Mazda MX3 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1992 Mazda MX3 1.8 V6

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Inspire

Summary:

Devil in metal

Faults:

Idle problems.

Starting issue if you have just run the car - engine flooding.

Front wheel bearings.

Seats in the rear ripped to bits.

Gear box shifting weirdly, then BOOM! No gears at all, and stranded in the middle of nowhere!

Head gaskets blew.

General Comments:

Awesome performance from such a wee car, and it sounds wicked. Really enjoyable to drive...

HORRIBLE to repair! Will suck more money than it's worth. Definitely go for the manual and do not touch the auto. Check the radiator for bubbling and signs of head gasket issues with these cars.

Not economical for a 1.8, but economical for a V6.

The car had a rebuilt engine as well, but obviously the rebuild was of poor quality, due to the head gaskets going in less than 5000kms. There was over 12k spent on this 2k car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2012

Average review marks: 4.6 / 10, based on 1 review