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.

Good replacement for Golf?

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Dec 2014

The Polo is the best car on your list — and until the end of the year it is selling for $15,990 driveaway — but you should include the Honda Jazz, which is even better value for money.

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Good second-hand car for $20,000?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Dec 2014

I'm doing the same thing with my mother-in-law. A new car will be best with great value and excellent warranties. The three cars she needs to drive are the Honda Jazz, Mazda2 and Volkswagen Polo. All three get The Tick so go for her personal favourite. I'd go for the Jazz.

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Small reliable car options

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Dec 2014

The two new arrivals this year, the Mazda2 and Jazz, both get The Tick from me. The Jazz is better value in the basic car and the Mazda rival has a more substantial feel. Go for the Honda.

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Best second hand 5-door car for $8000?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Nov 2014

You could look at all small models from the mainstream carmakers, like Mazda, and you won’t go wrong. The Mazda2 is a good choice, but you could also look at the Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20 and Kia Rio.

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Mazda 2 best small car?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Nov 2014

All three get The Tick, which is unusual for me. The Polo is slightly better as a car but the Mazda2 beats it on value thanks to reliability and dealer back-up. The Jazz, in third, isn't disgraced.

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First car for 22 year old

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Nov 2014

Most modern cars would be perfectly fine for your country commuting, that's not really an issue like it was in the past where it was felt you needed a six-cylinder car at least to handle the long distance, higher-speed cruising. Smaller cars like the Yaris or Mazda2 are perfect for city use; they're small, manoeuvrable, easy to park, safe and cheap to run. A larger car, like the Mazda3 would be a little more comfortable for a longer journey. It would also have better performance, but being larger is a little more difficult to park, and would cost more to run. For your money you could get a 2008/2009 Mazda3, which would also be a good buy. For mine, I would go for the smaller car, the Yaris or the Mazda2.

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Replacing an aged Pulsar?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Oct 2014

None of the above. It's the Volkswagen Polo, which recently had a significant price cut, that gets The Tick from me.

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Mazda 2's stars fail to light the way

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jun 2014

ANCAP ratings do not consider the headlamps. And more is the pity, since I believe it's a major safety failing.  -Paul Gover 
"Your comments on headlights reminded me of the early 1990s when, as a Wheels Car of the Year judge, I emphasised the importance of car illumination. Exterior lamps and interior illumination of instrumentation and controls are key to driver control and road safety. I don't consider enough journalists pay attention to this important aspect of vehicle design. But the criticism of import-brand headlamp performance was not only astute, it was also an ongoing battle within the car companies. With the demise of the locally developed models, using local suppliers such as Hella, we will likely sink to the lowest common denominator." (Paul Beranger - former Nissan and Toyota Australia designer) 


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Mazda 2 air-con hissing sound

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Jun 2013

Go back to the dealer and again request a report on the cause of the problem, if they give the same answer ask them to justify it. In the meantime take it to an air-conditioning specialist and get an independent assessment of it.

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