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 is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.

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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 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.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 goes blank

"The screen will go black, and than reboot as if Injust started the car. It will do this several times while I'm driving the car. I take it in to the dealer on Sept. 2, 2020 for them to look at it. This has been occurring for the past 2-3 weeks."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Related to pairing problem. It does not always recognize my smart phone, especially if I am in a garage or other enclosed space with weak signal. Occasionally it does not resolve on the open road and I have to wait for it to fix itself in a day or two."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is extremely slow to initialize and start functioning"

Gregg B., FL (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Doesn’t have real time traffic. Also difficult to use (zoom, add POI) without taking your e yes off the road for a dangerous amount of time"

Nancy T., NC (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was just very slow to initially load. The data on the GPS even at 2017 had a hard time identifying an address that has been around for years."

Michael P., TX (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"it started 2 months after I bought it from Carmax with only 8,000K. Every few weeks it does not recognize my iphone and won't pair for Spotify or Waze. Tends to be exacerbated when it goes in a garage and internet signal lost. If I turn off the engine it sometimes resolves but not always. Seems to reboot itself in a couple of days and then behaves for a few more weeks before it does it again. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes doesn’t recognize my phone"

Nancy T., NC (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes my contacts will not import."

Gregg B., FL (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Mazda recalls issued for faulty software causing irreversibly, dead batteries car would not function; totally inoperable"

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 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

Air or water leaks

"There was a loud wind noise from the hard top convertible. I took the miata to the dealers to check for fit problems. the dealer service rep could nor hear the wind noise. A few month later i received a Recall Notice for wind noise. The same dealer installed a kit consisting of various foam inserts at strategic points within the hardtop convertible. Although this was a recall, it was reported by me to the dealer BEFORE the recall notice went out."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a problem with the way some air conditioning line was routed out of the factory causing it to rattle. The air conditioning line was replaced and rerouted correctly at the dealership. Mazda paid for it and a rental car was provided."

David M., MO (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Too much noise from windows when highway driving"

Stephen P., FL (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 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

"I was frustrated that this was not available initially. I didn't want to buy a soft top. The soft top had issues with crimping near the doors. So, it was open in some areas. Initially, it was going to cost almost 3K to fix. But, we were lucky and there was a quick fix and a Bulletin. The clips were wrong."

Michael P., TX (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"fit of the trunk lid is poor"

Steve T., NJ (2017 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

Cruise control

"If cruise control is on when the car is turned off, and the car is not run for more than 7-10 days, the battery is run down and car will not start. It is now a known 'bug' and dealer will apply fix for no cost."

B W., NC (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"With less than 1000 miles I experienced a P0171 error indicating running lean."

Jeffrey C., TN (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Has been a frequent problem. Dealer had someone from the company help him fix it most recently."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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)

"Paint thickness is minimal and scratches and rock chips very easily."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"speed sensor caused several warning lights connected to abs and traction control and TPS"

Thomas A., NY (2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 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.

Drive System

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

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.

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN
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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