2004 Mazda 3 Reviews - Page 8 of 12

2004 Mazda 3 Si 2.3 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Aerio

Summary:

Zoom Zoom says it all

Faults:

None so far.

General Comments:

After an exhaustive search for a quality used car I finally choose a 2004 Mazda 3 si. I bought this car with 45 thousand miles on it, however you would swear it was new. It has everything that a person could possibly want. I prefer a manual transmission however my wife cannot get accustom to them, so the manual feature of automatic transmission is great. This car has great acceleration and handling. The sports package with power moon roof, tinted windows and 2.3 liter engine completes this car perfectly. I use to dread my 45 minute drive to work in my old car, now I look forward to it. I would also like to thank all the people who have posted to this helpful site. It and they were instrumental in helping me find the perfect car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2006

2004 Mazda 3 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance24700 miles

Summary:

I would buy this car again, and would recommend it to anyone

General Comments:

I have owned my 3 for a little over two years, and I'm still in love with it as much, if not more, than the day I bought it.

I have a little over 24,000 miles on it and have had absolutely no mechanical problems thus far.

Anyone who is considering buying this car should have no reservations doing so. It is such a fun car to drive, and the handling is far superior to any other car I test drove in this category.

I have had numerous compliments on the interior as well as the exterior, with people telling me that it looks like a much more expensive car than what the actual price tag is.

The only (minor) negative comment I have is that the air conditioning doesn't "cool" as well as I think it should. If the temperature outside is under 85 degrees it's great. If it's over that, you have to run it on high all the time. But that may be a problem that has been fixed on the newer models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2006

2004 Mazda 3 S 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Previous carSeat Leon

Summary:

Dangerous

General Comments:

2.3 liters and no traction control! Even in the dry, it's easy to get the wheel-spin in 1st gear; in the wet/snow it's hard not to. At the time we bought it, we couldn't get ABS at any price. Of course ESP is not available at all.

It drives well - when going slooowly and in the dry. Stepping on it mid-turn (should be fun in a FWD car) makes me feel like I'd end up tail first in the oncoming lane, and this is what's almost happened in fact. As a result I end up driving slowly, but the fuel economy from the silly 2.3 is still awful.

Looks great inside and out, but still a major disappointment. Wish we'd gotten a Mazda6 instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

11th Nov 2006, 14:39

Congratulations on buying your first vehicle with usable low-end torque!

15th Jun 2007, 12:15

All cares come with traction control and ABS. tap the brakes and give a 1/4 press on the gas. ;)

27th Jul 2007, 19:56

Honestly, it sounds like the issue is with the driver, not the car.

22nd Sep 2007, 18:47

Sounds like you need new tires or are sitting to close to the pedals, making you step on them harder. Proper seat adjustment should be with your legs straight, feet touching the floor behind the pedals.

2004 Mazda 3 mazda3 1.6AT luxury from Singapore

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6AT luxury Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance17000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Smooth engine and flawless AT gear change unless exhilarating tiptronic employed in the correct way!

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

It's a car meant to be driven by the driver.

You chose the way you want to drive it.

City driving with AT is good enough.

Enthusiastic driver finds the tiptronic override function exhilarating!! can go from 0-60km/hr in less than 2 seconds, but must be very sure you know how to shift the gear properly before trying to do so!

Driving persistently with manual override increases FC to about 10.5km/L.

But average decent driving (like most sunny drivers do) will get you close to 12km/L or better (after servicing)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2006

28th Apr 2007, 08:10

The 3 is definitely a great car. very firm ride yet comfortable. Doesn't roll like corolla nor nissan sunny. handling compared to Honda civic is like comparing chees to chalk esp when sharp turn at corners. ZOOM! ZOOM!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 39 reviews