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How Reliable Are Mazda Cars? For A Frequent Traveller.

I am thinking of getting a Mazda car because of my budget for now, but I want to know how reliable and strong are these Mazda cars because I love travelling. Please I need advice before I proceed. Thank you all.

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Pls my pp,wch one is masda es?.efrend brought it. Sss

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If u take care of ur car, ur car will take care of u. I was never a Mazda fan until I bought a 2008 Mazda6 6. When I first got it my wife was not interested in it, but I speak right now I have to beg her to drive it. If u want to buy a car, buy what u love and not what people say. I have friends who have used Toyota and it gave them a lot of problems and I have also use a Nissan and wished I never bought it. I have use my mazda6 for a year now and have never had any problems. I am even planning to ship it to Nigeria to use it there. I have called so many people and they told me that I can find the parts there. Body parts may be hard, but I have a people here in the US that can ship me any body parts I need. bottom line is, I will advice anyone to go for a Mazda any day and anytime. hope this helps!

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op, the 1995 mazda is fantastic, i dont have any mechanic, jus change the oil as and when due....dont mind the overpriced japs like toyota...its all markrting strategy.....no diffs

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Mazda is not owned by Ford. Ford and mazda only had a manufacturing joint venture agreement(comprising 12 auto manufacturers including Toyota and Mercedes) which has a factory(Auto Alliance Inc.) in Flat Rock, Michigan - USA, where all Mazda Mazda6 models are been manufactured and assembled except for the Mazda MazdaSpeed6 model that is manufactured in Japan and Mazda Tribute that is produced at Ford Motor Company’s plant in Kansas City, Missouri. You will find some components of fords' in these mazda models. Mazda cars are not as bad as some people do think. Reliability of a car all depends on the maintenance culture of the user/ owner. If u give good maintenance to ur car, then it will give u d best of its service. One thing with us, Nigerians, is that we are so much carried off by the thought of regular cars like Toyota and Honda that we miss out in the joyful ride/ experience of other car brands. Ask any little child or young starter in Niaja about his dream car he will tell you Honda or Toyota because those brands of cars are so common that they have become traditional names here in Nigeria. I tell you, even Honda and Toyota users do have one or two bitter experiences. No machine is predictable. It could fail at anytime if not properly taken care of. I think mazda cars are dependable and reliable. Presently, i use a 4cylinder 2007 mazda 6i model, though it's just 2 months old, but i tell u so far i am enjoying my ride in it. It has a beautiful interior and exterior, it has some extra features that are missing in some other brands of its class like honda and toyota, and it delivers like a 6cylinder car. Note; newer mazda models are not as cheap as some people think, it all depend on the source and the history of the car. The decision on the choice of a car all depends on what u want from the car, how u want the car be like, and why u like the car. Mazda is good!

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been using a 626 95 model for over 4 years now, never had any issues except regular oil change and brake pads.fuel consumption is lovely. very reliable and rugged car. little wonder most transporters use the bus version for inter state travels.

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I'm using a Mazda 626, 01 model which i bought in Feb, 2008. Twice had a problem with the auto gear box in 2009 and 2010 which i tiwce changed and in the course of this problem i came 2 realise it's a major problem with this model. The 2nd time i changed d GB, it didnt work nd i was forced to change it to a manual transmission, an advice I ignored when i first had the problem...I am glad to tell u that i hav solved the problem with the car, this is 2012 and it looks like the car still hav many more years.

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Hmmmm! Dats quiet intresting.

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Not any more dude. Ford's investment in Mazda as of today is not more than 3 percent.

They had as much as 33.4 percent controlling stake until 2010 when they sold it off as a result of restructuring after the global melt down

caught up with them.

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I am very sure of the older models of mazda. I used a 626, 91 model bought 2002 and had to dash a younger brother just last year. It never broke down on the highway and I've the rivers of PH and the seas of Lagos with it and guess what, the a/c is still functional. However, newer models are not as reliable, the worst being the millenium series. Most important for any car is maintainace and learn to listen to ur car. All the best.

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True, It's very annoying when the cars/suvs start to rattle due to bad roads. Very common with Japanese cars cos of their weak suspension and road handling, It kills the pleasure in driving. That said, I would advise anyone that loves Mazda to go for a manual tranny. The auto tranny are problematic.

