Was tempted by one myself, but put off by the 20mpg, incredibly high oil consumption (I think mazda recommend 1 litre every 3 fill ups
)...plus the rotor tips of the 'wankel' engine have a habit of eating themselves at 30k miles.
Dash is nasty as well...keep to the Alfa flock
Plus honestjohn came up with this
Car must NEVER be started then shut down without reaching full operating temperature or petrol washout will harm rotor seals. Car must not be used for short runs from cold. CO2 284g/km, so Group G VED (£300pa 2007/8; £400pa from 2008).
What to Watch Out For
On very early 2003 cars, lower suspension arm ball joint and/or entire arm can fail so make sure recall work below has been carried out.
Make sure a heat shield has been installed between exhaust pipe and plastic fuel tank (particularly important on independent imports which also means ALL automatics).
Apparently, if the car is stationary for a long time with the revs running high the exhaust ports of the engine can melt, resulting in red hot molten metal shooting into the cat converter, spiking it.
Have been some early clutch failures, after as little as 11,500 miles. New clutch £940 and unlike original clutches apparently warranted for 2 years or 24k miles.
Pipe from oil cooler corrodes, leading to severe oil leak and a seized engine.
Water gets into the self levelling Xenon headlight electrics and replacing both is quotes at £1,501.54.
Anti roll bar links can fail after 3 years.
Cats also prone to failure if the car has either been over-revved or driven short runs from cold (£1,011.31 at Mazda prices).