7th Mar 2006, 17:47
Ahhhh, the GLC. I had a 1980 2 door hatchback, purchased new. It was Gold with a 5 Speed and A/C. It lost 5 mph each time the compressor cycled on and off. It was truly a "Great Little Car." 8 years, 193000 miles with the original clutch and two accidents. The only negatives to this car were the paint and rust, though the blame for the peeling paint lies with this wonderful early eighties paint sealant called Polyglycoat. I miss that car so much!!!
19th Apr 2006, 22:59
I owned a 1984 mazda glc sport and miss my old faithful friend. My parents purchased it for me in September 1983. After may years and many memories of my late teens and early twenties, I finally bought a new van, but my glc sat in my driveway for years because I couldn't stand to part with it. It had over 250,000 km on it and was reliable. It had original clutch and radiator. It was a manual 5 speed with a power sunroof that I was told only came in the first few that year... the specs said it would come with a manual sunroof. It had sporty bucket seats and I had bought almost new mazda 14 inch rims for it with low profile tires. I also installed a wicked sound system. It was the envy of my friends during the university years and everyone was in awe at how long and far I drove it. I took it to Detroit and back to Toronto for a year of university. I drove it to Chicago, up north to Collingwood... I loved shining it up and driving it. I did all the oil changes and maintained it meticulously, but the rust finally started to catch up with it. I would start it now and would still have it today if it had made it to my parents when I tried to move it. It kept stalling and I had to turn back. I meant to restore it one day. After my kids were born, even they played in it. I can't believe how many others have had a similar experiences. I miss my 1984 mazda glc sport... it was a great friend.
20th Apr 2006, 15:15
My dad gave me his 1982 Mazda GLC Hatchback/Wagon as my first car in high school. It had well over 100,000 miles on it when I began driving it. I drove it all over God's green earth before a maintenance mishap (yeah, we managed to break off a spark plug in the engine... never ran right after taking it to a repair garage to have it "fixed"...what a shame). This car NEVER gave us an ounce of trouble. This is back when Mazda built cars right... and when they were still Mazdas.
8th Jun 2006, 16:56
I bought a 1981 GLC 4-door hatchback (yes, they made them - I still have the brochure!!) brand new. For the first six months it was nothing, but trouble - there was gunk and foreign debris in much of the carb, and would simply not idle. Finally, after accusing me of putting the gunk in the lines (!!) they agreed to replace the carb and fuel lines, but I had to pay half... grrr...
It then ran great. I once got 48 mpg in a combination of freeway and HIGH mountain driving, and never averaged less than 42 mpg for the first 7 years I owned it.
However, it completely fell apart a little after 105,000 miles. I needed a new engine block, the tranny was going, and other similar items (and poor fit/finish). It simply decided to up and die.
To compare, I have a bought-new 85 Camry that is now my daughter's and has 287K, and drove a Taurus wagon til it dropped at 250K, so I know how to maintain cars.
I do believe I got a lemon. Whether it was one of many or just a handful I don't know - suffice to say when it was running well it was a very sweet little car, with MPG that would be envious today. But it didn't come out of the factory in decent shape, and didn't last worth a damn. But for those few years, very nice.
23rd Jul 2006, 12:25
My aunt gave me a Mazda GLC Deluxe in 2005 when I was 15 years old. This is my first car. It ran perfectly and didn't have any engine problems. I've only replaced the left door panel/cover, this is the only change in the car except for the carburetor. It had a good original paint, but my sister ran into the back of a Nissan Pathfinder (I'm working on it). In conclusion this is a "great little car".
Emmanuel Rivera P.R.
30th Sep 2006, 01:50
My dad had a 1978 Mazda GLC and it was a great car. maybe the car was not get its oil changes and minor repairs. any car that is not maintained will most likely break down sooner or later.
28th Nov 2006, 23:39
I have had a Mazda Vantrend (same thing as the GLC-wagon in the states) since 1996. I sold it in 2003. It was in regret that we parted since this car has nothing to blame. It is a perfect rundabout with very inexpensive parts. I wonder why your GLC is hurting you so bad? Please be sure you read a MAZDA name plate on your car, and especially be sure that you are talking about that car.
30th Jan 2007, 11:48
I bought my 85 GLC hatchback new for college. It was the best car I ever owned. It ran flawlessly save for the alternator near 125,000 miles. The car was very simple to maintain and work on. It was very reliable. It was a great snowmobile with studded tires in the front. I miss the car very much.
10th Feb 2007, 16:59
My blue little 1985 Mazda GLC four door died the other day. I'm so sad. I've had him for over 2 years and he was the best little car ever. His name was Laddy. I never had any problems with him at all and I made sure that he was well maintained. He belonged to a friend of my Grandma's for the first part of his life until I got him. He only had 100,00 km. His body was in perfect condition and the inside was like brand new too. Even my mechanics thought he was a great car! A few days ago a woman driving a huge truck rear ended me at about 60-70 km/hr. My car was smashed and we went flying to the left, and landed on the meridian facing the other direction. For me to get a car in as good shape as Laddy was, and with such low mileage, will cost me a lot of money. I'm worried I'll only get book value. I miss him so much! Does anyone know what I should expect to get, money wise for him?
21st Apr 2007, 13:30
I had to laugh at the March 7, 2006 comment. I had the exact same car, a 1980 Gold hatchback with a 4 speed. You could watch the speedometer drop with each cycling of the compressor. That car had the hell driven out of it, hit once from behing by a drunk and if it had not rusted to pieces, it would still be on the road today. I still laugh about the a/c, a under dash dealer installed unit that couldn't cool an igloo cooler LOL.