Reliable, safe smaller car
This car was only purchased a few weeks ago, and I have only needed to replace one brake pad and have a new clip installed on the battery (to hold it in place more tightly). A$100 later my mechanic has given it the all clear.
This is a very reliable car and has never let me down. Although it has no power steering, making reverse parking demanding at times, it drives like a dream on the road.
The 1.3L 16V engine performs well, although if given the choice I would go for the 1.5L, especially if you are intending to travel long distances.
The car is very basic, with no added extras such as central locking, air conditioning or even colour coded bumpers, but this simply means there is less that can (potentially) go wrong =).
The interior is comfortable and everything seems to fit in well. Once again, there isn't anything fancy in the dash (or even a cup holder), but if your main concern is getting from A to B; then the Mazda 121 is the car for you. Fuel economy is also above average, with A$20.00 of petrol lasting me for exactly one week.
This is my first car and cost under A$3000 with registration and a years warranty. In this price range, it is by far the best car on the market, and would be recommended for both new and older drivers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2007