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Mazda 2 (2007 - )

Last updated 10 February 2014

 
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What's good

Euro NCAP 5 stars passenger protection, 4 stars child passenger protection, 2 stars pedestrian protection.

2008 World Car of the Year (WCOTY). From an initial entry list of thirty-nine (39) new vehicles from all over the world, the overall 2008 WCOTY title was announced March 20, 2008 at the New York International Auto Show. The Mazda2 (known as the Mazda Demio in Japan) edged out the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to take the overall award.

European Car Of the Year 2008 runner up.

In 2011 German JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey, Mazda 2 won sub-compact segment, beating the MINI and Dacia Logan.

In 2012 JD Power Thailand Initial Quality Study is based on evaluations from 4,674 owners who purchased a new vehicle between October 2011 and July 2012, in the compact car segment, the the Mazda2 Sports ranks 2nd highest with 95 PP100.  

What to watch out for

Diesel reported to be quite noisy.

One complaint of road noise and rattles.

Several reports of rear wheel bearing failures after between 6 months and 36 months.

Spate of reports of alarms going off in early 2010.

18-5-2012: Alloys can oxidise as a result of UK road salt after as little as 2 years.

18-5-2012: Boot switch can fail. R ecommend any purchaser of new or used model to make sure the boot locks and inspect the rubber boot switch. If it is cracked or damaged it may need to be replaced. Replacements cost £47.69, part number d651624bob .

14-9-2012: Not immune from the ABS/ESP brake pressure sensor fault that afflicts a lot of VAG cars and to a lesser extent Volvo S40/V50, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, etc. Mazda dealers have been quoting £1,800 to replace. May be curable at much more reasonable expense by ECU Testing or by Sinspeed.

12-3-2013: Complaint of knocking steering rack that a replacement rack did not cure.

31-5-2013: Another problem with EPAS, this with a 19k mile 2009/59. Light came on 3 times July 2012. Took to dealer. Dealer rebooted software. 2-5-2013 light came on again. "steering column had broken". £1,600 to fix, reduced to £1,000 after contributions from Mazda and the dealer. Reader can probably reclaim full cost under consumer rights.

5-10-2013: Yet another complaint of clunks from steering, this time on a brand new Mazda 2 purchased in February 2013.

21-11-2013: Intermittent metallic rattle heard from engne of 2011 Mazda 2 1.3 after first 9,000 mile service. Became more frequent by 22,000 miles so dealer partially dismantled engine, found some shards of metal in the sump and diagnosed "piston slap" - nothing to worry about.

19-12-2013: ABS failed on 6 year old Mazda 2. Quoted £540 to repair by local Mazda dealer, so must be using an ABS module repair kit, possibly supplied by ECU Testing

25-1-2014: Complaint of brake judder on 2011/61 Mazda 2 in September 2013. Discs were worn. Discs replaced under warranty by Mazda dealer, but by January 2014 judder had returned. Might be curable with new pads.

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