At 70K the power window regulator began to fail in colder tempature.. I have yet to fix I have to press down on the window to help it go down and push it up to help it close.
At 176,000 Kilometers the clutch finally went.
At 176,000 While the clutch was out I changed the CV, shocks and struts to save the wheel alignment.
At 156K The Turbo cooling hose sprung a leak and eventually blew.
At 170K the Moon roof started to squeak making me lubricate it.
At 170K the door weather stripping is starting to show signs of age.
This Car started the Mazda ZOOM ZOOM motto. The car out performs everything in it's class with the only draw back being torque steer. It's not a fun car to drive in the winter since the tires spin so easily. In the rain you need a tire that deal with water since it will be prone to hydro planing.
The car is the perfect family sedan since the model I have is the 5door (hatch) it can haul everything, goes fast, and looks like a Joe blow sedan so the cops leave you alone.
Compared to my CRX I've only gotton 2 tickets with this car.. one was for blue lights and the other for estimated speeding over 150KM/h.. both tickets issues same time since.. Well.. We were speeding down the hiway...
My only complaint is the car is a standard and the wife can't drive it and the sunroof isn't designed for my size.. and I'm only 5'10... so I have to slide the moon-roof slider open to give my hair some room.
The seats do not have the child seat safety strap latch with was a bummer, but hey look at the age of the car...
The car has no rust after 12 years of sitting outside in -50C +42 C weather. Rock chips though.. Every spring you need to go on rock chip patrol.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th September, 2003