As reliable as an anvil, and a hidden gem of a car
I bought the Mazda with a broken windshield, so that had to be replaced when I got it. It had a new head gasket, brakes, plugs and wires.
I had to replace the clutch, which I believe was the original, at around 130,000. That's pretty good for a clutch!! The regulator for the driver's side had to be replaced, along with the driver's side switch to control both windows.
The Mazda has been a great car that I believe has been over-shadowed by other Japanese car manufacturers. It's been very reliable, and held up very well over the past 20 years.
Its engine has quite a bit of torque for being a 2.2, the transmission still shifts very smooth, the body has not begun to rust through, and the interior looks like brand new!
I love the Mazda, and am currently looking for a MX6 GT, since I love my LX so much, but would love to have the F2, 2.2L with a turbo and an intercooler mounted to it. That would be reliable AND super fun!!
If you can find a good looking used one that someone has taken good care of, BUY IT and don't look back. I've seen them before with 200-300K on them...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2010