Having killed my last car Iâm in the market for a new set of wheels Sadly Iâm not very mechanically minded so Iâd appreciate some advice. Iâve taken an interest in a MAZDA MX-5 1.8i, 2000 reg. Iâm taking it for a test drive tomorrow but alarm bells are ringing slightly... The engine is described as reconditioned and only has 40k on the clock. Iâve run a vehicle check and the DVLA show it had 85k on the clock in 2006 â so clearly thereâs a new engine in there. Also the last owner took possession in Dec 2009, so why have they sold so soon? Am I right in thinking this may be a dud? Iâm also finding myself drawn to MG Convertibles, but Iâve seen a few reviews stating they suffer from gasket failure. Is that correct?