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2004 Mazda Mazda3

   
 
Mazda Mazda3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2004 Mazda Mazda3

  • Good looks, strong engines and sharp handling add up to an economy car that feels anything but cheap.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fun-to-drive character, stylish interior design, strong engines, hatchback utility.

  • Cons

    Ride might be too stiff for some, a few ergonomic quirks, tight rear legroom.

  • What's New for 2004

    The Mazda 3 is an all-new economy sedan and hatchback that replaces the Protege in Mazda's lineup.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (644 total reviews)


Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned my Mazda 3 2.3 Automatic since 2006 at 14,000 miles. It actually has a rebuilt title so it was cheap. I now have 162,000 miles on it!!! original engine, transmission, ETC. Only have done regular maintenance mostly myself. changed oil to synthetic when purchased, change every 5,000 miles. Still running like a Champ! I will drive this car until the wheels literally fall off!! This is also the base model, roll down windows, no cruise control, manual seats ETC, may have something to do with not having any electrical issues at all.



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2.3l engine prone to failure

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

I've owned this car since day one. It is 9-1/2 years old and 103,000 miles on it. I've done all scheduled maintenance at the dealer. I've had a problem for a few years where this car has been chewing through oil but no one could out where it was going (no leaks, no visible burning, no blown head gasket). I'm adding about a quart every 750 miles. Insane. I finally took it to another dealer with a better service department when the first failed to identify the problem. The piston rings have failed. The only solution... a new engine for $7,200. The more research I do, the more I see this is a common problem but Mazda is refusing to acknowledge it.



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Love this car but beware

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car since it had 6 miles on it. The only issues i had in the begining was a belt that broke and ignition coils. This car is very fun to drive. However be aware that after 100k the engine starts to burn oil. I wasn't aware of this and didn't feel the need to check my oil on the regular. Hence i now need a new motor. Just a word of advice check your oil levels regularly at least once a week when you go over 100k in miles. Enjoy zoomzoom. Hence i bought a 2013 MSP3. love my Mazda's....



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
/
  • 32
  • highway
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Full 2004 Mazda Mazda3 Review

What's New for 2004

The Mazda 3 is an all-new economy sedan and hatchback that replaces the Protege in Mazda's lineup.

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