by Christine Trevithick
Date Added: Tuesday 27 September, 2005
I have a 2.5 Artic edition car which I and MX5parts believe to be the same as all other 2.5 models. However, I've had 2 of these woven mesh grills and neither fitted, they were just too large in places and the wrong shape for the profile of the grill opening. The manufacturing quality of this grill is not high, some of the wire mesh wasn't welded to the outer frame and would have scratched the surrounding bodywork.
MX5parts took back both of the grills I tried and refunded one of my postal charges, I suspect they would refund both if I asked them to. They were always prompt with postage, next day delivery every time.
I now have the cheaper stainless flat plate grill fitted, £34 part number IL228, which fits properly. Now I've seen it for real rather than the photos, I think it is a better product than the mesh grill, different style, but looks good. Most imprtantly, I now have protection for the radiator, and not had to buy Mazda's own version at £100.
Whilst buying a grill has been hassle, its been due to the manufacturer, not because of MX5parts, far from it in fact and I will be a returning customer. I've given the rating of 3 so that other customer thinking of this part read the review and are aware of the potential problem for the latest 2.5 models.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]