1991 Mazda 121 Reviews

1991 Mazda 121 Revue 1.3 from Hong Kong

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Most recent distance72224 miles

Summary:

What an excellent small-quick for teenagers

Faults:

I've changed the windscreen, 2 rear shocks and NGK spark plugs.

General Comments:

This small car is incredible, as it's got awesome cornering abilities and fast acceleration! I can definiitely win any sports car when racing in between one traffic lights to another or in downhill conditions. It's roomy too!

In addition, it's my 14th year-old birthday present. I am almost 18 now, and I can drive it legally, instead of playing inside the car park. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

1991 Mazda 121 GLX 16v 1.3 Inj from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 16v 1.3 Inj Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired222000 kilometres
Most recent distance240004 kilometres
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Fun lovable little novelty motor!

Faults:

Gearbox

Clutch

Battery

Exhaust

Tow bar electrics

Boot leaks a little

Starter motor

Left rear brake ceased up.

General Comments:

Its fun lovable and fast! Its 'bubble' like appearance and the fact it's a left hand drive make it a pedestrian eye turner when commuting about on the roads and highways of England.

The things it lacks the most though are traction and top speed. Despite its quick acceleration the, 1.3i often wheel spins and misses addition grip in the corners, almost hellish in the wet. On the straight a low, easily achievable, top speed of approximately 100mph/160kmph limits driving and raises petrol consumption when on the German autobahns.

All in all, a sound car. Superb around town yet expensive on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2002

1991 Mazda 121 LX 1.3 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance236000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Fun lovable little bug (and a money pit)!

Faults:

Gearbox bearings died a death at about 225000 km. 2nd hand replacement gearbox also had same problem. Brand new dealership gearbox is now running sound.

Clutch replaced also at same time.

Faulty electrics due to tow-bar being in disrepair also replaced.

Alternator replaced at about 210000 km.

New battery at about 190000 km.

Zero rust!

General Comments:

I love my Mazda 121! Despite a poor top speed, the fun sporty aggressive engine more than makes up for this in the 0-60 area.

On the continent the Mazda 121, with it's odd curves and uncertainty about being a hatchback or small saloon, may catch an odd glimpse in the street, but after owning one in Germany for a year I had to export one to England when returning home.

11 years old, high mileage and absolutely no rust or signs of wear and tear!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2002

18th Jan 2004, 03:50

I have a mazda 121 1991,any chance of sending me some details regarding a tow bar.

Thank you.

1991 Mazda 121 DX 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance207000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Beautiful second car with resonable performance

Faults:

Clutch worn

Front brake pads worn

L.H. CV joint worn out.

General Comments:

Performance is nice if you leave the air conditioner off.

Very roomy for tall people in the front and comfortable as well

Boot is big, but small opening is really painful

Handles very nicely

I would hate to imagine the performance of an automatic as the power is just sufficient to run the manual

Excellent 2 people or second car

So cheap to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2002

1991 Mazda 121 LX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired124588 miles
Most recent distance133102 miles

Summary:

A good first car that is very reliable

Faults:

Battery had to be replaced shortly after buying it.

General Comments:

OK, bad points first. The 1.1 engine does you no favours when you want to overtake. Acceleration: poor. Although I think that's better for me considering I'm a relatively new driver.

Car is quite noisy above 55mph.

No power steering.

It's hard to find parts but that's due to it being a rare car here in Ireland.

Good points now. Apart from having to replace the battery, the car is surprisingly reliable. It's never failed to start for me.

It's very cheap to run, even for town driving, which accounts for my everyday usage. For long journeys it is extremely efficient.

Original tyres are in great condition.

Overall, I quite like my 121 and it has been a great first car. However, finding second-hand parts is difficult. (My headlight was cracked open and finding a replacement is proving difficult). I'd recommend this as a first car however because they're quite cheap, especially if they're as old as mine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2002

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 5 reviews