1992 Mazda MX3 Reviews - Page 10 of 12

1992 Mazda MX3 RS 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112800 miles
Most recent distance136255 miles
Previous carMazda MX6

Summary:

Endless possibilities!

Faults:

Not much. The only things I have came across are things that demand attention with an older car like this.

General Comments:

I love this car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2002

1992 Mazda MX3 RS 1.6 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

A healthy competitor

Faults:

Nothing really, except for the things I caused.

General Comments:

When the car was stock it was pretty sweet, but once I started modifying it became a monster. After market parts aren't readily available, but fabrication and customizing along with universal parts yielded massive power gains. In Addition, weight reduction drastically helped performance.

A car that has just as much bite as it does bark all the way to red-line and gets 34 miles to the gallon is pretty impressive in my book.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

1992 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8 Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Expensive to maintain performance car

Faults:

I have had to put a clutch in. The CV joints went bad. Tires go bad often and are expensive to replace.

General Comments:

The car is a very good for street racing and performance.

It has lots of performance for the small engine it has.

It has very good handling although the steering itself is a bit rough.

It's not as good on gas as I thought it would be.

The seats are very uncomfortable.

General road travel will cause the interior of the car to rattle and drive you nuts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2002

1992 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carMazda GLC

Summary:

Fun, fast, economical to run, but $$$ to repair

Faults:

Distributor failed at 80,000 miles.

2nd distributor failed at 160,000 miles.

Air conditioning compressor failed at 70,000 miles.

Will not idle smoothly. Revs between 750 and 1,500 RPM (Mystery!).

Aftermarket brake rotors seem to be made of compressed rags which have been spray-painted to look like real metal. Using the fourth rear set now. Watch out for this!

On my fifth (I think) set of plug wires.

General Comments:

Fun little car to drive. I've tried not to like it, but find it impossible.

If you can afford the repairs, it's a blast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

11th Feb 2002, 12:14

The revving between 750 and 1500 rpms. It's your EGR valve, have it replaced.

1992 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8 V6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 V6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres

Summary:

Looks good, costs you every penny you have

Faults:

I would have to say everything has gone wrong with the car.

2 weeks after I bought it, the engine had to be re-built. Clutch had to be replaced, timing belt was replaced, spark plugs were also replaced. The car can't seem to keep a steady RPM when in neutral, shifts from 600 up to 1500.

It destroys tires, but that's probably due to my driving, brakes tend to overheat on a daily basis, had many electrical problems, including the distributor which cost over 400$ for a used one, and another 300$ to install.

Oxygen sensor is dead, very hard to replace, have to go under the car. All fluids have to be topped up on a regular basis, coolant, oil, power-steering fluid and brake fluid. There is a leak in the transmission.

The car makes noise when windows are down. Parts falling off everywhere. The car is very fragile, it's easy to scratch it with a nail, you could easily destroy this car with your bare hands.

Just recently a seal on number 1 cylinder broke, now the car can't go over 150kmh, takes about 30 seconds to go from 0-100kmh. Because of certain laws in Canada, it would cost me more to sell the car than it is worth, I'm probably just gonna sell it for parts.

General Comments:

There is few cars that are worse than this, I will never buy another Mazda, I would not recommend a Mazda for anyone. Parts are expensive, and every-time you fix something, another part breaks down. It's simply a horrible car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th September, 2001

23rd Sep 2001, 14:31

You have probably very bad luck...

I have a `92 Mazda Mx3 V6, which I have had for about 2 years.. I haven`t had a single problem with my car.

Only had to replace parts that has been worn out because of normal use.

Only brake pads and discs.

I love this car, and will probably try to get some "plastic" mods for it :)

- Jannis J. -- Norway

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 45 reviews