Bought it, 14 years old but only 40,000 miles. Have driven it for two years now, adding over 20,000 miles, with no problems whatsoever. Note I owned a 1992 model before which I drove for 11 years without a single breakdown (sold it because of transatlantic move); based on that experience I didn't hesitate when I had the chance to take over this 14-year old little reliable workhorse.
overall a reliable car for being its
age. the size is a little unsettling-
it is often referred to as "space
peanut" or "death trap". parts are
expensive since it isnt a common car
and all the parts you will find are
after-market. the muffler alone cost
Car was purchased for the wife to use
to and from work. Best highway milleage
was 42 MPG. In town average 28 MPG.
Always used reg.87 octane. Very few
minor problems. Would make an excellent
student's car, or use around the city,
and save the main vehicle for hitting
the road. I would not hesitate to take
it on a 3000 mile, or more, trip.
This car couldn't be beat for the price. Reliability was unbelievable, a very fun to drive daily car. Trips to Florida were fast and very cheap. Motor and transmission were driven to 424,000 kms. All I replaced was timing belt myself (2X) and the 3 piece exhaust was done a few times over. Yes I would buy a Mazda again.