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Was enormously enthusiastic, but that waned over the years
I bought this soul red CX-3 Akari AWD in 2017 and was for 2 years enormously enthusiastically. The stop/go system did not work from the beginning, which in my opinion was due to a suboptimal battery, but the car was twice a day and a night in the workshop at Mazda Bayswater and they could not find the fault. They said it was not the battery. Right on its 4th birthday it would not start, and the AA put in a new battery, and see there, the stop/go system works without problem since. So, bad on Mazda Bayswater and low quality of Mazda.
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Purchased in at Mazda Dealers for $38,000.
Great car - looks great, drives well, low maintenance costs
I use this car for commuting & at weekends. The car service is usually every 9 or 12 months depending on lockdowns. Mazda provide a great service and the pricing is reasonable. Fuel economy is average.
Purchased in .
Absolutely love it
I bought this car a year ago for personal use, and I’ve absolutely loved driving it almost every day of that year. I’ve had it serviced 3 times, and there have been absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. Fairly simple and straightforward to drive, it handles the roads around here quite well, however it does struggle a little on the mountain roads when I go up there. Not enough to be a concern, but in the interests of honesty it’s something to think about. Overall though, it’s been a fantastic car to own. So glad I bought it.
Purchased in .
Great all round car
After looking at all cars in this price bracket we picked the mazda cx3 sports, for style, extras, service costs, running costs, drive ability and the functionality of the all inclusive extras. It is easy to drive and the comfort is up there with the more expensive cars I would recommend their vehicle to any body that wants a car they can always rely on to look good and do what you want to.
Purchased in .
I ❤ my Mazda CX-3
My Mazda CX-3 is Just Perfect. The right size, comfortable and easy to drive over any road, economical and has all the gadgets anyone would require. I encourage anyone in the shopping market to take the CX-3 for a test drive to understand what a beautiful car this is to drive. No complaints from me. I wouldn't look elsewhere for any other brand of vehicle. I'll go back to another Mazda after this one. They're the best.
Purchased in for $28,500.
I love my car its luxury at an Affordable price
I drive my car to work everyday fro the country to the Gold Coast. My car needs to be comfortable and affordable to run. My CX3 fits the bill nicely. I particularly love the new tech on the new cars
Purchased in at Mazda Dealers for $27,900.
Economical, easy to drive, no major issues.
I use my car for daily commuting to work and outings on the weekend. Usually short trips to the shops etc. I have a 3 year old son who has a car seat in the rear.
I have had the car serviced once since I purchased in early 2020 (purchased second hand from a private owner).
The car has had mechanical fault; something to do with petrol valves, cost me close to $1000 to be repaired.
For the price I paid ($20,000) it is excellent value. The upkeep on the car, servicing and fuel economy is excellent. The power is OK (decent for the price). Steering ...
Purchased in at Carsales.com.au for $20,000.
Totally Crap car!
2016 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Auto with only 24000 on the clock!
Both control arms make a cluncking noise when the car is going over any sort of surface other than flat, both rear seat belts were replaced 12 months ago and are now booked in to be replaced again for the second time (very very minimal use of the rear seats since new), head unit display cracked when i touched it on a hot day and now looks like it has ice on the inside of the screen, was advised by Mazda the gps SD card is corrupted as my gps kept saying that it did not have gps and that i...
Purchased in at John Hughes Car Sales for $22,000.
Air Con Issues
My daughters 2015 had the same A/C issue and apparently Mazda issued a nService Bulletin and they fixed it at no cost in late 2020. Great assistance from the Ferntree Gully service team
Still a great little car after 5 years
We bought the CX3 Maxx auto in 2015 soon after release. It’s now done over 60,000km and just had its tyres replaced. It’s the “goto” runabout car in the household, with our other car being a large SUV which is a little too big and heavy for everyday use.
Overall, we’re very happy with the Mazda for the following reasons:
1 - Its shape hasn’t changed since release, so it still looks “new”.
2 - The driving experience is good, with excellent handling and driver feedback. I read somewhere that Mazda used the BMW 3-series as its benchmark when...
Purchased in for $27,000.
Does the job
The car drives really well and overall I'm pretty happy. However the air conditioning leaks into the car on the floor of the passenger seat, to the point where it creates a puddle. This is apparently very common and you need to manually drain it. Admittedly I'm not a car expert but I watched a YouTube tutorial to fix the problem myself, wasn't too difficult just frustrating and leaves a damp smell. The cushion is really soft so loses its structure which makes the car look a bit old after a normal amount of use. Aside from these issues, I'm happy with the car, I have been on many long drives with it and feel very safe.
Purchased in .
