1992 Mazda 121 DB 1.3
Very reliable, durable and economical. A little sporty too
Rear brake drums had to be machined at 135,000km.
Radiator replaced at 145,000km.
Water pump replaced as a precaution at 145,000km.
Timing belt replaced at 145,000km.
Very practical, very cheap to run, and quite fun to drive around town.
It is underpowered though, my 1.3 single point injected engine is mated to a 4 speed auto and power steering, making this car no road rocket.
As a result of the car being underpowered, it is OK around town, but not good on highways, as it is difficult to remain at 110km/h, especially uphills. The engine is also very noisy at high speeds. Car also feels unstable due to its light weight and overly light steering at 110km/h.
I think though this is a great car for around town, as it is fun to drive, go kart like. Ride is very firm, sporty, but not very comfortable. General quality is excellent, with very little going wrong with the car over the last 20 years. There were no faults and no repairs needed for the first 19 years!
Car is definitely a keeper. Unfortunately there is a bit of rust around the rear windscreen now, typical of cars of this era. I think I can squeeze a few more trouble free years out of her though!
Brakes are excellent, although no ABS is available. Safety is a bit of a concern, considering its poor crash performance compared with modern cars. I have fitted good quality tires to improve primary safety.
The interior is very basic, and the boot opening too small. However, I love this car for its strengths, and can forgive its weaknesses!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2013