Very poor fuel consumption
We bought this car in January 2019 for my wife who travels short trips to/from work. I fill up every couple of weeks but have never managed to get the fuel consumption less than 10LTS/100Klms. Used occasionally on longer runs at the weekend however this doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Some good features (on paper) however the istop stopped working after 3-4 months (which could be impacting the fuel consumption figures - but even if that reduced consumption by the advertised 10% the city driving figures are garbage). Car has just had ...it's 1st service and I mentioned this issue only to be asked "is she using the air conditioning"? Because the car is being used on short trips the battery doesn't charge to a level where the istop can operate therefore the safety cut out function is preventing istop from working!!!! You have to be kidding me and this is way beyond disappointing to say the least. My other gripe is with the range to empty which appears to be calibrated way too conservatively. When I'm down to zero and fill up the most fuel I've been able to put into the 50LT tank is 42Lts (meaning I could get another 80Klms - even at 10Lts/100Klms). First ever Mazda, not really impressed and will be looking further afield in the near future
Purchased in January 2019 for $24,470.00.
We got a Mazda last year and are absolutely loving it. So smooth and the style is perfect. Wouldn’t drive anything else!! Used every day to get to work no issues at all
Great car, crap to work on.
Haven't had any real mechnical issues with the car.
The issues have arisen when doing simple tasks eg replacing the head lights.
In both the left and right fender there are gaps, the other day I was changing the globes.
Went to get the globe and couldn't figure out where it went until I saw it in the fender.
I almost had to take the front wheel off.
To the engineers that designed and signed this off, there is a special place in hell for you.
After a lot of curing the same engineers that designed and signed off on the design I finally manger to wrangle the packet for the heal light out. There is a good hour ill never get back....
Purchased in February 2012.
I purchased my blue mazda 3 BL2 2013 manual hatch back in 2016 with 25,000kms. This is the second mazda I've owned. My very first car was a mazda 323 1979 model (and it rocked even in 1999!)
My 2013 Mazda was an outstanding car, super reliable and lots of servicing/tyre options - definitely the upside to owning a ridiculously popular car. I had all services carried out at MyCar with an average cost of around $190. Outside of servicing my car only needed a battery and tyres. It never missed a beat, felt solid on the road, 6 speed manual was eas...y, it handled the city and open country roads effortlessly. I only fueled up with 95 and easily got 650kms between refuels. The only downside, parking is tricky due to difficulty seeing over the bonnet and out the tiny rear window and of course the loud road noise. All in all it was a magical car for myself and my two children and i highly recommend it to anyone considering a medium sized convieniant hatch. Its spacious, comfotable, clever and packed full of features (cruise control, bluetooth, hands free, air con, air bags galore etc). Our little mazda unfortunately didn't survive a recent freak hail storm, otherwise I would still have it today. I ended up replacing it with a 2014 mazda 3 and it's amazing too. I am floored what mazda has managed to do between 2013 and 2014 - absolutely incredible. If you're looking for safety, efficiency, reliability and style - look no further than a mazda 3 BL II.
I drive daily to work and taken the car up and down the coast for little getaways. I have owned my Mazda 3, for nearly 5 years and mever had a problem. No regrets choosing this car as it has been hassle free so far.
Purchased in September 2015 for $24,000.00.
Braking Issue and Mazda don't take responsibility
Purchased car in August 2019. Accident in Oct 2019 due to the braking issue (recalled Dec 2019). Emails to Mazda detailing this issue well before they issued the recall. Subsequently 3 more incidents with this braking fault between Nov 2019-Dec 2019. Police reports, insurance reports and claim for excess to be covered by Mazda Australia submitted to Mazda Australia early January 2020 but they have refused to do this yet they admit the fault in my car. Disappointing service through Mazda Australia Customer Service leaving a very disgruntled Mazda owner (3rd Madza I have purchased) and has ensured I will not buy another Mazda again.
Purchased in August 2019 for $38,000.00.
- 3 BM
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SP25 GT Premium price for crap infotainment system.
Had this car for 6 yrs. always complain about the Bose system install in the car, dealer always been telling me we just tune it. It will be ok finally my car was out warranty when they told there was one speaker broken and want me to pay for it.
Purchased in March 2014 for $39,990.00.
Great value for a small car
Great small car. Purchased new for $32,000.
