2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability - Consumer Reports
The Miata is a fun-to-drive, low-slung little roadster, with pinpoint handling, instant power delivery, and a crisp manual gearbox. Excellent fuel economy is an extra bonus. While it remains very tight, the cabin has grown a little more livable over the years. The ride is surprisingly tolerable, but cabin noise can grow wearying on long cruises.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 MX-5 Miata will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
Research Years * Redesign year
Worse Better
00
01
02
03
04
05
06*
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16*
17
18
19
20
21
Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suspension
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Brakes
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Exhaust
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Integrity
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Hardware
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Power Equipment
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Minor issues with the weather stripping around the driver side window. Occasional small leakage in large storms."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problems with drainage where water would flood the driver's side and need to be vacuumed out. Water would pool behind and under driver's seat as well."

Jason S., CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Occured with top up at freeway speed. A mechanic resolved it. (not the dealer)"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough roads vibrated the fasteners loose from the sun visors"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"convertible hardtop rattled. Took it in for adjustment during routine maintenance. The rattle came back in 2-3 months. Took it in again - currently quiet"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk liner rattled, many body squeeks, driver's seatbelt attachment squeeks when driver breathes. I installed weather stripping around trunk liner and some interior areas and that helped"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The PRHT does not fully seal/seat against the windscreen and rattles especially in the winter"

Chris R., VA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very minor complaint for power folding hardtop squeaks and minor wind noise with occasional window seal water leak. This"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattling metal noise in the dash, near the sound and temperature systems"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"There is a constant sound of wind noise in the vehicle in motion."

Anonymous, TX (2010 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 player

"CD Player was not releasing CD after loading for 3-4 days. Stopped using it after 3rd time and bought an Ipod."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player won't play, load or unload CD's since last summer. It tries every time the radio is turned on and then says "Check CD""

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It "ate" CD's. I'm on the third radio/CD player"

Joseph S., OR (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Player will not advance from one disc to the next. 5 disc player."

Alan O., FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"AM radio receives alot of interference"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bose system amplifier bad. Produced painful, loud noises. Already replaced twice before I bought it. Installed aftermarket system with backup camera, Bluetooth, MP3"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"The passenger door speaker hums sometimes."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand 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

Interior lights

"Dome light burned out multiple times. Dealer replaced multiple times"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk lid safety lights don't work"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"My key device stopped working. Using backup"

James M., CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Parking brake light comes on when accelerating"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Light went on with no apparent problem related to it"

Lois F., FL (2010 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

Fuel cap

"Needed to be replaced because of check engine light"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was weak, car did to start easily after being parked. Difficult to access because of location behind seats."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Oxygen sensor failed"

Richard E., OH (2010 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

Power steering leaks

"The belt broke and the power steering fluid/pump broke. I don't know what caused the problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Bilstein sport shocks leaking oil. Service records from previous versions wner indicate problem started in 2015 when car was 5 years old."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I just had new shocks installed ,state inspection and oil change for $ 750 at the local Mazda dealer."

John S., PA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 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

"replace pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-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

Doors or sliding doors

"The driver's side door handle broke off when I pulled on it. No prior problem or warning sign. Small pin had broken inside. Door handle was replaced and has worked fine since."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Only replaced the clutch once in 130K miles. that is acceptable"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Climate System

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

Paint/Trim

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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

Drive System

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

Compare 2010 Models

No Data Available
Change Vehicle