I bought the MX5 in 2005, I’d finally managed to get rid of a horrible company car (Renault Scenic) and opted for a car allowance.  Driving for me is a pleasure, and I wanted to have a car that would enhance my commute and business travel, rather than just try to make it fade away into a few hours of nothingness.  I narrowed it down to a mk1 MR2, mk1 MX5, Z3, or MGF.  After a couple of test drives, the MX5 was the car for me, its easy to live with, great fun, and has turned out to be very reliable.


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The car is pretty much as I bought it, some specs below:

  • Mk1 Eunos Roadster, imported from Japan in 2005
  • 1600cc DOHC engine
  • Aftermarket Torsen differential
  • Lowered 30mm on stock Bilstein springs
  • Polybush bushes throughout
  • Additional bracing on rear struts
  • Removable 6 point harness
  • RS Watanabe wheels
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD 2 tyres

I use this car day in, day out, and despite being 20 years old, and having been used and abused for 250,000 kilometers, its still going strong.  I’ve competed a number of times, including a 6 hour endurance test at Mallory Park, as well as numerous track days and road trips.