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You'll never want to buy another car!
By hmarie23 on 11/10/12 09:55 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I owned my 2005 Mazda3i for just over a year before it was totaled. I'm still mourning the loss of this car & with any luck will purchase another soon. I bought my mazdda3 used with 100,000 miles and drove it for 22,000 more. This car is extremely reliable, never had any problems with it (which is great since it had been in 2 minor accidents before I got it). Gas mileage was excellent -mostly highway driving usually got around 30 mpg which is great for a college student's budget! My only complaint (aside from the lack of any real space needed when I was moving) was that around 110,000 miles it began to shake when it idled, before that it was smooth sailing. You can't go wrong buying this car
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33 of 65 people found this review helpful
Mazda3 2.3L Engine Failure
By bmpskier on 07/05/12 13:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Good Value - All Around Car
By davidej123 on 05/09/12 09:05 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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125,000 miles and going strong
By michdude on 01/08/12 15:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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 DWS. Overall I love my 3!!!!!!!
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Mazda 3 SP23 Manual
By landj6 on 09/15/11 14:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 SP23 Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my car in 2005 new with 33 miles on it. I love my car!! Today it has 191,000 and not a single problem with it! I have kept up with the oil changes and have done some work, changed belts, plugs, ect. just as a preventative. I put gas in it, change the oil, change the tires and drive the crap out of it! I'm not easy on cars, as you can tell from the 191,000 miles on it in 6 years! I recently have been thinking about trading it in for an SUV, but just can't part with my awesome car yet!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Been great so far!
By nathanh2 on 01/22/11 06:22 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought it used with 46,000. It now has 58,000 and I have had no problems with it what so ever. Gas mileage has been pretty good although the car is small and I would expect it to get better. But other than that it has been golden. No mechanical problems. Turns on a dime. Rides beautifully on the highway. Put good tires on it if you haven't already. I had the Eagle RS-A and as soon as I switched them out the car was much quieter and rode a lot smoother. A/C can be a little weak. But it seems to do fine if you turn it up another notch. All around a very good car. I am very happy with it and I don't expect that to change
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Not Bad!
By flow_motion on 01/17/11 03:43 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought a used automatic Mazda 3 Sedan January of last year. It had about 103,000 KM. One year later, it's now at 123,000 KMS +... This car rocks! It's been very reliable, has caused me no trouble. The dealership have been extremely curtious, and polite. I'll definitely buy another Mazda! I agree with one person though, the accessories at the dealership are way over priced. Nonetheless, this car definitely packs in the "zoom zoom". The auto transmission should've been 5 speed rather then 4. Gas mileage in the city isn't good for a 4 cyl engine. Those are the negs... The pos outweigh the negs 10 fold! Love the red interior lights!
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Has everything
By dodo on 12/05/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Purchased this car new. Has everything one could want: -Great gas mileage avg 32mpg -Room for the family -Slick -and I mean slick!- manual shifter -Fun to drive -Reliable (have not had a single problem)
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I LOVE this car
By cyn on 08/23/10 11:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car in college over 5 years ago and put 85,000 miles on it - no mechanical problems whatsoever. It's extremely reliable, inexpensive to maintain, handles well, plenty of storage area, and has good gas mileage.
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Well Done!
By J Delo on 07/27/10 11:10 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2005 Mazda Mazda3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have an 05 Mazda 3 S and I just hit 170,000 miles. I purchased my Mazda new in Nov of 04. I am a rough on the vehicles I use and I needed something that could handle my "abuse". The Mazda 3 stood up to the test. I have literally run the engine to its limits. Note that even though I am bad about performing regular maintenance, the Mazda still survived and continued to run well. I thought in the beginning that this vehicle may not handle me as an owner. I am proud to say Bravo Mazda 3! Well done!
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