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I wish I bought one a lot sooner
Bought mine at 201000 recently using an insurance pay out and it's a daily driver only problems to date is drivers side electric window and a window seal the latter has been fixed by a proven mazda wrecker as I could not get dealer parts this week.It gets it's minor mechanical inspection next week and it's service is in September.I came from a 2017 Holden Spark(Bought used in 2018)that was written off by a truck recently.practically a daily driver except on days I opt to use the bus for work.
Purchased in June 2021 for $7,245.00.
Nice car comfortable to drive
Bought car to drive it some days to work, ordered the red leather interior and silver outside. I really like the head up display and all the info it displays to you. I think the hatchback is very sporty and not a family oriented car as space in back is not that great. But if you drive alone or just with an extra one is a beautiful car to drive.
The interior quality design and distribution is nothing to be desired from more expensive cars.
I wish the back would have come with privacy glass but the mazda excuse is too many different rules for ...
Purchased in June 2021.
Top little car
I brought my 2007 Mazda 3 maxx sport
In 2018. The car hasn’t let me down drove it to Coffs Harbour. It didn’t miss a beat
I’ve only had a few little issues replaced spark plugs thermostat. And Exhaust due to Engine warning light it starts every day without a problem top little car. Can’t fault it
Purchased in September 2018 for $8,000.00.
High quality vehicle
High quality interior that is beautifully laid out, good noise insulation, and packed with safety features. Handles very well and enjoyable to drive. The boot space is not huge but enough for my needs.
Purchased at City Mazda for $29,400.00.
Beautiful. Until you own it.
This is really the best looking hatchback on the market, inside and out. It is sporty, sleek and amazing to look at. Inside, the car is adorned with leather on pretty much every surface, supportive and gorgeous slim line seats and the seating position gives you a sense there the car is hiding a secret that can only be unlocked on a twisty mountain road.
But looks are deceiving and I am not confident it would survive on a mountain road without falling apart. Within the first month, the bumper air deflector fell off (dealer refused to replace ar...guing that a part that is missing cannot be determined to be faulty. Not joking). Since then, the door seals came loose and chafed the seals they mate to until they wore through. They have been replaced and the replacement have now done the same. Like our horribly built Mazda 6, the interior squeaks and rattles all over the place. Most of these issues are unresolved. The most disappointing part about this car is that that the only department in Mazda's design and validation team that did their job properly is the design studio and engines. The engine is quite good for a naturally aspirated 2.5L but the automatic gearbox calibration is a disaster. It is pretty much never in the right gear. The radar cruise is aggressive when it detects you need to slow, stops half a car too far away when it stops and requires manual intervention when the car just doesn't notice the car in front is slowing or stopped - which is often. The automatic wipers go when there isn't much rain or don't go at all without manual intervention. Defeats the purpose of the feature. Most other calibrations are poor to average. Mazda needed more time to finish this car and they didn't take it which is a shame as it is a stunning design. Due to the quality issues and lack of support from the dealer and Mazda itself, this is the last Mazda we'll ever buy.
Excellent and reliable transportation, with lots of fruit for base model
In late 2020 I brought a 2012 Mazda “3” sedan in a private sale. The purchase was made to replace our mid spec 2008 Honda Civic VTI-L, which had 235,000 kilometres on the clock and will be used for my 170 kilometre round trip commute up the Pacific Highway to and from work each day. Put simply we wanted a younger car with less clicks on the clock. It has been a very noticeable step up, although to the Civic’s defence, it was a very good car in its own right.
This review is based on two months of ownership and 3,500 kilometres of travel.
Our...2012 Mazda “3” is the base model “Neo” sedan and had 122,500km on the odometer at time of purchase. There’s a lot to like about it, especially the level of standard equipment it come with. It includes cruise control, front and rear power windows, variable intermittent windscreen wipers, a nifty, but basic onboard computer to monitor fuel economy, distance to empty, maintenance schedule, tyre rotation and speed alarms. There are two large instrument binnacles that house the speedometer and tachometer separately, while there is a small electronic display between the two that also shows the fuel gauge, odometer and two separate trip metres. Interestingly there is no gauge for the engine temperature. The car also has cruise, stereo and audio controls on the steering wheel, a reach and rake steering wheel and fold down rear seat that can access the largish 430 litre boot to carry long items like a whipper snipper, so that is a big smiley face from me on that point. It comes with a USB port to charge your mobile phone on the run, but strangely no Bluetooth, which is a glaring omission on a 2012 vehicle, even if it is the bottom spec variety. You can run your GPS/Dashcam off the cigarette lighter in the storage console between the two front seats and there’s a port to plug your MP3 player in too, or if you are a bit old school, there’s also a single in dash CD player, with the normal stereo adjustments. The stereo itself is quite excellent, with great sound coming from the good quality speakers. There is no distortion when the volume is cranked up. This definitely appeals to someone like me, who loves his music to help overcome the tedious one hour commute home from work, while on road trips to watch the footy or when heading up to see family at Yamba NSW. So all in all, that’s a lot of fruit for a base model car and it has impressed me. Our car is the 6 speed manual variety. To date the engine has started straight away every time and is smooth and quite in operation. The performance from the perky two litre engine is, dare I say it, somewhat sporty, which can bring a smile to ones face. It does like being revved and is at its best when you’re running through the gears. The changes are slick and precise, which adds to the enjoyment of changing gears for yourself and makes the overall drive more engaging and fun. Another thing is in comparison to my old five speed manual Civic, I’ve found myself having to change up and down more regularly. I imagine this may have something to do with the extra cog and way the engine and transmission are aligned. This is more an observation than a criticism. I only really use 6th gear on the highway or above 80km/h. The Mazda “3” has been a noticeable step up from the Civic, which felt a bit underpowered. While the two litre motor is no sports car in terms of outright power and torque, there certainly is no issue with it cruising on the highway at 110km/h. Besides if I wanted a performance car, I would have brought a Subaru WRX. The headlights are both bad and good. Low beam is inadequate, especially when travelling on the freeway at 110km/h or when it’s raining, yet the high beam is very bright, providing good forward vision. So I guess Mazda gets both a frown and a smile on this one.