Kerrys Mazda in Darwin allowed trade in and purchased floor model with free stamp duty sale.
Excellent for towing considering small side.
Excellent interior size, easily fits 2 adults and large dogs in backseats
Driven from Townsville - Sydney and back with nill issues.
Great small gadgets and nice leather trim interior. Pop up display and blind spot indicators are very handy in city driving. Good leds for dark rural roads for size of car. ...Easy to park and good rearview camera. Light touch accelerator and smooth manual gears. Good surround sound and connectivity. Would recommend as first car/city car.
- 3 BK
- Verified purchase
Such a great car
I use my car to get to and from university, its a great car and its the first car Ive bought, im glad I chose the Mazda 3 as it has everything I needed and its great on fuel which is really efficient for a student.
Purchased in January 2019 at Gumtree for $4,200.00.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
My Mazda is Da Bomb!
I use my Mazda to get me from A to B on weekends and mu husband uses it for work during the week so it gets a workout! I love my Mazda 3 - it's just the size for me and I live the hatch back style. The boot is a good size and I like the look of the dashboard and the comfy seats. I wish it had built in sat nav but that will have to be my next car! I get it serviced yearly and I only had one very small oil leak issues once in 5 years.
- BN (Hatchback) SP25 Astina
- Verified purchase
Had this car for 3 months now. 50,000 klms . So impressed !!
Great motor and transmission.
Great fuel economy on longer highway drives.
A real drivers car.
Luxurious for the price.
Bought 2nd hand at Brisbane dealer.
Have driven 5,000 Kim's so far.
Best hatchback I have ever owned.
The Downsides of the Mazda 3 2019 Model
Recently purchased the 2019 model Mazda 3 G25 GT thinking this vehicle was going to be the best car I have ever owned. I was wrong. While the vehicle has many good features, looks good and is kitted out with loads of technology, it is this technology which has really bugged me and in my opinion lets this vehicle down. I read another review stating that the Mazda Cruise Control was an issue, as it slams the brakes on when you get within a certain distance of another vehicle or when another vehicle enters a gap in front of you. Totally true. And ...for what its worth, the minimum gap this setting keeps you from a vehicle in front is way way too big. So you turn the Mazda Radar Cruise Control off. Solved. No. Mazda turns it back on every time you stop the engine. And it's like this for a number of settings. You can't get what you want ... just what Mazda says you'll have. Headlights as another example. If you make certain light settings you can no longer control your lights from the column switch. You have to go back into the settings menu and find the setting you need to give you control of simple functions such as turning your headlights on and off. And the list goes on. Maybe worst of all, this is an untrustworthy vehicle. Not unreliable ... untrustworthy. I would expect once you make a setting selection, that action would then occur whenever the setting situation arises. Not so. Seems with certain settings this vehicle makes it's own mind up as to what mood it's in and then chooses whether or not to follow the settings instructions. Biggest example is the auto lock of the vehicle when you leave the vehicle. Definitely don't trust this action to be completed. And for further reference, I approached Mazda Australia regarding some of these issues. Was advised a Case Officer had been assigned to look into the issues I raised and would report back to me within 1 week. That was over 3 months ago and cannot get a response from Mazda. So is this a good car ?? Depends on what you are looking for. If you want a car that gives you the ability to select options that you, not the manufacturer, wants and if you want a trustworthy car that does actually follow the instructions you select from the settings and if you want a car that doesn't continually frustrate you by having to go into the extensive settings menu to find a reselect the options you want from your car every time you turn the engine on, then the answer is NO.
Purchased in July 2019.
We brought it new. But it was a showroom model, so it had been used for test drives prior to us buying it. We use the car daily to and from work which is a round trip of 100kms. We also go shopping in it and on holiday with it. Furtherest we have taken it is 1000kms for a holiday and it handled like a dream on the motorway. We get it serviced every three months with Mazda (otherwise you lose the warranty) which is a bit annoying as sure we could get it serviced cheaper elsewhere. Had it for 14 months now and never had any mechanical issues with...it. We do have quite a basic model, and the only two downsides are no GPS and no reversing mirror. Me being a learning driver, finds the viability for reversing to be poor and even my husband who has been driving for over 30 years sometimes finds issues with this too without a reversing camera. But he says otherwise it is an excellent car. It is a very attractive car looks wise, looks quite sporty.
