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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

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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Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
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Climate System
NA
NA
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Suspension
NA
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Brakes
NA
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Exhaust
NA
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Paint/Trim
NA
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Body Integrity
NA
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Body Hardware
NA
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Power Equipment
NA
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In-car Electronics
NA
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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 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

Squeaks or rattles

“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)

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 Unsure 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

“Light went on with no apparent problem related to it”

Lois F., FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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

“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)

“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)

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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Oxygen sensor failed”

Richard E., OH (2010 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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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.

Drive System

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

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 Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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