12 December 2013
As one of the leading car manufacturers in Japan, Mazda has a built a reputation for producing outstanding and reliable motor vehicles. The name Mazda is allegedly taken from the anglicised version of its founderís name Ė Jujiro Matsuda. However, when Mazda began life in 1920 it was known as the Tokyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd, a manufacturer of machine tools. The Mazda name was first adopted on the companyís first car Ė the Mazda-Go in 1931. Today, Mazda is partially owned by the Ford Motor Company which took a 33.4% controlling interest in the company in March, 1999. There has been a cross-promotion of certain Ford and Mazda models ever since.
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Bought this from new and it passed 190,000 miles last week. Passes annual MOT with minimum fuss. I love the car but it now has problems with corrosion around the wheel arches, which I suspect may cause a failure when the next MOT is due, and too expensive to repair, if not impossible. This morning just off to see a 2001 626 2.0 Sport with 130,000 miles, but quite confident that it will be mechanically sound, but either way will use my existing car until next May. I always targeted 200,00 miles but as I only do about 6,000 a year now sadly that won’t be achieved. Finally it has never once let me down once.
Submitted: 29/11/2013 16:23:51
Car lovely. Shelled out for disks and pads but for that landed.
Submitted: 04/10/2013 15:17:57
After purchasing the Mazda 2 Tamura 2009 plate two weeks into owning it, it developed what I can only describe as a squeak when changing gears. Took it back to the dealer as under warranty, they checked it and found nothing but didn’t road test it which surprised me. Their advice "see how it goes, if it gets worse come back...". It drives me nuts and hate the car with a passion now.
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You are so right. I absolutely detest my Mazda 2 Tamura, 2010 reg. The gear change on mine is so stiff. I ’ve complained to Mazda from the day I took it home, but they insist there is nothing wrong. An atrocious car and dreadful dealer. - Fiona from Cheshire
Submitted: 01/10/2013 08:49:33
Bought my Mazda 2 Venture 1.3 (12.8.13 )after owning a Mazda 3 for 7 years without any problems. But after just 3 weeks my car has developed a rattle somewhere in the dash. It is going to the dealer on Monday so they can sort it out. Not very happy. On the plus side is has plenty of space inside as it seats my three small grandchildren and they love it !I agree that it is a hard ride and could do with being a little bit more comfortable over uneven roads, but as it is a mid range little car then you definitely get what you pay for. I will see how the dealership sorts my rattle problem out before I can give this car a 5 star.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 16:32:50
All the aforementioned problems are known faults from Mazda, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’ll sort it. I worked for a company that used 10 Mazda 6 sports for fleet vehicles (luxury I know). ALL of them, yes all, had DPF faults within 30k, clutch issues and faulty tyre sensors. Two of them had blown engines after 55k, one which required a full engine rebuild for £3000. When asked if this is covered by warranty Mazda informed us they’d only cover half of the cost, and this was serviced at a genuine Mazda dealer in Hertfordshire. After being reconditioned one of said cars developed a new DPF fault. It was a complete nightmare. Do not buy a Mazda. Full stop.
Submitted: 11/09/2013 21:44:28
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A lovely car to drive but otherwise very disappointing with a catalogue of problems. Misfiring engine is a recurring problem. Recurring glitches with air bag light, electric windows and central locking. Excessive tyre wear. Replacement of battery and spark plugs. Water in rear light lens. Stranded once with non-repairable puncture courtesy of spray foam repair kit which is useless. Extensive corrosion on all four alloy wheels. Problems shutting the boot lid. I buy Japanese cars for their reliability but this has fallen a long way short of my expectations. Oddly I would consider another because I don’t think I could be so unlucky again!
Submitted: 27/08/2013 23:28:18
Same trouble here. No rust on the body of the car at all but... The vehicle is a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The right rear wheel well metal as well is rusted through. I have heard it is evident on Ford Escapes as well. The right rear is worst affected area with some spotting starting on the rear left. This problem occurred on Monday, late July, 2013. The other recurring rust problem is the muffler / exhaust system which needs to be fist almost every system. This is a single, long piece for some reason and is expensive to replace if you can not find someone willing to weld a joiner connection to the new muffler.