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I think the sienna 2001 model is also good and reliable. Thinking of obtaining one very soon. Wat do u guys tink?

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Mazda are very good cars, I once used a 626 (94) then I bought a 323 (96) before I bought a 626 (00) none of them has never let me down, apart for minor things like changing the fan belt or plug leads etc. and one thing I noticed was the 626 which was a 2ltr engines does more miles to the gallon than a Honda Accord (98) 2ltr engine.

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In my opinion I feel mazda cars are stronger than Toyota cars.depends on the model though

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Excuse me, I've used a 626 (1990, manual, sometimes referred to as 'Capella').

Let me assure you that is the most rugged, reliable and efficient car I ever used.

Bought as Toks in 1999 by a family friend, who travelled constantly with it without any faults. Only periodic engine servicing. Transferred to me for a token in 2005 (I was in Uni then).

Ppl, I've never seen a car so balanced on the highway (car had 15"rims by d way), speed, steering/handling was great, suspension system top notch. I travelled a lot with d car and d car never disappointed for d four years it was my 1st choice car. Other road users driving all these big (relatively modern) cars often marveled at my dashing 626's abilities.

Only other thing I noticed was d clutch kit seemed to have a rather short lifespan, so I had to change mine at least once a year. Thankfully, d kit ain't expensive and it's easy to change.

Poster: I will advise u wholeheartedly to go for a Mazda. It should serve u VERY WELL, provided u are a good driver. If u can get a manual, I'd say u choose it in lieu of auto.

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Mazda is owned by Ford. All Mazda's from 2000 up are basically Fords with a twist to give them a unique look for Mazda brand.

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It would be interesting to hear from people who drive newer Mazda models. So far we only have responses only from the owners of older models.

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If you want to compare any car, just go to www.kbb.com. You should find help there.If the website requires a zip code just google any zip and type it in. All these comments about Mazda is just garbage.

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A people that does not understand the mechanism of motion can not use vehicles.Movememnt.

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Three things I doff my for in a Mazda is one rugged, fuel consumption and cheaper spare parts compared to other japs. Infact a decent mechanic can handle it just like d peugeot of old. I am making dis assumption based on 2002 Mazda 626 my partner uses. Absolutely no issues except for a gear system issue which was as a result of flooding.

D issue being experienced now as caused by a quack mechanic who messed up d car. The car has done Lagos to Awka/Enugu at least 12 times. In d past two yrs. If u can, go for it instead of the Altima

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No vehicle can be reliable with the kind of roads you have in nigeria,not even four wheel drives.The roads are car and life wreckers.They ground vehicles to eternal halt,no matter how careful the owners can be.

In a normal world,road users will be suing the government on a regular basis for the deplorable state and fatalities of nigerian roads.

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My friend if u buy MAZDA u go catch witch o. Of all the brands of cars in nigeria i think mazda with his twin brother mitsubishi r the worst ever. Just go round mechanic workshops they r more in numbers abadoned by their owners out of fustration. Please go for volkswagen brands they r made for nigeria road. Durable,cheap parts,low fuel conruption and agile.

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One of the best cars you can find. I have been using Mazda since 2006 and has never dissapointed. Fuel economy is superb. Don't listen to uninformed guesses. Go for it. That car does not dissapoint

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Yea... U would never regret as long as u bought direct Tokunbo and service it regularly... Am using mine Mazda protege for 8months now i only change break pads... Wit exception liner break that scarce in Abuja

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From my own experience, I've been driving a mazda 626 GF or so it's called ('99 model) manual transmission. Bought it in Oct. 2008 from Ritis, Benin Republic with abt 140K plus. It now has 250K plus and still going.

Nobody has opened it's engine till date. Just usual oil change which I do monthly or as soon as the oil turns black and break pads. The A/C for this particular one isn't really good but I don't mind but I see other people using their's with A/C so I don't think it's mazda's prob.

I drive everyday and this car doesn't dissappoint. My mechanic is even now trying to get one for himself as he's fascinated by the car. He sees me once a month just to change oil (that's the only thing he's been doing on the car since Nov. 2008 when I started visiting him to change oil) and he says this is the best car he has seen so far amongst his clients.

