by r85david on Sep 26, 2013 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.
by mazdaharp on Sep 7, 2013 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.
by djshame on Apr 23, 2013 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....
by duderino66 on Jan 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my 2004 mazda3 used in 2006 with about 30k miles. Water pump died at 60k, alternator fried at 80k. Transmission crumped at 120k (ouch!). Fun to drive, surprisingly smooth on the highway for a 4-cylinder, and a good looking car inside and out. I'd buy another one, but probably opt for a 5-speed next time.
by fubo on Jan 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
A piece of junk.
Rust began to show all over a couple of years.
All of the door jams and quarter panels near the wheels are rusted.
Two years ago I had to have all 4 rims replaced because they were corroded.
Luckily they were replaced under warranty.
I asked Mazda for help this time around since the rust began to show when it was still under warranty but they refused, even though the dealership and the regional mgr for Mazda were "shocked" when they saw the rust and agreed this should not happen to a 4-5 year old car.
I've had a Ford and a Jeep, sold it after more than 10 years with no rust.
At first I thought it broke down.
Took it in, they said it's normal.
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