Mazda 3 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2006 Mazda 3 GLX 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60 kilometres
Most recent distance208100 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

A good reliable hatch

Faults:

New engine ECU at 180000km.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, good economy, comfort, the works.

Tyre noise was really our only gripe with the car, and the only real trouble we had was the ECU crapped out on us, leaving us stranded and with a good size repair bill.

Apart from that, we enjoyed our 200+ kms with it. I do wish we could've brought the SP23 version, as they are a very good looking car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2013

2005 Mazda 3 SP23 Limited 2.3 petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Axela

Summary:

Best value for money in the sub $16k range

Faults:

Had some strange problems with the central locking system unlocking and locking the doors at random.

Removed the driver's side central locking controller (mission), and cleaned and applied carbon electric grease - no problems since.

General Comments:

I am a Toyota person through and through, but TOYOTA does not compare to the Mazda 3. No Corolla has the fun and styling or performance.

Ours is the Limited Edition Leather & Bose edition - If you can get this model, grab it! It's not just a fancy badge on the speakers. Sub woofer under the passenger seat, and a good BOSE amp under the driver's seat, great speakers - great sounds!

I rate these cars; before this, we had the Japanese import equivalent (Axela). The Axela is reported as being quicker due to different cams, but it is nominal.

The NZ model has the curtain air bags, which the Axela does not. The Axela has the rain sensing wipers.

Without a doubt, the best handling front wheel drive car I have ever driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2011

2007 Mazda 3 SP23 2.3litre

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Silvia

Summary:

I hope I hold onto this car for a while yet

Faults:

Engine light is constantly on due to aftermarket headers and exhaust. Mazda is yet to rectify.

Drivers seat is squeaky sometimes and I weigh only 85kg.

Suspension creaks when driving out of my driveway (lowered springs).

Mazda thankfully got rid of the chime that reminds you you're not wearing a seat belt.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, I have installed full headers and 2.5" mandrel bent exhaust that has given a huge increase in performance with a supporting KN panel filter. This car in this form can beat a Toyota Aurion.

Without the headers and KN, the car had average performance and ran a 16 flat 0-400m. The 6 speed Box is crisp and easy to shift, power comes on at 4000rpm and later again at 5500. Not as aggressive as a Honda VTIR Integra VTECs (owned one a few cars ago), but still can match it in stock form.

Inside the car is great, 2 cup holders in the back and 4 in the front. So many great little features and comforts. The climate control is perfect and the aftermarket sunroof really makes this car look the goods, with the super low king springs.

Services from Mazda are around 200-300 every 10k; that's reasonable. Fuel economy is as expected, 7 litres per 100km on highway with climate control and overtaking, and 9-10 litres per 100km around town. Combined it's officially rated at around 8.3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2008

2007 Mazda 3 Maxx 2.0

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance21000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Best medium sized car available for under 30G (AUD)

General Comments:

Very comfortable interior.

Roomier than most small/middle sized cars.

Handles great with barely any body roll at all when flying around corners.

Fast acceleration in first and second, slightly slower in higher gears.

Tiptronic gearbox is really responsive and quick, by far one of the best I've used.

Large boot.

Great stock audio system, however it's a lot of work to modify/customise it.

Indicator noise is slightly annoying, however, you get used to it after a while.

Quite a few modifications (turbos, exhaust systems, intakes, suspension, body kits, etc) available.

No trip computer and similar features is really poor and inexcusable for Mazda Australia.

Great safety features.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2008

2006 Mazda 3 SP23 2.3 petrol

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance8500 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Good to handle, but noisy and rough riding

Faults:

No defects found.

General Comments:

Car handles very well.

On rough chip seal roads, the interior is so noisy that it is difficult for driver and front seat passenger to converse.

On any surface other than smooth seal, the ride, especially in the back seats, is both rough and noisy.

Cruise control is jerky and severe on undulating ground. It overruns the set speed by 8-10 kph before settling back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th March, 2008

17th Aug 2008, 03:58

Compared with your Camry the suspension setup is for nimble handling rather than the Camry's Touring style "float" type suspension setup hence the difference. It's all down to preference really, plus the low profiles on the Mazda don't lend themselves to noise reduction or a bump free ride.

If you're after something with a higher lateral G rating, faster slalom speeds and faster turn in and cornering stability the Mazda 3 is more for you.

If you're after a softer floating type ride which soaks up bumps and lends itself to quieter touring the Camry would be the better choice.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 8 reviews