1993 Mazda MX3 V4 from North America


Mx3's are lemons


The brakes have been replaced twice.

The clutch has been replaced twice.

The water pump has been replaced.

The driver's side window motor and grips went bad, and were replaced.

The rotors have been replaced.

The ball-joint broke.

The front springs cracked and broke.

The automatic seat belt motor is going bad.

General Comments:

This car is a very sporty car and gets 30 miles to the gallon, 40 on freeway.

However, the MX3 is very expensive to repair and is time to retire only at age 10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2003

21st Oct 2004, 15:58

There was a recall for that issue. I have the same issue and it was already looked at by dealership in 2000 (previous owner). The dealership does not want to fix it for free, but I did call up Mazda and they said they could reopen the recall case and have the issue resolved.

6th Jan 2007, 02:21

I own a 1993 no problems at all with it so I must be the lucky 1 I think.

1993 Mazda MX3 1.6i from UK and Ireland


A cool car


Just got the car and it was in a small spin, but most of the faults are not crash related..

New exhaust.

Seats are badly worn in rear.

Steering gives an odd wobble (don't know why yet...) crashes fault I'd say.. ball joint?)

Air conditioning rattles occasionally(simple fault I'm presuming)

Front fog lights don't work.

Fan belt worn.

Although I've mentioned a lot of faults I don't put these down to Mazda, but more to the bad minding of the car by the previous owner.

General Comments:

He he, I love the car!

Car turns heads, even with the bad dents on it.

Looks sleek and feels fast.

Handling a little funny, have to get my shocks looked at I'd say.

Highly recommend for a young person looking for a cheap flash car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2003

1993 Mazda MX3 GS 1.8L V6 from North America


Awesome, Cheap, Honda Killer!


I bought the car at around 140K miles, so I replaced all for struts as a safety precaution. New tires were also needed.

So far my intake hose has cracked, but that was an easy fix. Watch out for cracks in the lines, because it will mess with your sensor.

The next to go was my thermostat, which was a cheap fix, but took forever to find and was a major pain to change. Simply getting to parts in this car is difficult.

Besides that nothing really major has happened wrong to it.

General Comments:

Ya, now for the good stuff!

The V6 model of the MX3 is the only one to get, in styling and performance. It has 130hp, which compared to the 4cyl's 88hp, it is a necessity. Honda's will look at you and say "what? v6?" and then get smoked.

In my opinion, it is worth every penny I spent, and will eventually spend fixing it up! With the option to swap a Japanese MX6 2.5L 200hp engine in as a "bolt on mod," you can't pass this car up! (literally!)

Off the line, this car will beat most of the competition in its class. Lots of cargo room in the back, sunroof, and full power features make this also a luxury vehicle! Check it out! I'm sure it will make you smile when you take those mountain roads!

(Did I mention the speedometer goes up to 150mph?)

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

Review Date: 4th October, 2003

1993 Mazda MX3 EX 1.6 liter from North America


This is the best car I have yet to own.


When I first got the car I had to replace the Drive Axel, which cost $150.57, which got down about a month after I purchased the car.

After that I had to replace the Clutch, which cost about $600, and that was after I have had it for about 3 months.

Then, the last and current repair, is the rear drive differential.

All above parts are high performance which explains the high prices.

General Comments:

This car has the smoothest handling and ride performance in any other car I've ever test driven.

It has great acceleration and a very smooth turning.

It's low to the ground, so if you're a big guy, it's sometimes hard to get out of the first couple of times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2003