Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001 review

Advice for buyers

(1998 - 2001)
Used Mazda Demio Hatchback 1998 - 2001
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What should I look for in a used Mazda Demio estate?

One look at our regular reliability surveys will show you that, when it comes to mechanical dependability, Mazda is tough to beat. And, the Demio has done nothing to harm this excellent reputation: it's one of Mazda's most reliable cars of this age, so buyers can rely on bullet-proof dependability.

However, there are a couple of things to watch out for. If the car has only been used for short trips, look at the exhaust carefully, as it can rust through in as little as two years. Some owners have also reported a rattling sunroof, so keep an eye out for that on your test drive.

Finally, bear in mind that the cambelt needs to be changed after 60,000 miles or five years. So, if the car is older than that, check that the work has been done. And, if the car you're looking at is coming up to that mileage, remember to include the cost of the work in your budget.

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