1994 Mazda 323 1.5L from North America

Summary:

Best car that I have owned

Faults:

Gearbox needed replacement gear at about 5,000 km. Warranty repair.

Seatbelt broke at 100,000 km. Warranty repair.

Crankshaft oil seals, and head gasket leaked at about 100,000km. About $300 repair.

Battery died at about 4 years which is normal in Canada.

Front rotors and pads replaced at 130,000 km. Replacements still good at 210,000 km. Original drum brakes and pads on back. Outer CV boots have failed at 210,000 km.

General Comments:

This has been the most reliable car that I have owned. Much lower ownership costs than my previous car, a Honda Civic. Top marks to Mazda for a well designed, and well built entry level car. Pity they don't make it anymore.

Second hand cars are rare and sell for a premium price.

The car handles well on the highway with decent acceleration. However, winter driving on snow covered roads can be a bit nerve racking at highway speeds as the car has a tendency to float on the snow. Good quality snow tires are a must.

Interior trim is pretty blah as compared to newer cars. Don't buy this car as a fashion statement. Do, but if you need cheap reliable transportation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2002

1994 Mazda 323 LX Coupe 1.5 from Netherlands

Summary:

A reliable and nice looking car!

Faults:

One cylinder cable (out of 4) suddenly broke down at 110000 km. (the dealer replaced it free of charge)

General Comments:

A very nice and reliable car!

Wasn't cheap, but well worth the investment.

The only drawback is probably the lack of comfortable space for passenger seats in the back, but hey... it's a coupé.

Economically OK; I drive it at approx. 14 kilometers a liter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2002

1994 Mazda 323 Base 1.6 from North America

Summary:

A great little econo-box

Faults:

Gas tank gasket failed. Repair cost $20.00.

Emergency brake will soon need repair.

Rear brakes need pads.

General Comments:

Car has been very reliable.

Great little car around town.

Spirited performance with 5 speed.

Hatch area holds three golf bags or two hockey bags without folding down the rear seat.

Never sat in the back seat, but it doesn't look too comfortale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2002

1994 Mazda 323 Base 1.6 litre gasoline from North America

Summary:

An excellent second car or runabout.

Faults:

Rear shocks began to bottom out at 30,000 kilometres.

Radio was faulty from start, but partly had to do with a recall that hadn't been announced.

Battery died within three years, although this might have been due to driving conditions. I was driving the car up in northern Canada, and -40C was common. Replaced the battery with a small tractor battery and had no problems after that.

General Comments:

This is good little and peppy car that could stop and start on a dime.

If you are going to be using it in cold climates, upgrade the battery and use synthetic oil. It is worth the extra expense.

The rear seat is small, and the wheel wells intrude. With the seats folded down, you get adequate cargo space, but since they don't fold flat, it isn't great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2002