2007 Mazda 3 GS 2.0 litre gas from North America
Reliable, and easy on the wallet
This car has been bullet proof in-terms of reliability.
All I have changed so far were the car stereo and front door speakers, because the factory stereo is not very good in my opinion. I needed iPod connectivity and Bluetooth as well.
The car is used as our family car, and has not had any mechanical issues except for your basic wear and tear and maintenance.
Things replaced: Brake pads and rotors, engine air filters and suspension. These listed items are all maintenance items, as well as your obvious oil changes, auto transmission oil changes and radiator flushes.
Great on gas, reliable, and built well. I would recommend getting a rust check done every year or every 2 years because I find these cars tend to rust in our Canadian climate.
I have changed my oil every 5000 km despite the fact the manufacturer suggests every 8000 km. Also, make sure you drain and fill the ATF; many people skip this and forget about it. I personally use synthetic engine oil and began using 5w-30 at 150,000 km on the car, but that's my preference.
The tires from the factory were absolutely useless; I quickly replaced them because they would not grip properly in the winter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2014