i have had 5 cars before this. a vw jetta. a ford ranger, a doge neon. a chevy blazer and a honda civic.and i drive cars like a speed racer and this is by far the best car i have owned. i purchased for 750$ thinking i would get an ok car just to drive for a little while. and then i drove it. and it drives really smooth and is actually kind of fast. this is a very fun car to drive. it drives perfect on the highway and gets great gas millage. about 32mpg. i put 20 dollars every other week and i drive it alot. the tranny shifts perfect. although my shifter is a little loose. wich is no problem. car has 226,xxx miles and still runs strong.
I bought this car for $350 with a bad head gasket because the parents had let their son drive in to school for three years. I put about $600 into fixing it up. Drove it for 4 years without a problem. About 32-34 MPG at first, and then recently got about 35-38 MPG on freeway. One tank I got 542 miles with just over 13 gallons. That's about 41 MPG! The head gasket went out again last year in the winter and so I bought an oldsmobile because the though of fixing a head gasket in sub-zero weather made me cringe. The olds got about 24 MPG and drove like a boat. I just fixed the mazda and it drives like a racecar and got 37 MPG on the last tank. I love this car!!! The head gasket parts cost $250.
Fun to drive, simple to fix, comfortable seats, quality interior components and very reliable. No wonder the japanese cars have outsold amercan cars fro so long, this car is leaps and bounds ahead of similar year and model american cars, and it is fun to drive.
The head lights are dim, and there is considerable road noise over other cars. Not alot to complain about.
Got the car as a gift from my uncle. I've some problems, the clutch pedal gets stuck sometimes, the rim's lip is a little bent so it leaks some air. It has a power steering leak and somewhat of a small gas leak, if I fill it up all the way. The frame is in the worst condition I've ever seen on a car. It cant go on a lift at all. I've done some brake work on, wheel cylinders, pads, shoes, and brake lines. Bought new rear speakers spx my a/c don't work at all. There's a short in the circuitry, every time I put a fuse in it, it blows it up.
manual, vents move with a push of a button, cruise control still works.
With 186,000 miles and $850 from a kid that just graduated from mechanic school and had done alot of work on it for class. I was changing jobs where I needed to drive alot and need a good MPG car with gas prices approaching $4 a gallon and rising. This car has not disappointed at all. I have had to put some money into but nothing expensive and I was able to do the work myself. Its fun to drive with 5-speed and gas mileage is terrific. I bought some wider tires and rims from a 97 626 and it handles great. If it was a hatchback I would have the best vehicle ever. The car has already paid for itself as I have driven it 12,000 miles many of those for work. Great purchase would easily buy again.
5-speed plenty of zip. Great gas mileage 26+ city 34+ hwy. No rattles for an almost 20 year old car with almost 200,000 miles. Easy to work on. AC still cold. Its a basic model car thats fun to drive. Front seat folds down to fit long items in the car. Seat adjustments make it fit like a glove.
I guess a cuphold would be nice, but not a huge deal for me. Thats it. A great car in my opinion.
i got 216000 miles on mine,it s still goes 100 miles on the highway smouthly.fast acceleration with a 5 speed trany.if the would make this cars now i would buy 2 of them because you re just gonna love it.easy to fix and cheap as well. i love it