1993 Mazda 323 1.6L from North America
A good reliable car for the daily commute and minor activities!
The fuel pump went after 6 months from the purchase. This fault was expected when I was told that the fuel filter had never been replaced! There is a slow transmission fluid leak that I am going to have checked out soon, and the CV joints in the Front Wheel Drive may need to be replaced soon. The exhaust system was replaced about a year ago. There have not been many problems with the vehicle.
I like this car for going to and from school. It is quite reliable and is easy on the fuel costs. I do regular oil changes and my filters are now all up to date. The car has new plugs and tires. I find that when taking a corner at a decent speed, the car does lean a bit... but hey, it's not a sports car!! I like the space in the cabin and there is enough room with the seat down for my snowboard. Transportation of large dogs is not a problem!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th October, 2002
25th Oct 2005, 18:12
I bought my car for $100, thinking I got a good deal. boy was I wrong, I've replaced exhaust, CV joints, speedometer cable, rotor and brakes, windshield, valve cover gasket, and there is a mysterious noise coming from right front of vehicle that won't go away.
26th Oct 2005, 08:51
You paid $100 and feel like you got ripped off???
That's a steal of a deal for any junker. The parts alone are generally worth more than that.
You cannot buy a used vehicle - especially something under $3,000 - and not expect to find some problems. Things such as struts/shocks, brakes, CV axles/joints, glass, tires, bearings, etc. are CONSUMABLES and need replacement on a regular basis. I did learn this the hard way, but I learned to grin and bear it. By the time I put another $1,500 into my vehicle I had a very, very reliable car and I KNEW I had a lot of new parts in it for under $4,000. No, I wasn't expecting to spend the money and it took me a while to come up with it, but it was worth it.
5th Nov 2005, 03:47
1992 K reg Mazda 323 1.3 B.G. Executive 4 door.
Mazda cars have some of the best engineering in the world. An opinion that has been reinforced by my experience with my little rice rocket.
Light and fun to drive. D.O.H.C. 16V engine red lines at 6,500 rpm and seems to enjoy having the snot ran out of it. Seriously, I'm practically trying to blow this car up so I have an excuse to buy a more modern one. It'll do 95 mph all day (in Germany, of course). Top speed 110 mph.
Lots of room in the boot and in the cabin, but one of the lower cars on the road. I'm 6'3". Small and low-profile. Much more classy looking than the hatchback version-which is rather dated.
Nice and simple. Little to go wrong and easy to fix and maintain.
Advice: like any car, get wheels aligned and balanced.