Mazda Japan opens restoration service for 1st-gen decades-old MX-5 Miata

Article by Christian A., on August 8, 2017

Do you remember the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Perhaps not if you are a millennial reading this. That’s because it is a car from almost 3 decades ago. The older a car gets, the more signs of age you will notice, no matter how often you maintain it or how sparsely you use it. The MX-5 Miata, also known as the NA generation, is facing that issue now, and owners of this model are not ready to give up their cars yet. This is why Mazda is starting a restoration program for the car.

Mazda came up with this solution as they kept hearing from MX-5 Miata owners that they cannot let go of their cars, and that they want to keep on driving them, no matter how old the car gets. A lot of Miata owners also requested for Mazda to produce parts of the 28-year-old model.

Now, their prayers have been answered and Mazda will start accepting customer cars by early 2018 to restore them to their original shape. The restoration process will vary from one car to another, depending on the customer’s requests. The company will ask their clients what they want to get out of their Miata exactly, before working on the car. But first, Mazda plans to get a certification from German inspection group TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd so that they could produce high-quality vehicles.

Aside from fully restoring the vehicles, the company will keep in touch with customers to know exactly what other parts of the Miata must be reproduced. But for now, they plan to already start reproducing some components of the classic car such as convertible soft tops, original-spec Bridgestone SF325 tires of the same 185/ 60R14 size, and the Nardi wooden steering wheel and shifter that can be found on some NA Miatas.

Mazda has made a great move, considering that this is a real treat for their loyal customers. Overall, they have sold over a million Miata models worldwide, so there will definitely be a market for the replacement parts. And after 28 years, it is just the right time for them to start the restoration program.

Many automakers in Europe provide the same service to their customers. But this is more common with upscale brands like Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Currently, Mazda is the first automaker that restores more affordable, and widely produced cars.

As far as we know, the Japanese automaker’s restorative service will only be available in Japan. So Miata customers from all over the world will have to consider the shipping costs they have to pay to send the car to Japan, on top of the restoration fee that they will be paying for.

Press Release

Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) announced the launch of the restore service for the first

This restore service is a service consisting of two of the restore business and parts re-supply, aimed at creating an environment that allows customers to continue to ride Mazda vehicles for a long time.

In the Restore business, Mazda keeps customers' "Roadster" and refreshes the car in a state close to the original, so we will start accepting it within 2017 and start service from the beginning of 2018. Manufacturer Mazda will meet directly with customers and will carry out services tailored to the status and needs of individual cars. Working at Mazda's facility, we plan to acquire classic car garage certification from TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd. * We will be able to deliver restored cars to our customers with high quality.

Parts re-supply is to reprint some parts of the original "Roadster" which is currently being delivered, and will be on sale from the beginning of 2018. Bridgestone made tire SF325 (185 / 60R14), NARDI made wood steering / shift knob which reproduced soft top and design of vinyl fabric which reminiscent of the original state, the original "Road Star" announcement at the time of announcement, I will reprint with the current technology. Regarding other parts supply, we will continue to work through dialogue with customers.

Mazda aims to enrich our customers' lives and become a brand with special bonds with customers through the restoration of the original "Roadster" restore business and parts re-supply.

Source: Mazda

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