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2005 Mazda MAZDA3

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 23/Hwy 31/Comb 26 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 1238 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

204K Miles - and still driving strong

By on Saturday, July 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 204,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, cabin quality, reliable"

Cons: "Long term quality of paint job, A/C weak"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Nothing but trouble

By on Friday, June 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great handling"

Cons: "All of the known issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"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."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

One of the best cars I have owned

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fast, fun to drive, great handling, reliable"

Cons: "Can't think of any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Taken 2015. It's 8 Years old.

"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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Taken 2015. It's 8 Years old.

A pleasure to drive!

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,544

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable, practical, easry handling car."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great running vehicle 1 owner love the car

By on Saturday, May 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great car for 9 years"

Cons: "rusting / mufler tail pipe off, engine runs great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"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."

1 person out of 8 found this review helpful

Best small car I have owned

By on Friday, March 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great value, sharp styling, dependable"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"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."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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