2005 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 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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PROS
"ride" 32 reviews
"handling" 22 reviews
"fuel economy" 20 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"price" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"noise" 5 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"fwd" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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jccars writes:
2005 Mazda MAZDA3 i Review
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5

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economy of a small car, room of a larger car, drives like a sports car!

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172k and none noted yet!

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Fantastic Little Ride — Love the look, love the handling, parts are cheap and repairs are easy! I have over 172 thousand miles on it now and it still looks and drives like new. Only minor up keep with breaks and tires, replaced the battery - always ready to go - long trips are a breeze!

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saskie22 writes:
2005 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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Great handling, lots of pep for a 4 cylinder.  Lots of fun to drive.  Roomy for 2 people.  Good performance overall.  Longest battery life ever (8yrs!!).  Nice to look at.  

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Smaller backseat makes for uncomfortable travelling for anyone back there for an extended period of time.  17" rims/tires makes for horrible handling in ice/snowy weather, and you're screwed if you add any amount of incline to that kind of weather.  Expensive to replace tires.  Fuel economy average, but not as great as one would expect for this small of a car.  

saskie22
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Sporty, Zippy And Fun To Drive! — I fell in love with the Mazda 3 in 2004, but didn't purchase until 2005. The interior was sleek and stylish, and didn't look "cheap" like similar models (ie: Pontiac Vibe) did. When driving, you really felt you could show off the handling of this car. The build felt very solid, as you didn't hear much exterior noise. It was a little disappointing that the mileage wasn't as great as I expected, but it made up for that in the "fun" category for me. I always said that I would buy another one of these cars, however, given that Hubs & I are expecting, I'm going to look at larger Mazdas to cram a kiddo in the back seat now. Will miss this car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joseph writes:
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Handling, braking, ride, fuel economy, comfortable seats, transmission, styling, and reliability.

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Road noise, low beam headlights.  

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Sporty, Economical, Good Looking, And Inexpensive: The Best Small Car Out There. — Good power for the fuel economy, nice 5spd manual transmission, pretty good stereo, and packed with features for the price.

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Hayley writes:
2005 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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Everything

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nothing

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My Mazda — I got this car only less than a week ago, I so far LOVE IT!! Its fast and is easy to drive! The coolest thing on this car is the automatic winshield wipers that sence rain and turn on my themselves!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Linda writes:
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Wicked car, best choice I ever made!

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Maybe abit more power!

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Mazda 3 — The car drives wonderfully smooth, the braking and handling are also great! Very well built car, no problems so far. I love the design of the Mazda 3, has the proportions of a coupe but it's a sedan. Good on fuel and low maintenance. Very fun car to drive, enough power for a driver like me!

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Duncan writes:
2005 Mazda MAZDA3 S Hatchback Review
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Agility, steering feel, styling, hatchback practicality

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Road noise, ride quality, rear seat space

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Fun To Drive And Easy To Live With - As Long As You Don't Mind Road Noise — bought this car used in August 2008 with 51,800 miles on it; I've had it now for 18 months and have put about 12,000 miles on it since then. I originally wrote a review a week after I bought it but figured an update might be in order... Handling is probably this car's best attribute. It's enjoyable just to drive the 3 around town running errands, with quick, precise steering, an absurdly tight turning circle and moderate body roll. The 2.3-liter engine provides reasonable pick-up but won't win you many drag races; still, it's just fine for me. The interior is well built on the whole and looks and feels nicer than you might expect in a <$20k car. However, since I bought it a few annoying rattles have developed, mainly from the glovebox door and somewhere along the headliner, that make the car feel less solid than it used to. I've had no mechanical/maintenance issues with the car other than a burnt out signal light. My main complaint about my 3 is road noise. It's very noisy, even at low speeds; on the highway you practically need to yell to keep up a conversation. Admittedly this is partly due to what I think is a bent right front wheel on my car, but I've heard complaints about road noise from various Mazda3 reviews so I think that's a pretty consistent issue. Other lows include a jittery ride (the payoff for such good handling), and poor rear seat space, at least for anyone over 6ft tall. Otherwise, this is a sporty, practical car that looks good and is reasonably sparing with fuel (I get about 18mpg city, 25mpg combined). Definitely recommended if you enjoy driving but need something practical!

