I bought a used 2002 52 reg 2.0 TS with 34,500 miles at the end of September 2004.
Within three weeks, the car developed poor running. It had a low idle speed, often when pulling out of junctions it refused to accelerate and it was extremeley difficult and at times impossible to carry out consistently smooth gear changes.
It was returned to the dealer on three seperate occasions for rectification and each time I was told it had no faults. I drove another 2.0-litre which did run OK. Four months later I have traded it in for a 1.8 TS and lost £1000. Strangely the salesman told me that he knows someone who has a 2.0-litre Premacy which suffers from similar problems.
I've had the car for nearly 2.5 years and generally have been very pleased with it.
As a practical family car it has excellent cabin and boot space on top of which I like the aggressive looks. Equipment levels are as expected the only extras I added were leather and mini disc player.
At over 6ft I find the driving position very comfortable, although like other comments parking sensors would be nice.
The handling is excellent for a family hatch, which means you can have some fun but it does mean that I always feel it would handle a lot more power. (Another 50bhp please Mazda)
The only problems I have had are with the sunvisor keep flopping down and a rear window occassionally sticking.
Oh, the BOSE stereo is excellent (only found the bass tube and amp in the last couple of months!)
The downsides I find to the car are:
Economy - I know I have a heavy right foot but I'm only getting about 16.5l/100m (27mph).
Road Noise - Especially on motorway. Not to bad if your on your own because the stereos so good!
Gearbox - Not sure what it is but I just don't find it that smooth. Especially 1st - 2nd.
Trip computer - Why oh why have litres/100 miles and a button on the steering wheel to change display would be nice.
Would I have another one? - Maybe the 200bhp model when its out.
1 year old and has more sqeaks/rattles than the Passat I sold (with 164k on clock).
Reasonable finish to car but more thirsty than expected. After Sales service from initial dealer is POOR. In first 4 months had to have new set of wheels fitted due to corosion and tailgate gas struts failed. Both repairs took too long to fix. 4 months and 3 weeks respectively. Only happened when I contacted Mazda UK.
Car may be ok but dealership leaves a lot to be desired. Overal assessment- Disappointed and unlikely to buy another.
This car is probably one of the better sub-£20,000 cars you can buy.
The engine has plenty of power and torque and it does like to rev hard with a noticable step in power at about 3500 rpm. The engines perform very differently depending on CC. The 2.0L is a lot better to drive than the 1.8 and the 2.3 is even better (but more thirsty).
Gear changes are a bit lumpy from first to second, but good there after. The hydraulic clutch is very light and the brakes are probably the best you'll get on a family car.
I average about 40mpg mixed driving but the trip computer reads in litres/100 miles, which is very confusing.
Road noise is noticeable but not as bad as smaller cars. Mazda has included a speed sensor for the radio/CD player, which increases to volume as you speed up so the cabin noise is never a problem.
Parking can however be a real challenge as the high boot line and window restrict any view from the rear. Adding the spoiler (+£400) does help a lot though and may be worth the extra money in the long run as it gives you something to gauge the back end by.
In general, and excellent vehicle with plenty of cabbin room for driver and all passengers. Reliability is great with good looks inside and out. Buy it!
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