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Love my car but BEWARE
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By sydneycmiller
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My car is the plain Jane type but it was still love at first sight. I bought it used and had trouble with the second day I had it. It's automatic and it would stall at every light or stop sign I hit. Mechanics suggested it was a faulty computer. Mazda told me unless I could prove it, it wouldn't be covered. Reset the computer and it seemed to be fine until I hit 133k kms. Then the transmisson blew. So now I'm stuck with a $2500 bill, AGAIN. I guess I got a lemon but most resellers don't even want to consider selling these transmissions anymore because they continue to come back on a regular basis. Also, the CD plyr is faulty and hates most CDS, old or new.


Favorite Features

The thing I loved most about my car was the inside looked super nice. The instruments looked so clean and very sporty. Trunk space is a good size and back seat leg room is also nice.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission, seats stain easy, a bit hard to see when backing up, lights fog up and get cloudy.


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Best car ever!
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By veester
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car brand new 8 years ago and I can honestly say it has been the best car I've ever owned! Thus far the only things we've had to change on it have been the brakes and of course the tires. Anyway, great first time car for anyone! I will be trading up soon for a small SUV.


Favorite Features

The Car itself is very reliable and has offered very good MPG.


Suggested Improvements

There are three things that i struggle with, of which two are cosmetic. For the last 4 years the AC has broke down every summer (Texas heat - not cool!), the inside siding of the front doors were apparently glued on originally (vs. sown on) because they began peeling off 5 years ago, and the seats are no longer comfy. Other than that the Mazda 3 has been great car!


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By b_o_b_6_9_
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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i have owned the car since it was relesed and since its done about 140,000 miles and hasnt had any issues , only thing i had to replace was the tyres and brake pads other wise its all good


Favorite Features

the blue lights on the dash speedo :D


Suggested Improvements

moar power


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Worst car I've ever owned
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By yagdoogie
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Replaced the transmission. Twice. Motor "clicks," my mechanic thought it was going to throw a rod. Six months later, still clicking. Front end needed to be rebuilt at 102k. Roughest running four-cylinder I've ever seen. Dealer said that's a characteristic of the motor. Hunh.


Favorite Features

Only favorite feature was my joy the day I sold it. Going back to Honda & Toyota. My $800 corolla was a better car than the mazda.


Suggested Improvements

Let the Japanese completely re-engineer this piece of doo doo.


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2004 Mazda 2.3 Sedan
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By duderino66
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Sporty performance and appearance, leather interior, nice overall design and ergonomics.


Suggested Improvements

Brakes seemed to require a little more attention than usual. Tiptronic automatic transmission has potential reliability issues. Get a 5-speed if you can.


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