2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: After 17,900 Miles ...

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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After 17,900 Miles ...
By Virgin1 on


2004 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


I still love this car. Yes, it has a few flaws but at less than $20K it's a deal. As stated before me the car/tires leaves something to be desired in rain and even more so in snow and ice. Yokohamas may have been a better choice than the Goodyears. Get the ABS package! It's a lil' pricey but includes side and curtain air bags. Also, get the 6-CD changer even if you don't think you want it (as I did). I plan to install a 22mm rear anti-sway bar to reduce understeer. In spite of what others have said here, I have raced cars and any factory front driver understeers too much. I think 25-32 MPG is excellent for a car like this one ... any car really, and on regular 87 octane fuel too.

Best Features

Still LOVE the 17's though they are hard to clean.

Worst Features

1. A/C is weak by today's standards. 2. Rear brake dust. Bring on the aftermarket pads ... PLEASE! 3. Better chosen factory tires. 4. Heavier duty rear suspension/springs 5. Factory fog lights are useless and non-adjustable.
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