Date Added: Wednesday 11 February, 2009
When the original battery on my MX5 was showing signs of giving up the ghost I decided to replace it. A trip to Halfords proved a complete waste of time despite their claims to have a replacement in stock. After spending an hour at the nearest branch they eventually admitted that they had nothing suitable having wiped out the memories of the radio and trip computer.
As the MX5 Parts shop is only 5 miles from my home I decided to pay them a visit. The showroom is absolutely immaculate and I dealt with a most helpful salesman. I purchased both a battery and a grille to protect the radiator.
Fitting the battery is not particularly straightforward. The footprint is different from the original battery and it did not fit particularly well. The anti-corrosion tubing has to be stretched to its limit to get it to fit.
There appear to be limitations on the battery so I phoned the shop about these. Unfortunately I did not speak to the original salesman but to someone far less helpful. I asked about the use of jump leads should this be necessary and I was told that in no circumstances should they be used. When I asked what I should do if I found myself stranded 100 miles from home with a flat battery no useful information was forthcoming. I would mention that the original battery suffered this condition twice throughout its 9 year life and survived.
The new battery certainly does what is expected of it. It costs about 70% of the price of a battery supplied by a Mazda dealer so if it lasts more than six years it will be good value.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]