Great car for most purposes
We bought this car last November and found it very reliable. Powered by the 2 litre engine mated with the 6 speed auto it is a good combination. We regularly go to Sydney and today I used the paddle shifters on the steering wheel and by doing so it made the car far easier to drive when using cruise. Left in drive it would kick down 2 gears to keep the set speed which caused an uneasy feeling. When using the paddles I felt I had more control and the car was able to be kept in the ‘sweet’ spot.
As for the rest of the car, the radio reception is ...
Purchased in November 2018.
Best Car we have owned
Used for shopping, travels, visiting and around town. Never ever misses a beat. Serviced every 10K and both my wife and I feel special every time either of us are in the drive seat. 6 speed auto is smooth as, power for the 2Litre is Zoom Zoom as they say, and all area's of this car are very well thought out. Paid 24K for the car new and we both Love it.
Purchased in December 2017 at Wollongong Mazda for $24,000.00.
For my private use and family outings
Also to go shopping once a week with it
I use this car everyday. No issues with the car. I usually use my car for family transport and my use.
- Verified purchase
We often use our car going to work and travelling during weekend and it is really a nice car.
We use this everyday.
We do get a service every 10K kilometer. The mechanic was good the check the baattery, update the GPS and check all the tires and replace it if necessary
Purchased in August 2017 for $24,000.00.
This is a great car to drive. had this for 11 yrs and never missed a pin. I just love this car. A future car will be from Mazda family of sure.
Purchased in June 2010 for $25,000.00.
Great car, let down by some of the gadgets
Purchased a 2019 Mazda 3 BP G20 Pure in August 2019 after test driving. Beautiful car for looks, finish exterior and interior and comfort. As advertised the Noise Vibration & Harshness have been quite considerably reduced over previous models. To me, the car doesn't feel as sure footed as the BL series Mazda 3 I traded in.
The only items I find annoying are the Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Lane Keep-Assist.
The Mazda radar cruise control over reacts and feels like the car has gone into crash stop when another car changes lanes in the gap ahe...
Purchased in August 2019.
Overall a great family car! I drive it everyday to commute to from work, as well as family outings. It’s economical, comfortable and it’s ingenuity makes driving easy and safe.
Purchased in February 2019 at Westco.
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Questions & Answers
I have a 2008 mazda neo bk and just to know if it has a 6 cd stacker or just a single cd
Radio text - has anyone had any success with getting the radio text feature turned on? The feature is there & radio text is displayed when the park brake is on, but as soon as you deactivate the park brake the option goes away, siting its a safety issue to display the text. Yet when using Apple CarPlay you can see all the text you want & can navigate around all the settings & apps while travelling at 110kms.
Sounds like another "option" Mazda provides that doesn't allow any actual options to be selected ... you can only have what Mazda says you can have ?? But I haven't used this setting, so am only assuming it behaves like other "Mazda Options" which give you no options, similar to a number of settings I have used on the Mazda 3 that behave in this manner.
Yep, it certainly seems that way. Poor form Mazda. I had a 2017 Mazda 3 which I LOVED & only traded-in because I thought I was upgrading when the next gen came out. I am now regretting that decision. So many features I had in my previous Mazda are now unavailable in my new one. Its so frustrating. I feel like Im being treated like a moron who is incapable of making decisions about their driving experience. I love driving but I am not enjoying driving this car. This will no doubt be my last Mazda.
I have a mazda 3 2013 model. When I got my car I payed for the paint protection now 6 years have passed and half of my car is peeling and Mazda will not touch it as they say its due to bird poo and chips and general dirt . My whole roof is almost white and not in patches either and my door handle and my bonnet. I do not even believe they done anything paint protection at all - Does anyone know how I can get my car tested to see if if it was indeed put on my car or not?
Hi Kylie, I did some online research for you and from the general chat all I get is that modern paint on cars should not need extra protection anyway and it is only sold as an added extra to make us spend more...yes we got it too, so going on this I would say that your car paintwork was not up to scratch originally and Mazda are avoiding the issue by blaming you. I don't know how you proceed from here except by saying to Mazda that every car on the road that is 6 years old should look like yours if the dirt etc is the reason your paintwork has deteriorated so badly and that it is about time these manufacturers stood by their products and looked after their customers. Good luck.
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