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Mazda 2 (2007–2015)

Last updated 13 September 2016

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.

2-2-2015: Rated by German TUV as the Most Reliable Supermini.

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.

14-8-2014: Injector problems reported with 2008/58 Mazda 2 1.4D, which are in line with the injector trouble in other applications of this 1.4 HDi/TDCi engine in Citroen, Peugeot and Ford. No such problems with the vastly better 1.6D.

16-4-2015: 53k mile 2009 Mazda 2 Sport failed its MoT due to spongy brakes. Cleaning the rear drums and bleeding the brakes failed to fix it (£130), new master cylinder prescribed (£500), but that also failed to fix it and new ABS module fitted (£1,000). Reader offered a discount of 40% of the cost. See 19-12-2013 and 14-9-2012.

10-3-2016: Electrical problems with 2014 Mazda 2. Back to the dealer 4 times with the Engine Warning Light on. They said it was battery terminals and last time a clutch switch but it is on again.


30-6-2016: R2016/143: Mazda2: STEERING MAY FAIL: The lower nut & bolt securing the front shock absorber to the steering knuckle on either side of the affected vehicles may not have been tightened to specification. The bolt may work loose, causing a rattling sound, and could fall out. fix: On affected vehicles replace bolts retaining the front shock absorbers to steering knuckles. VINs: JMZDE******482925 to JMZDE******530653. Build dates 19-12-2012 to 28-10-2014

31-8-2016: R/2016/186: Mazda2: FUEL MAY LEAK: On affected vehicles silicone may have adhered to the welding surface of the rollover valve (ROV) fitted to the fuel tank during production The presence of silicone may have an effect on the welding causing the possibility of a fuel leak. FIX: On affected vehicles, replace fuel tank. VINS: MMZDJ6H**1W111433 to MMZDJ6H****116879; Build dates: 6-1-2015 to 31-1-2015.


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