Mazda Astina Review from Sri Lanka

1990 Mazda Astina 1.5 DOHC 16v

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

I miss her...

Faults:

Engine overheating and finally boiling in a traffic jam while coming home after purchase. Electric radiator cooling fan stopped working.

Numerous power steering fluid leaks.

Rear brake shoe self adjustment not working.

Alternator belt premature wear due to corroded alternator pulley.

Frequent C.V. joint outer boot replacements (lost count of how many).

Manual transmission oil leak leading to gear box running dry, causing difficult shifting.

Complete exhaust replaced with 2 inch stainless custom unit.

Ignition coil failed.

Main ECU relay failed.

Chewed through clutch, needing new kit soon after purchase.

New clutch hydraulics replaced (leaking).

New wiper blades.

Front brake pads + rotors.

New HT leads + high performance spark plugs.

Failed lower radiator hose due to power steering fluid leaking from pump falling on it.

Outer stabiliser bar link bushes replaced.

Leaky radiator fixed with additive + coolant.

Headlight switch developed problems not working on high beam.

Fuel pump failed.

General Comments:

Low budget pocket rocket. Gave me the best fun I ever had with my clothes on!

Replaced horrible old factory steering with a smaller racing wheel. Did loads of good.

Ice cold air conditioning.

Loads of power to keep up, even challenge much newer cars at traffic lights.

Best looking Astina ever made. Still turned heads at 17 years of age!

Very good performance for such an old car, would have have been better with discs at the rear.

Not very efficient especially when driven hard.

Engine - a masterpiece of engineering, powerful, loves to rev hard and runs very smooth, pity the transmission could not handle it.

Had to replace factory sealed beams with halogens and upgraded lights, but filled up with water soon after.

Tends to gently understeer near its handling limits when cornering. High front tyre wear (15000 km's a set).

Replaced drab grey interior with custom red/black seat covers and carpeting. Fitted high power aftermarket stereo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2011

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review