Mazda 1300 Review from UK and Ireland

1975 Mazda 1300 Estate 1.3 OHC (1.3)

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 1.3 OHC (1.3) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles


A cheap first car runabout


The piston rings wore out at 80,000 miles so I had to rebuild the engine with oil control rings and new big ends.

The bodywork became increasingly rusty until it could no longer be welded.

General Comments:

The performance was good after the engine rebuild.

Running costs were low due to good fuel economy, being able to use 2 star/unleaded petrol, and cheap insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2002

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review