1982 Mazda 323 SL 1.5 petrol from South Africa
Old, but very reliable
Wheel bearings needed replacement at approx. 200 000km.
Rust under the wind screen developed into a hole, as well as minor rust in other areas, resulting in rain water leaking into the car.
Light switch broke.
Mechanically, this car has never let me down. The Japanese sure know what they are doing.
It is quite old now and the performance is suffering quite a lot, but it just keeps on going like it doesn't want to give up.
The performance rating I've given it is the current performance rating. Brand new it was much better though.
This car has been through the Kalahari desert (and various other nature reserves) as well as through a snow storm in Ermelo (South Africa) and never once broke down. Reliability really is excellent.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2008