Performance, modern styling, A+ engine, but too much plastic
Distributor went bad. Not the cap, the embedded electronics that you cannot see even if you take the distributor apart. This is a common problem with 1993 Ford Probes. But there are so many used parts out there, that is was super cheap to fix, and easy to do.
Use of the hand brake will cease up the rear brake to the point of you not being able to move. The part was faulty when Ford/Mazda made the car.
The automatic serpentine belt tensioner has worn out to the point that the belt is loose, and it causes a slight whirling noise at high RPM.
The rear seat, blind spot glass is known to be flawed, and mine is, it leaks water in rain storms. I get water spots on the inside of my windshield.
The sunroof motor is weak and I need to give it a push when it's trying to make the final two inches.
Besides the repairs mentioned, it runs extremely quiet and has great power and compression.
The car looks and smells like a new car, thanks to the boldly futuristic styling of the outside.
The paint is good, although it's starting to show some signs of the clear coat wearing off.
The engine bay is very cramped, so it's tricky to work on anything without getting dirty.
The interior is very small and plastic feeling. It feels like I'm going to break something if I move in the wrong way.
The cup holder not only does not hold any cup securely because it's much to shallow, it's also seriously in the way of driving.
Because of the car's low center of gravity, it corners extremely well, but it's hard to get out of if you park next to a curb. Cars this low should have Lamborghini flip up doors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st July, 2004