A decent no-frills automobile that has above average reliability
Brakes: needed new calipers, and rear brakes need a total overhaul.
Front end makes a crunching sound when I turn the wheel to the right. As to be expected, considering the high mileage. Guess I need new bushings.
Tranny slips slightly. Was rebuilt years ago. Still performing its task for the most part.
The heat shield located below the spark plug cables gets very hot and burns the spark plug wires. They are still elevated (not directly laying on the heat shield), however I keep a close eye on this.
The seats to me are very comfortable. The 4 cylinder still has decent acceleration and runs strong. To my surprise, the engine does not overheat here in Alabama with our heavy summertime humidity, and having almost 160,000 logged on the odometer.
I change the spark plugs each year using NGK. For some reason when it idles, the RPM bounces around between 500 and 800 occasionally.
It has air conditioning, but I don't use it, and I'm not willing to pay the outlandish fees to have it upgraded.
It's been a decent car, and is still running strong considering its age and mileage. From reading in other forums, this was probably the last year for decent built Mazdas. This car's reliability has been great.
I bought it used 10 years ago. I would say that's a pretty good track record with no major breakdowns, other than the tranny needing to be rebuilt not long after I bought it. Still, it gets me from point A to point B, and for now that's all that matters.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd July, 2005