Bought the car new in 1998. Outside of normal maintenance, the car has been a joy to own. Since the car is ten years old, when I'm in the market for a new car, I will revisit Mazda first, as I like many of the newer cars.
Dependability and mileage. Just took a road trip over 1400 miles and averaged 40 m.p.g. I know it's highway miles, but with gas prices being what they are, who could ask for more?