Earlier this year after 12 years of VX220 NA ownership I decided it was time for a change.
I loved my time with the VX but the main reasons I decided to change it were I wanted something a little more comfortable and practical that I could use every day and that my wife would be happy to go away in at the weekends - and the responsibility of keeping on top of the body work was beginning to weigh on my mind (VX was kept outside).
I wasn't even sure I wanted another convertible and had always thought I'd go down the Evora route if i ever sold the VX - but that would mean more GRP and I needed something different.
After a lot of research and reading reviews only one thing really caught me eye : the latest Mazda MX5 with folding hardtop in racing orange (Mazda MX5 ND RF 30th Anniversary Edition to give it its full title).
I must admit the thought of buying an MX5 did worry me - what was i doing ? :-) but the reviews from so many people cant be wrong so I took the plunge and went for a test driver at my local dealer (on a more basic model than the 30 AE).
It was a damp day, couldn't get comfortable in the seat and the gearbox was showing signs of misuse after only 6000 miles - I was under whelmed (apparently the seat complaint is common with the optional full leather seat this test car was fitted with).
I left it a couple of months after that before having one last go - this time in the exact model I was after - and I'm so glad i did as the second car (which i bought) felt so much better and was a joy to drive.
The MX5 has loads of character, is fun to drive, comfortable and with the folding hardtop (up or down in 14 seconds) I've already covered more open top miles in one weekend than I ever managed in the VX. But the real gem is the engine : 2 litre, 181 bhp and pulls hard up to 7500rpm (I'd always thought I'd need more power and had budgeted for taking it up to 220-230 bhp which is easily achievable but having lived with it for a few months i really don't think I need any more power)
It wasn't all good news though as some areas needed adjustment :
1) was way to quiet - easily fixed by MX5 specialist BBR GTI exhaust centre and rear super sport back box
2) handling when you pushed on hard especially in corners with quick change of direction (i.e. left then right) left a lot to be desired. There's a lot of options out there to fix this but as I wanted to keep the comfort element settled for BBR GTI custom springs and some Eibach uprated ARB's which has fixed this handling issue without making it to hardcore.
So in summary i'm really happy with the outcome of my decision and hope this helps anyone else pondering the age old question : should I stay or should I go ?
Happy VXing and enjoy the good weather!
Anyone wishing to take a peak into the dark side there's pics of my new car here : https://photos.app.g...LjYBLaEnRWNEVv5