Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

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Most Common Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold.
Some models may have a problem where the Check Engine light illuminates indicating an improperly tightened fuel cap.
The passages for the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system can become restricted or clogged causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
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2 Known Mazda Miata MX-5 Drive Train Problems

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8 Known Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

Years to Avoid

Based on owner-submitted report and recall notices, Mazda Miata MX-5 years 1990, 1999, and 2006 are the most likely to experience problems.

1990 Mazda Miata MX-5
1999 Mazda Miata MX-5
2006 Mazda Miata MX-5
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