1992 Mazda 121 Reviews

1992 Mazda 121 DB 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Very reliable, durable and economical. A little sporty too

Faults:

Rear brake drums had to be machined at 135,000km.

Radiator replaced at 145,000km.

Water pump replaced as a precaution at 145,000km.

Timing belt replaced at 145,000km.

General Comments:

Very practical, very cheap to run, and quite fun to drive around town.

It is underpowered though, my 1.3 single point injected engine is mated to a 4 speed auto and power steering, making this car no road rocket.

As a result of the car being underpowered, it is OK around town, but not good on highways, as it is difficult to remain at 110km/h, especially uphills. The engine is also very noisy at high speeds. Car also feels unstable due to its light weight and overly light steering at 110km/h.

I think though this is a great car for around town, as it is fun to drive, go kart like. Ride is very firm, sporty, but not very comfortable. General quality is excellent, with very little going wrong with the car over the last 20 years. There were no faults and no repairs needed for the first 19 years!

Car is definitely a keeper. Unfortunately there is a bit of rust around the rear windscreen now, typical of cars of this era. I think I can squeeze a few more trouble free years out of her though!

Brakes are excellent, although no ABS is available. Safety is a bit of a concern, considering its poor crash performance compared with modern cars. I have fitted good quality tires to improve primary safety.

The interior is very basic, and the boot opening too small. However, I love this car for its strengths, and can forgive its weaknesses!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2013

1992 Mazda 121 1.3i-16 from Singapore

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3i-16 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25580 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carProton Proton

Summary:

A budget car with high performance

Faults:

Ceiling light not working properly.

Wiper not tighten properly.

Steering Wheel too small.

General Comments:

Really a vast improvement over the 1st gen Proton Saga 1.3L which incur a lot of repair expenses as at least one thing malfunction every month!

Very new shiny yellow paint until looks like a new car with old no. plate.

Fuel economy fair - save petrol and increase performance by switching off air-con.

It is so powerful for such a small engine.

Very solid engine system.

It is very easy to park compared to Proton thus no dent will occur.

Very advanced electronics/alarm system.

Nice cool blue neon light add-on at night giving a modern high tech feel eventhough more than 10 yrs!

A very cute car just like my future wife.

$300 loan every month for 6-1/2 yrs which is below minimum $500 for a new car. It can be offset by my company overtime transport allowance. Can finally sleep in peace every night with less worries.

Well-liked by friends, colleagues, relatives and family members. They turn their head to this car but look away from my previous car. No more teasing finally. :)

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

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

1992 Mazda 121 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

Economy Mobile

Faults:

L/H boot needed to be done at around 98,000.

Electrics sometimes play up for example the high beams have completely gone unless you hold it back (like when you flick them).

Dash lighting has recently been going dim for days at a time and then back to normal.

However we suspect these problems were the fault of the people who installed the aftermarket Cd player.

General Comments:

It's easy to drive, handles great for a small non-performance car.

Accellerates like a tank with Rosie O'Donnell driving it. Which can sometimes be dangerous if you ask me because at times you NEED that acceleration and it's just not there. You really have to rev guts out of it to get it accelerating at a decent rate.

I've backed into a 2000 model magna in a shopping centre carpark... The magna had a small scuff on it (could've been polished out) BUT the 121 folded like paper for such a small prang. At least a $300 - $400 (AUD) repair.

Mileage is great, if I buy another 121 it will be because of the mileage. I can get to Brisbane and back (140kms all up) for $10 - $12.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2003

6th Mar 2005, 02:25

Does anyone have a book for it?

20th Aug 2006, 17:19

Hi, I am an owner of a 1992 Mazda 121 "bubble". It is my second 121 as the other one was crashed into by a bus. I have found them to be very economical and easy to drive in the city or on open road. I have also got a owners manual from the previous owner.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews