2008 Mazda 3 i Sport 2.0 from North America
Excellent, until it breaks...
Since June of 2018, I have had many things go wrong with the car, starting with the clutch. I do tend to be rough on the clutch and it needed to be replaced. The clutch we took out was not the stock clutch that would have come with the car, meaning it has been replaced before.
Also, the air conditioner compressor failed as well. Leaks were patched and they recharged the air conditioner, but to no avail. I have been unable to find the money for the parts in order to fix it.
The car refused to start in the afternoon of late August 2018, although all the lights came on in the car. I was informed that it seemed to be a wiring issue and the starter solenoid was burning itself up. My guess is that someone before me had tried to rewire the car and has caused many problems for me. I ended up having to bypass the starter in order to get it running again. Then the horn refused to work, which also seems to be a wiring problem, in addition to the horn itself.
In mid-September 2018, the car refused to accept the bypass starter or key. We could not get it jump started. We checked the fuses and they were all fine. At that point, I gave up. The car was clearly done.
When it was working properly, before all the issues, it was a pleasure to drive, excellent gas mileage, and a wonderful commuter car. It simply proved to be too much to fix in too short of a time.
Manual transmission, manual windows, no cruise control, nothing fancy. The car operated well with minor oil changes and updates, and perhaps would have endured longer if there hadn't been any customizations.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th September, 2018