"Nearly 204,000 miles on my 2005 Mazda3 hatchback, and it's still going strong. It's low maintenance, starts every time you put the key in the ignition, has a high-quality feel to the cabin, stops when needed, I've never replaced the clutch, and I'm getting 30 mpg on every tank of gas. I do have a few suggestions for Mazda, however, given that this is the first Mazda I've owned among a long line of Toyotas: (1) paint job when new looks spectacular but goes dull and begins peeling in places around the 100K mark. (2) A/C is not nearly as powerful or effective as in the 6 Toyotas we've owned. (On a really hot day - 100F+ - it has to work hard to be fairly cool.) Heater is fine. (3) Headlights and fog lights seem to need replacing more frequently than my Toyotas have; (4) Carpet on driver's side is worn and has a hole in it because of my heel. It shouldn't. (5) Had to replace the lights behind the audio and controls. Lights were cheap, but labor was expensive. Should NOT be going out. However, it's been a great car, and I highly recommend it."
"Bought this less than a year ago, within two weeks the MAF sensor went out. Shortly after that I started having issues with the AC compressor making noise, neither the dealership nor the extended warranty would replace it until it was completely broken. Now that its summer again AC doesn't work and need a new compressor. During all of this I have replaced the rotors twice and the pads three time to try and get the rear brakes to stop howling when reversing the car after it sits for more than an hour. Was told by the dealership that its normal. I am sure my neighbors love that sound every morning I back out of my garage. Cant adjust the rear camber so it eats through tires at an alarming rate. Just don't buy this car, honestly not worth the headache, read the forums and you will see the long list of issues this car has."
Pros: "Fast, fun to drive, great handling, reliable"
Cons: "Can't think of any"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car. I added the sports exhaust and cold air injection (factory) which boosted the HP to over 300HP. Turned 110 in 10.8 seconds in the quarter mile. It gets almost 30MPG on the freeway and around 22MPG around town. It handles like a race car, after you change the tires that it comes with. The suspension is hard, but light enough for the street. I've had it for 9 years and the only maintenance problem was a thermostat. The seats are comfortable and hold you in place. The paint hasn't faded even though it's a red car. Great car."
"I have had this car for 4 years and only had the oil changed. I love the pick up, the smooth handling, comfort, stability and reliability. I love the convenience for hauling stuff to the beach, groceries, luggage or stuff from Home Depot. It is now 7 years old and I have no desire to replace it. I am 76 and owned many cars. This one is my favorite."
"This car has new struts on front and back, new front breaks, needs rear pads, interior is like new, std 5 speed, larger engine, bose system, sun roof, only major issue is the rear quarter panels are rusting and in need of repair.Car has 4 summer/4winter tires."
"This Mazda 3 has been the most dependable, low cost vehicle I have owned. I have averaged 34mpg back and forth to work, and nearly 40mpg on long trips. No repairs or service issues have been needed, except for routine replacement of tires, brakes and 1 battery. The body and mechanicals have remained in remarkably good condition for a car driven 11 yrs through the salt & snow of northeast Ohio."