1995 Mazda 121 from Australia and New Zealand
Amazing, reliable first car. An absolute joy to own
Had to put new pipes on the air-conditioning and re-gas it, due to the car dealer not putting the correct size on. Only cost $200.
Replaced the carburetor with a used one from a wreckers. This faulty one caused this automatic car to stall when in idle. Took many mechanics to figure out the fault, and it was very easily fixed. Only cost $100, as we had a friend install it.
New tyres and wheel alignments. $400.
New belts (the one connecting from radiator) needed to be replaced as it made the car scream when the engine was cold. Replaced it with an old belt, which then snapped and damaged another belt (oops). $50.
New stereo/CD player and new speakers. I got a top of the line stereo to connect to my iPod ($500), and replaced the speakers for $50 each (including installation) as they no longer worked when I bought the car.
Grey foam kept coming out of air conditioning. Always disintegrated when I touched it. Some of the filter maybe? Never got it replaced or asked about it.
This car has been an amazing first car. My dad owned a 1992 Mazda 121 that had been retired, so we used it for parts.
I was in a couple of accidents (not my fault), which meant I needed to get the back end repaired. This caused the seals to leak in the boot.
It is very reliable, always started. Very rarely was I left on the side of the road. When I was, it was because I wasn't looking after the battery, etc. I never serviced it except for a couple of oil changes. It still ran amazingly.
It had quite a bit of pick up. I was always amazed when I zoomed off from the lights faster than newer cars.
Interior and exterior fared very well. No problems with paint or peeling inside. I did regularly wash it though and put protection on the vinyl inside. My car was white however, and I have seen darker colours don't fare very well in this heat. The top coat seems to be more heavy duty than the under colour, which causes most of these cars to have a grey spots on bonnet and roof.
I was usually the only person in the car, so I didn't have any problems with room. However, my two sisters and my parents used to get into my dad's Mazda 121 for 12 years and take 16 hour road trips with no dramas. It has pretty good room for such a small car.
I would still be driving this car if my car wasn't written off a couple of weeks ago after an accident. I have found this model doesn't really handle car accidents well, but I came out of the crash completely fine when I could have died, so it did protect me :) I think it had many years left if this accident hadn't occurred, as I hadn't had any problems.
It was very cost efficient. Only cost $40 to fill up the tank. However, the tank only lasted around 300km when it was supposed to last 400. I think it was due to not having a service (needed new spark plugs and air filter) and I push the accelerator down quite a bit LOL.
The steering was amazing. Parking is super easy. I found driving this car very enjoyable and easy. I am currently driving brand new Hondas, and find them a lot harder to park than my Mazda LOL.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th September, 2013