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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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
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Engine Minor
NA
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Engine Cooling
NA
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Transmission Major
NA
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Transmission Minor
NA
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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2014 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

"Seal/weather stripping at top of driver window not secure. Depending on weather, there can be a whistling noise, rather annoying. While dealer has replaced weather stripping and adjusted, still have the problem."

Patricia R., FL (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"weather stripping on converitable hardtop decayed very fast. had to reseal until new gasket is installed."

Gregg C., NC (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Have the Grand Touring retractable hardtop, the 2nd one I've owned in the past 8 years. Noticed road noise from driver window shortly after purchasing it used (just 1-year old), noise that one would expect with a soft-top, but did not experience it with the 2010 Grand Touring retractable hardtop, so I took it to the local Mazda dealer, who checked all the retractable settings and found / said all OK. Techs even spoke to corporate but no further help., so it's just a highway noise nuisance (over 50 mph I have to contend with. Wish it weren't there like the 2010 model."

Van M., NC (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver wIndow does not appear to have a tight seal. During some weather conditions, there is a whistling noise at the top. The dealer has replaced the sealant twice, and adjusted it several times."

Patricia R., FL (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver window has a whistling/wind noise. It has been adjusted several times, and the seal replaced two times"

Patricia R., FL (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand 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

Convertible top

"Hardtop retractable system failed. Had to completely replace the hardtop and system. Now, Hardtop latch squeaks when top is up."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A bolt which is part of the system that secures the convertible top fell out and was rattling around in the windshield frame"

Martin C., TX (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Since replacing the hardtop and retractable system the top latch not squeaks when closed."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber button for keyless access broke on the driver's side door. Not a major issue, but it was disturbing that this wasn't covered in the 'bumper to bumper' warranty."

David L., CA (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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

"CDs in changer would not eject."

Alan H., CA (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Difficult when pairing your phone. Commands get repeated incorrectly which makes the process take longer. Once paired, phone commands aren't "heard" correctly and has to be repeated repeatedly"

Joseph P., FL (2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"At times the passenger airbag warning light will stay on when passenger (ca. 115 lb.) in front seat. Still in warranty and took to local dealer who checked specs and said all OK. Tech did say lightweight passenger might not be enough weight to signal live person in seat, not just an article. Suggested passenger shift weight to find right spot to turn off warning light, but his doesn't always work."

Van M., NC (2014 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.

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Drive System

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

Paint/Trim

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

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