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.
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