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Daily driver clocking approximately 1000kms ( yes one thousand!!!) 200kms every day 5 days every week for the past two years. Driven at speeds of 120-140kmph on the motorway (yes slightly above the speed limit of 100kmph :) ). Superb handling even in the corners as the strut-brace gives very good stability. The Mazda2 (Demio) comes with a strut brace standard from the factory (most cars do not have this). Good leg room in the rear seats ( I'm 5 feet 9"). Large boot space compared to the small car that it is. Way above the boot space what a Su...zuki Swift has on offer. Always serviced at the 10,000km interval using fully synthetic engine oil. When I bought it from the dealer, it had done 39000kms. Now sitting at 185,000kms. Still runs like the day I got it. No oil top ups required between services. Runs on Yokohama Blue Earth AE01 filled with nitrogen. Only one visit to the dealer to get the rear wheel racer changed at 155,000kms.
Purchased in October 2013 for $9,000.00.
240,000 km and never had a spanner put on the engine.
Bought this car new in 2005 and everything still works perfectly. Original brakes, exhaust, radiator. It has heaps of room and headspace, and is a great highway car. It's spent most of its life in regional areas where I've lived and done many trips such as Brisbane to Cairns, Dubbo, Sydney about 20 times.
On to its fourth set of tyres and third battery but apart from that everything works as new. Serviced religiously every 10k .
An impressive feature is the seating layout. Just by folding seats you can turn it into a little cargo van or by fo...
Purchased in November 2005 at Grand Prix Mazda for $17,999.00.
First car, never had an issue! Dont want to upgrade.
I purchased this car when i just got my licence and 7 year later I still dont want to upgrade. I regularly service it and never have issues with it. Fuel economy is great. Only issue im having recently is the clear coat is coming off my paintwork but i guess that is a sign of age for a 14 year old car.
Probably the best small car that I have owned. It handles well, goes really well and costs very little to run. The only complaint is that the radio is difficult to replace with another type. Only in the early 2007 models though. Seats are comfortable and I'm 6ft. Car is quiet, unless you really give it a stir and then the throaty engine sounds great.
- 2 DY (2002-2007)
Excellent reliability and performance
On long trips this little car drives and handles like a dream. Holds the road, corners well and the ride means there is little fatigue over long trips. I have had no major repairs since I bought this model in 2007. It starts each time without fail. I have driven the car over long distances in 40 C heat and it never overheats. The car is economical on petrol. I have used the car for commuting to work on a daily basis for many years and it still performs reliably.The car has plenty of power when needed and the acceleration under load is also exc...ellent. I am able to put the back seat down and fit plenty of things in the expanded area there when needed. I like this car so much that I want to keep it rather than update!!! The option of gear selection makes going down steep hills no worry and having an automatic which has never given any trouble at a blessing in city traffic.
You can't beat this jewel in his car class. Wife calls it Porsche Demio.
This car is genius, there is no Mini or other luxury small hatch that can make you smile in the long term as this little discontinued masterpiece, easy to drive and to maintain. I rarely write reviews because of my crap English limitations but after 3 years of owning this car I reckon she deserve one, good job Mazda, what happened with the current model I should ask?:)
Very comfortable seats, ideal for tall occupants since they go back as it would be just impossible to reach the wheel ;)
Very easy to find a good position, wheel sli...
A really nice car to drive.
I bought my wife a 2006 Mazda 2/Demio Casual Aeroactive Sport 3 weeks ago. This is a great little car. Looks great with the rear roof spoiler, side skirts, fog lights, and the integrated front lip on the front bumper. It is a pearl white colour and looks awesome in the sunlight.
The engine is a chain driven double overhead cam 1.3 litre with auto transmission. Okay, it doesn't have neck breaking power but the car wasn't designed for that. However the performance is still pretty good for a little car. At 100km in drive, the tacho shows 2700 rev...
Honest reliable practical commuter
I purchased my 2003 Mazda2 Neo manual 6 months ago at 89,000 from an elderly couple as a second/spare car as I have a near new Mercedes which I don't want to use for putting the bike in, carparks, beach etc. It is now at 99,000 and other than petrol I have not needed to spend anything. Mechanic says nothing to be spent on it. At first I thought the brakes needed work as they were slightly noisy at carpark speed but told this is normal for a car of this type. For a $5,000 purchase it is very practical, overtakes fine on the freeway, the air ...conditioning works well in the heat and averages approx 7.5km/100kms with regular unleaded fuel. Driving at more 'leisurely' speed returns closer to 6.5l/100kms. It feels sturdy enough using it on the open road, handles ok for a car of this size and weight, the only peeve is the clutch is a bit too sensitive. Seats are fine for normal commuting however has no lumbar support. All in all it appears to be a decent buy for the price and purpose, not as good looking as the later model but much more practical. No ABS or ESC in base Neo model. Practical, reliable, value for money,
Roomy, reasonable economy, decent handling
The boxy exterior gives a surprisingly roomy interior - although the rear seat feels rather strange the first time in.
The seats are thin and tiring after 3-4 hours.
Fuel economy around 7.5-8L /100km in urban commuting.
Have now done 115,000 km.
Rear passenger side damper started leaking - first reported at the 70,000km service but deemed by the dealer not to require replacement. Still haven't replaced it and performs ok.
Engine mount reported as needing to be replaced next service.
Handling - surprisingly good. The suspension is biased ...
