2002 Mazda Demio Reviews

2002 Mazda Demio Sport 1.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25010 kilometres
Most recent distance40850 kilometres
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

An excellent small car with modern design

Faults:

Brake master cylinder issue, which was reconditioned by a local garage for me, then received a recall notice from Mazda.

Mazda were very proficient and refunded the cost of the repair, and then also replaced the repaired parts!

General Comments:

Car is very responsive, and handles well.

First time ownership of a Mazda, and I'm very pleased with the decision to purchase.

Only a 1500cc engine, and runs out of breath on long steep hills into Dunedin, so I'm glad I didn't get the 1300cc engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2010

2002 Mazda Demio Country Casuals 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This is a very 'boxy' style of car with loads of room inside. The cabin is light and airy and the sun roof adds to the 'open' effect.

Mechanically you have Mazda reliability. Absolutely nothing has gone wrong in my period of ownership.

Performance from the 1.5 engine is good - quick off the mark and good acceleration.

Niggles - the small fuel tank means frequent petrol station stops. MPG? No idea!

Would I have another - yes if they were still made!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007

2002 Mazda Demio GSi 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

Idea car for small families needing a car with lots of room

Faults:

Engine management light came on (getting looked at tomorrow)

Air bag light kept coming on after buying car.

General Comments:

This is my second Demio, shame there is no rear spoiler or nudge bar on front.

Things seem to be laid out abit better on new Demio and it nice to have electric mirrors and air con.

The Demio is ace round town, great for parking in tight spaces, not so clever on the motorway seems to whine abit when asked to work hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2006

2002 Mazda Demio LXi 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired2500 miles
Most recent distance2500 miles

Summary:

Not at all bad

General Comments:

Nippy and underrated car, but go for a 1.3GXi which adds electric mirrors/windows, ABS, side airbags, alarm, rev counter and some other things for just £1000 more than the base LXi.

The top speed is disappointing- 93mph for a 1.3, you'd expect around 105mph at least.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

2002 Mazda Demio GLX 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carKia Mentor II

Summary:

The Demio is an award winning motor

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

I decided to purchase a Demio because many people told me that Mazda builds reliable motors and I have found the Demio certainly lives up to its manufacturer's reputation.

Mazda's Demio is a small, economical motor, capable of comfortably seating 5 adult passengers, and able to take quite large loads of cargo if required - not something other motors in the same class can offer.

Outside the chunky looking Demio with its roof-rails and tall appearance make it resemble an off-roader rather than a family lift-back. However, as with most modern motors the fibreglass front and rear fenders are very weak, and are not able to withstand any impact. If you are considering purchasing a Demio, I strongly recommend that you ask for the solid black plastic fenders. These are much stronger.

The wide opening rear tailgate is very well designed and allows the loading of very large cargo. With the rear seats folded down there is as much room inside as a small van!

Inside the light coloured interior has a very solid feel to it, although it is a little hard to keep clean. The instrument cluster is well presented and easy to read. In the back, the rear seats side forward or backward to give passengers more room if desired. However, one drawback is that the Demio lacks a rear centre three-point seatbelt.

The fuel efficient 16 valve 1.3 litre engine gives plenty of power and is extremely quiet on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2002

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews