1975 Mazda 1300 Deluxe Sedan 1.3 OHC from Australia and New Zealand


Love in a Japanese tin can


Several clutches replaced.

Front seats new springs twice.

Radiator reconditioned twice.

New engine mounts.

New vent lever for the interior vent (next to the door).

A few other things (difficult to recall after 37 years).

General Comments:

My mother bought this car new in 1975 for about $3,300.

I bought it in 1990, and still own it.

Worked hard for first 22 years (kids to school, taught 2 people to drive, full loads, country trips etc)... now used once/week.

Heaps of room for this type of car. Can carry a soft bag up front for the passenger and still have leg room (not so in a new car). Good rear leg room.

Fantastic visibility, front, sides and back (not so in a new car).

Engine is a sweetie. Good power and torque (although earlier 1300 models were faster). Sounds good.

Fantastic fresh air ventilation.


REALLY fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2012

1970 Mazda 1300 Special 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


One of the greatest!


Required a new alternator after 200,000 kilometres.

Clutch required replacing after 80,000 kilometres.

General Comments:

I bought this as my first car in 1996. At that point the car was already 26 years old, but I bought it off a mechanic who wouldn't budge on the asking price, as he felt the car would speak for itself, and it did.

My Mazda 1300 survived 10 years with me - I only replaced the alternator and the clutch in the whole time I had it.

Extremely fuel efficient.

Extremely reliable.

Unbelievably comfortable for such an old car.

It had quite possibly the best heater I've ever come across in a car (including cars of family and friends).

Extremely easy to handle and drive - the car turned on a pin-head, and 3 point turns were never necessary with the steering wheel at full-lock.

I can't say enough good things about the Mazda 1300.

Granted, I had mine re-sprayed, which added to the overall attractiveness of the vehicle, and I had a CD player installed. Cabin noise was minimal.

I only sold the car as I got married, and my husband has a company car, so the Mazda would've made car number 3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

1974 Mazda 1300 from Australia and New Zealand


A great car, and advanced mechanically for its time


Muffler burnt out, 1976, replaced with stainless steel type and it is still going.

Door rust started early, but has been repaired.

Head was overhauled at 90,000 km due to a burnt valve.

Clutch and gearbox overhaul at 110,000.

Hand brake cannot seem to be made to work properly.

The engine does not like to run when cold, and stalls during warm up time, manipulation of choke becomes an art form.

Other than general maintenance, it has been very reliable

General Comments:

This car has proven to be a reliable workhorse for 29 1/2 years of ownership and due to its life of short runs, the engine is a little smokey at its relatively low k.

It is a car that I probably won't ever part with even though it has been moved down a peg after the purchase of a new Astina.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2003

1971 Mazda 1300 deluxe 1.3L OHC from Australia and New Zealand


My Mazda 1300...Heaven on wheels


After early problems with a ballast resistor, and a faulty battery, I have not had any problems.

General Comments:

This car should receive more recognition than in does.

Excellent interior for its time (Deluxe Manual).

High performance, and low maintenance costs... what more do you want!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

1975 Mazda 1300 Estate 1.3 OHC (1.3) from UK and Ireland


A cheap first car runabout


The piston rings wore out at 80,000 miles so I had to rebuild the engine with oil control rings and new big ends.

The bodywork became increasingly rusty until it could no longer be welded.

General Comments:

The performance was good after the engine rebuild.

Running costs were low due to good fuel economy, being able to use 2 star/unleaded petrol, and cheap insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2002

24th Oct 2014, 21:51

My Dad had one of these - a revelation after years of 70's British cars unreliability - 2 star fuel - started first hit every morning - it was rusty when he got it, but it never seemed to progress to terminal rust - went well enough and was a hatchback - novel after the old 60's designed saloons he was used to.

He gave it to my little sister and the clutch went after a starship mileage - her boyfriend pulled it to bits and never put it back together again.

Dad never forgave him!!!