2007 Mazda 3 2.0L from North America
Change the tires!
The Mazda 3 treated me really well for about 2 and a half years. The interior is comfortable - I never got tired of it. However, by the second year, the stock tires were almost completely bald. Under a lease, one would not expect this kind of low quality, which I hadn't.
And then it happened. A light rain began (I may have had 27,000 miles on my car) one night in November when my car suddenly span out on a major highway and went right into a guard rail. Beware of this car, unless you plan on replacing the stock tires after about a year and a half. Mazda royally screwed me with charges when I returned this lease.
Handles very well.
Great car on the inside.
But beware of the stock tires!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd July, 2010
Did you ever have the tires rotated? This is one of the most commonly forgotten bits of maintenance every car needs. I rotated the stock factory tires on my car and got over 65,000 miles out of them, while a good friend of mine NEVER had them rotated and had to have all 4 replaced at 30,000 miles.
As for spinning out in a light rain, you were obviously going too fast for conditions, and if you knew your tires were nearly bald and still neglected to replace them, you should have seen it coming.