Shortly after buying the car:
1. Driver window started struggling to close and open.
2. Steering wheel's front plate kept falling off.
3. Doors struggled to lock.
4. Some minor issues with the climate control.
But to be honest... 15/16 years and about 1/4 of a million kilometers... it's perfectly understandable.
1. The radiator started leaking on the highway, and I blew my heads - R4500 to replace.
Overall, the car is super reliable!
The outside looks are stunning. The headlights, though, have a bit of a "cute" look to them, and slightly spoils the look, but other parts make up for it.
On the inside I love the climate control, cruise control, black leather seats and all the other tiny bits. Unfortunately, though, the rear seats are useless, and in my opinion this car should have been a two seater. It's just built to be a sports car, not a family car.
The boot is large, and Mazda had a genius idea of galvanizing the bodywork, so that the car would never rust... most of it. Which makes it perfect for anyone living next to the coast, or very rainy places.
I own the 2.5 V6 Automatic, which does lack power compared to the Manual, but it still kicks one hell of a punch, and I wouldn't strongly recommend it for a teen's first car.
Overall, I think it's a great buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2010