mazda mx5 or new Fiat 124? How reliable is multi air turbo engine?


Asked by Jun 26, 2016 at 12:38 PM about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Looking to purchase 2016 mx5 miata and comparing it with new Fiat 124
that is coming out. Realize both cars on mazda chassis.  Fiat has more
insulation to keep the noise out which I like but my biggest concern is the
Fiat multi air turbo engine.  How reliable is it over the long haul and is there
more maintenance involved with the turbo? Fiat has some of the lowest
rated reliability ratings. Or should I just stick with Mazda 2.0 proven track
record?  Thanks

3 Answers

Bob Beaman

Mazda is proven, I would avoid anything made by Fiat.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Using forced induction to make a small engine produce more power is always going to require strict maintenance and shorten engine life.. regardless of who's name tag is on it! Turbos have the added element of HEAT, which demands A critical eye be kept on the cooling system(s) ..Intercooler too. I've been involved with the automotive industry 20 yrs(development).. SO what!.. But, I KINDA of agree "DO NOT" purchase a first year model car...just as Microsoft releases products before all glitches are worked out on the public. The same is true in the auto industry., Fiats multi Air design shot at VVT, Colleagues in the major manufactures agree. Purchase what you really want, DON"T listen to anyone! I do suggest you drive both models and evaluate them for your wants / needs. Regards


I own a 2012 MX5. Seriously, go for it. It's an awesome car. Value holds incredibly well. Don't overthink it. Fiat's reliability is suspect at best.

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