Sao Penza Review from UK and Ireland

1992 Sao Penza 1.3i

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance134700 miles
Previous carMazda 323 1.3i


A strong and characterful reliable family car



General Comments:

The Sao Penza is a really rare car. It is identical to the Mazda 323 1986-1989 model. Lasts forever, Mazda reliability. Built in South Africa, can be serviced at Mazda dealers. I used to have an F reg Mazda 323 and I liked the car so much that I bought a K reg Sao Penza Hatchback.

Highly recommended. Colour choice is limited to pinky red or light blue, unfortunately.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2000

30th Apr 2006, 19:20

I have a mazda 323 hatchback with 222,000 miles. how much farther will it go?the year is 1989.

28th May 2006, 15:35

Depends how you have drove it over the years. If its mainly motorway miles then it will last a while yet I would expect. If its town and city roads then your lucky to have got that much out of it.

12th Jun 2006, 06:05

Why bothering buying a new car? Take a Mazda! It will last forever, in time it will become a family asset, from generation to generation!

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review