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Get ready for the GEAR PROBLEM

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Am motivated by d comments...am buying a mazda 626 96 moro...luks cool and d mechanic jst confirmed its sweet as far as I service it 2mnths...good coolin system, fuel consumption...I pray I enjoy d car, its ma first car, gud 4 a start of life....cnt wait to touch down, lasgidi roads...

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Good thread. I saw a Mazda 2000 MPV online on a foreign site which caught my interest. I intend shipping it to Nigeria considering its cheap. What do you think, ur suggestions/opinions please

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Bros, I suggest u have patient 4 awhile and increase your budget so that u can go 4 toyota product.d initial cost is relatively higher but maintenace cost is lower, it pays in d long run,it is more rugged and reliable esp for long journey.Mazda cars are good if u have enough cash,mechanic that is competent and honest but such people are scarce. my car is toyota any time anyday.my coleague in d office uses mazda, he has almost turn to mechanic because of issues here and there though the car was bought as tokunbo.

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I had a 626 V6 never really had a major problem with it and I did do a lot of travelling. it occasionally overheated when on speed on the highway so had to travel most time without the AC on. I think the newer ones are even better if well maintained. The engines are pretty rugged just need to care for them.

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There is nothing wrong with mazda. I used a mazda 626 for 4 years and i hardly visit the mechanics except for routine servicing/maintenance, break pad change and other minor repairs. Any Japanese auto mechanic can fix it. Make sure you buy a very clean one at point of buying and you will enjoy the car

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i have a mazda 626 96 model american specs. very good car, hardly disappoints and I travel a lot.

the major problem I have had with the car is that the automatic transmission gave me serious problems and the mechanics messed up the electrical system around the auto gear. i was later advised to change it to manual transmission and since then the car has been great.

as long as u do regular oil change like every 5000km, u are fine. to me, it is best to go for manual transmission of mazda cars. they are more reliable.

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The only things I changed in my mazda is the brake pads and the fan blade sitting, but I understand, I over use the car jare.

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My Mazda experience is fantastic, I bought Mazda Protege5, 2003 model, used it for 1yr without any issues and no mechanics apart from servicing it once. Sold it last month cos I had to buy other cars. No faults at all and the fuel consumption was so great. I miss my Mazda Protege5

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I think you are wrong bros.

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I use a 96 model 626 and its the most rugged car ave used so far. Travelling between states, rough terrain and late night travels is assured that I will return safe, dont have a mechanic for 2 years 3 months now. Solid ride for my business runs. If I can, will upload pics later of where the car swam across a little river, slippery climb on a hill etc, its on my other thread "making a building quotation" here on nairaland I think.

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@OP, to answer your question, Mazda is super reliable. My family used a 323 for years and it served so well my pops had to give it out(he couldn't bring himself to sell it). There's a very good Mazda mech at Agidingbi around LTV whose name is Lati(Lati Mazda if you like). The guy was born for Mazda.

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Aviod a mazda with all ur life cos mazda cars are like d worst cars ever(talking from experience) just go for a car dat is common in ur area for easy maintenance.

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My dear,

show love and care to any vehicle and it will serve you for years. my mazda 626 has been there since 2005. i service every 5000kg. i have travelled to & fro east/ph countless time. the closest i have gone into the engine is to change timing belt. Mazda is not bad at all. it takes attention off you.

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THANK YOU QUSER

I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND.

BLESS U.

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where can one possibly get a very good mechanic in Nigeria, ?

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Hello Ikenna, go to this link: http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-200317.0.html

Hope that answers your question?

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@ALLBOYZ

THANK YOU VERY MUCH I INTEND GOING FOR 626 99 TO 2002 MODEL.

MORE ADVICE PLEASE.

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which Mazda do you intend buying? 626 1995 is good.

bought one for a freind @ 600K and was fantastic. . .like the other bro said,you will need a good mechanic

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@ Goldcircle

Thank you very much for your reply and i am happy you spoke out of experience.

But i ws thinking that mazda mechanics are very easy to locate.

Thanks once more for educating me more.

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Bros, please think twice o! my experience with Mazda wasn't a too good one. Unless of course you get a very good and reliable mechanic!

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