Thus far, I am pleased with the car, the deal, and the decision to buy a Mazda 3
Nothing has broken on the car as yet, and after 5K miles everything is holding up nicely. I will try to post further updates and info at service intervals and as the miles accumulate.
Rides/drives, handles, and stops well. Cruise control maintains speed well, even going up hills. Interior is comfortable and well thought out, if not spacious. Hatchback is great for cargo. The big front-end grin is wearing on me, and looks better with darker colored cars. It is the best car overall in its class, and arguably the best looking.
The only issue (s) I've had with it concern power chord (s) getting stuck in the accessory outlets. Mazda is aware of the problem, as it has been documented and experienced throughout the country. After some "negotiation" with dealer personnel, it took more than one appointment to fix the problem, albeit under warranty.
Newer 2010 3s don't come standard with blinkers on the mirrors and footwell, etc. lighting anymore. That's too bad because it really sets the car apart and adds a touch of class. Still a great car value though. Mazda deserves the accolades it gets on this and some of its other cars.
Other nit-picks: gas mileage could be better, coupled with a little more power from the 2.5L engine, clutch feels numb, all black interior, fuel filler door on passenger side, no coolant temp gauge. Overall a fine car though, especially for the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st May, 2010