Mazda 2 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda 2 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Best small hatch under $30,000?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 May 2020

The Mazda 2 is a great choice. It has always been towards the front of the small hatchbacks when it comes to safety and is definitely one of the better littlies to actually drive, too.

Mazda facelifted the 2 in 2017 and took the opportunity to add blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert to the vehicle at that point in time. The catch is that the safety tech was only standard on the more expensive models and both the Neo and Maxx versions missed out. You could option that package when you ordered a Neo or Maxx, but it cost extra, and some people didn’t see the value in it.

So, if you’re shopping for a second-hand Mazda 2 Neo or Maxx, make sure you check carefully that the options you want are fitted. If you’re buying brand-new, no problem, because the most recent upgrade to the 2 saw rear-cross traffic alert and blind-sport monitoring become standard across the range. Lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist also became standard at that time. Significantly, autonomous emergency braking was standard on all Mazda 2s built after the 2017 facelift, making the car a very safe package.

As for alternatives, the world is your oyster with $30,000 in your pocket. There are lots of really good, safe cars out there in that price bracket, but, again, the Mazda 2 should definitely be on your short-list.

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Is the Mazda 2 Neo a reliable car?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Nov 2019

The Mazda 2 certainly meets your requirements of safety and reliability, but so too does the Toyota Yaris or Corolla, Hyundai i30, Kia Picanto or Rio.

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Mazda 2 2011: What is the blue water symbol?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jul 2019

It’s indicating that the coolant isn’t yet up to temperature. Once the engine is warmed up the light will go out.

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Mazda 2: Replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019

Its hard to know how much it will be without knowing what year the car is, but if you want to know more about replacing your car keys you can read this.

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Mazda 2 2000: PSI

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Apr 2019

The recommended tyre pressures for your car are shown in the owner’s manual, and on a sticker on the body, either on passenger’s side front door pillar or in the glove box.

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Mazda 2 2016: Speedometer blacks out

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Apr 2019

Could be a fault with the display. The only way to find out is to have it checked, so I would recommend you take it to a Mazda dealer.

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Mazda 2 2005: What variant do I have?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2019

Check the identification plate in the engine bay. It should tell what model you have. If it doesn’t tell you directly you should be able to identify it from the VIN number.

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What $20,000 car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Apr 2018

Unfortunately you’ve kept the Corolla too long, and have had to spend money to keep it going. Keep that in mind for the next one you buy.

You’re constrained by your $20,000 budget, but I would suggest you look at a Kia Rio, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Lancer, or Suzuki Swift. All should fall within your budget and all will give you a good run. If you were prepared to buy a used car that is one or two years old, you could consider a Toyota Corolla, or a Mazda3.

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What could be causing my '04 Mazda 2 to stall?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Mar 2018

The warning light is telling you there is a problem and that you should have a diagnostic check done on it. The idle speed is probably too low to sustain reliable running. It’s possibly a faulty sensor sending a false message to the computer.

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Can I skip my car's servicing?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Feb 2018

Skipping oil changes is the worst possible thing to do, the oil will get thick and sludgy and the risk is that it will block the galleries in the engine, and in the worst case it could cause the engine to fail.

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