2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3 from North America
Great Japan-assembled vehicle, minor problems at the most
O2 sensor had to be replaced at 50,000kms, but covered under a recall.
Plastic shift position indicator (beside shifter) fell down into cover.
Plastic door bump strip on outside of rear passenger door began falling off.
Stock all-season tires were horrible.
Shifting is smooth compared to other vehicles, but having driven in a CVT vehicle, I now find the gear-shifting noticeable and annoying.
Other than that, this is a great vehicle to own and drive. Spacious, bright, responsive, safe. Note that this vehicle was assembled in Japan, which I will always prefer in future vehicle purchases.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th June, 2011
17th Oct 2014, 13:19
Update - Oct 2014:
This vehicle has been great, minor rust spots from stone chips, no other problems, up until I started having airbag problems over the last month. It cost me $500 to replace the clockspring in the steering wheel, and now will cost me another $700 to replace the airbag module (computer). Comparatively, I have a 2005 Nissan X-Trail (sold in Canada and internationally only, not USA) which has cost me nothing in repairs and is still running smoothly, but is beginning to rust.
11th Mar 2016, 16:26
March 2016: the car is still going great, minor rust spots on the hood from stone chips but no other rust. Now at 145k.