Cool engine, poised, great brakes
The oil seals leaked after about a month of owning the car.
It is hard to describe the thrill of the rotary Mazda engine. It is like a giant rubber band like on a model airplane, that when you push the gas pedal just spins and spins. The engine is incredible.
It felt quick. The car was very light and poised. The brakes were excellent. The car looks very sharp, a classic design.
I bought the car for $750, and put around 30,000 miles on it before I sold it because it needed a new clutch. I had a dealer put a new distributor in it for like $168.
The major problem with the car was the oil leaks around the seals, which is a known problem with these cars. The oil would leak and eventually hit a hot part like the exhaust, so it was embarrassing to have a noticeably waft of smoke rise up from the car when it had been driven more than 15 miles. But I was poor and put up with it since it only was noticeable after the car was parked. I do have the money and would consider another one, except for the fact that they are getting old. Therefore parts are harder to find.
The car sits very low, and your seat is only like six inches from the ground.
Tires were cheap since they are smaller rims. The stock rims look great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2009