Submitted: 07/08/2013 08:32:34
Don’t buy! The reconditioned engine that had been fitted blew up at 117,000 miles. The original engine had blown up at 30,000!
Submitted: 25/07/2013 07:49:27
Dependable, reliable, sturdy, economical, warm and safe. Horrid winter roads and tortured curves and hills, with too narrow roads up and down the mountains and fjords of most Northern Norway, 400 km above the Arctic circle prove the faults and virtues of cars and drivers. The Automatic transmission is not a viable option for cold driving conditions, it tends to suffer until it reaches operating temperature and at minus 20C that takes a while. In Finnmark minus 40C will prove the point. It is like a cat on the road with studded tires, and grips the road well in Summer, provided one does invest in the better brands of rubber, but many good cars have been slandered because of poor shoes. It does not seem to matter whether it is a wagon, a two door or four, the driving characteristics are quite the same, it is not a sports car. In Norway the way out favorites are Toyota Corolla, and the 626, but I like the larger size and weight of the 626 on the ice.
Submitted: 14/07/2013 22:50:53
This car has awesome handling and, dare I say it, much better than the Honda Jazz. However, don’t expect a small car like the Mazda 2 to deliver a stable drive on the motorway because they’re light weight, but with the variety of small cars out there I’d say the Mazda 2 is nearly the best one. I’ve been driving mine for nearly 3 years with no problems at all! I did see there’s a comment regarding the paint coming off easily; this does happen when the stones touch the car on the motorway and I reckon it happens on every single car. The scratches are hard to avoid, but my car hasn’t suffered much paint damage and I wash it fortnightly.
Submitted: 30/06/2013 12:35:26
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This car is total gash! It’s been back to the dealership 16 times in 6 months! I’ve just got a full refund. My advice is to never buy this car!
Submitted: 16/06/2013 14:03:07
Perfect van! We have been driving it for 14 years now (160.000 km) only replacing the starter motor, brakes and this year some welding on the chassis (rust holes), so almost no maintenance costs. Great for holidays also (fits 4 bicycles plus all camp gear easily! Loads of space in the cabin. (our 2 children even like to sleep there more than in the tent...) Great view from the cabin, easy to manipulate despite its length. (front wheel under driver seat). Negatives: It is indeed useless in snow :-), prone to sway sideways when being overtaken by a truck or bus on the highway, fuel 1:11 (diesel) and a LOT of attention from second hand car dealers.
Submitted: 25/05/2013 10:33:07
I’m waiting for dealer to return car for the 5th time in 13mths. Continual failure of battery to hold charge. Dealers appear to be at a loss, they just change something different each time. I have received various advice regarding ’turning off’ the boot interior light, the glovebox light, drive it more often. They really don’t have a clue what the problem is caused by. If it isn’t fixed this time, I’m off to court, ’Sale of Goods Act’, unfit for purpose and not as described.
Submitted: 18/05/2013 21:45:41
Bought new 2010, Takuya petrol. No problems to date. Current mileage 12000. Decent MPH Comfortable on long journeys and around built up areas. Responsive engine and steering. Undecided on going for the new model when 3 years old, or keeping it another 3 years and taking out a warranty with warranty Direct or similar. Concerned the new one might not have same pulling power due to emissions reduction as I found in the 59 Model Toyota Avensis.
Submitted: 05/05/2013 21:49:38
Bought this car when I retired in Feb 2007 after having 3 Mazda company cars and have not regretted it at all. With all the recent talk about DPF problems I was concerned, so I contacted Mazda. I gave them my engine no. and was very pleased to find out that it was built just before they were fitted. Other than that it’s just needed regular services and new tyres. I have had no problems except the alloys, which were new when I bought the car at 25,000 miles and now at 65,000 miles are a pitted disgrace. This model has no trip computer, but I always fill up and check the mileage and I average 52 mpg in both urban and motorway use. The problem is now, what do I buy next?
