> Un­sure when it was last ser­viced? ‘Just do the tim­ing belt, ten­sion­ers, di and gear­box oil,’ says Iain Flem­ing of the MX†5 Own­ers’ Club.

> Re­plac­ing the soft-top is sim­ple, and can cost as lit­tle as £295 it­ted. Up­grad­ing to the Mk2 hood with rear glass win­dow is around £540.

> Cor­ro­sion is the big­gest is­sue. Look for bub­bling on the rear sills and arches – a sign of big­ger prob­lems within. Bud­get £650-£1000 to •ix. If un­treated it can write o a car. > Make sure the hood drains are clear. A £6 trom­bone brush sorts it.

> Very early 1.6-litre mod­els fea­tured a short­nose crank that can be trou­ble­some. Ei­ther buy a 1991-’94 1.6 or the 1.8. Highly ro­bust, the driv­e­train is likely to out­live the body.

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