2007 Mazda 3 GS Saloon 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America
Not good enough
The doors wouldn't lock any more.
Rattles and squeaks.
Rear shock problem.
Rust, rust, rust.
Some of these issues were covered by the warranty.
Leased this car for 3 years (brand new - not a demo car).
It looked brilliant back in 2007. Even in 2018, this car looks if the paint has been well maintained.
After 3 years of ownership the car started to rust a little, which is unacceptable.
Roomy enough. Seats were quiet comfy. The materials used inside were rather good (a mix of soft and hard materials).
Some rattles and strange noises developed over the years.
Decent performance but high fuel consumption. Also, the manual transmission was a delight to use.
Some. Not on the VW level.
The saloon version wasn't great. The trunk is not too big and the storage inside is very limited. The hatchback version is better.
As mentioned this car had a few problems. Can't comment more than that since I leased it for 3 years. Apparently they are not as good as Toyotas or Hondas, even though that generation was made in Japan.
The Mazda 3 was a pretty fun car to drive with good looks inside and out. However watch out for the rust and for the automatic transmission (apparently they have problems).
Last but not least, if fuel consumption is your main concern, this might not be the car you're looking for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th October, 2018