Submitted: 28/04/2013 08:46:18
I had four years of virtually trouble free driving out of my 53 plate Mazda 6 diesel, which I’d bought second hand. The fuel pump went almost as soon as I bought it, but it was fixed under warranty. I sold it at 150k miles to buy a diesel Passat that was fine for 2 years and has then cost me a fortune. First the electronic parking brakes stuck on- fixed under extended warrant (would have been £700) and then the turbo bearing went, which cost £1200. I am now worried because I’ve just put a deposit on an 11 plate Mazda 6 and have read all these reviews about DPFs and clutch failures. I’ve never had a clutch fail in 25 years of motoring and I usually keep my cars until over 100k miles.
Submitted: 06/04/2013 14:28:43
I actually owned two RX8s. A 2004 230 and a 2007 PZ (Prodrive/OZ edition, unique to the UK) and both were absolutely fantastic, especially the PZ, which is the pick of all the RX8s in my opinion. Superb handling, decent speed, amazing sound and rev range, decent ride quality and unique styling. It was also far more practical than most people realise, with a boot no smaller than my current Evo X. Despite the internet horror stories, between two cars over 6 years I had one faulty catalyst and a paint flaw and that was it. Make sure you read up on looking after the engines and join an owners club and you’ll love it. Despite an STI and an Evo X since then, I actually miss the RX8. Neither rally rep is anywhere near as fun. Come on Mazda, make the RX9 now, I’ll buy one!
Submitted: 19/03/2013 21:42:41
Owned my MK 3 for 4 years now and it still feels as tight as the day I bought it. Routine servicing has been the only expense so far. I didn’t realize how bad my old Celica was to drive (sorry celica owners) until I tried the Mazda. Everybody says it, but it’s true, you feel a connection with the road. It makes every journey an enjoyable event. Definitely a car for those who enjoy their driving. I could really do with two more seats but can’t even contemplate driving a souless eurobox which are so easy and dull to drive. These are obviously produced for the A to B brigade who don’t actually enjoy their driving. The fact that the mx5 is a soft top is an added bonus, roll on summer!
Submitted: 01/02/2013 22:39:07
Owned for 3 years. The only faults I’ve had are the airbag light (warranty claim) and abs circuit board, which is a known fault. Good to drive 49mpg, but poorish ground clearance.
Submitted: 01/02/2013 22:36:23
Bought new in September 2008. Now four years on with 25000 miles on the clock there are no faults to report except a squeaking noise from the passenger side seat belt buckle slot once in a while, but it rarely shows itself, so not a real problem. The car goes very well for a 1.3 and on our yearly holiday copes well with three people plus luggage and maintains 70/80 and 85mph without being strained. The ride quality seem better when the car is loaded up for some reason and this is the area which could be improved on. I also feel the seat covering could be of better quality and a little more sound proofing around the door seals. We have a 2006 Mini cooper in the family and have to say the Mazda2 handles just as well and find the what seems like an unusaul location for the gear stick is actual better. The gear change is better than the Mini’s too with a nice short throw. A good feature of the Mazda2 is standard fit folding mirrors, which is an optional extra on most of the Ford Fiesta range. All in all very impressed with the car and if the small "finishing touches" were addressed it would be a 5 star car and not a 4. The dealer Skipton Mazda have been great from point of sale (not pushy, ask for John Barrons) and I have found the service costs to be reasonable compared with what I’ve heard from other make dealers (eg Peugeot and Renault). Recommended.
Submitted: 06/01/2013 13:56:20
If you must have a new sports car, there’s not too much competition for the money. However, the gearbox is poor; having to push the pedal to the floor is irritating, and dictates your driving position before you even start. The gearbox is notchy, and the engine when manoeuvering to say park would rather stall than go. On the first MOT at 2500 miles the wipers failed (not covered by the warranty, of course) and cost £47.50 for replacements. So much for famous ’bulletproof’ build quality! The heater when you need it in frosty conditions works when it feels like it and doesn’t clear the screen. If you can find any roads these days the driving experience can be rewarding. My Mazda dealer (Tordoff’s, Leeds) offer nothing in customer care, in fact you’re lucky to get a cup of coffee, and come nowhere near my experiences with Polar Ford dealerships. All in all although I’ve had two new MX5s I will go for something more sensible next time, either a Jazz, which was great, a Fiesta, also great, or a Golf.
