2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: First Scheduled Service and Unexpected Rear Tire Wear
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 15, 2016
There were two reasons I grabbed the keys to the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata last weekend. First, I had just spent a family vacation during which I split chauffeur duties with my stepfather, and I was getting a little stir-crazy to Drive Something Fun. A week in a rental Dodge Grand Caravan can do that to a person. I also had a funky travel schedule coming up, and that weekend was the only time I had free to take the Miata in for its first scheduled service. I knew the Miata was on the threshold of crossing the 10,000-mile mark before I took it home, so I rang up Puente Hills Mazda and set an appointment for 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
Our previous Mazda, the 2014 Mazda 3, had the majority of its maintenance work performed at Santa Monica Mazda. Although it's close to the Edmunds office, I just couldn't bring myself to entrust our roadster to them based on my disappointing windshield quote experience. Instead, I chose Puente Hills Mazda because of its proximity to my house.
I pulled into the service bay at 7:40a.m. and was immediately greeted by a porter. I went inside and met my advisor, who explained the first service was just a simple oil change, tire rotation and multipoint inspection. No upsells, no pressure, and I was chilling in the customer lounge with a cup of coffee five minutes later. The service was estimated to take between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes.
It was ready in 45 minutes. Part of the quick service was the omission of the tire rotation. The rear tires were wearing faster than the fronts, so the dealer felt there was no need to swap them. Tread depths were measured at 7/32 inches for both fronts and 5/32 for the rears. I informed Mike Schmidt, and we agreed to take a look at the rear tires when I returned to see if there was any noticeable reason why they were wearing faster than the fronts. We would make a decision whether or not to rotate them afterwards.
During my time at the dealer, I explored PH Mazda's showroom and found a couple unexpected occupants: a Ferrari 458 and a sporty-looking first-gen Miata. I talked to sales consultant James Futch, who gave me more info. He said the 1992 Miata had some track time under its belt, and the previous owner made a few modifications for track use. I've been to a few dealerships with legacy vehicles in the showroom, but most aren't for sale. It was kind of cool to see that the Miata was up for grabs, although PH Mazda isn't bending over backwards to market it (it's not listed on the dealer's website, but there is an Edmunds listing).
I picked up the long-term Miata after talking to James. Our bill was $25 less because the tires weren't rotated. Here's the full breakdown:
Five quarts 0W20 Synthetic Castrol ($6.18 each): $30.90
Oil filter: $6.50
Waste disposal fee: $1.25
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 10,031 miles