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 second-hand car for $20,000?
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.
Best second hand 5-door car for $8000?
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.
Mazda 2 best small car?
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.
First car for 22 year old
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.
Replacing an aged Pulsar?
None of the above. It's the Volkswagen Polo, which recently had a significant price cut, that gets The Tick from me.
Used Mazda 2 review: 2002-2013
Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the used 2002-2013 Mazda2.Read More
Mazda 2's stars fail to light the way
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)
Mazda 2 air-con hissing sound
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.