Smooth engine. Distinctive looks. High maintenance, parts and insurance costs
Front suspension spring broke! Not covered under warranty.
Rear brake calipers stuck. Not covered under warranty.
Front Fog light broken, and VERY expensive to replace (over 200 pounds)
Engine tappet noise at startup (for several minutes). Only cured by using Mobil 1 oil at each oil change (EXPENSIVE!)
Main dealer unwilling to fix **anything** under warranty.
Very smooth engine, smooth ride.
Pretty good performance.
Nice (distinctive) shape.
Poor steering feedback (Steering has a 'stretching rubber band' feel to it!).
Very poor seat adjustment (with electric drivers seat). The drivers seat ALWAYS felt uncomfortable!
Very poor headlights (they look nice, but don't light up the road properly).
Parts, servicing and insurance are EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!!!
I have had a BMW 5 series (new shape) for about three years (since selling the Mazda) and the insurance, parts and servicing cost are about half that of the Mazda!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th February, 2003