New car – 2002 MX-5

Last weekend I had the privilege of picking up my first proper car (no, the Ford Laser doesn’t count), the car of choice.. a 2002 Mazda MX-5 Titanium edition.

Mazda MX-5
Mazda MX-5

The Titanium edition features a few things over your regular NB8B MX-5, firstly leather all round, seats, steering wheel and gear shifter; seats and wheel in a nice tan colour. Also included are factory Enkei wheels, chrome scuff plates as well as metal sports pedals and six stacker in-dash CD headunit. All up I paid $17,000 for it which is rather expensive for an MX-5 of that year but I figure the low kilometers (55,800 when I bought it) and the excellent condition made it well worth it.

MX5 front
MX5 front

Other goodies that came with the car were a chrome v styled bar behind the seats, haven’t taken a photo with the top down so it’s rather hard to see and the added bonus of a custom pod filter air intake (and shiny blue piping to match). Other nice touch are the custom plates which were bought before the annual fee was introduced, so they’re stuck on the car for life :D. Apparently the original owner somehow made a connection with two-two and titanium, to be honest I don’t see the connection, so instead I make my own; 22 years of age when I got the car, and what I initially thought was 22 being like 2002 :P.

Engine bay
Engine bay

Either way, extremely happy with the car, need some more practice with the manual driving before I can do some spirited driving. What they say about the car is right though, it certain does feel like it rides on rails, it sticks to the road so well! I can’t imagine what it’d be like with some coilover suspension! The air intake also gives the engine a nice sound and absolutely love the sucking noise when you switch off the engine; smile to my face every time I drive it (except getting up my driveway).

Some more pics, will have to get a daytime shoot happening along the coast or somewhere nice.

The rear
The rear
Another 3/4 shot
Another 3/4 shot

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