I owned a 1972 Mazda 808 2 door. It was my first car, and I will never love a car as much as I did it. It NEVER let me down. My only problem with it, was that I could not get parts for it. Other than that, I would totally own another, as a matter of fact, I have seen 2 more, and have wanted to trade my 14 year newer car for it. I would love to.
The Mazda 808 and RX3 are brilliant cars and with a few cheap mods they can prove to be very gutsy light fun cars to throw around.
I had a Mazda 808 as my first car. Ran well, very economical to run but repairs cost a fortune because of the FAMOUS EXPENSIVE MAZDA PARTS. Mazda don't make money by selling CARS, they make huge money by selling spare parts. I drive a Toyota Camry now and will never buy a Mazda in my life again and I tell people NOT to buy Mazda because spare parts are ridiculously expensive.
Well, what can I say... I have been driving a 1978 808 (1600) Wagon for the last 18 months, and it has been a brilliant car. Cheap to maintain, and a pleasure to drive.
As for shooting your mouth off about the 1300 (which I also own one of) being a Ford Laser engine, this is very untrue. The TC series 1300 engine is a rear wheel drive only engine, and was only used in 1970's Mazda's.
808's are brilliant little cars, and I am in the middle of rebuilding the 1300 wagon at the moment. I am planning to drop in an 1800 out of a 929, or a 2L out of a 626 or E series van. Any comments or help with this would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at:
Kendrick, Tasmania, Australia.
I have a 73 Mazda 1300 4 dr. It has a series 5 13b turbo engine with a turbo port, RX7 series 5 turbo transmission, upgraded brakes, 3" Mandrel bent exhaust, 9" diff, Microtech MTX8 computer, Recaro seats, Corsa leather steering wheel, Monsta tacho, dual stage boost controller, Supersonic blow off valve, pre-pump, high pressure fuel pump and surge tank. Dynoed at 150kw at rear wheels on 6 psi. 220kw on 12psi at the wheels, and FR17" Simmons rims with 205 tyres. Number plates are SCARY1. Hasn't yet been down the quarter mile, but will expect mid 11's.
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Why not post some photos of your 1300? Sounds like you did some nice work.
What do people think about the 1978 mazda 929 wagon. I have one sitting in my garage just painted (mazda 1973 March blue great colour) but lost interest. Went out of rego. May find itself in a wreckers good motor, though it is a Gem release.
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