Submitted: 26/12/2012 13:23:08
We bought our Mazda 6 2009 2.2 turbo diesel 163hp 2 years ago on 9000 miles. The car ran like a dream ’til now! The turbo has blown, which has destroyed the engine and filled the exhaust with engine oil. The Mazda main dealers in Cardiff are as much good as a chocolate fire place! Our car was within warranty, but they refused to carry out repairs, blaming the services that we had carried out by other vat registered garages. Also said wrong grade of synthetic oil, too much oil, but oil has never been topped up between services! I never had an idea that there may have been an issue with the car as no light for the pdf came on, no smell, nothing! The estimated cost for repair could be £5000! I still owe a fortune on finance fo the car! Whatever you do do not buy a Mazda 6!
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Hi, I have got a Mazda 6 2.0 Turbo diesel and my engine blew up after 69000 miles. At the time I took it back to Mazda in Newport S Wales and they said to me that all the Mazda 6 are designed to burn oil after 800 miles to 1 litre of oil. I had the same problem of the oil seals on the turbo and suck all the oil out. Again another Mazda design fault they basically wiped there hands off me and told me that because the waraaty had run out; they told me on my bike, it’s now my problem. I have been told that the RF diesel engine is still being used and they know there is a fault but they do not know how to fix it. Even the Mazda 3; the new model has it in them even up to the present day. All in all I had the engine replaced with another one and I dip the oil every day now - once bitten twice shy. My Mazda 6 is on an 2003 and the service bill and parts including the engine and the gearbox; feel out because the gearbox mountings are made from a cheap steel that is in sufficient the final bill so far is HOPE YOU’RE SAT DOWN? Just under five grand. The car has been re-built; the cost of a re-conditioned engine. The rear and front wheel bearings have been replaced, the four brake calipers have been replaced, turbo inter cooler has been replaced, the cooling fans caught on fire and was replaced. The rear wheel arches are rusty and again Mazda called it for a re-call and they looked at the chassis number and turned me away because my chassis number did not match there recall memo. My Mazda is on a loan and you can see from all my problems yours is mild but bad enough though I will keep the car now until it dies so all the best with yours; if I can help any further I will. Regards - Kevin Harkus from Cardiff
Submitted: 12/12/2012 21:39:45
This car has really put a smile on my face. I owned a 2010 VW Passat 2.0 TDI Highline previously. This was a beautiful car, but had no soul, or reliability for that matter. It got to the stage where enough was enough, and it had to go. I went to look at the Mazda 3, and two days later drove out the showroom model. The Mazda 3 is wonderful to drive and look at. The equipment levels are superb too. I am hoping that the economy picks up. At the moment I am averaging 46/gallon, some way off the official figures. I have only covered 1,100 miles however. This car stops people in the street. It really is that good!
Submitted: 11/11/2012 21:48:26
I’ve had this van for 5 years, its done 137,000 miles. I’ve spent nothing on it apart from the odd repair i.e. new rear light and new timing belt. I have had all types of vans but this one is great, starts every time and I go every where in it. I had it serviced a year ago, and last week I noticed it was using a lot of oil, so I decided to do it up and sell it, but I just found that the oil fitter was loose. I tightened it up and took it off the market - Christ that was close call! Mind you, it looks good now so I will run it in to the ground, if i live that long!
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I have to agree with the review. I have a 1988 Mazda e2200 camper and love it, I can’t however, find out the axle weights so can’t pass it’s NCT (Irish MOT). I believe it should have a plate with the axle weights on but it doesn’t. Does anyone know these weights or where they could be found? Thanks - Peter Forrest from Ireland
Submitted: 15/10/2012 21:44:08
Great car, I’ve had two of these now, one being my first car and the other being my daily driver now, have no issues and planning to do a few mods, that’s the only downfall, not very many possible modifications! Great car overall!