Where do I start? I had no intention of writing a review but after reading all the other ones regarding Mazda CX3 I am beginning to see this is not all in my head.
Love the car however some issues have been niggling me each time I drive it.
* It has a rattle that sounds like it comes from the left hand side of the dash but can end up in the middle- super annoying especially on the rougher highways
*The middle console is very squeaky like its made out of styrofoam.
*Very poor take off, particularly first thing
*Sitting at traffic lights always f...
Purchased in for $27,000.
upgrade from kia rio
it was new this week. so far it has decent acceleration in sports mode if you need that. the cruise control is very smooth and brakes the car downhill so no run-away down mt buffalo.
december update: amend that manual mode gear 3 recommended.
have not noticed any body roll on high speed corners. steers very precisely.
bumps on road absorbed very well. this years model is very quiet in the cabin.
comfortable fit. the reversing camera is the best I have owned.
but the software in the console is rubbish.
I use my phone for music and nav and it ha...
Purchased in for $31,450.
Drives well but poor visibility, terrible documentation, Mazda connect' not intuitive.
Just one month after buying this car, I am happy with driving, city or road, good acceleration for overtaking. Fuel economy poor 11l/100+. Suspension quite hard. The huge manual is overloaded with warnings that makes you think that driving is a major hazard, it could be a fraction of its size and just contain the useful specifications etc. And on every page it says that .(whatever) should only be carried out by an accredited Mazda Service Centre. Worse, what you really need is the manual for Mazda Connect (the Entertainment, Navigation, Comm...unication and Settings) that did not come with the car and had to be found online. This is a system I am still learning from scratch as the commands are different from any other car I have driven in my life. My most serious complaint is visibility, especially rear and sides, it depends on your height what you see and the warning system has some blind spots especially at the back where you won't be warned about an obstacle. The window glass will shatter at the slightest pressure, so be careful where you park, finally, the paint looks great when new but will show the slightest scratch and has to be cleaned with care.
Purchased in .
Avoid purchasing this car
2 days after purchasing the car I had to return it to Mazda as the windscreen reservoir had a crack and would not hold water.
2 months later I had to have the rubber insert in the back passenger door replaced as it peeled away. Door is rarely used.
12 months after purchase I was stopped at a set of lights on Pacific Highway Lindfield and when I put my foot on the accelerator to take off nothing happened. 4 months later I received a new fuel pump after I provided Mazda with photos and videos of the problem as the technicians could find nothing wrong.
Now I have been back and forth with Mazda customer service for over 3 months as I have requested compensation. Their current offer (I believe) is unsatisfactory
Purchased in for $25,000.
Questions & Answers
Has anyone had issue with rear seat belts not retracting after a single use? I have never needed to use them but have now noticed after one use they do not retract, I have searched and see this is a common issue, did people get it fixed out of warranty?
They have not been usd yet but I will check them to day
I have just picked my car up from Mazda, they said it's a common problem in the CX3. My local dealership has put it a claim form form for replacement. If you have any problems, quote the ACCC who tol...d me that they have to replace the seat belt regardless of the company warranty given the age of the car. Good luck, i wish you well
My daughters rear seat belts were also replaced out of warranty due to common issue at no charge after 5 years
Providing a possible answer to " Jen ", in the reviews, that is all warning lights coming on. Ours was a 2019, we had a similar issue where all warning lights came on...Our Mazda dealer replaced the front CAN-Bus under warranty and it hasn't failed since, they mentioned it was the 2nd they had replaced....Other than that our CX3 has been great and driving it is a joy...
purchase car from new Jan 2019 - 24,000kms - driving great until thursday - Car drove normally for 1 hour in traffic. Parked car at work to check in at security, came back 5 minutes later started car, put in reverse halfway across the driveway car just died, no warning, no electronics, wouldnt start again, car towed to dealer. diagnostics will be interesting. waiting for dealer to get back to me. When asking the dealer that this is a warranty issue - the reply was it could be me at fault????amazing how the buck starts to be passed when it is a warranty issue. My question is has anyone had similar issue? Someone i spoke to on the weekend had a similar issue with the cx3 mazda had to replace their engine.
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|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.3 L/100km||6.6 L/100km||6.7 L/100km||5.1 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||48 L||48 L||44 L||44 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 1.8L|
|Max Power||110kW @ 6000rpm||110kW @ 6000rpm||110kW @ 6000rpm||85kW @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||195Nm @ 2800rpm||195Nm @ 2800rpm||195Nm @ 2800rpm||270Nm @ 2600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,200 kg||1,200 kg||1,200 kg||800 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||640 kg||640 kg||640 kg||640 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm||160 mm||160 mm||160 mm|
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