1993 Mazda MX3 Reviews

1993 Mazda MX3 Hatchback 1.6L from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carMazda MX3

Summary:

Best thing that ever happened to me

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is the best I have had.

When I got it, it had been sitting from 04 until I got it.

This car is great. I love my Mazda; no problems with it, nothing.

I believe I am gonna get another in the long run.

I had only paid $500 for it. No problems with it since then.

Mazda is a great brand to get, but if you ever need advice, talk to me. I'm good about talking about my car, there are no faults whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2010

1993 Mazda MX3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic

Summary:

Very good first car

Faults:

Transmission needed to be rebuilt; luckily the dealer paid half of it.

The battery went out.

Seat belt light kept beeping. It's an automatic seat belt, and it was going to be a $500 fix (because of the part), but my mechanic got it fixed with only $50.

Not sure if this is a problem, but when I accelerate, the car kicks back; only happens when I reach about 15 mph.

Car shakes a lot when stopped, so I think I might need new motor mounts.

General Comments:

This is my first car and I love it. Besides few scratches and small dents, this car is perfect on the outside. The inside is a little worse, the glove department doesn't shut all the way and the paneling on the drivers side by my leg is coming off. Yet, this car still looks amazing.

The only thing that worries me is the kicking when accelerating, but my mechanic has driven it and hasn't said anything about it.

In all, this is a very good first car.

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

Review Date: 22nd September, 2010

1993 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8L 24v DOHC V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8L 24v DOHC V6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

The most fun, most reliable used car I have had for less than $3000

Faults:

It needed two new belts and pulleys, but I knew that when I bought it. They were functional but would have eventually worn out.

General Comments:

These cars are stylish and affordable.

The handling is quite responsive without giving the driver a bumpy ride. This is due to the uniquely tuned suspension, which allows the rear wheels to turn slightly in tight corners. You can even drift an MX-3, which is unusual for a FWD.

The 1.8L V6, with 135bhp and 115ft-lbs of torque, packs enough power to seriously move the 2400lb chassis while still providing good economy. It is a lot of fun to drive, although I think the experience and the acceleration would be lessened in a model with an automatic transmission. The best MX-3s out there are the V6 with the 5-speed manual.

Unless you are used to driving very small cars, the interior room takes a little getting used to. To give you an idea, my previous two cars were a Saturn Coupe and a Honda Civic, and even by those standards I felt a little frightened by the small size of the MX-3 at first. This can be compensated for by adopting a low sitting position, moving the seat back, and tilting the back of the seat back slightly. It makes a huge difference. I am 6 feet tall and 250 pounds and I am quite comfortable in my MX-3 now, even on an eight hour drive. Get used to it and it really is plenty of room, but if you prefer the feel of an SUV or large sedan, it takes some getting used to.

Overall it has been very reliable, with no electrical or mechanical malfunctions, and no fluid leaks. I love driving this car. It looks cool, zooms around, and doesn't guzzle gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2009

1993 Mazda MX3 1.5 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance202000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

All in all, my little Percida does alright!

Faults:

My car has been great. I've routinely have had the oil change done on schedule. I've tried to keep up with it as much as possible, because I know from researching these cars ahead of time; if you don't look after them, they don't last.

Right away when I purchased the car, I had to replace the timing belt, the brakes shortly after, and a few tires here and there. All pretty standard stuff.

The transmission *fingers crossed* is still running great, and will keep on doing its job for a long time.

The only thing that raises an eyebrow is the fact that when accelerating up hills, it just can't go as fast as I want it to!

General Comments:

Seats are really comfortable, almost feels like they hug you when you get in!

Car is a bit low, so some passengers struggle to get in.

Good cabin area up front.

Lots of trunk space for a little car.

Cheap on gas, and last a while too.

Could do with being a bit faster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2009

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 40 reviews