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You should read check engine code.
It tells you more than you can guess.
You can buy quality $1000 snap-on OBD scanner or $30 cheap one.
$30 will do good job. (you need to google after car tells you error code because cheap scanner shows only code but not meanings in plain English)
or you can visit local autozone and ask them read code for free.
unless you ask car itself, nobody will be accurate.
Please provide more details for analysis like:
- what is the mileage on your car?
- is it smoking continously or only intermittently? How much smoke is it?
- what colour is the smoke? bluish or sooty?
- does it smoke when engine is cold or hot?
- is your car losing power?
- is your car consuming motor oil and at what rate?
- has the engine ever been overheated?
- is there an engine MIL ( malfunction indicator light ) code flashing on your dash? If it has, then you need to get the workshop to run a scan of the engine's computer to find out what the possible faults are.
- by the way, is your mx-5 fitted with a rotary engine or the common 4-stroke piston engine?
even though it won't start it should still be possible to retrieve fault codes. On an OBDII car your going to have to have a code reader tool, so either have your shop scan it or buy a scan tool. Post up your codes and someone should be able to helkp you from there