- 3 BL (2009-2013)
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Don't ever buy a MAZDA ABS brake units fail.$3300 for new unit
Our 2011 Mazda 3 went into Mazda for 80000 service at 500 dollars this included brake fluid flush. Not long afterwards the brake pedal became soft, took the car in early before 90000 service to get it looked at, after Wanneroo Mazda first said there is nothing wrong and on my insistance they did find something wrong and bleed the brakes again and brake pedal went back to normal. One and half day later the same problem returned and I took it back only to be told the ABS unit is faulty and needs to be replaced for 3300 dollars, searches on internet reveal this is a all to common problem. Do not buy a MAZDA.
Wish someone had told me this sooner.
We bought a cheap & nasty 2007 model Mazda 3 diesel 6 months ago. We were drawn to the fuel efficiency & it was what we could afford at the time. What a piece of crap! 6 months down the track we are faced with the possibility of having to replace it & lose $4000+. It is so rattly the suspension sounds like it could fall off at any moment, the engine shudders the whole car something chronic & it idles up & down like crazy. The airbag light has come on for no apparent reason & they need replacing at a cost of $1500 a piece for the car to be safe ...again, it’s not even worth fixing! The fuel economy has been fantastic, my husband drives it to work all week (240kms) and it costs about $20-$25 in diesel each week & the acceleration is fantastic. That’s about the only good things I have to say about this car.
Purchased in December 2019 for A$4,500.00.
I recently purchased a next-gen Mazda 3 and have had constant issues with the car since the day I bought it. Let's start with the emergency braking which went off without cause an hour after I drove the car out of the show room. After this continued everyday for two weeks I decided there must be something wrong with the car and it was also becoming very dangerous. I brought the car in and they told me nothing was wrong with the car only to find out a week later the car had been recalled for that exact issue. Once they fixed that all the other i...ssues proceeded to follow. -Air conditioning blowing out the completely wrong temperature -Constant rattle from the passenger seat belt -The sound system not working for a day -The passenger door always getting stuck I also had the worst experience at Brookvale Mazda with service manager Darren. I have never been treated so poorly. He should not be on the front line. It's safe to say this car is terrible. Please save yourself the time and don't buy a Mazda.
Don’t believe the hype, Mazda can do better.
The BP Mazda 3 is not a bad car, but Mazda (like all car manufacturers at some stage) has lost sight of what made the previous models enjoyable. Unfortunately for them, they also introduced a host of very frustrating, unwanted characteristics into the new, BP-Series.
Firstly, some background. I turn cars over frequently, sometimes racking up 100,000 km per annum. I’m fussy, some of the things that drive me crazy about cars go unnoticed by many happy owners. So there, you have been warned.
Ok, back to my experiences with my 2019 Mazda 3 G25.
T...he good: looks nice (subjective); well-made; familiar; proper hydraulic automatic gearbox, decent-sized fuel tank so it has a good highway range; much improved headlamps; improved multimedia (doesn’t freeze as often, starts up more quickly), better rear-seat folding system; all-windows one-touch up and down; nicer instrument cluster; digital radio; rear seat vents; LED head- and taillamps; nice black headliner, more standard features. The not-so-good: 1. Still very noisy, extremely so. This would have to be the noisiest new car available in Australia, on coarse-chip surfaces it will give you a headache after a couple of hours. Don’t believe the hype about this car being more refined than the previous series.
Purchased in December 2019 for A$30,000.00.
First brand new car I have ever bought and no regrets. Car drives brilliantly - preferred this model over turbo alternatives, considerably smoother and I know will go for miles. Has held its value very well as expected too. My only negative would be that it’s a little noisy when starting but you get used to it.
Had it for 70k kms now and hasn’t missed a beat.
I loved this car!!!!
Words can not explain how much I loved this car, i bought it at 14thousand KMs and had it until 80k when I unfortunately rode it off this car looks and feels so good one the road with a 2.5 litre engine it picked up speed as quick as you can click your fingers it was very reliable and smart the petrol wasn't incredible usually 50-60 for a full tank and only lasting a week but I don't drive like a grandma. If I could drive this car again I would I loved her so so so much NOTE: this car saved my life, I crashed it at 100kms and hour and I came out basically untouched the car crumbled around me but by that happening I survived!
