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Great choice for a fun commute by Gearhead from Indiana on 04/03/2012. Trim: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 5-Door, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Third owner, s model hatchback, 5 speed. Bought in 2/2011 with 58k miles. Now at 80k. Best performing car in its class, like a FWD BMW, quick and handles great.. Styling still looks pretty fresh, gets compliments all the time. Reliable, only have replaced the battery (to be expected), tires (same) and the alternator (hey it's now 9 years old). Good controls and comfort. Hatch storage area is huge. Handling and braking in wet is superb, feels very safe and confident. Retains value well. Great for my commute but also a good highway car, have done a few road trips in it and do not exit worn out from the drive.
Cons: MPG could be better, but to me is a trade-off for the performance. I get about 300 miles out of its small tank and I drive it harder than you probably will, on ramps are like a video game to me. Ride can be a little rough, again a trade-off for performance, it rides harsher than a Civic or Corolla but runs rings around them. Parts are expensive. Paint chips easy. Headlamp bulbs are fuses are a pain to get to. Back seat area is smallish but it is a small car and not a Cadillac. Interior materials are cheap compared to 2012 standards but well above average for 2004.
Overall review: If you need a small car with decent MPG but do not want to sacrifice driving fun this is the choice for you. I highly recommend getting a stick and not the auto, it completely transforms this car. I look forward to my commute in this car. I never feel a regret about this purchase. My only real complaint is I now want the same package with more power, so a Mazdaspeed3 may be in my future.
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Illegitimate Offspring? by SkidMark on 06/27/2008. Trim: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4-Door, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Performance, ergonomics, styling
Cons: The auto transmission needs a fifth gear for highway driving
Overall review: The Mazda3 looks and drives like the offspring from an illicit affair between a BMW M3 and a Toyota Corolla. And I mean that in a good way. I have extensive experience with cars, and usually drive them forever until they are dead. This is my second Mazda, the first being the underrated MX-6 V6. The Mazda3 is a poor man's small sport sedan, for the price it has excellent performance and styling. It corners like a Mini Cooper. The interior ergonomics are also very good. I've been driving the Mazda3 for four years, and it's a great car. It beats everything in it's price range, hands-down. Zoom zoom.
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Fun Ride by Mike on 05/20/2010. Trim: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 5-Door, Owned 6 years.
Pros: This car looks great after being out for six years and has a great design. Love driving it every day and miss it when I haven't driven it for a while. It is peppy and handles like a BMW.
Cons: Car came with cheap paint and cheap Ford parts. Also, parts are expensive to replace due to specs. Don't go to the dealerships. I have broken down twice to my surprise. First time, a pulley on my belt froze and the belt was torn off of the engine while going down the highway. Second time, my car would not start and was stalling on the highway. Turned out to be a cam sensor failure. Not a big deal, but surprised at 117,000.
Overall review: Great car design, but parts are not always up to Japanese standards. Honda and Toyota may be more reliable, but more expensive. Pay now or pay later.
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the big mistake by Franklin West Palm beach FL on 06/23/2006. Trim: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4-Door, Owned 2 years.
Cons: is not confort at all, fuel economi is crazy runs like v8 I mean on fuel 14 m on city
Overall review: noise, not economic on gas
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Worth considering! by MJA, West Texas on 08/20/2004. Trim: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4-Door, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: A true small performance car. Worth a look, and a better value than Honda, Toyota, etc. Very capeable and comfortable. Ride and handeling are vastly better than other cars in its class.
Cons: Wish the trunk could be popped open via the remote, pretty minor thing. Road noise with stock tires is a bit high, but really can't fault the car for that since it is very quiet in all other regards and the OE tires will get changed out in time anyway. Had a minor door rattle that was fixed under warranty. Again, no big deal...
Overall review: All in all an outstanding small car. Mazda deffinetly pushed the technology envelope with this vehicle, but pulled it off! Great style, comfort, and performance ballance. Fuel economy averages high 20's and is getting better with more miles. No real problems or complaints. As a small performance sedan, it is better in almost every way than other cars in the class.
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