Mazda Wants to Keep Vintage MX-5s Baby Fresh With Restoration Parts

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
mazda wants to keep vintage mx 5s baby fresh with restoration parts

In 2017, Mazda announced a restoration program for the first-generation MX-5 Miata in Japan. Those NA years were good ones — sales were strong and customers were happy. But the cars had developed a reputation for being phenomenal project vehicles and an affordable way to get into racing. Many entered into a hard and exciting life as the years rolled on.

Realizing the MX-5 is equally beloved and hardworking in the United States, Mazda has decided to expand the program for North America. On Monday, the company announced that its restoration parts catalog is now 1,100 items deep and ready to help restore the luster of NA Miatas around the world.

“There is a pure feeling of joy when it comes to driving a Miata, of any generation,” said Masahiro Moro, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “Our unique Jinba-Ittai — ‘horse and rider as one’ — engineering philosophy has allowed for the engaging and exhilarating driving dynamic that has remained constant over the years, helping make the Miata an important vehicle for the brand and our fans. By helping prolong the life of MX-5 Miata NA models, Mazda is committed to supporting the roadster culture and looks forward to seeing these historic vehicles on the road — and on the track — for years to come.”

Any backward-looking support from an automaker is to be applauded but Mazda really outdid itself here. It even met with several Miata-focused shops and auto clubs to get help choosing the parts that it should prioritizing. The entire list is extensive, offering just about everything you might want replaced on your worn MX-5.

Ironically, the best bits are probably those difficult-to-find OEM replacement parts — little things like gaskets. But you can also find complete ragtop assemblies, window rollers, doors pulls, brakes, and pretty much anything else that’s taken too much abuse over the years.

Hole in the door? Mazda’s got you. Enkei is even reproducing a set of aluminum wheels that look like the originals but use more modern manufacturing methods it claims have made them lighter and more durable.

If you’re in possession (or hope to be) of a vintage MX-5 that might need a little work, Mazda has provided a comprehensive, 42-page list of the new/old parts — available as a PDF here. The company recommends speaking with your local dealership if you’re ready to take the next step.

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Oct 30, 2019

    Would love to have a cute little 'toy' car to drive around... the economy would certainly be better than my truck for daily driving but the small cockpit size means a tall person (like my wife) would be cramped in the passenger seat and far too tight for her to drive. For me, the 'toy' is going to have to be taller and a bit longer. Problem is, there are far too few intermediate-sized 'toys' on the market.

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 30, 2019

    Should I start looking for well-used car and buy it cheap?

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    • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 30, 2019

      @JimC2 I think this is what Richard Branson said - if you want to be a millionaire, take a billion and start an airline. Here we're not talking about a cat, this is miata! :-)

  • CEastwood Seven mil nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight for oil changes and such and the thicker heavy duty gripper gloves from Wally World for most everything else . Hell we used to use no gloves for any of that and when we did it was usually the white cloth gloves bought by the dozen or the gray striped cuff ones for heavy duty use . Old man rant over , but I laugh when I see these types of gloves in a bargain bin at Home Cheapo for 15 bucks a pair !
  • Not Previous Used Car of the Day entries that spent decades in the weeds would still be a better purchase than this car. The sucker who takes on this depreciated machine will learn the hard way that a cheap German car is actually a very expensive way to drive around.
  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.