Nov 21 2011
I'm new to MX-5 ownership having bought a Sport Black last month. Generally I'm absolutely loving it (apart from having a bad back for 2 weeks of my 4 week ownership and not being able to drive it... typical!). Anyway, I bought this as a pre-reg from a dealer up in Scotland (a couple of hundred miles away) as it was a great deal so I bought it without test driving this particular car, altho it only had 15 miles on it and had only been registered and parked inside the dealer showroom for a couple of weeks so basically it was new.
Anyway on the drive home and since I think it had far greater wind noise than the 18 month old Sport Tech I had test driven the previous week although I'm not sure if a) I didn't go fast enough on the motorway to detect it and b) I was grinning so much whilst enjoing the test drive that I missed it. But I do find mine on the motorway (mainly due to the speed) has what I'd describe as external wind noise or buffeting that is quite noticeable above say 65 mph (with the top up just in case anyone suggests it's normal with the top down!). I don't detect any actual drafts around the window (seems perhaps a touch worse on the drivers side although still notice it when I passenger) and it doesn't leak having given it a bit of a test with the hosepipe over the weekend. So I guess it's more to do with the seals and panels that the wind passes over, or maybe the mirror - it may be completely normal?
I've read the other entry about a booming noise, yes I have that but I'd put it completely down to tyre noise and the Bridgestones it has come on, I've run these tyres on other cars previously and I'd say they are a noisey tyre for sure - but that thread mentions nothing about wind noise and I'd say it's more intrusive (for me) than the boominess. All the seals look the same and no obvious gap - I am getting used to it, had a good run this weekend down to Birmingham on the motorway and back on the a roads, love it!
Anyway, enough of the negative, picture (phone camera sorry) attached because I love looking at it - it certainly gets plenty of looks on the roads/motorway, I guess because it's green...