RE: Mazda MX-5: Spotted

Wednesday 28th February

Mazda MX-5: Spotted

BBR engine work, Ohlins dampers, Team Dynamics wheels - this is how to modify an MX-5!



Cheap and basic rear-wheel drive Japanese cars have always been about modifying. The Far East provides you with a good blank slate on four wheels, after which you set about creating your performance car par excellence. The scene is arguably more subdued now than it was, for a variety of reasons, but you're still not short of tuning possibilities if you wish to fully realise the potential of your Japanese sports car.

The Mazda MX-5 perfectly typifies that culture. It's not especially sporty as standard, but it does boast a low kerb weight, a good weight balance, rear-wheel drive and, in some installations, a limited-slip diff as standard - a perfect basis from which to begin modifying.


Now, there are often arguments against buying someone else's modified car, focused as much on the quality of the work as creating something unique to you, but when you see an MX-5 as tastefully done as this it's very hard to find a logical argument against it.

From what can be seen it's had everything you would reasonably need done to make a great road and track car from the Mk3.5 MX-5. It came to our attention through a saved search for 'Ohlins' that we have running in the classifieds - everyone has one of those, right? And the dampers are just the start...

It's been treated to BBR's Super 200 upgrade, comprised of new cams, a remap and an uprated exhaust manifold, a kit we described on PH as an "impressively sensible feeling way of making an MX-5 an even more entertaining prospect". In addition to that it has a set of Team Dynamics Pro Race wheels on Yokohama Advan AD08 tyres, and a steering wheel retrimmed in Alcantara for the full track car vibe. The aforementioned dampers will work with those wheels to create that lovely stance, and are described by the seller as "utterly stonking", which is encouraging. Fitted less than a year ago, they should still have plenty of life in them.


So what you have as an end product is a faster, sharper and more capable MX-5, one with a level of performance to make it much more interesting than standard. Crucially too it's modern and accommodating enough to be used on a regular basis, rather than having to save your traditional sports car for high days and holidays - it's the best of both worlds.

For just £10k as well, it looks something of a bargain. This entirely standard 2.0-litre MX-5 is newer and has 10,000 fewer miles, but will only save you £100. And what else could you realistically consider at £10k that isn't an MX-5? GT86s aren't down this low yet, an S2000 with a similar mileage is nearly a decade older and a £10k Elise has 130,000 miles. There's a reason why MX-5s are perennially popular...

Of course you could go further still with this car, adding forced induction and creating a far more focused driving tool. But it looks a really well sorted sports car as it is, with enough added to enhance the package while keeping it reserved enough to not entirely alter the base product. When it comes to MX-5s, that sounds like a very appealing proposition; buy now before the spring forces the price up!


SPECIFICATION - 2010 MAZDA MX-5 2.0I SPORT TECH
Engine:
1,999cc, four-cyl
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 160@7,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 139@5,000rpm
MPG: 36.2
CO2: 181g/km
First registered: 2010
Recorded mileage: 52,000
Price new: £21,205
Yours for: £10,499

See the original advert here.

(Specification for standard MX-5)

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pengers

Original Poster:

21 posts

67 months

Wednesday 28th February
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I would have thought a boxster is a good alternative at similar price point but it is a good pkg.
Personally more interested in an older S2000 as I much prefer the non folding roof convertible style.

drgoatboy

811 posts

140 months

Wednesday 28th February
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This looks like a pretty good price really, ohlins are not cheap, and the bbr upgrade is quite a few thousands of pounds. Even the team dynamics with decent rubber must be a grand. This will be plenty fast in real world terms and will handle brilliantly. Glad its not closer to me otherwise I would be going for a look...

MrBarry123

4,840 posts

54 months

Wednesday 28th February
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drgoatboy said:
This looks like a pretty good price really
yes

It looks like a great package for a little over £10k.

MagicalTrevor

6,203 posts

162 months

Wednesday 28th February
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I have the Ohlins coilovers on my mk3 and they make a hell of a difference. £1800 well spent IMO

Luke.

7,487 posts

183 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Tempted. Have messaged seller. Anyone know where it's based?
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Gandahar

5,647 posts

61 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Good spec for something still looking standard.

If I was getting it I would fit the Quaife LSD and also junk the exhaust for this

https://www.racingbeateurope.com/bgood-win-racing-...

which is really light and makes the best of the BBR mods sound wise without being too loud. .

Twin exhaust tips on the light MX5, blasphemy!


Edited by Gandahar on Wednesday 28th February 13:04

Clem2k3

89 posts

39 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Im pretty sure its allowed to post a link to a pistonheads ad here?

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Here's mine, more miles, less shiny suspension … but also a freshly rebuilt engine and less cost ...

Gandahar

5,647 posts

61 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Clem2k3 said:
Im pretty sure its allowed to post a link to a pistonheads ad here?

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Here's mine, more miles, less shiny suspension … but also a freshly rebuilt engine and less cost ...


Nice car also, cheaper so can spend the saving on bits and bobs. The great thing about the MX5 is it is a blank canvas on which you can skin a cat more than one way. As people at the Tate do.....

Don't tell me you are selling it for a nice new german SUV due to expanding family ... or else that is rotten tomatoes thrown at you heh smile


V88Dicky

6,178 posts

116 months

Wednesday 28th February
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That looks quite lovely.

