2008 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 88 reviews

  • 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:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 45 reviews
"power" 32 reviews
"handling" 31 reviews
"fuel economy" 31 reviews
"interior" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"tires" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"small hatchback" 2 reviews

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David writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport Hatchback Review
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5

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Fun to drive

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Needs more horsepower

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Mazda 3 Five Door — I put off buying this car for two years but it was the best decision I have ever made concerning cars. It's a blast to drive, carries all of my friends when we go out, and looks sexy rolling down the road. I would recommend one of these cars to everyone I know.

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Daynaob writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport Hatchback Review
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5

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Best car I ever had.  I wish I didn't have to sell it.  It's my Baby.  :(

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The only con I would say is that it isn't as great on gas as some of the other smaller cars but it definately goes Zoom Zoom!

Daynaob
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Love It, Love It, Love It! — I don't think there is anything I didn't like about this car! Great look, great reliability, great pickup, great everything. I test drove the Honda Civic which is about in the same category. It was better on gas but this Mazda was wayyy much more fun to drive!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Pete writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring Hatchback Review
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5

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Great Bose sound system and who can say no to 30 to 36 mpg on the highway?

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Road noise is a little loud above 60 mph but not to the point where it is a big deal.  Poor stock tires.

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Great Bang For Your Buck. — I bought my Mazda3 in July of 2008 after I had rented one when my previous car was in the shop. I immediately loved it. When one drives this car you get the sense of driving a race car while maintaining the funtionality and comfort of a 4- door sedan. I opted for the hatchback because this seems to increase this sport feel and look even more for me. The car is very well built in all areas. since this car is a 4-cylinder great gas mileage is assumed and maintenance is low but cost of ownership really depends on how you drive the car. My only complaint is about the stock tires. These are Goodyear Eagle RS-A's and are great tires is you area a fast aggressive driver, but poor for the rest of the world. I'm coming up to 13,000 miles and am already down to 7/32" and will have to replace them before I get to 15,000 miles. Other than that I am still completely blown away from this car. The inside lights up beautifully at night and on the outside you have HID headlights and LED taillights. this car is by far the best choice in its class. Oh and if you decide to buy it check out the Costco Auto program.

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nickdeo writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport Hatchback Review
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Looks great and the 60/40 fold down seats are a snap to convert

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Stereo feedback when using aux cable and charger simultaneously.

nickdeo
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Great Versatile Car! — Great versatile car with good gas mileage. I am observing an average of 27 mpg with a low of 25 and high of 29. I need to take it in to check alignment and brakes as I am getting a jittering when I decelerate too quickly. It should be noted that I received a recall notice regarding power steering. I have yet to take it in and get it looked at. For those who want to use your mp3/iPod in the car, there is an auxiliary-in in the arm rest. However I have noticed that if you charge a device (I've tried two so far) using the cigarette lighter port and then plug in the aux cable I get an annoying feedback. I'm not sure if this is happening to anyone else.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dylan writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Review
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Sweet inside AND out ...

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Can be spendy

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Me Likey ... But Without The Alloys And The Lower Height It Looks A Bit Goofy ... — Gas mileage is alrgiht (330 - 360 mi. on 13 gallions depending on how much pedal mashing I do). Insurance is ridiculous but that's on my speeding not the car. I love the Mazda 3 body style ... This is definitely the first car I've owned where I am DEFINITELY going to mod it ... stupid companies still make cars with no power locks ... THAT'S first ... but after that gotta change the color ... then I'll be able to get her some nice kicks ... but first things first ...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Austin writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring Review
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Great overall vehicle

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More power needed

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2008 Mazda 3 — This is my current car and I love this one too. The performance of the car is pretty decent, it has a decent acceleration, has amazing breaking, rated first in its class, and the handling is very good as well. The build quality is very good. Its quiet, loud when i want it to be, and overall pretty cool. Only repair needed was the power steering pump system which was a standard repair for 2008. The appearance of the car is awesome. Its real sporty looking, and the interior of the car is also remarkable. The gas mileage is better than my Tacoma, but not remarkable better. All maintenance is covered by warranty. Overall the car is a great pick, and is awesome to drive. Its a great drive and I fully recommend it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Peter writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport Review
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1/8" Aux jack and power in console, powerful acceleration, solid feel.

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Mileage is bad for a car in this class, charging while playing iPod on Aux causes nasty buzz.

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Mazda3 Base Model — Champagne/tan with black and tan interior. Bra on the front, standard Mazda accessory. 2.0L 4-cyl automatic trans, stock, no frills. Base model. For now. Zippy enough, even for a daily driver, but I really am hoping to get the 2.3L from the Mazda6 put in. This car puts me in-line with the Mini, without the childish "we're a fast car" British ego. Triptonic manual is fun but useless with a 4-speed car. Thank god for the aux jack and power adapter in the console!

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Lee writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Review
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Fuel efficient, zippy performance, nice styling

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Can only afford ONE

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Mazda 3 — Fuel efficient, reliable, nice styling, somewhat sporty, fun to drive factor of 10 in this price category! Small enough for ALL parking spaces but big enough for 4 average adults.....AND it has a trunk for groceries! Had a 2006 that got totaled, and the 2008 is an improvement in almost every way. Mazda 6, you're our next target!

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Anthony writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring Review
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Everything

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None

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2008 Mazda 3 2.3s Gt — Ive owned the car for a year now. Every time I look at it, turn the key, and stomp on the pedal it makes me as happy as it did the day I drove it off of the lot. It has physical and power appeal. Its quick (2.3S) but not a gas guzzle (30+ mpg), roomy but not a boat, and elegant yet subtle.

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Jeff writes:
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring Hatchback Review
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fast, fun, reliable, good quality, handling

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has a few cold rattles and isn't as fast as I would like

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Mazdas Are Awesome!!!!!! — I bought my car with 82 miles on it and it has been great to me. Aside from a few cold only rattles or creaks (like 3) it is awesome. The only other car in its class that I would consider buying is the Mazdaspeed3, which I almost did! But it is a great car and tons of fun with more room than it looks like it has. It gets very good mileage and has a bangin' sound system! GET ONE!!

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2015 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

A Great Little Car By Lester

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2014 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great Car To Drive, But Terrible Communication/gps System By parleybee

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The car simply looks fantastic from every angle. It also drives very smooth. Great suspension and chassis that provides a lot of road-hugging confidence at high speeds. It gives you the confidence tha... Read More

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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

This Car Is Outstanding In Every Way! By WWEATH

I love the gas mileage and handling of this car. I was surprised by the amount of room and the great sound system. It has the convenience package which is nice for keyless entry and locking as well ... Read More

Nice By Kelly

this is an nice car sporty feel, but No power Locks geez 2013 haha but pwr Windows. the price is alright but seriously you gotta pay more for better stuff, iSV- pwr windows,mirrors steering and co... Read More

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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Woohoo! By mazdaamanda

I love all the extras! It's completely loaded! Low miles, 2.5L Motor, great gas mileage. Handles great too! The blind spot detection is saving my skin too. I'm also loving the Bluetooth and Navigation... Read More

Better Than Basic Honda/toyotas By Sega2010

i like great fuel economy and sporty look i just want more room in the back seats for my growing family. other thank that you cant beat this car style with fuel economy and handling. you wont find oth... Read More

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

Great For Those Looking For A Compact Car With An Edge By LeastCreative

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Black 2008 Mazda3 Hatch By pcrtr83

Great car! Bought it new and have never had an issue with it! Would highly recommend Mazda! Have added an aftermarket head unit with Nav and Bluetooth and tinted the windows. Has the 2.3L in it an... Read More

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