1997 Mazda Lantis GG Classic 1.6 Litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand
It's a good everyday driver, reliable and easy on the wallet
Steering wheel grip comes loose (can rotate it with your hands like a motorbike throttle) and caused me to fail a roadworthy.
Stock floor mats don't stick to the floor, and always ended up tucking under the pedals (I think the grip on the bottom of them had worn off).
The gear lever doesn't lock into gears sometimes, like it won't engage the gear (quite often when shifting into reverse, very rarely in any of the forward gears).
Struggled climbing up hills.
The clutch acts quite late in the pedal action (pedal comes out quite a bit before the clutch actually engages with the transmission).
Good performance, even with heaps of weight in the car, on the flat or slight upward incline (but for some strange reason, lacked power when going up a moderate to steep incline, even if it was only me in the car).
Very good fuel economy. Never did any tests for economy or anything, but it got me to work for two weeks (20 minute drive each way) before I had to fill the relatively small tank.
Good reliable car. Cheap service bills, and being a common car make, parts are readily available and cheap (though I rarely needed parts as the car was generally in good order).
I learnt to drive in this car, first car I bought. I loved it so much, I kept it until earlier this year when I shifted countries.
Cabin is a bit dated, but the exterior of the car was quite nice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th November, 2012