increased wind noise and water leaks”

Lisa M., NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Top water drains plug with dirt and empty rain water into the trunk and passenger floor”

David G., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“convertible top drain leaks on right”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leakage to car interior, a problem for several years. Drainage device clogged/not working. Very annoying”

Andrew P., MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Drainage system blocked or partially blocked resulting in flooding of passenger compartment. Amplifier mounted below seat required replacement as a result”

Rob G., ON (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“chronic leaks from the rear water drainage system”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

“Cd gets stuck in tray and will not play”

Helen W., AB (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped Working”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“cd skip regardless of which disc I inserted. Replaced with DVD player/SM radio/backup camera unit from Panasonic (aftermarket)”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Won't give back the CD - it's stuck inside”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“6 CD player system failed with 6 CDs inside. Only one would eject and play. It lasted that way for about 6 months, now no CDs will eject and none will play. When the car is started, you can hear the electronics working but it will only function as a”

Richard B., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player stopped ejecting CDs and had to have the system pulled and repaired”

Bill M., TN (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player no longer functioned and would not release CDs. It was part of original audio system and was too expensive to repair. Had to get an aftermarket system installed - on the upside I now have bluetooth”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It quite working after about four years. I replaced it with an aftermarket”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the radio has never worked”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“doors buzz with the factory Bose system in the car. door metal vibrates against support beam inside the door”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“Bose system. Bad example. Great in name only”

Ron M., OK (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-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

A/C compressor

“Stopped cooling-had to replace”

Robert F., NS (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC compressor went out - it's about $500 to replace and that doesn't make sense on a $2500 car I don't drive that much”

M W., WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower was replaced in 2010; has now failed again. Negotiating with Mazda on replacement”

Richard B., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recurring noise abated for short periods by lubrication”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ac comes on but abruptly shuts off in a few miles. Matter of fact it is at dealer now, for 3rd time, to fix problem. Prior they were not able to diagnose. Still love my Miata. HATE 2015 model. Guess I'll keep the old one”

Francine K., OH (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“I had all four brakes replaced (pads and rotors) after approximately 35,000 kilometers. The brake pads wear equally front and back which is unusual”

David R., ON (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“No problem with routine wear and tear”

Thomas M., OR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just regular wear and tear when car was purchased knew that would have to brakes sooner”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Worn rotors, frozen caliper and worn pads. I use the brakes lightly, preferring to use engine compression to slow down. I also do not speed from one traffic signal to another. All four wheels were affected. The entire brake system should have lasted”

Kenneth N., PA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Had brake replacement; squeaking developed about a month after. Will address issue at next maintenance visit with dealer”

Thomas M., OR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-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

Bushings

“front sway bar links had to be replaced”

S S., OH (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“One strut replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace the rear shocks due to age. General maintenance”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-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.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

“The key fob quit working, the dealership replaced the fob and it is still intermittent”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the dealer doesn't seem to be able to diagnose the problem, wanted to charge me $1100 to replace a computer. Problem: keyless ignition works when it want to, not very often. You must have the key fob with you, if you lose the key you're screwed. The place I bought it from (used), conveniently neglected to tell me about this even though, as I found out later, they too had taken it to the dealer and could not get it fixed. Also, the convertible top hardware is falling apart”

James F., FL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“right side marker light went out and it will cost $300 to fix”

Steve M., CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“No way the connecting rod on cyl 1 should have worn / become loose”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“my wife drove it when it was out of watwer”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“have an engine warning light showing an issue with the evap system in rear of car”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Caused costly service”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“The clutch lasted 100K miles and was changed”

Edwin J., IL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“chalking”

Robert C., VA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Typical battery replacement after a reasonable number of years”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“Electric cooling fan failed and needed to be replaced. Temperature gauge is so non-linear it did not show the problem”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-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

Driveshaft or axle

“knuckle of driveshaft went bad. Driveshaft not available through Mazda! Had to order part online for my repair shop and was very lucky to find one. It cost over $1000”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Apr 05 2006
SHOULD THIS OCCUR, THE HORN ASSEMBLY MAY SEPARATE AND COULD INJURE THE DRIVER.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE BOLT ATTACHING THE HORN ASSEMBLY TO THE STEERING WHEEL HUB MAY FAIL DURING A DRIVER SIDE FRONT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT IN EXTREMELY LOW AMBIENT TEMPERATURE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER-SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 28, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 800-222-5500.
For more information:
MAZDA RECALL NO.3906C.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO 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: 06V103000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2600
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