2004 Mazda 3 GS 2.3 gas from North America
A great ride with few peers in its price class!
One defective rear shock absorber replaced at my expense at 91000km.
Minor rust on rear doors on the pillar... new doors supplied under warranty.
A bit of paint flaking around the wheel wells, but with Canadian winters this is not a surprise. Sand, gravel and salt due tend to damage paint and metal.
This car drives like a much more expensive car, and easily outperforms my previous car, which was a 1991 BMW 325i.
The handling and braking are amazing, and the power more than adequate with the 2.3 litre engine.
Fuel consumption is not great with the automatic, but I have a heavy foot.
The styling and functionality with the seats down of the hatchback are hard to beat. I am still impressed with the way this car drives and looks, inside and out, 5 years after purchase.
I am truly amazed with how little I have spent on repairs, as I drive my car quite hard. I would say that if you are looking for a fun to drive small car, that this one has no peers in its price class.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2009