1998 Mazda Demio Reviews

1998 Mazda Demio 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

This is one the best cars I've ever owned; satisfying on many counts

Faults:

Not much has gone wrong since we bought it a few years and 22,000 miles ago.

The tires seem not to wear.

There is no rust - and we don't live far from the ocean.

The battery went dead last week, but it was the original battery and it was ten years old.

The exhaust manifold got loose and I had to tighten it back up, and then it was fine.

The car failed inspection because the shocks were worn out - not surprising for Irish back roads.

New shocks were damn expensive (€240 each!) but a pair from the junkyard cost €50 each (from 2003) and went in with no problem.

The interior trim is still solid and there is still no rust.

There's not much room (the back seat wouldn't hold two grownups for very long), but the rear seats fold down nicely and you then have a large rear compartment.

General Comments:

The car handles very nicely. There is little body roll. The shocks are not great and it is often a bumpy ride. That's partly because it is a light car.

It brakes very nicely.

The electrics haven't given any trouble, though this is the basic model - no electric windows or central locking doors or cruise - which is fine with me since I value reliability above all else - and economy second. And the car gets over 40mpg.

It is also comfortable. Not luxurious like the Mitsubishi Galant that I had before, nor as comfy as a Citroen, but good enough that I can relax into the seats when I'm driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2008

1998 Mazda Demio 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

It is basic transportation designed well, made well, and at a very reasonable price

Faults:

Nothing. It's been perfect.

General Comments:

It doesn't have a lot of power and you have to use the gearbox a lot.

The car's miserly use of petrol, low insurance rate, cheap tax and convenience more than make up for any negatives.

Great vision all around.

Lots of usable boot space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2006

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews