Mazda MX-5 Complaints

Mazda MX-5 Complaints
  • 36 Complaints
  • 3 Crashes
  • 0 Fires
  • 4 Injuries
  • 0 Fatalities
  • Consumers have filed a total of 36 complaints for MX-5 models.

Recent Complaints

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: STRUCTURE
  • Date of Incident: Apr-23, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 16:03 May-11, 2021

I was driving on the freeway and i heard a loud cracking noise. I stopped at a gas station to check and saw that the upper molding part of the car had broken off.

2019 Mazda MX-5
Parts: WHEELS
  • Date of Incident: May-03, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 18:02 May-06, 2021

In oct. Of 2018, i purchased a mazda with yokohama advan sport v105, 195/50r16, 84v tires. These were the standard tires that came on the car. Now some 15,832 miles later and less than 3 yrs. , i am told that they have "micro cracks" and should be replaced. Closer research revealed that these are "summer tires" that "flexing of the specialized rubber compounds used in max performance summer tires during cold-weather use can result in irreversible compound cracking. Compound cracking is not a warrantable condition because it occurs as the result of improper use or storage, tires exhibiting compound cracking must be replaced. " at no time was i warned that driving with these tires in the winter could cause this damage. More important is the fact that they get dangerously little traction under these cold conditions-especially with even a minimal amount of snow. A consumer should be warned about this foreseeable dangerous condition-especially when this car is sold in a state with severe winters.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Dec-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 09:34 Jan-06, 2021

Spider cracking on center display mazda service bulletin r018/18. Since vehicle is out of warranty will not repair even though it was a noted mfg defect. Should be a safety issue as screen will become on readable and safety is a 5 yr warranty adv no. Mazda should of notified owners of this issue did not.

2018 Mazda MX-5
Parts: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLENGINEELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Jul-01, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 05:50 Dec-20, 2020

I? Ve owned my 2018 mazda mx-5 for about two years. The problems slow started arising. At first i hadn? T noticed, but when going in and out of? Drive? The vehicle felt like it was either going to stall or accelerate. I had initially thought was because it? S a? Sports car.? In august of 2020 the window regulator on the passenger side had malfunctioned. Fast forward to december 2020, the driver side window regulator has malfunction as well. I? Ve been doing research as to why this would happen to a vehicle that? S about 2 years old. I? Ve purchased the vehicle october of 2018. Internet forums suggested faults with the electrical wiring. I? Ve informed the mazda official website of these issues and informed them of the inconvenience. Make note i have only made a complaint to the window regulators failing. I? Ve provided them with my vin and yet to hear from them since. It didn? T occur to me to do research on my vin, so i did and much to my chagrin after apologizing for possibly being rude, i find that my vehicle has had a serious recall since february 01st of 2019. A year and 10 months and no recall notice what so ever! Shouldn? T the dealership know of the problems! Seriously i could have died! I quote, directly from nhtsa,? The sudden unexpected downshift while driving may negatively affect the stability of the vehicle, and could lead to a loss of vehicle control, potentially resulting in a crash.? This is incredibly depressing, since this is my only means of transportation. They had close to 2 years to inform me of this recall and i had to find out myself.

2019 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAINENGINEAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Dec-06, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:16 Dec-07, 2020

As i was exiting a bp gas station (62 griffin corporation dr, chelsea, al 35043) and making a right onto county road 11, the rear tires of the car started to spin (1/4 throttle). I noticed that abs or the stability control system did not activate. The car was not in "sport" mode. It was in the "d" driving mode. The rear tires continued spinning and i felt the car's back end fishtailing. At this point, i started to get on the brakes hard and try to do minor corrections, when i felt that the brake pedal was not pulsating, and the car was not slowing down at all. At this point, i was facing oncoming traffic and the railroad tracks that were about >500 ft in front of me. I look to my right and notice that i am about to slide into the railroad crossing sign. The impact was hard enough to where my right buttock ended up next to the handbrake of the car. My arm is slightly bruised from it being swung to the right and hitting the passenger window. The airbags were not deployed at all. However, the damage done to the car is, left lower control arm scratched/scuffed/damaged, the passenger side mirror broken off, the passenger door dented inwards, the side skirt (the part that runs across the bottom of the car) ripped off on the driver's side and bent upwards on the passenger side, and finally, the passenger side door sill dented/bent inwards. The pictures attached are the photos of my bruise and the incident.

