1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.