"This one was built in Japan. I bought it when it was 1 year old in 2003. Nothing has ever failed or malfunctioned, this car does not even have a rattle. I replaced the timing belt/water pump and associated seals and parts. Also replaced the front struts when I figured they were worn, and realized I'd forgotten its super handling ability. It corners like it's on rails.
Learn the transmission and when to shift, and it's a fun quick little machine... or don't bother with fun and it's a grocery getter that will never fail."
"This car is very fun to drive, gets great gas mileage, even when pushed hard. Great styling interior and exterior. You can take this car to the track on the weekends and have a fantastic time. It rides like it's on rails. I have no complaints about my car at all. One of the best cars I have ever owned, and I have owned over 50 cars. I highly recommend this car to anyone lucky enough to find one in good running order with service records."
"I have used this car on long distance drives and it is very comfortable. It has no problems climbing hills and is a thrill if you get it on the back roads where you can run it through it's paces through all road conditions.
I get many compliments on mine because she gets much love and almost all my attention. I own 5 Hondas, and I would rather drive this Mazda.
It is a bit hard on the left leg and into the lower back being a 5 speed in the city and traffic during rush hours, but overall, it is a crown jewel in my collection."
"Ive owned my mp5 for 4 years now and have not had to deal with a single issue that was not regular maintenance related.
I still rate this car above your other imports from Asia, for the simple fact that Mazda has proven time and time again to be reliable, while giving just a little extra for performance.
My protege5 corners like its on rails, my civic LX cant take any same turn at 1/2 the speed, at least not with stock suspension.
is it the quickest car for its year/class ? probably not, but for overall performance, Id take a Mazda any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
Pros: "Comfortable to drive and also be a passenger in."
Cons: "Cup holders and window buttons, wrong spots."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Almost 250k I have done bare minimum to this great machine and I know I can get in, start, and drive every day. Oil change, tires and a few belts. My car still runs with great gas mileage. The places this car has driven to and from. Coast to coast and back again... and yet again."