I’ve had some rather poor luck with mandatory safety inspections lately. The last two cars have been running quite sweetly when taken in and both have been returned in non-running condition. This time the timing chain snapped on my Mazda 808. Not really anyone’s fault (unlike last time with my Micra) but frustrating none the less and this proved to be the last straw for my wife. She has been on me to get something “sensible” and new for quite a while. So I towed my 808 home and as luck would have it I needed to store it outside for a few days rather than park in the usual spot in the garage. An owner from the local Mazda dealership slipped his card under a windshield wiper and was looking to see if I’d sell.
Well I possibly could. I do like Mazda and the new 2 is my sort of car (well as much any new car is my sort of car). So a deal was struck were he bought my 808 and and I purchased a new 2. He is planning to do a light restoration and use it for promotion and a showroom draw.
My requirements were that it had to be interesting colour and needed to have a manual transmission. Luckily they had a GX (base model) in the attractive Spirited Green colour with the five speed transmission. Beyond A/C and a block heater there are no other options added. I’m really not a fan of gadgets so this was about as bare bones as one can buy a car these days. That said it still has power windows, locks, mirror and a MP3 input. It is probably one of the lightest cars too at 1051kg/2317lbs (5spd w/AC).
Driving impressions thus far are positive. Reminds me of an updated version of my old Nissan Micra. Not an overwhelming amount of power but very willing and toss-able in the corners.
I plan to keep the 2 a long time as my commuter and secondary family car but this leaves me without an old car for now. Hopefully I’ll be able to correct that soon enough.