Purchased in October 2016 at Mazda for A$22.00.
Reliable, safe and great to drive but the road noise is unbearable
Our 2006 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport has been in our family since new.
This Mazda 3 is mainly used for commuting and as a second car for a family of 6-8. It is also used a learn to drive vehicle and is used daily.
Other than regular maintenance the issues have been limited to the following:
Spark plugs last 40,000km not 120,00km as stated in the owner manual.
Boot leaks around the wiring grommet when the car is on any incline.
Cabin filter can be difficult to access and change
As with all Mazda 3s until the most recent model the road noise is e...xcessive. Mazda made no attempt to reduce the road noise in these vehicles. Additional sound proofing was installed which reduced the road noise slightly but was more effective at reducing engine noise.
Purchased in June 2006.
Good small car
Fuel efficient, easy of use, this car is so much fun to drive i love every minute of it!! Mazda are a good brand so i decided to try this car and was super impressed!
Have had the car for a month, no issues to speak of. Amazing fuel efficiency, great for the city, good performance. Fun to drive with manual transmission.
Hatch has a lot of space inside, and can get a lot in the back. And looks good too.
Soul Red colour is great too.
iStop can be a bit annoying, however you can turn it off.
Map updates for built in navigation can be costly.
Purchased in March 2020 for A$14,990.00.
Has been very reliable and easy to maintain. Looks great and well thought out design. Will almost definitely get another one. No negative feedback to be honest
For a well sized car the fuel economy is very good and the mechanic said he finds it easy to work on as he sees so many of them
Purchased in February 2017.
Brilliant! Just a few small niggles
Purchased our new Mazda 3 about 3 weeks ago. It’s been a great car so far, however there are a few things that are a little frustrating. The first thing is the satnav. To input the desired locating you must use the rotary dial and select each individual letter. This can be a lengthy process. Alternatively you can try the voice assist method. Unfortunately most of the time it doesn’t understand what you’re saying. Also you need to know the full address including state and post code! We’ve found it easier to just plug in a phone and use Apple Car...Play. The second issue is with the door lock system. When you walk away from the car with the key, the car is supposed to automatically lock and fold the mirrors in. Half the time this doesn’t happen and you end up having to press the key fob button anyway. I realise these are only small issues that could possibly be cured with a software update. I will be bringing these up with Mazda’s service department. These things aside, I am extremely happy with our purchase. The build quality and use of soft touch materials make you feel like you are sitting in a far more expensive brand. The ride is smooth and quiet even with 18” wheels. And the 2.5 litre engine is punchy especially mated to a traditional 6 speed auto. Would highly recommend this car.
Purchased in March 2020 for A$29,000.00.
Have our Mazda 3 Neo automatic for over 8 years with 110k. Mostly city driving but have done between Melbourne to Sydney. Never missed a beat and only replaced consumables. Would recommend.
Purchased in December 2011.
A Massive Lemon - being factual
Top of the line Astina hatch.
Problems with the infotainment system saying no sat nav installed after one month .
Front drivers side shock absorber creeks all the time , MAZDA said cant find fault
Purchased in March 2015.
Rapidly Becoming A Major Disappointment
Purchased new in September 2019 from Maitland Mazda. Recall Issues (2) January 2020. Have now got problem with Info System turning itself off / freezing etc. Waiting on dealer to investigate with Mazda Australia (?). Have like others also had trouble with Cruise Control function and have now simply turned off. Do like some of improvements to past Mazdas ( have had 6 previously ) particularly road noise reduction but for a "new" car there are obviously quality control issues. When driving cannot help wonder "what next" which is a bit off putting.
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 A$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 A$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 A$38,000.00.
Questions & Answers
my automatic mazda keeps jumping to from normal gears to AT
There's a common problem with the transmission control module (TCM) on Mazda 3's. It's likely to be the cause if your car is now a few years old. You can test this by using an OBD2 tester and reading the error code. If you are not familiar with this, then best take it to an auto electrician and get them to read the code for you. If you find an error then you can buy a new one (expensive), buy a 2nd hand one (hard to find, could end up with the same issue after a while), or get your TCM repaired (no one in AUS does this - but the US company listed below can do). The repair cost with postage for me was about $500AUD. Hope this helps.
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