Mazda2 Hatch 2006
It's true what they say, these cars are sturdy, reliable and do the job. However, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. As noted by many others, the clutch is twitchy, acceleration can be inconsistent, the engine is noisy, there is a lot of wind noise and on a windy day, you'd best hang on tight to the steering wheel - she sure gets blown around. All of this I knew when buying it but still went ahead because reliability is my priority and these cars sure are reliable. The biggest disappointment though is the paint. It is terrible. M...ine is a charcoal grey colour and the paint is not only thin but appears to be the consistency of nail polish, so it's chipping everywhere. Also, the undercoat is white so you can see every mark. Oh and hubcaps are apt to fall off at the slightest bump. Reliable, plenty of power for little car, sturdy, roomy inside, versatile with rear seats that fold flat Poor paint, twitchy clutch, blown around in the wind
Got too many problems for me
I tested several cars before I bought. The Honda Jazz was the best, but only late model expensive ones had a good enough ride. I directly compared the Mazda 2 with a Subaru Impreza and a Honda Civic sedan. The Mazda was better than either, on a long highway route and a tight mountain road.
Until I got the tire valve stems changed, after that the ride deteriorated badly. I don't know why. I spent $700 on new front Monroe struts and alignment, but this made no difference at all. At motorway speeds ride was OK, but in urban centres the ri...de was bouncy, jarring and unnerving. It still is, to the point where the front and rear suspension feel disconnected and heading off in different directions. Other problems are ignition coils. I have replaced two of them, they are expensive. The car runs horribly when they go off, jiggles and jerks, no power, and shakes when air con is used, and economy goes down from the usual 38 mpg to 25 mpg. The other two coils are bound to go soon, at a minimum cost to me of $400 (my brother is in the trade). I used to enjoy driving for the pleasure of it - this Mazda has ruined it for me. It is an essential chore to be endured and be done with as soon as possible. Even if finances permitted, I wouldn't be able to stand going for a long drive anywhere. I used to drive Peugeots, some reliable others not, but all were pure pleasure to drive for as long as possible. I could have lived in those cars. My brother used to bemoan my love for Peugeots, telling me a nice small reliable Jap car is what I want. Well he is wrong. This heap of Jap garbage has blighted my existence since I foolishly bought it. It is too small, cramped, uncomfortable, gutless, unreliable and costly, and has next to no suspension movement. I tried hard to make the best choice. Honest reviews would have helped.
Runs like a Swiss watch
Have done over 110,000 kms and not a problem. Very roomy back seat, also great load space with seats down and large rear door with low loading lip. I use it mainly around Sydney but have driven to Tamworth and Canberra, and it handles highway speeds comfortably. Very zippy off the mark even with the auto. Economy 7.2l/100km on the highway, just over 8l/100kms around town.
Totally reliable, fun to drive and very roomy
Only complaint is that the small wheels give it a slightly choppy ride on rough surfaces.
Great car and very roomy for its size
We've done 60,000km in it with only a couple of issues so far. As others have said interior is very roomy, I'm 6ft tall and is nice and comfortable to drive, we also have a large dog and she can sit up quite happily in the boot.
We've got an auto and it is still quite zippy around town. Feels well built.
We've only had the following issues with it:
- After springs replaced from suspension recall front end now audibly creaks when being compressed on car park ramps, steep driveways etc.
- CD player got stuck and wouldn't eject a CD for about 6mths then one day the CD just came out and all is ok again!
- One of the engine mounts has worn out and needs replacement
Flexible, reliable, practical car
Did a lot of research before buying my Genki. Couldnt have chosen better. Usually travels carrying 3 people and not a problem. Corners & handles incredibly with plenty of get up and go (I have a manual not automatic). Love my Two!!
Everything, great car, great fuel economy, great reliability, and soooo cute
Overall wasn't a bad car, but my older echo (Toyota) is more pleasant to drive and a lot more comfortable. Mazda would not give a good trade in price once the new model came out. I got a better offer from Nissan!!!
Great head room and reasonable finish on the interior and exterior. Had the Genki which has all the air bags and mag wheels. Great access to rear of vehicle with back door very low enabling easy access for large objects.
OEM tyres were very ordinary and had to replace them at 30K. Found the tyres were responsible for not staying in a...
Questions & Answers
I have 2006 Mazda, have had it for years and been running smoothly but yesterday I felt like the car had a hiccup then the AT and engine lights on the dashboard came on. After a minute the AT light was gone but the engine light stayed the whole day. Can anyone please tell me what the issue is? Thank you.
I own a mazda2 (2005 genkii), a thoroughly enjoyable, reliable, feul efficient car, but.... had thecsame issue when i first bought it second hand 3 years ago. The engine checklight would turn on intermittently. My very very reliable mechanic (blunder road, durack, brisbane) lifted it up and gave it a thorough once over. He told me the problem wasn't in the engine at all but in the circuitory of the checklight itself. Once he replaced the said offending circuit.... Voila! No more problems. Cost me $270.
Hi I have a blown head gasket and have a mate fixing it for me but hes made the mistake of not marking where the timing chain needs to be and now hes upto putting it all back together but doesn't know where it needs to line up? Can anyone help plz ??
Hi guys 2 questions i have 2006 mazda 2 and i have knocking sensor issue and what viscosity oil is the correct for Melbourne weather conditions cheers
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|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||82kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||141Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2002|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2007|
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