Mazda Sedan Review

1970 Mazda Sedan 1800 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carTalbot Sunbeam


A classic


Universal joints were shot when I acquired the car, this was easily fixed.

The interior had no rear seat or door paneling, I managed to acquire the internals from wrecked 1500 along with sundry spares lights, trim, etc.

The cylinder head cracked, it took me 12 months to find a new one, the engine is a VC block most auto shops had no record of this, many had no knowledge of the 1800 model.

I fitted a new exhaust system in 1992 and it's still going strong now.

New bearings all round, along with radiator, servo and timing belt.

General Comments:

I use this car every workday, doing 50 miles round trip, it's steady and stable and gets 300+ miles to a tank full.

Runs on unleaded fuel.

It has style and draws some enquiring glances, probably the BMW like styling.

My car, "The Grey Ghost", has been primer gray for 11 years now.

It was destined for the wreckers until given to me soon after my arrival in Australia, hence the name as it survived its impending doom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review