Bought this automatic trans LX in 1998 with 60,000 miles on it. Very reliable. Do regular oil changes, preventive maintenance, timing belts and have a wonderful mechanic. Problems with door lock tumblers. Replaced radiator, axle and starter - pretty good for a 14 year old car. No oil leaks. December 2007 at 198,000 miles had to have tranny checked. Code 42 - starting to fail but only intermittently in 1st gear. He said 95 Mazdas had terrible transmissions, but mine the exception. Still running at 224,000 but and 1st gear issues now and then. Love this car. AC worked wonderfully but now freon costs more than car is worth!
Oscillating vent, heat/AC system, driver's seat lumbar support/adjustment, window visibility, handling. Good size trunk.
Rear window and trunk lid design - if it's raining and you open the trunk, water rolls down all over the contents. Since I've owned the car, the doors and locks freeze up constantly in winter - have to use door lock deicer and graphite on the rubber.