If you are lucky enough to own and drive a Mazda Miata MX5, then you know how much pleasure that car can give you on the road; it’s a joy to use. However, like all other vehicles, you need to take care of it in the proper way to ensure that the quality of the machine remains as good as possible. The truth is that’s it’s very easy – you just have to keep certain issues in mind.
Some of the tips here are pieces of advice that apply to any car and are based on common sense; others are more specific to the car you now have the pleasure of driving. Here are some top tips on keeping your Mazda Miata MX5 in tip-top shape.
Breaking in the Miata
There are no special procedures you need to do for the Miata when you are using it for the first time; technology has evolved a lot in the past 20 years, and the new engines are ready to perform to their full potential from the first time they are used. However, it pays to pay attention to several issues for the first 1000 kilometres to ensure the quality remains at its best. Here are some hints:
- Avoid fast accelerations or hard stops
- Don’t rev the engine
- Try not to drive at a constant speed for long periods of time
- Don’t test the car; just drive normally
Getting Street Tyres
First of all, check your specific model – there are various tyres that work best. Secondly, you should consider the weather and the environment (location) of where you usually drive. There’s no fast rule to find that ‘perfect’ tyre and other Mazda MX5 parts, as long as you buy it from a reputable supplier. You may want to consider the Dunlop SP8000, or Toyo Proxes, but Dunlop D60-A2 may also appeal to you. Ask your dealer for advice.
Taking Care of the Top
The most important issue to preserve the quality of your top is to avoid discolouration and deterioration. Use a soft brush to remove dirt. Don’t use high-pressure water delivery systems, and make sure it’s dry before putting it down.
Oil and Filters
Your owner’s manual recommends a change every 10000 kilometres; stick with synthetics and avoid oil additives.
Furthermore, there are some special things you need to do if you want to prepare your Miata for winter storage. Make sure you clean it well and this includes all surfaces – don’t forget the undercarriage. Lubricate the window channels and fill the tank as full as possible. Dry the top well, and avoid mildew. Cover the car with a soft, breathable cloth to avoid sunlight and dust. Your car deserves your care; it’s sure to give you years of delight to come.