2019 Mazda MX-5
Parts: STRUCTURESERVICE BRAKESELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Dec-06, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:01 Dec-07, 2020

As i was exiting a bp gas station (62 griffin corporation dr, chelsea, al 35043) and making a right onto county road 11, the rear tires of the car started to spin (1/4 throttle). I noticed that abs or the stability control system did not activate. The rear tires continued spinning and i felt the car's back end fishtailing. At this point, i started to get on the brakes hard and try to do minor corrections, when i felt that the brake pedal was not pulsating, and the car was not slowing down at all. At this point, i was facing oncoming traffic and the railroad tracks that were about >500 ft in front of me. I look to my right and notice that i am about to slide into the railroad crossing sign. The impact was hard enough to where my right buttock ended up next to the handbrake of the car. My arm is slightly bruised from it being swung to the right and hitting the passenger window. The airbags were not deployed at all. However, the damage done to the car is, left lower control arm scratched/scuffed/damaged, the passenger side mirror broken off, the passenger door dented inwards, the side skirt (the part that runs across the bottom of the car) ripped off on the driver's side and bent upwards on the passenger side, and finally, the passenger side door sill dented/bent inwards. The pictures attached are the photos of my bruise and and the incident.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Sep-01, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 23:24 Oct-24, 2020

Air conditioner stopped working. Ac compressor hose cracked. Shop said this is happening so much, to this year/ model, that they keep the part in stock.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Aug-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 23:16 Oct-24, 2020

When driving, most of the time the blind spot sensor does not turn on (sound and light). It can go days without turning on at all then all of a sudden it works 1 or 2 times.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: VISIBILITY/WIPER
  • Date of Incident: Sep-05, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 19:04 Oct-21, 2020

Sun visors on first generation nd mx-5 subject to catastrophic failure, leading to dangerous driving conditions. I was at highway speed when the driver? S side visor failed on my car. The visor would no longer stay in position. It just hung at the bottommost position. As a tall driver i first scrunched down in the seat in order to see properly out the windshield. Eventually i held the sagging visor up with my left hand and steered/shifted with my right hand. Not ideal and definitely not perfectly safe. Online forums indicate this is a widespread problem with first generation nds. Though the sun visors in my 2016 nd have been used sparingly, both driver and passenger side visors have failed in the same place: at the hinge near the dome light. The replacement part is nearly $300, not including installation. The part was quickly redesigned by mazda but owners of early vins are out of luck.

2019 Mazda MX-5
Parts: STRUCTURE
  • Date of Incident: Jul-19, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 15:05 Jul-20, 2020

Soul red crystal paint excessive paint chipping. Front of car and hood has more that 50 white spots from chipping paint. 23,000 miles and the car looks terrible from the front.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Apr-16, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Apr-16, 2020

6 speed manual transmission, vehicle stationary and doesn't want to go into 1st gear and you sometimes must shove it in, intermittent issue. Also a ton of gear whine under moderate throttle in 3rd and 4th gear. Failure mileage is 41,118 miles. Failure of the transmission in gear at speed could result in a catastrophic accident due to loss of forward propulsion. Mazda has released a tsb on this ref is r083/16b and 05-007/16 yet are basically telling me it's up to the nhtsa to recall it or there's nothing they will do until it completely grenades and potentially causes an accident. This is not a small issue affecting a small batch of cars, this is a fairly widespread issue affecting a large span in production. From internal sources i've learned mazda is on the fourth separate revision of the 6 speed manual transmission in the 4th generation mx-5 and even some 3rd revision transmissions have shown weakness. In short, the 6 speed manual transmission was not designed for the 2. 0l engine in the u. S model, instead was only intended to be used with the less torquey 1. 5l in the european and japanese model. Mazda usa pushed for the 2. 0l last minute in production for more power in the u. S market despite not having a suitable manual transmission available. The difference in manufacturing tolerances has led to several instances of complete gear failure in stock completely unmodified cars and is an accepted design flaw by mazda and why they have had so many complete transmission overhauls in a short span. In short every manual mx-5 that was produced before september 6th 2016 has a transmission that's a ticking time bomb. Mine is september 2015 production date. I strongly believe this tsb should be referenced and these transmission recalled. A weird coincidence is this very car also had an automatic transmission recall. I have attached the referenced tsb below. Please recall. *tr

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: WHEELS
  • Date of Incident: Feb-29, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 14:02 Mar-02, 2020

These tires are the original tires that came on my car which was purchased in september of 2016. When i was rotating these tires for the second time in 6138 miles i noticed that these tires were splitting open in the grooves that run around the circumference of the tire. I am afraid to drive this car for fear of a blowout in one or more tires. These brigestone potenza s001 tires should be watched closely if they are splitting open with only 6138 miles and 3 1/2 years of use. I feel that these are very unsafe tires.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Dec-13, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Dec-16, 2019

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 mazda mx-5. While driving approximately 10 mph across an intersection, the vehicle decelerated. There were no warning indicators illuminated. Another vehicle traveling across the intersection colided with the rear passenger side of the contact's vehicle. Police report number: 2019643494 was filed. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a body shop and repaired. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Oct-12, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 11:03 Dec-07, 2019

While driving on a public 2-lane road and upshifting into 3rd gear at about 6,500 rpm my transmission failed. I immediately slowed from about 65 mph and coasted to a stop. I was lucky that there was a just adequate shoulder, and i was able to avoid being rear-ended by faster traffic. I pulled as far to the right as i could, still withing 4 feet of the pavement. I determined that i could still drive in 1st gear and, driving only on the shoulder, drove the car to a wider, safer spot. A friend came by later with his truck and trailer to take my car to my home. I thereupon had it towed to a mazda dealer the next day. The dealer diagnosed a manual transmission failure, 3rd gear specifically, and told me i was lucky the gearbox didn't sieze and cause a lack of control. They replaced the entire transmission at no cost to me.

2018 Mazda MX-5
Parts: STRUCTURE
  • Date of Incident: Nov-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:33 Nov-22, 2019

Started from creak noise as car start to move, accelerate or stop. Now it developed to some ticking noise every time car accelerate or decelerate. The car is only at about 9700 mi went to spreen mazda loma linda ca to inspect the car. They said it is normal and come back when it gets worse

2017 Mazda MX-5
Parts: VISIBILITY/WIPER
  • Date of Incident: May-30, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 17:59 Jun-20, 2019

The windshield cracked while the vehicle was parked in a lot. The crack appears to have started on the passenger side edge of the windshield and rapidly propogated horizontally along the center of the windshield to roughly the center of the glass. The car had 12000 miles on it when the windshield cracked.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLUNKNOWN OR OTHERPOWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Jul-07, 2017
  • Date complaint filed: 14:44 May-26, 2019

I own the 2016 mx-5 nd gt with manual transmission and it has about 35,000 ish miles on it, but it's starting to have transmission and gear shift problems. 1) the car has issues with acceleration delay from gear 1 & 2, the torque, hp, none of it feel the same as when i bought it. 2) the car will start having rattling noise issues coming from under the hood, i suspect from the heat shield which is made from thin aluminum material. Also rattling from inside, all the plastic parts from within the cabin, seat, dashboard, etc 3) the gear box is not smooth and sometimes would have hard time shifting. In my case, i have issues from 5 to 6. I literally have to give it 1 or 2 sec delay after shifting half way so that it will ease itself in. Also shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, the transmission jerks 4. ) when moving or turning from stationary, the car makes grinding noise from under the car

2019 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Oct-26, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-17, 2019

Tcm recall 2016-2019 mx-5 (nd) transmission control module software concern safety recall 3019a; nhtsa campn number 19v-072 did not work problem still exist getting worse. See pdf file in complaint uploads

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: May-14, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 22:17 May-16, 2019

Transmission is made of weak grade materials and running at high temps causing the transmission to fail randomly while driving. I am on my second transmission and mazda fails to help or address the concern. The problem has been proven by many shops at this point and most importantly by a mazda engineer on a youtube video. This mazda engineer specifically states that weak tolerances are causing manual transmissions to shear teeth under load. Both times my transmissions parts exploded i was at speed. The first time was on a city street, the second time was on a very busy highway during rush hour. The first time, no gears were usable and i had to be towed home after coasting my car to a stop in neutral. The second time i could only use 4th gear and had to limp home.

2016 Mazda MX-5
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Apr-03, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-07, 2019

Vehicle spontaneously jumps out of 4th gear into neutral at highways speed. This will typically happen on a moderately steep downward grade (e. G. California highyway 17 between sugarloaf road and glenwood cutoff heading towards san jose, or the curve known as the "valley surprise" just past summit road and highway 17 intersection) as the vehicle slows and engine braking kicks in. Steps to reproduce: place vehicle in 4th gear. Drive at approximately 60 miles per hour. On downhill grade back off accelerator as engine braking begins the vehicle spontaneously jumps into neutral. This happens repeatedly and reproducibly. Vehicle is under mazda warranty. Date is just an indication. The fault occurs daily.

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