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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (27%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 45 repairs.

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (61%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 18 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible

170-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual RWD

Mazda MX-5 Miata in Florida, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2012
Dec 2010

50000 mi

US $132
Cooling system sensor had to be replaced. Check engine light had come on to let me know there was a problem. 
Jan 2011

51000 mi

US $214
Thermostat stuck open. Had to be replaced. 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in Florida, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2013
Jan 2011

46000 mi

US $57
Got CEL (p0126) read at auto parts. Googling landed me with all info needed for diy. Did work myself. 
Jun 2012

58000 mi
Cd would not eject. did hone fix which i read up on 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2015
Jan 2011

40000 mi
Water leaking from deteriorating weatherstripping. Dealer also replaced weatherstripping along front of top b/c it was crumbling. 
Sep 2011

45000 mi

US $639
Driver's side rear shock had a complete blow out. Oil leaked all over driveway. Decided to replace all shocks since car is at 45K and at least one shock has already failed. Bought HQ aftermarket sport replacements Car emits a metallic "pop" during spirited turns or when going over transition changes. Suspension/chassis related. Mechanic inspected car and said he could find nothing wrong. Said to drive car until something happens. 
Aug 2014

56000 mi

US $100
Master and slave cylinder failed simultaneously 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Aug 2015
Oct 2010

39000 mi
Driver side sun visor hinge prematurely worn. Replaced. 
Nov 2014

77000 mi

US $300
Mazda MX-5 Miata in Arizona, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2015
Apr 2009

33000 mi
replaced convertible top that wore out 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in Virginia, United States
Mar 2007 - Jun 2015
Aug 2007

11845 mi
Water leaking into trunk during heavy rains. Repaired under warranty. 
May 2008

15185 mi
Water leaking into trunk and passenger compartment during heavy rains again. Dealer diagonsed as left side bracket leaking. Replaced bracket under warranty. 
Sep 2009

20000 mi
Water leak into trunk and passenger compartment due to clogged top drains. 
May 2010

22000 mi

US $49
Took it in for oil change, tire rotation, etc. Also requested they perform TSB on roof drain leaks. Results satisfactory so far. 
Aug 2012

29000 mi

US $1800
Had the vinyl convertible top replaced. Original Miata top has interior straps that tear the top above the driver and passenger doors over time. New cloth top does not require the straps. 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

36000 mi
Windshield cracked, I believe due to stress and the cold winter temperatures. Mazda dealership denied the claim, though the car was under bumper to bumper warranty and suggested I contact my insurance company. 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

12000 mi
leaky header seal on convertible top. 
Feb 2010

12000 mi
Convertible top seal at header replaced. Loose header bolt tightened. 
Oct 2010

15000 mi

US $260
keyless ignition fails due to mechanical part not electrical. Part replaced. 

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible

166-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mazda MX-5 Miata in Michigan, United States
Jun 2011 - May 2014
Sep 2011

19000 mi

US $380
tranmission fluid leak from seal between tail shaft and transmission. Seal replaced, 4 quarts of fluid required, lots of labor. Car was out of warranty. 
Jun 2012

22000 mi

US $159
Power window switches failed. Purchased replacement switch from local dealer and Haynes Manual on-line. Performed work myself which was quite straightforward. 
Mazda MX-5 Miata in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2009 - Nov 2011
Sep 2009

25000 mi
the computer in car has to be updated due to it sitting all winter under a car cover and couldn't get service light to turn off without the update to the on-board computer.  

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Repair Histories

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