1992 Mazda Eunos Roadster 1.6i from UK and Ireland


Cheap thrills


Alternator belt.

Battery terminals.

Rear wheel bearing.

2nd gear hard to engage and baulky, especially when cold.

Blocked drainage channels.

General Comments:

It is a very delicate car to drive, mine does not have power steering or ABS, and the deftness of touch with minor steering movements is quite amazing. The gearbox isn't as good as the K11 Micra, which is awesome, but it is nice and quite a positive shift.

The engine puts out 115 bhp, not much; the car is light, but still not very fast. It really needs revving very hard to get it moving, so I see why the 1.8i is the preferred choice. This JDM version has a questionable final drive, and motorway trips are often at a screaming 5000+ rpm. For enjoyable motoring it's often nice to cruise at 60mph. The stereo loses all bass when driving due to noise.

Hood is very easy to use and relatively water tight; some water gets in, but not enough to cause any problems.

The worst thing is the fuel economy, best is 30mpg and hard driving gives 25mpg. This is a 1.6i NA engine and uses more fuel than my 2.0 Saab 9-3 turbo engine ever did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2010

1992 Mazda Eunos Roadster 1.6 from UK and Ireland


This is what real motoring is about


Handbrake stuck.

Radiator top hose.

Radiator thermosensor.

I think the wheel bearings are on the way out.

General Comments:

I own a few vehicles, including an very fast Efini RX7, and yet this car is one of my absolute faves. It's the special edition "S-Special", which has the BBS alloys, Bilstein shocks and a strut brace.

It's such a great all rounder as a sports car - handling that is so good I have seen off all manner of much faster cars in the corners. These cars are a joy to drive, and the mechanics so far have been great for a 17 year old car with 115K miles on the clock - and I'm hard on it.

Also, it's a nice car to maintain. Engine bay components are generally very accessible - I changed the hose and thermosensor myself and it was a doddle.

I did an oil and filter change on it too, and that was easy enough.

Parts are cheap too (I used SFT MX5). Fixing the sticking handbrake was easy and free, jacked up and put it on axle stands, take the wheels off and then spray some WD40 on the actuators. All in all then, I've spent about £40 on maintenance so far, including an oil change. I think it may need the wheel bearings doing soon though, and this is probably a job for a real mechanic.

These cars are quite tail happy in the wet, so watch out for that. These cars sound great - they really have a lovely engine note and they absolute adore being caned.

There is a superb American forum for these cars called miata.net - these guys know EVERYTHING about these cars, and are really friendly, so you'll never be short of a helping hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th May, 2009

1992 Mazda Eunos Presso 1.8 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Very badly designed vehicle


Waterpump blew at 141,000km.

Inner CV and drive shaft broke.

The seams in the leather seats kept coming apart more and more.

Car juddered heaps while driving at high speeds (despite all the tyres etc having been done).

Trans died at 154,000km (had it mended and then sold it shortly after)

General Comments:

This car went well for the first 6 months, but after that it was problem after problem.

Transmissions in these vehicles are too small for the V6 engine, as I was told by an expert. They have the same transmission as a 1.3L 323.

Any work to be done on any part of this vehicle's engine is very costly, as the engine is really hard to work with.

Very cheaply made vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2008

11th Apr 2008, 09:27

What do you expect with a high mileage, 16 year old car-it has probably had a hard life!!

The Eunos is a very good car, but yours is very old and tired.

Why did you buy it??!

11th Apr 2008, 09:43

I think you are mistaken; if it is a V6, then this is a conversion and not a standard model.

Transmision no doubt would be butchered on to fit a V6 and would probably not have coped. Was this a rover engine?

12th Apr 2008, 03:37

These cars did come out with a 1.8L V6 so the car definitely wasn't butchered, if it had a Rover engine I doubt it would've even seen 100,000km. I don't believe Mazda and Rover ever had a partnership, Honda and Rover did. Unfortunately I think this car came used from Japan so mileage may have been falsified as well as it probably wasn't serviced while it was there.

11th Feb 2015, 07:38

Actually, the version this is talking about is a special edition engine. It's a 1.8 V6 stock.

I own one and I love it.