Mazda MX3 Review from Turkey

1994 Mazda MX3 V6 1.8

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Faults:

Driver seat has started jiggling. other than this, it is perfectly reliable. BTW, there has been some tapping noise going on, specially heard while low revs, said by Mazda that this is normal for this engine. Power window button stucks and doesn't work often.

General Comments:

It is such a brilliant car really. I think 1.8 is really enough if you wanna optimise performance and fuel economy. But there has been one thing on my mind about the engine and wanna share with you. It would have been absolutely a bomb if they/Mazda had applied their miller cycle tech to this engine like in Xedos 9. Then we would get around 170 hp with the almost same fuel consumption, crazy hey:) I would be willing to pay a little bit extra for that. I agree with some reviews that the gear ratio between 4 and 5 is very close, there should have been broader gap so that we would be able to cruise at 2000rpm around 100 km/h... Other than this, the car is flawless to me and sounds evergreen,like the 1.gen mx5. Style is timeless for this coupe as much more new other brands' coupes look rubbish beside eunos 30x. They simply don't have his refinement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2006

15th Sep 2008, 21:29

That noise coming from the motor means the front head is starving the cams of oil, and is about to grenade the motor. Avoid any cars with odd engine noises, otherwise you'll be up for a $3000 repair bill.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review