Submitted: 24/09/2012 10:42:37
I have a 3 TS2 Activematic. What a fantastic car it is. I bought it brand new in January 2006. The car is in Sunlight Silver and still looks as good as the day it came off the showroom forecourt. It is an extremely comfortable ride and due to the strong chassis it corners very well. I am fortunate in my life to have had driver training and I have never been in a better car on the quiet ’A’ roads, rolling into bends, accelerating out of bends, the handling, it is a lovely car to drive. The gearbox has a four gear set up and the change is faultless. The only issue I can mention is that the 1.6 petrol is slightly sluggish on a bang, but if you see one coming simply select manual gearbox drop down to the gear you need and sorted!! I have seen some bad reviews of this car, but I am honestly baffled by them. I have only ever changed front brake pads in during service intervals once in all my time owning this car (six years). A good buy, a great car and no plans to get rid for a good while yet. If you own a car and it looks after you, especially in these times of austerity. Keep it!
Submitted: 15/09/2012 21:51:57
These are wonderful cars. Bolted together like a German car but with Japanese reliability. Corners on rails in the dry and fun to drive in the wet, because the back end will go easily enough if you let it. Comfortable too - my wife and I drive to Cornwall in it and prefer it to much bigger saloon cars we’ve owned. My only slight criticism would be to ensure you get yourself one with 6 gears as you’ll really want to change up when you get to 70 mph. However, you won’t regret buying one. If you buy an old one you can run it for 10 years and probably get what you paid for it.
Submitted: 29/08/2012 17:09:42
Bought my Vehicle from new, I got the revised 2008 version because the dealership had told me the problems with heavy tyre wear on the edges had been resolved. Not true, I am on my 3rd set as 25,000 miles. Run them now at 46psi and this at least gives them twice the mileage of the 1st set. I had to have the rear shocks replaced at about 15,000, this was done under warranty. I reported a problem with power steering being heavy at low speeds before warranty ran out and was told there was no problem found and to use a higher tyre pressure, which of course I did. Now I’m told I need to replace the steering pump and of course the car is now out of warranty and the cost of repair is £1500+. I have complained to Mazda about both the type wear issue and now the steering pump issue, both known issues and in the US fixed under recall and warranty. Why do the dealers here deny there is a problem? I no longer trust Mazda as a brand, I will never use their dealers again and will sell this vehicle as soon as possible. I cannot even get an MOT on it!
Submitted: 10/07/2012 21:30:18
I have to give my Mazda 3 a perfect score. I have nearly 120,000 miles on the odometer with little to complain about. The parts replaced were due to wear, fortunately no faulty workmanship. I have had to replace the front and rear struts as well as shocks. However, I have lowered the car with shorter springs. I have 18" wheels and I am on my 4th set, yet I average 22-26,000 miles on low profile tires. A rear light bulb had to be replaced. Front rotors had to be replaced due to warping. The car has needed to be re-aligned 4-5 times, but I have stiff springs. Headlights had to be replaced to the oem headlights. Gear shift knob is loose and worn. Driver seat is worn and beginning to split on the lower side of the seat closest to the driver door. The carpet is worn and has a hole in it, it needs replaced. My aluminum rims had to be resurfaced, currently the front rim is cracked and needs to be fixed. The air conditioner light cuts on and off, but the cabin cools. This is the worst I can say about the car. I had a aem cold air intake that broke and was replaced for free under the lifetime warranty. The AEM was installed before 1000 miles on the odometer, the same for the magnaflow cat-back exhaust. No problem from either. I run castrol or penzoil synthetic change the oil every 5000 miles. I had a pipe punch a hole through my fog light assembly on the free way. Take it for what it’s worth. I see no need to get rid of it. The car has zero rust and it runs strong. On a tank of gas in the city I average 285-300 miles. On the highway I have gotten as much as 383 miles with the use of cruise control and the fuel light on. It winds up being a very good car that I drive everyday and put 300 plus miles on it a week. I recommend the Mazda 3 because I have not had to contend with any failures due to manufacturing, no need to build a working relationship with a Mazda dealer. Insurance is dirt cheap, the car runs reliably and the workmanship is on par with what I expect. The car is pushing 8 years old and 120,000 miles, hard to complain, hard to beat.
Submitted: 09/06/2012 21:52:27