2004 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"style" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"storage" 3 reviews
"in snow" 3 reviews

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Justin writes:
2004 Mazda MAZDA3 s Review
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5

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everything

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back seat leg room

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Good Car — good car, has nice acceleration for a 4 cyl. good handleing corners very well the sound system is very good also 6 disc in dash with factory equalizer and amp it is a family car but yet it is sporty

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Gregg writes:
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4

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Great fuel economy (for me, 33 mpg combined), ROCK SOLID reliability (70,000 trouble free miles so far), good looks, good  performance, HID headlights, huge glovebox.

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Rust.  The car started rusting within two years of purchase, despite my excellent wash/wax regimen.  I brought it to the attention of the service department and the dealership owner (this was at Seacoast Mazda in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) numerous times over several years, but they did nothing for me.  Canadian Mazdas that suffered this rust problem were repaired, since it was a very common defect with the 2004 and 2005 Threes, but Mazda of America steadfastly refused to stand behind the vehicles.

Despite the mechanical reliability, I will NOT buy another Mazda because of this poor customer service.

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One Of The Best Cars I've Ever Owned. — This is an amazing car! Optioned to the gills for less than $19k, and far better equipped than cars costing much more. This car has a six speaker stereo system with six CD indash changer, electroluminescent instruments, tire pressure monitoring, xenon (HID) headlights, automatic brake force distribution, eight airbags, ABS, power everything, moonroof. The only options I didn't get were the automatic, the navigation system, and the leather seats. I wanted the leather, but couldn't find one silver with black leather with all the options I wanted.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ian writes:
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bought it for under £5000 on 54 plate with less then 55000 miles on with full service...

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the door mirrors dont come in electric u have to push them in ...

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Fantastic Car For The Money — great car ,well built not boring inside ,looks sporty handles great,and it costs about £60 pound to fill up but can get about 450 miles on full tank which i think is not bad for a 2ltr engine...good boot space with many extras including rain sensor wipers and night sensor headlights ...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Richard writes:
2004 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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Handling and Zoom-Zoom!!

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Not the easiest or cheapest to work on. Serious mods hard to come by.

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I Love My Virgin1. Still Wish For My Old Honda Though. Inga Was A Great Car. — Love the interior/exterior appearance of the car. She handles well now with the upgrades and realignment. Could use a bit more power... not as much as the MS3 has, but somewhere in the 200hp range would be great. Short of a few repairs and a list of elective mods, she's been pretty cheap to own and operate. ZOOM-ZOOM!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Abbas writes:
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great car to drive feels good

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ground clearence need attention

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Mazda Axela 2004 Manual 1.5cc — Mazda Axela 2004 manual 1500cc is the spec of this car! Performance very good acceleration,very good on fuel and feels very sporty. cons:- need more ground clearance ,leg room,suspension too stiff overall fun to drive and do loads of mods economical comfortable.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Andrey writes:
2004 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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great on gas, and also accelration is crazy good.

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hard to find body kits, not too many performance parts,

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Zoom-zoom Mazda 3 Sp23 Hb — So this is a 2004 sp23 (sport package 2.3) hatchback, a very kick ass car, most would think mazda pffft nothing much...wrong! but this sport package is ripping the asphalt from beneath your tires, looks can be deceiving, haha who knew?

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nicole writes:
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gas mileage, fun to drive, practical.

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It doesn't ride as smoothly as my Buick.

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I Love It. — It's definitely got a lot of pep for a little 4 cylinder. It corners great too. Plus I have a really good warranty, so it's not costly yet. Also, it's very fun to drive. Very spunky. =) And I've named my little car too. She's my little kitten.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lane writes:
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Great handling, tasteful styling, affordable.

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Delicate front end.

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A Pleasure To Own! — Performance- Acceleration is good for a 4-cyl, but the fact that it's FWD isn't the best. Braking is very good, and handling is fantastic. Even with a mediocre set of tires, the Mazda3 is practically glued to the road. Build Quality- There are some rattles, specifically "glovebox rattle", a common occurrence in Mazdas, I've heard. Easy to fix, but obnoxious nonetheless. Appearance- Interior is very tasteful. Build specifically for drivers. Good amount of interior space, too. The 2004-2009 front fascia is much more aggressive than the new, smiley 2010s. Cost- Great gas mpg, cheap maintenance. Overall, awesome. Fun Factor- This car is a blast. It will surprise you how great it handles on back-roads, and is very nimble.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Darlinda writes:
2004 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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zooms! Good on gas.

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could corner abit better but does do pretty well.

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Handles Well — love my zoom zoom! I like the colour..when I walked onto the lot, I saw it first! Knew she be coming home with me! I enjoy driving it very much! I find her to be pretty good on fuel..low maintenance...so far and had her for 2 years!

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Ilan writes:
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Good accleration, very good braking and handling, high cuality trim, fuel econommic  

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hard suspension

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Mazda3 — super fun to drive, spot on , gives fast feedback, spacious has a nice booth i fell very secure having 8 air bags around me , abs, esp. its a very low car so i have a low center of gravity good for fast turning and sharp corners . finally i recommend it for young people like me. have fun !

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