2006 Mazda 3 Reviews - Page 7 of 9

2006 Mazda 3 MPS Sports pack 2.3 DISI turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 DISI turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance519 kilometres
Previous carHolden Astra

Faults:

Nothing as yet as the car is still relatively new.

General Comments:

This is one seriously quick hatchback. With 190 kw and 380Nm of torque on tap in such a small car, it has enough performance to embarrass many a respected performance car. Wheels magazine, a local motoring mag, tested it on launch and managed an 80-120km/h acceleration run in third gear quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera in the same gear! The feel from inside the car is of a huge hand pushing you very firmly into the very comfortable semi-bucket sports seats every time you squeeze open the throttle. The performance on offer in third gear is something to experience (the first 2 are torque limited by the ECU etc).

I would say the most surprising aspect of this car is how they managed to reduce torque steer to such a small amount considering the amount of power and torque running through only the fronts. A torque steering pig this is not. Due to the traction and torque control, it is not the quickest thing off the mark, but once rolling, be prepared to build up speed quicker than you can imagine for a small front wheel drive hatchback. In the dry, WRXs watch out. Wheels managed a quicker time in 4th in the MPS than a WRX in third from 80-120.

Comfort inside is a mixed bag. The seats and driving position is top notch for my size (174cm) with telescopic and tilt wheel and height adjustment for the leather/cloth seat. Everything is where you would expect it to be. The ride on the other hand is very firm, but not rough. driving steadily around town it can get a little bit jiggly on rough streets, but as soon as you start opening up the throttle and using the performance, the suspension just keeps getting better by absorbing mid-corner bumps better than you could expect with such firm suspension. It is a car that begs to be given a boot-full. Also don't be surprised if you lift a wheel off the ground when driving up a driveway gutter on an angle, the body is that stiff.

Fuel economy is pretty good for the performance of the car. First fill of close to 50/50 of spirited city/country driving netted 8.8L/100km.

In summary, it is one impressive car with effortless performance and high limits, even with DSC turned off. You can drive sedately without complaint and also put a huge grin on your face when you open the throttle, especially in third. It just has a firm around town ride, but not uncomfortably so. Good one Mazda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2006

2006 Mazda 3 from North America

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

This is an affordable car that looks great and drives as well as it looks

Faults:

I got the car yesterday and so far nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

First off, I want to say that my opinion of the car is so high because it is such a value for the money.

I got this car new for 13500 with automatic yesterday, and I had shopped around for the best car and the best price.

This car drives unbelievably well for the money I paid for it. Hands down better than other cars in the same price class I test drove (Neon, PT Cruiser, Jetta, various used Fords).

For me being a 23 year old girl, the looks and ride of this car are spot on. I'll see how this car rides after more time and re-review it, but for now it is my ideal car.

Also, the stereo controls on the steering wheel are a great touch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd July, 2006

9th Aug 2006, 10:49

I am carefully watching the Mazda 3 hatch in both the 2006 and 2007 models. I was just curious as to what model and options you got for your money and what area of the country you purchased in? Thanks for your input.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 24 reviews