2005 Mazda 3 2.0 R Sedan 2.0 petrol from Philippines


A sharp handling small sedan for less money


Seat belt bolt cover on the passenger's side fell off.

Brakes are noisy when the car is cold (I get a creaking sound when I shift the car from Park to Reverse and release the brakes).

General Comments:

My family bought a Mazda 3 2.0R (2,000cc engine, Sport suspension, leather, sunroof and 17 inch wheels) 2 years ago.

So far the experience has been fun! The car has very sharp handling, and is a dream to drive out of town.

The radio and 6 speed CD changer have adequate performance, and the front seats are quite comfortable on long drives. The back is a bit tight, but is roomy enough to compete with a BMW 3 series or Audi A4, but not as comfortable as a Volvo S60 or a Toyota Corolla Altis.

The projector headlights have great range and visibility, and the brakes are very responsive.

So far I have had no mechanical or electrical problems, but I do have comments about the trim. The plastic cover of the seat belt bolt on the bottom of the B-pillar fell off easily, and looks like it is made of rather cheap material. While the car's suspension is generally good, the sound deadening insulation is inferior for a car of this price range, especially when compared to a Toyota Corolla Altis or even a Toyota Vios!

Other comments about the performance of the car:

The 4 speed automatic transmission robs power, and even with a Tiptronic transmission, it does not match the smoothness of a Honda automatic. It would have been better if Mazda Philippines offered a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission, or a 5 speed automatic.

When all has been said and done however, the car is worth the Php 930,000 we paid for it. Its design is sporty and eye catching, and so far maintenance has been a dream. My car has less problems than my friends Ford Focus 2.0 Hatchback, even if the two cars were built at the same factory! (Ford Santa Rosa, Philippines plant).

I am proud that a Philippine-made car can compete with the Thai, Korean and even Japanese built models in the Philippine market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2007

2005 Mazda 3 LX 1.6 petrol from Romania


Perfect. My next one has to be Ferrari to match it :)


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

This car fits me so good, that I simply can't replace it with any other car I've driven. And I've driven everything (almost), from Porsche and Jaguar to Golf or Astra.

Of course, I don't make a comparison between this budget car and some super-car, I just wanted you to have an idea about my driving experience.

I drive about 40,000 km a year, so I spend pretty much time in may car, but so far Mazda 3 has offered me everthing that I wanted. Not "and more", 'cos it wouldn't be true :)

The engine's great, the sound of the exhaust is cool, the interior is perfect fot the money (good quality, but without the Germans' obsession for straight lines and perfection), the exterior is "zoom-zoom", appealing and urban.

Nothing broke so far, and I don't think it's gonna.

The steering is great, the gearbox gives you the feeling you're in perfect control, at high speed cornering it feels like it has glue on tires, and I rarely needed the safety (ABS, EBD) systems, due to the perfect balance of weight.

On the other side, the engine is a little flat, the clutch is jumpy, the mileage is quite poor, the suspension is noisy, and the taxes are huge.

If I would buy another car from Mazda? What other car? :)

I love it, but I won't wait another 3 months for a car as I waited for this one, and I need a little more power, so I'm thinking a bigger engine for my next one.

As a whole, it's different, it's happy, it's VERY well built, runs perfect, good value. But a little boring as it lacks a little extra power that the chassis is built for...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2007

5th Feb 2007, 13:28

The new 3 is an absolutely AWESOME car. We were unfortunate enough to own a Mazda before Ford took over, and it was absolute GARBAGE. Since Ford has taken over both the build quality and reliability have improved tremendously. I test drove a new 3 before buying my last car and was impressed with everything but the very harsh ride, which is why I opted for a smoother riding GM car. I have back problems and the 3's stiff ride was just too rough for me.