I bought this car with 18,000 miles on
it. I now have 100,000. It has had a
variety of irritating, but not major,
problems over the years. Frequently,
the "check engine" light comes on.
Usually, the Mazda dealer can't figure
out why, they just turn in off.
Overall, the car has performed well.
At about 95,000 miles the transmission
simply stopped working. It had to be
completely replaced ($2,600). After
the repair, it went out again after
1,500 miles and 3 weeks time.
The windshield takes 5-10 minutes to
clear. The car pulls snow in and blows
it onto the inside of the windshield.
Smooth and quiet ride. Good gas
mileage. Handles fairly well.
I've had my Mazda for 5.5 years. With the 4 and the manual, acceleration is
average but fuel economy is great (32 in mixed driving, higher on the
highway). The FR680s I had wore away in 20K, but the Potenzas I replaced
them with have been much better. Coming up on my 1st brake job at 70K.
Otherwise, aside from oil changes and a new muffler, it's been great and
I really like the clean interior design, folding seats with wide opening, and
everyone likes the oscillating vents.
Vibration at idle (much smoother 200 rpm higher), glovebox door rattles.
transmission problems (3X)
Leather interior is not holding up. stitching breaking on rear seat and front door
panel coming apart.
Extremely EXPENSIVE to get repaired at dealership. ($28 to replace a tail light
Buy a Ford . It is cheaper to maintain and repair.
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