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Are the hardtops interchangeable from different model years?

The hardtops are interchangeable from year to year up until 2005. The only significant part that may cause some difference is the defroster hookup. They may not work on different years depending on the connector and harness. With the new design for the 2006 MX-5, older hardtops will not fit properly.

Additional parts may be needed to fit an older hardtop on a newer Miata. The part numbers are NC10-R1832 AND NC10-R1833, the rubber strip numbers are NC10-R1891D and NC10-R1881D and the wiring harness for the defroster is NC10-67060D. Please contact your authorized Mazda dealership for more details.

To find your nearest authorized Mazda dealership, use our dealer locator.

How should the convertible top be cleaned?

Use detergents specifically made for convertible tops. Mazda offers a convertible top cleaner, part number 0000-77-420E-30.

Hand wash the top using lukewarm water mixed with a small amount of liquid detergent and then rinse the soap off. Wipe dry to not allow water spots to form.

Never wash in direct sunlight. If the top has been under hot sunlight, allow it to cool for a few minutes in the shade.

Never expose the top to an automatic car wash. The brushes may damage the top. If the Miata has a plastic rear window, this may also get damaged.

Never wash the top with a stiff brush. Never use harsh chemicals, dry-cleaning solvents cleansers, household cleaners, bleaches, waxes, etc. This may cause long-term damage.

What year did the glass rear window replace the plastic rear window?

In 1999, Mazda changed the soft top rear window from plastic to glass. Because of this change, it is not possible to interchange the two different types of windows.

Does my vehicle come with a rev limiter?

Mazda equipped the Miata for the US market with a rev limiter. The maximum the RPMs can rev up to is 7,000.

How can the Miata be towed?

Miatas should not be towed with the rear wheels on the ground. Ideally the vehicle should be towed with all wheels off the ground. The vehicle can be towed with the front wheels on the ground. Please refer to the owner's manual Section 06-12 for reference.

What type of oil is recommended?

For details on the maintenance of your vehicle, please see the owner's manual for the specific model and year of the vehicle.

How do I find out what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated my vehicle for safety?

You may visit their website at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/NCAP. You will be able to choose any model to see the safety rating.

What is the Production Number of my 1999 MX-5 Miata Anniversary Edition?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.

What is the Production Number of my 2000 MX-5 Miata Special Edition?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.

What is the Production Number of my 2001 MX-5 Miata Special Edition?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.

What is the Production Number of my 2002 MX-5 Miata Special Edition?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.

What is the Production Number of my 2003 MX-5 Miata Special Edition?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.

What is the Production Number of my 2003 MX-5 Miata Shinsen?

To determine the production number, download the VIN number listing. Open the PDF file, then select the “Find” or “Search” command under the “Edit” menu. Type in your last 6 digits of your vehicle’s VIN and search. The corresponding production number will be your vehicle’s number.