While the 1.8L DOHC is rated by Mazda at 125 horses, I am convinced that the output on this outstanding engine was at least 10 HP higher. With aggressive tires this car could give other more expensive sporty cars a run for their money. The fit and finish was superb inside and out. The trunk swallowed enormous amounts of luggage. The rear seating was not compromised by the spacious trunk. Very peppy acceleration.
This car has not only been my families
car, but now belongs to me. We have
kept up with the maintnence and it has
lasted us this long and keeps on going!
I will be selling it only because i
want to buy a brand new car. I would
recommend it to any parents looking for
a first car for their teens!
This is one of the best handling front
drive cars that were built around this
time. Bought it brand new, now with
208k. Very reliable, only one
unscheduled trip to dealer in 14
years for transmission inhibitor
switch. Automatic transmission not
as strong as when new, but still feels
pretty healthy. Plastic radiator tanks
are a problem. Still have the original
water pump, but I would change it
every other timing belt change.
This car gets great gas milage, has
lots of features and convenience for
a compact, adequate power,
responsive brakes, and outstanding
handling capability for its class.
Handling, performance, reliability
If you can find them, I would get
195/55/14 tires to fit the stock rims.
My girlfriend bought this car for
$1100, and I thought it was too cheap
to expect any adequate performance.
However, although it had almost 200,000
miles! on it, it runs really strong and
accelerates quick. (By the way, I had
2000 Celica GT-S, and I didn't feel
much of difference upto 30 mph.) The
exterior is pretty dated, but what else
do you expect from such a cheap car
other than reliability and performance?
Reliability; Light weight which gives
me a feeling of control
THE DESIGN OF THIS CAR IS NOTHING TO
WRITE ABOUT BUT THE PERFORAMNCE AND
AMENITIES ARE TO BE ADMIRED FROM A 13YR
OLD CAR THAT HAS LUXURIOUS FEATURES AND
KICK BUT PERFORMANCE. THE 5 PEED MANUAL