1994 Mazda 121 GLX 1.3
A good car for first driver and small family, but too small for a big family
Clutch was nearly gone when I got the car.
Replaced the cam-belt in the first time when in the garage.
Fuel pump was gone after 2 weeks that I owned the car. Have to be towed to my garage. And still have problem when the tank is less than half full, at low speed the car is very jerky at times, it just like the fuel line is going to clog. I find no solution even when I sold my car to a chop shop.
9 months after, the gears inside the drive-shaft went out of place that my car has to be towed in again.
Overall the car is quite good for the price that I get the car, I spend 1k, that's under 100 pounds. My friend had the car parked for almost 2 years before I bought the car. I am still amaze that I can start the car when I first try the car and the coolant tank do not need any replacement.
A small car outside, but for the size, it is very big. Compare to the latest Mazda 2, I found out that my car is actually bigger in the cabin, although all the seat in the car is not very comfortable.
Material used in the cabin is average, but what do you expect for a car that rely on low price, some nice touch is that the support of the trunk is gas struts, not goose neck time support.
The brake is weak. However, given the condition of my car, I think it's the time that left outside my friend's house is to blame.
Engine performance is average. And after 80km/h, the car accelerate very slowly. My last car is a Corolla and also has a 1300cc engine, but the performance is much better after 80km/h.
Unstable and high idle speed. Don't know why even after it went though an inspection of the garage. The next day the the idle speed became unstable again.
Given the condition of my car, it still started every time. I only have to tow the car for 2 times, one is the car, and the another is my fault, should not try a burnout of this car... I will say my car is very reliable.
If you a single or couple or have a small family with 1 or 2 little kids, this car is fine. But if your family is all grown ups, then you better buy a 323 because it is much more rounded.
I don't want to sell my car to a chop shop, but the fuel line problem and the brake and potential big repair bills... I have to chop my car. It's a good car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th June, 2008