Mazda Astina Review from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Mazda Astina 1500 1.5L fuel injected DOHC

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5L fuel injected DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Carib 4x4


Zippy and economical little car


The drivers side CV started to click, but that can be expected of a car of this age, easily replaced.

These cars are known for terrible rust problems, so if you're going to buy one, don't live down the beach like I did ha ha =)

General Comments:

For a 1500 engine this thing is a rocket, and a cheap one at that (NZ$20 gets 130kms), and that was with my foot planted.

With a light foot I managed to squeeze 200km out of her for only NZ$20.

My Astina had amazing acceleration and hit the speed limiter (180kmph) very quickly.

There was always plenty of room for people and luggage in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review