1992 Mazda 121 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Economy Mobile


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.

1992 Mazda 121 1.1 Manul from Malta




When I bought this Mazda, I only needed to change the tires.

General Comments:

For Malta, this car is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

1992 Mazda 121 Bubble 1.3 16v from Australia and New Zealand


Fast, brilliant little car!


Gearbox and at clutch 98000km's.

Left and right outside CV joints replaced at 126000km's.

Left and right inside CV joints at 149000km's.

General Comments:

I thrashed the car from day one, and it's never really let me down.

I bought the car new from a dealer in 1992, and all I've done is put on some 17" mags (215/45 tyres) and a 2 1/2" exhaust.

I've driven a lot of small European and Japanese sports cars and not many of them come close to the performance and handling of the bubble.

The car also has a short wheelbase, which makes off-roading fun.

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

Review Date: 12th October, 2002

1992 Mazda 121 LX 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Good clean fun


Nothing has really gone wrong.

General Comments:

The manual transmition is good in that the gears slip cleanly into place. It tends not to stall, but the clutch is rather high, which makes it easy to over rev. That can be changed.

The small engine isn't yet a problem. I suspect it might be, but in the mean time it's saving me petrol money.

The boot is massive for the size of the car. Golf clubs no hassle... just have to fit them in diagonally.

The radio is a little dodgy. Screen was cracked when I bought the car... though a cd player will fit nicely.

Air Conditioning is strong.

Very low mileage. Seems to be a trend with these cars. In ten years this car has done 62000km, or around 38000miles. That's great... But I wonder how it will hold up with 25,000km per year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2002

1992 Mazda 121 GLX 1.3i-16v from Netherlands


A cute car, with great qualities


When I bought the car there wasn't hardly a light bulb that worked so I had to renew almost all lights.

At 98.000 km I had the distribution belt renewed.

At 101.000 km two new front wheel tires.

General Comments:

The 121 Bubble (in Holland people call it "the bowler hat") is very roomy and comfortable (I am 1,90 m tall)

It's acceleration is amazing for a small car looking like this (0-100 km/h in 11 sec.)

The trunk is quite large, swallows the holiday luggage of 2 persons easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002