Just bought yourself Mk1 MX5 or Eunos? Here are five things you’ll be wanting to do to it and the parts you’ll need…
- Rust is an MX5 killer and one of the easiest ways to prevent your sills from corroding from the inside out is to regularly clean the drain channels that run through the body. This affordable little Hood Drain Cleaning Brush might look basic but it could be the difference between life and death for an early MX5 or Eunos and should be the first thing you buy! Click to find out more
- Learning to change the oil on your Mazda is an easy introduction to maintaining your car yourself and probably the best way to prolong the health of your engine. If you’ve just bought yourself an MX5 or Eunos treating it to fresh oil, filters and spark plugs guarantees your engine will be working to its best and ready to give you many happy miles of motoring, this full kit giving you everything you need. A new set of leads is another worthwhile investment and if you want to go full ‘year zero’ you can do the gearbox and diff oil too.
- The MX5 is a light car and not hard on its brakes, meaning parts often rust or seize long before they wear out. It goes without saying you want your system in perfect condition though and a full set of pads and discs is an affordable bit of preventative maintenance any DIY mechanic can fit. Budget and performance options are available but the original parts kit is a solid bet, available for both the 1.6 and 1.8-litre models.
- While a failed timing belt isn’t terminal prevention is always better than cure and Mk1 engines should have theirs changed every 60,000 miles or five years, whichever comes sooner. Unless you’re absolutely certain the work has been done recently it’s a worthwhile job for any newly bought MX5 or Eunos and well within capabilities of most DIY mechanics. Combine with a coolant flush and new water pump for full peace of mind, this complete kit coming with everything you need.
- Chances are handling is the reason you’ve bought an MX5 in the first place and, while the cars drive beautifully in standard form, many owners quickly look for ways to make their cars go even better. Bolt-on body stiffening and reinforcement is a great way to make your car handle more precisely and, arguably, the first step to take before considering suspension modifications or other expensive upgrades. A front strut brace is a good place to start (and looks cool) and many owners are happy with that but if you’re serious there are many options for taking it further…
Thinking of buying a Mk1? Click here to check out or Mk1 ‘Buyers Checklist’
Own another Mk? Check out the top 5 things we suggest for each one: