Update to my earlier review. When the coil pack was replaced, the dealer diagnosed a corroded HT Lead. Dealer kept car running through modifying an HT ead from another car. Mazda kept us waiting 10 weeks for a replacement until I insisted Mazda UK fit the Ford part (the 2 is based on the Fiesta/Fusion, and is built by Ford in Spain). Not impressed with Mazda UK customer service who weren't aware the 2 is Ford-based. Do not think we will buy another Mazda!!
Superb car! More a small MPV than supermini with passenger seat folding flat allowing for a Tandem bicycle no less!! Visability is excellent due to the large windows and high driving position yet this does not impact on the road performance, cornering is very assured. After testing several of the supermini range only the Honda Jazz can compare.....but can you buy one for under &7000 at 6mths old ?? Now that the new smaller Mazda 2 has been on sale this car is very cheap to buy used...surely the best buy out there.
I purchased a the Mazda 2 1.6 Sport (a Ford Zetec SE engine underneath the plastic) second hand from a well established dealer. The car was 4 years old with 24,500 miles on the clock. I did not set out to buy one but looked for practicality as well as looking nice - in Moonlight Silver it looks great. The interior is well laid out and suprisingly spacious. With Air Con and a decent CD 6 speaker sound system. And alloy wheels. It is a car that makes you want to go somewhere in it. It drives quite nippy with a pleasant 'growly' sound BUT at 27000 miles the drivers door window regulator needed replacing AND at 30000 miles the coil pack on the engine! (Not Happy) Fortunately I had a 2 year warranty which paid for the parts and the AA did a recovery job on it... Also the car can be quite bumpy on uneven roads especially speed humps which it really hates. Other reviews of the engine dont indicate any real problems so i'm hoping it will be ok now for many more miles.
I opted for the 1.4 Capella with the semi-automatic gearbox (ASM) and bought it at a year old with 2500 miles.
I think this car is great value for the space and the visibility is fantastic. The auto 'box makes it a joy to drive around town, although gear changes from 1st-2nd can sound clunky when cold. It feels a classy car and I think the Capella model looks great with all the little added touches.
The only niggly fault is a squeaky noise that comes from the back, and Mazda puts this down to a seat catch.
If Mazda could arrange for the rear seats to fold similarly to that of the Honda Jazz (completely flat into the floor) then this car would have everything for its class.
Its specification beats the Jazz for price, as I was able to get a fantastic deal a year ago on a new one from a dealer for my parents. List price was £10,750, but I got it for £9300 including the auto 'box, and my parents also had the rear parking sensors added later to theirs, which do help.
I believe a new model is coming out in September 2007 and I would certainly buy another one, and would check out the diesel version, too.
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…