1997 Mazda Demio 1.5L from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap, reliable and economical, but not unique
- Cambelt replacement plus auxiliary belts - due to mileage.
- 6 tyres (front) - due to alignment going out easily.
- Disc pads & brakes resurfaced.
- Rust on the chassis (front) in a hard to get to place. The high front had to be dismantled to get to it (high labour hours, small rust repair) .
- Rear shocks. This model has ABS, so shocks cost 2 times more than regular shocks.
- Clutch replacement & adjustment.
- Battery replacement.
Honestly, this is a great car, I bought it at high Km's, so expected many of these problems. But if you aren't mechanically minded, beware of cars with high KMs. But they are still not excessive in repair costs.
Very little body damage, still looks good (no paint fade), very little paint chip damage, some surface rust on the roof due to small scratches. But seems to wear well, inside & out.
I am 6 foot tall, this car has plenty of room, adults can still sit behind my seat comfortably, as well as comfortable seats on long trips. Easy to get in and out of.
I have the 1.5lt manual, I find it not as economical as my previous 1991 1.5lt Toyota Cynos (Paseo) or even my old 1987 1.6lt Mitsubishi Mirage Starwagon, all of which are manual & I ran without using air-con.. This is disappointing, but not excessive... N.B. there is no low fuel light on my Demio, & only 5km from quarter empty to empty (so keep your eye on the petrol gauge).
Good pick up on power, great on hills & in stop start traffic.. Gets tinny when pushed too much, better with smooth driving. Handles well on corners, not too much roll for such a high car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2011