Old Car:BA XR6 New: 97 EL
Join Date: Feb 2001
I used to own a 99 Laser 1.6 Auto. But I was very dissapointed with it.
IT WAS GUTLESS. mostly thanks to the Auto. It also developed a very large number of rattles & squeaks which in the end drove me to trading it on a AUII falcon.
I have since driven (For work) the revised KQ Laser. 1.6 Manual. It is very nice. MUCH quicker than the manual.
Mazda does have a very good build quality, and the cars are put together very well. However some attention needs to be put to NVH. Lots of rattles, Lots of road noise.
1.8L and 2.0L both go like a rocket. great cars.