2007 Mazda 3 GS 2.0 from North America
Best vehicle purchase I have ever made
At about 100000 Km, had some stiffness in the shift linkage due to corrosion. The symptom was when placed in Park, the linkage wouldn't keep the starter safety switch made, and the car would not start. To start the engine, I had to shift to Neutral, allowing the starter safety switch to enable starting. Remedy, cleaned and lubed the linkage.
Pros: Outstanding reliability. Quality is excellent for an 'entry level' car: upholstery is holding up very good, suspension is still very tight, no loss in performance, no shakes or rattles anywhere on the car. Handles and drives like new. Front brakes changed at 125000 Km, but they could have waited a bit longer. Requires very little maintenance.
Helpful notes: Rust Check or similar treatment every Fall prior to the salt season is very important. Air conditioning doesn't cool the car as well as the A/C on bigger domestics; Corolla and Civic owners have the same experience and opinion.
I expect the Mazda 3 is as good as any vehicle in its class/price range, and better than most.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2015