A sports car - pure and simple
Nothing has gone wrong with the car, but it has only 44 000 km on it, so it's nothing out of the ordinary!
The car is amazing. It revs till the cows come home! You gotta watch your foot because the engine is vibration free even at 7000 rpm, so if you're not watching you can easily rev it to fuel shutoff point. Amazing.
This car is so nimble that it's darty. Mine doesn't have power steering so the road feel is amazing. The faster you go, the more confident the car feels. It can take sharp curves or long sweepers in 3rd gear, whichever you fancy. The handling in this car is top notch.
The interior is bright, and I'm glad Mazda didn't waste space by putting in two uncomfortable rear seats which will rarely be used anyways. The trunk is really roomy for a small car, and all the controls are user friendly.
At night, the orange instrumentation looks like it came straight out of an F-16.
The engine sounds great and the gas pedal is the most responsive one I have ever driven. I haven't taken it on the winter roads yet, but I'm quite worried about that. The engine revs so easily that I can see myself spinning my tires out in 1st/2nd gear all the time.
Overall this car is great. It's everything a sports car should be, distilled down to its purest form.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2001