by bmpskier on Jul 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Heads up to all owners with Mazda 2.3L engines.
I bought a 2005 Mazda3 with 110K km on the engine. It was in excellent condition inside and out having been maintained regularly per the Mazda recommendations.
Less than 2500 km after I bought it it suddenly dropped 3L of oil in about 1500km. I had to spend 7K on a new engine having.
There was no evidence of a leak or that it was burning oil. It just disappeared.
I spoke to the service dept at the dealership and they told me that the 2004-2007 2.3L is prone to this problem and short of replacing the engine there is no fix other than to put in a heavier oil to slow consumption.
by davidej123 on May 9, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I recently picked up a 2005 Mazda 3s, with the 5spd, as a grocery-getter / everyday workhorse. I wanted something versatile, reliable, and cheap to maintain, with above average city mpg. However, I also love driving, so I wanted to make sure it was still fun and very much a "driver's car".
The 3s has been good-to-excellent on all counts.
The shifter is superb. Somedays, I actually like it better than the shifter on my M5. The handling is precise, like a go-cart. The brakes are good. In combined driving, I average about 28-30mpg without fail. Typical trip to the pump is 11gals for 330mi. Decent - but if fuel economy is your absolute top priority, buy a Prius because it will crush this.
by michdude on Jan 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my 2005 Mazda 3 as a used, certified car with 48,000 one owner miles on it.
I had just started a new job which is 25 miles one way so I needed a reliable, fairly fuel efficient car that looked sharp, was fun to drive and could seat four adults when needed.
I'm 6'3" tall so I also needed a car that could handle my lanky frame.
I have to say my Mazda 3 has been a pleasure to drive over the past three years.
It has also been reliable.
The only mechanical failures I've had are the serpentine belt tension pulley and the drivers side front wheel bearing.
I have replaced the brake rotors and pads and bought new tires (Continental ExtremeContact
Overall I love my 3!!!!!!!