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Since 1990, Mazda took the idea of the charmingly eccentric British roadster and infused it with Japanese reliability. By remaining true to its nature of fun and affordable performance, the Miata has thrilled and inspired hundreds of thousands of buyers, from money-conscious workaday drivers to weekend racers.
Alerts
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 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
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NA
Engine Minor
NA
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Engine Cooling
NA
NA
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Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
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Drive System
NA
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Fuel System
NA
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Electric System
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Climate System
NA
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Suspension
NA
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Brakes
NA
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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 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Premature wear marks, would of eventually worn through. Replaced free under warranty”

Dave C., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Head liner drooped down and obscured rear view”

John L., NV (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The tension straps have broken and are scheduled for a dealer TSB fix. There has been a couple rattles from the top as well”

Jonathan E., MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A strap inside the that makes the top frame move with the top when opening broke where it is attached”

Keith D., TX (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken staps Noice”

Cheryl J., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken straps. Dealer had no experiences with this kind of repair, broke 3 other things while doing the roof repair: a stud deep in the body, infotainment button, latch of convertible top”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior roof lining came down, blocking view via the rear view mirror through rear window. This happened twice, requiring two different repairs”

Kevin P., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“straps were broken upon delivery. Took 2 months to get the parts to fix it. Didn't affect operation, but required three trips to the dealer to fix it”

Dave J., GA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Missing clips after brought in for service. Was not sealing properly around back glass window”

Steve M., FL (2016 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

Display screen freezes up

“Dealer said he had to "re-set" the system and the problem was solved”

Harry F., MS (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Related to earlier problem of system "freeze-up”

Harry F., MS (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Bluetooth pairing is inconsistent. Applied firmware update to rectify”

Jonathan E., MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Convertible top had an annoying rattle”

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“noticeable squeak in the soft top mechanical linkage”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“In comparison to the other two Miatas I've owned, I've experienced inordinate wind noise, which ended up being an issue with the seal. Even after repair the noise is more prevalent than my other Miatas”

Teresa G., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Several gears broke”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Original design had a flaw where gears were failing. Mazda has redesigned the weak components and completely replaced the transmission. They said they have received a service bulletin about this problem with the 2016 6 speed manual transmission”

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2.0-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

Rough shifting

“Several gears broke while shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear, leaving car disabled”

Anonymous, MA (2016 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

Automatic climate control

“I've had two failures of the air conditioning: one about six months after purchase, and the other, a "catastrophic" failure for which Mazda had to replace the whole system, after one year”

Teresa G., CA (2016 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

Wheel bearings

“At about 11,000 miles, the wheel bearings in the rear driver-side wheel needed replacement. Then, again, at 22,000 miles, the same replacement was required. I expect to do this again at 33,000 miles. :-(”

Anonymous, GA (2016 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.

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.

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.

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.

Drive System

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
STRUCTURE: FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
Jun 27 2019
Parts that separate from the vehicle may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2016 Miata MX-5 vehicles. The skid plate and metal bracket may detach from underneath the vehicle.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the skid plate, free of charge. The recall began August 2, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3619F.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V496000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2476
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Feb 01 2019
If the vehicle abruptly downshifts, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2016-2019 MX-5 (Miata) vehicles with automatic transmissions. Due to incorrect programming of the Transmission Control Module (TCM), certain conditions may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly downshift and abruptly decelerate.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the TCM with corrected software, free of charge. The recall began March 14, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3019A.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V072000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14370
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