1992 Mazda MX3 Reviews - Page 4 of 12

1992 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8L DOHC 24 valve V6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8L DOHC 24 valve V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired207000 kilometres
Most recent distance218000 kilometres
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Fast and fun, just get it checked out first

Faults:

Battery died @ 208,000kms.

Shifter (5spd manual) came away from its mounting and the shift knob dropped 3 inches. I could still shift, but it was difficult. Easy fix.

Distributor died @ 212,000kms (lots of $$)

New driver-side CV shaft @ 214,000kms.

Ran on only rear bank of cylinders for a few weeks, turns out I needed a resealed front valve cover and new spark plugs on the front cylinder bank.

Various cosmetic things inside and outside, ie: cheap paint job with contamination and some runs, some interior panels painted silver? UGH.

Currently, its idling weird. It'll idle fine (600 rpm) at one light then at the next it'll idle at 1,300 rpm. In those cases, I tap the gas once to rev it up to 2,000. The revs rise then fall down to the proper 600 rpm.

As well, its using up oil lately. Possibly leaking, but more likely burning.

General Comments:

The handling is amazing. Even with the snow tires I have at the front and all seasons in the back, it corners very quickly and confidently. The turn in is very crisp and instant even with the high profile 205/60 series tires. Tap the brakes in mid-corner and the back doesn't even flinch. Nothing upsets this car. I can thank its short wheel base and quick steering ratio.

Gear ratios are close together and perfectly spaced, but I think 5th is a little short, ie: 3,500 rpm @ 100km/h. The engine is fairly powerful (128 hp @ 6,500, 115 lb-ft. @ 4,500), revs very quickly and smoothly. I've gotten it past the 7,000 rpm redline up to 8,000.

The few things that have gone wrong I can probably blame on me not having the car checked by a mechanic. However, I am a little upset that I overlooked the hideous interior "mods" someone before me made and the cheapo paint job.

Overall, a very agile and quick car that rides decently and is VERY tossable and fun to drive. I would recommend one only after having it checked out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2005

1992 Mazda MX3 1.6 SOHC from Japan

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carMazda MX6

Summary:

It is a great car for driving aournd town or at the autocross!

Faults:

I had to replace the cooling system thermostat.

General Comments:

The car handles as if on rails. It is a pocket rocket around town. Fuel economy ranges from 30 to 40 MPG! The higher figure is achieved on the interstate @ 70 top 80 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2005

2nd Sep 2005, 08:36

Hi there I have a 92 mx3 v6 and have only just brought it. what are the signs inside the door that say touch??? I have taken the door trim off and can't see anything attached. Also what is the maximum speed the car will do??? can someone tell me what the break horse power is???

27th Dec 2005, 13:58

The touch pad on the door is to relieve static shock.

1992 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8 V6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

Great fast little Honda killer at 140mph+

Faults:

The alternator/ ac belt broke on it. But I think its was the original belt, it still had a Mazda parts label printed on the belt. The front valve cover gasket started to leak a little, but I put some gasket sealer on it and pit it back on and it stopped the leak and runs great.

General Comments:

This car runs great and corners like my Honda after I totally redid the struts and lowered it. I haven't done anything to this mx-3 but a grounding kit. I love how comfortable the seats are, they wrap around you and hold you still no matter how you drive. The only thing that's get me is the seat belts get stuck and lock then you reach for the stereo or something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

30th Jun 2005, 21:18

"I haven't done anything to this mx-3 but a grounding kit"

"This car runs great and corners like my Honda after I totally redid the struts and lowered it"

Contradictory, no? Bah, who cares. No biggie. Don't those cars have speed limiters set to about 125 mph?

12th Nov 2005, 14:31

I think he meant that he did that work to his honda, and the mazda still handled better. IMHO.

26th Jan 2006, 14:22

Why does the 1992 mx3 goes dead when you turn to your right.

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