Never abused, raced, modified, or wrecked, and serviced only my Mazda dealerships, yet it still began self-destructing within 100 miles of the end of the warranty. From 36K to 55K:
· silly-putty factory rear motor mount began eating itself
· steering began clicking and popping, dealer could not diagnose
· pot-metal shift knob attachment rod sheared off while driving
· toy-car-plastic shift cable end broke off of gear knob
· BlOSE radio died
· engine developed incurable throttle lag
· 2nd gear (and no other) would either (a) engage smoothly (b) engage with notchiness (c) grind (d) not engage at all; dealer could not diagnose
· 1 passenger window failed
· power lock in driver's door failed
It seemed like an amazing value at the time I bought it (new), however a lower price in this case just means a more cheaply made car.
Also, it was good fun to drive - when it ran.
Get a VW instead. Or even a Yugo. If you already bought a new Mazda, start saving up for a new car, you'll need one in about 3 years.
1) Find out if the Japanese language has words for
"refinement," "durability," and "reliablity." Learn them.
2) Spend an extra $0.05 on paint and glass that don't chip in so much as a stiff breeze.
3) Nobody blessed with the gift of good hearing likes BlOSE. You shouldn't, either.
4) Fire the special-ed employee that designs your iPod interfaces and "automatic" (sic) headlights.
5) It isn't a "powertrain" warranty if it excludes most of the actual powertrain.