I'm seriously considering one of these (Sport Tech) as a fun daily driver. Just need to save up some more shekels biggrin

HorneyMX5

4,152 posts

83 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Gandahar said:


Nice car also, cheaper so can spend the saving on bits and bobs. The great thing about the MX5 is it is a blank canvas on which you can skin a cat more than one way. As people at the Tate do.....

Don't tell me you are selling it for a nice new german SUV due to expanding family ... or else that is rotten tomatoes thrown at you heh smile
No. He bought an i3! (Sorry Clem, lol).

Jual Mass Flywheel

2,576 posts

88 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Nice. And I don't even like MX5s.

drgoatboy

811 posts

140 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Luke. said:
Tempted. Have messaged seller. Anyone know where it's based?
It says Kent, so I assumed it is currently buried under 27feet of snow (well if you believe the media)

BevR

297 posts

76 months

Wednesday 28th February
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I do quite like the idea of a BBR MX5, any owners on here mind sharing their insurance experiences?

I currently have an 04 S2000 (insurance is £340 a year) and quite fancy moving onto an MX5-RF at some point but would prefer to keep some poke while having a little more comfort.


Clem2k3

89 posts

39 months

Wednesday 28th February
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HorneyMX5 said:
No. He bought an i3! (Sorry Clem, lol).
Hah …. funds from the sale will go to a good *cough*A-series*cough* cause not the i3 … which is an awesome daily smile

Clem2k3

89 posts

39 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Gandahar said:


Nice car also, cheaper so can spend the saving on bits and bobs. The great thing about the MX5 is it is a blank canvas on which you can skin a cat more than one way. As people at the Tate do.....

Don't tell me you are selling it for a nice new german SUV due to expanding family ... or else that is rotten tomatoes thrown at you heh smile
I really have enjoyed owning it, its got a pretty good claim for being the perfect all rounder i find … practical enough, fast enough, comfortable enough, without being too heavily compromised.

Mainly selling it to fund other projects … along with the fact I have 3 cars and 1 parking space!

Clem2k3

89 posts

39 months

Wednesday 28th February
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BevR said:
I do quite like the idea of a BBR MX5, any owners on here mind sharing their insurance experiences?

I currently have an 04 S2000 (insurance is £340 a year) and quite fancy moving onto an MX5-RF at some point but would prefer to keep some poke while having a little more comfort.
I jumped from a leaky … sadly missed … Elise S1 to the MX5 (before I converted it) as it was my only car and I wanted a slightly more practical arrangement.

Unfortunately I found the MX5 in standard form just too slow and was already starting to get itchy feet. The BBR conversion changed that completely. It now can give the old Elise a run for its money (in a straight line at least) and retains all the practicality I wanted from the MX5 (heated seats, aircon … retractable hardtop).

Basically it takes the MX5 from a car you say "It doesn't need to be fast to be fun" about to a car you can just say "its damn good fun" about smile


drgoatboy

811 posts

140 months

Wednesday 28th February
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BevR said:
I do quite like the idea of a BBR MX5, any owners on here mind sharing their insurance experiences?

I currently have an 04 S2000 (insurance is £340 a year) and quite fancy moving onto an MX5-RF at some point but would prefer to keep some poke while having a little more comfort.
I think my policy on a BBR185 was about £260 as a second car, but the big insurance companies wanted silly money. Went through Greenlight in the end although footman james with owners club discount came pretty close cost wise.

MagicalTrevor

6,203 posts

162 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Gandahar said:
Good spec for something still looking standard.

If I was getting it I would fit the Quaife LSD and also junk the exhaust for this

https://www.racingbeateurope.com/bgood-win-racing-...

which is really light and makes the best of the BBR mods sound wise without being too loud. .

Twin exhaust tips on the light MX5, blasphemy!


Edited by Gandahar on Wednesday 28th February 13:04
I quite fancy this exhaust for mine but concerned it might be too loud for the track!

Seb27

62 posts

126 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Excellent! It is true, these cars need a few basic upgrades to completely transform them.

Regarding the insurance question, mine costs me under £300 per year with Lancaster, im 27. For that price, all mods declared below:

I didn't go for the full BBR kit, I bought a IL Manifold, race cat and Go perform back box and had it re-mapped. This cost circa £1000. On top of that, a Carbon spoiler, Meister Rs and lots of other little bits and pieces. It is now fantastic, sounds great and is much more punchy. Was the perfect companion for a road trip to the Ring in the summer along with a few trackdays and B road blasts. I enjoy it more than my S2 Elise, Civic Type R and MR2 that I've had previously.





PistonBroker

1,505 posts

159 months

Wednesday 28th February
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Gandahar said:
Don't tell me you are selling it for a nice new german SUV due to expanding family ... or else that is rotten tomatoes thrown at you heh smile
Oops, I sold my bog-stock Mk3 2.0 (as well as Mrs PB's CRV) for a nice new german SUV. I'll get ready to dodge the rotten tomatoes!

The car in the OP looks great. As per the first poster, I'd struggle to resist a Boxster at that price point but, without looking, I guess that's going to be an older, higher miles and less sorted car for the money. I'm certain I'd be very happy in this car.