How’s your mk4 hood?
We were surprised to learn from an MX-5 specialist that he’d already replaced three mk4 hoods. At about six hours’ work each time. He reckoned that holes had been rubbed through the fabric by frequent contact with the roll hoop.
A quick trawl through the forums suggests that the rubbing of hood against hoop isn’t uncommon: the Z-sport we had in for road test is a case in point, and we noticed that the hoops now have little clear protective strips on them to lessen the friction. (Sadly, we peeled them off before we realised what they were for…) According to a voice of reason on one forum, it clearly states in the handbook that the hood should be locked into its closed position from outside the car, and by doing so there will be about 5mm clearance betwixt hoop and hood.
We’ve also seen several complaints about the hood’s inner lining detaching and being fixed under warranty. In the US there was a Mazda Service Bulletin regarding hood issues, which resulted in several mk4 hoods being replaced FOC.
Isolated incidents or an endemic problem? Let us know by sending us details of your mk4 hood experience to email@example.com.