1974 Mazda 1300 2-door sedan 1.3 SOHC leaded from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap and zippy, great car for its age
Replaced the water pump early on.
Radiator was leaking and working poorly, and was replaced.
Excess use of choke when cold resulted in carbon fouled spark plugs. This in turn would cause cylinders to mis-fire.
Spark plugs were all replaced.
Ignition switch failed and was replaced.
A small and very light car which was incredibly advanced for its time.
Handles a bit like a go kart and would probably roll easily due to a high centre of gravity.
Keeps stalling in cold weather at stops. Quite cheap to run, but needs a fair amount of maintenance work. It's a great cheap bomb for the kids to learn on.
Would like a tachometer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2001
5th Jul 2002, 23:15
>Handles a bit like a go kart and would probably roll >easily due to a high centre of gravity.
Um, can it really be both of those?
4th Nov 2002, 07:55
I have had 4 Mazda 1300's in the past 10 years and have had the best success with the latest one. I have rebuilt the engine with flat top pistons and high performance bearings, the cam has been lumped out a bit, but other than that the carberetor is stock and it has been balanced. the biggest problems I have found are 1:over heating, to combat this I have placed a thermo fan with a temp switch and have removed the standard fan. In doing this I have reduced the drag on the engine and successfully overcome the over heating. 2: I replaced the standard coil with a 12v Bosch coil, but in doing this I have had a spark problem. To combat this I have moved all wires,except for the holly blue fuel pump, over to one side of the ballace resister. Yes the car does handle like a go-kart with its low center of gravity sticking to the road like glue. Overall the 1974-75 models are a fantastic little car with the right work can be a lethal weapon.