Purchased in December 2020 for $8,300.00.
been using this car from last 3 years it's 2014 and got fuel pump problem. costing $3000 to fix it. i mean like in just 7 years? how can a car get this much big problem in this less time.
Purchased in June 2017 for $18,000.00.
Not that good
Bought new in 2018. Found it too low and bad visibility. Failed to start twice for no apparent reason. Fit and finish low grade. Traded it in as the wife couldn’t stand it any longer. No real positives.
Purchased in July 2018 for $21,490.00.
After sales pretty ordinary
Transporting my mother to and from doctors appointments and also shopping, very well looked after and low km for 42 month old car. Rubber on drivers side has began to split, was told because I constantly open and close the door, my sister also has the same model car was brought just before I brought my car and no problems. Mazda refuses to believe that it was faulty in the first place. Not even offered to charge me cost price. I will never have it serviced for the place where I brought it from nor will my sister. I will never buy a Mazda.
Purchased in January 2018.
Bought my brand new car had it 2 weeks came up with airbag Malfunction return to dealer they have had my car for 2 months & still not fixed not happy
Purchased in September 2020.
Mazda 3 car computer
We bought a new Mazda 3 car and after 100000 kilometres the computer of the car need replacement.
I think some items of the car like the computer must last twice that. Paid about 40000 for the car I don't think is a good buy.
Good car... can be great with a few upgrades.
I use the car for commuting. It is a fantastic highway cruiser. With the 18 inch wheels with dunlop tyres it is very loud on coarse chipped road (unbearable).. I stuck dynamat in the doors and boot and upgraded the speakers. This has made a big difference.
Purchased in June 2018 at Mazda Dealers.
I will kick off with a few of the things that stand out.
-Very different driving dynamics compared to the old BL model which drove like a go kart. I guess it will take time to get used to, it's certainly more comfortable.
-Overly aggressive radar and cruise. This has greatly improved with a software update.
-Piano black/ acrylic needs to go.
-Sometimes fumbles on gears. This has greatly improved with a software update.
-Auto high beam can be a bit slow when going around a corner. Hopefully that means I'm not blinding the person coming towards...
Purchased in September 2020 at Oldmac for $32,200.00.
U2 Said it best ... Lemon
I use the car daily, i rely on it to drive, make phone calls and use GPS to get to appointments. Have had multiple electrical failures including but not limited to faulty mirrors, sensors, GPS, reversing camera, inability to make calls. Have had it looked at at least 6 times, left it there for 3 whole weeks earlier this year to resolve once and for all. Mazda still has no plan on how to fix the issues, they do however believe that they are "unable" to replace the faulty vehicle despite having no clear way to fix it.
EDIT 2nd Nov 2020
Car had ...computer replaced, picked up 30/10. See image below from a trip on 31/10, the green line is the actual path. Red line is where the GPS tracks, blue is where it jumps from one location to another. Not exactly sure how to use this as guidance. The image has been plotted onto Google Earth from a video what was taken.
Purchased in January 2017.
A car that does so well
I have taken a lot of car for my car and only twice has it stopped and required a new battery . Very minimal issues with the car.
1st the aircon vents I have had one come apart
2nd the cd player is having issues but only at 12 years of age
3rd the clip that hold the rear headrest in place has come away
4th the clear coat seal is coming away from around the rear panel windows and along the door strips . That is the only major issue and will cost me the value of the car to replace , but for a 12 year old car that has only just done 100,000km it is very good and I have no other issues
Purchased in July 2012 for $15,000.00.
Questions & Answers
I have a 2004 Mazda 3 Bk. Just got the car and on day 2 the power steering locked up and went hard to turn. After 10 minutes with the car turned off, the power steering worked normally again. The battery was thought to be the issue due to powering the power steering pump. However it has now happened again. Any thoughts?
It could be the pump on its way out. If it works for a while but then cuts out as you drive, the pump could be failing as it heats up. It is unlikely to be the battery as the pump will run off the charge from the alternator when the engine is running. The alternator is also potentially at fault if it is getting weak but a voltage test should determine this. With the engine running, the voltage across the terminals should be somewhere between 13-14V and with the engine off, 11.5-12V. If the power delivery from the alternator is ok, the next thing to check would be the pump motor itself.
I have a new 2020 hatch Mazda 3 my problem is an indicator comes on centre of speedometer saying battery low start engine . Dealer put new battery in but still does it .any ideas what problem is .
Hi Gill, sorry, I haven't seen this problem for myself but it sounds like the issue is that the battery is getting low and it wants you to start the engine to charge it back up again. According to some others I have seen on forums and the like discussing this, it can happen if you sit in the car with the engine off and have some electrics running, like the radio or things as this will drain the battery. It is still your dealers responsibility to find and fix the issue if this is not what is causing this. Sorry I can't be more help.
They put a new battery in still same don’t have radio going ever going for service next week as I’m in my 70 s worry it will let me down only done 400 kilometres
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|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5.3 L/100km||5.2 L/100km||5.3 L/100km||5.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||51 L||51 L||51 L||51 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||114kW @ 6000rpm||114kW @ 6000rpm||114kW @ 6000rpm||114kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||200Nm @ 4000rpm||200Nm @ 4000rpm||200Nm @ 4000rpm||200Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2019||Jan 2019||Jan 2019||Jan 2019|
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