2004 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews

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    Small N Compact But Awesome Grip N Control — Awesome piece of machine. Does pack a punch. Would prefer it anyday over a Civic or Corolla

    Pros: Overall Package

    Cons: Small

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    Perfect College Student Car — This car is everything a student could want: good looks, spirited performance (even with the base engine), great fuel economy, and plenty of features. You wouldn't believe this car cost less than $20,000. It's also very safe--it saved me in an accident. I miss the car but it did its job.

    Pros: Value for the money, sports car performance, fuel economy, safety

    Cons: Small rear seat & trunk

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    2004 Mazda MAZDA3 S HatchbackReview
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    Good Commuter — Needed something in a hurry after my MR2 blew its transmission for the 3rd time! Bro-in- law highly recommended this vehicle. It's proven very reliable; haven't had any problems with it. Comfortable, nice commuter, fuel efficient, lots of cargo space.

    Pros: Reliable; dashboard/controls light up like a spaceship!

    Cons: I still miss my sports car [MR2]!

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    Fun Car Till The Dealer Broke It And Couldn't Fix It Properly — I bought it brand new from the first builds. It had a clutch problem. The dealer broke the clutch trying to fix it and covered it up. So when I could get the GTO for less than what I was paying for it... bye bye Mazda3

    Pros: It was yellow and I had an aftermarket exhaust

    Cons: it was yellow and the dealer screwed it up.

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    Good Car For The Money. — This car is quick, tight around corners, practical and most of all cheap. It is a fantastic hatchback, with a little zoom zoom.

    Pros: nippy, good handling, cheap, practical, good looking

    Cons: 4 cyl engine, front wheel drive

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    The Best Daily Driver Out There — cute curvy car that is a lot of fun to drive. Only wish it was a little faster. I'd get a speed3 but i dont like the body style.

    Pros: great gas milage, quick little car

    Cons: really bad blind spots

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    Easy — My driving instructor at YD had this car and it was really fun to drive, easy to park (reverse also). Very roomy, great visibility.

    Pros: Easy to drive, Visibility.

    Cons: Poor acceleration

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    2004 Mazda3 S — Still enjoying driving the car after 3 years. The suspension is getting a little loose though in its age, so there may be some need to stiff that up some in the near future. Otherwise the car has been very reliable.

    Pros: Plenty of space, nice styling

    Cons: Could use and extra 20hp in stock form to really give it a good platform.

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    Its Like A Cheap M3 — Mazda's next generation of compact sedans is a serious evolution over the Protege/626 models. The Mazda 3 features a more european styling, complemented by Mazda's continuously tight handling. Pairing the car with a stock 2.3L with 5 speed manual transmision with short shift gearbox provides a serious GT feeling to the new generation.

    Pros: Power, Handling, Styling

    Cons: Not designed for anyone over 6' tall

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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

    Pros: 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.

    Cons: 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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

    Outstanding Value And Quality, And Tons Of Fun To Drive. By rmichaels

    There is nothing to dislike about this car. It comes with everything and has standard features you'll find as extras on more expensive cars. The car looks great and is a blast to drive. Be sure and ge... Read More

    A Great Little Car By Lester

    The car drives great, looks great, is put together great, gets great mileage, and we like it. We would have bought the 6 but it doesn't fit in our garage. It is a safe car too. Everyone likes the b... Read More

    2014 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

    Great Car, Fun To Drive, Excellent Fuel Economy By Tftignor

    I wish I had gotten the next model up with rear view camera and fog lights. The light colored seat fabric shows stains easily. Wishing for leather too. All wheel drive would be nice but it would be mo... Read More

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

    This car is so much fun to drive! It's peppy, takes curves great and is very responsive. It feels like a heavy car (in a good way). The front cloth interior seats are handsome and pretty comfortable ... Read More

    2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

    Great Car For The Money Probably Nothing Better By woody77black

    i really like the handling of this car and the fuel economy as well, loved the manual transmission as it made the car fun to drive. Only draw back i have come to notice is the car can be a little loud... Read More

    Great Small Car With Bigger Car Features And Performance By calcoastcars

    First of all, the gas mileage is incredible. Having owned a Prius (that felt like a brick compared to this Mazda3), I do drive in a conservative manner that yields 35-36 mpg in my mixed highway/city d... Read More

    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

    2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Reviews

    All Around Great Car By Jdays

    Love the look of the car. Sporty. It performs that way as well. Super fun to drive. It's nimble and responsive in traffic. Easy to park, has held up really well with my two sons. The leather is nice ... Read More

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

    After researching and test driving many different compact cars I narrowed the search down to a few Asian brands: Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Mazda. While all of the brands provided reliable vehicles w... Read More

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