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Julsm writes:
2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s Review
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reliable

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crack in windshield

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Reliable, Nice Looking, Gas Saver — It is very clean inside and loaded with features! The steering wheel has radio control buttons and cruise buttons on it. Rides smooth and fun to drive. It is a great gas saver and looks very nice on the outside, especially with tinted windows!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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forevernatalyn writes:
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good on gas, great price point,

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compact car, not sutibale for fuller sized man. has to usually be fixed at mazda dealerships only..which can be expensive compared to mom and pop auto repairs

forevernatalyn
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Red Mazda 3 Review — i own a mazda 3 and it is a great car for students or commuting..it's easy on gas and fun to drive...i enjoy the stereo sound that came with it also it is cloth seating so it doesnt get hot during summer days. overall pretty nice car.

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Chris writes:
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The handling is excellent for a FWD car.

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Mazda paint isn't the most durable...chips turn into rust quickly, so keep on top of your 3!

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I Like It A Lot. — The most fun car you can get in this price range. Quick, great handling, decent size, and great reliability are coming your way...straight from Japan. I liked it so much that my wife bought one as well. Only major misses is the paint is not very durable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
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buy a Mazda.. you wont be let down !!

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the seats are not very comfortable

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Mazda Love — my Mazda 3 is a great car and was worth every penny. it has surprisingly good performance and the quality of the car is awesome, i have not had the car very long, but the 5000 kms ive put on the car already have been great. i love the look of the car, i would like to lower it and change a few things to make the appearance better. over all i think if your buying a new car for a good price, a mazda is the way to go.

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

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2004 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great 1st Car By TommyBlazeHD

This car we bought used at a cheep price at a Mazda Dealership in Vancouver, WA. It was mechanically and cosmetically sound! We did have to eventually put real tires, & brakes on it soon after purch... Read More

Great Car For The Money By mmoore0405

This car is fantastic.. In the 9 years I owned the car I never once had an mechanical issue. Cheap on maintenance, gas! The gas mileage averaged 38 mpg. Front wheel drive in the snow and rain is the t... Read More

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Sophisticated Fun By bbrogan

I really like the Mazda 3. Always complimented on the appearance, and love the leather interior. Low maintenance and great gas mileage, driven mostly on the highway, and could go a week on 1 tank of... Read More

Efficient Use Of The Planets Resources And Man's Auto Technologies By Essais

Replaced a 2000 Passat with 2006 M3. Liked it so much, my wife wanted a 2007 M3. Now at 70k miles and 85k miles respectively (I drive less often). Both are 5-speed manual for fun; both are mileage ... Read More

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2007 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Fantastic! By Bill_In_Wooster

The most favorable aspect about is vehicle is the cost to own. Very low maintenance! As of March 2015, I have 78,000 miles and I have put on new front brakes, changed the spark plugs and changed the t... Read More

Great Inexpensive Commuter By joshpatterson

I've enjoyed this car for some time now. Doesn't need a lot of maintenance and gets great gas mileage on commutes. Would highly recommend, especially for those living in urban areas. May be looking to... Read More

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Sporty Feel, Great Gas Mileage, Quality Car By caseyking14

After about a year of owning the car I can say that I am happy with my purchase. The car looks great, drives like a top level car, and is filled with options. The car struggles a bit with heavy wint... Read More

Sporty Daily Driver By Chelsea

This car has been to most reliable car I have ever owned! I had so many more corky issue with my Accord but this car since has had no issue other than wear items that need replaced. This is also a gre... Read More

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great Car, No Problems Whatsoever. By josh_law90

Good car for commuting, even better for long distances. If you are in the market for a sedan I highly recommend this car if you like the mpg and look of the mazda3. Very reliable, little maintenance r... Read More

This Is A Sporty, Affordable, Fun To Drive Car. By MazdaSpeeder

If you get this vehicle in the 17 inch wheel category the tires are expensive. Other than that minor detail, I absolutely love this car! The gas mileage is awesome, it zips around with plenty of power... Read More

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