1975 Mazda 1300 Estate 1.3 OHC (1.3)
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.
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
24th Oct 2014, 21:51
My Dad had one of these - a revelation after years of 70's British cars unreliability - 2 star fuel - started first hit every morning - it was rusty when he got it, but it never seemed to progress to terminal rust - went well enough and was a hatchback - novel after the old 60's designed saloons he was used to.
He gave it to my little sister and the clutch went after a starship mileage - her boyfriend pulled it to bits and never put it back together again.
Dad never forgave him!!!