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2005 Mazda 3 - Consumer Reviews

2005 Mazda 3

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Has everything
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By dodo
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2005 Mazda 3 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)


Best Features

Manual shifter - super intuitive, it guides you into the next gear and fun to drive


Worst Features

Work on reducing roadnoise


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I LOVE this car
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By cyn
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2005 Mazda 3 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.


Worst Features

Road noise


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Well Done!
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By J Delo
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2005 Mazda 3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Sporty, great gas mileage, fun and reliable.


Worst Features

I have seen the changes that Mazda has made on the 3 since 2005 and I would say that those changes addressed my "cosmetic" and "functional" issues.


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Work of Beauty!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Victor
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2005 Mazda 3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The Mazda3 is just a fun drive. It doesn't just get you from point A to point B, it makes you want to go to point B. while some might see that as a problem, i think the worst part about this car is that you just want to keep driving. A lot of the reviews you read online say that they don't like the engine noise when your accelerating. But i see this as a plus, since it only gets loud when your trying to go fast. The Mazda3 makes 120mph feel like 40 and handles like it to. Great car great buy, I'd recommend it to anyone.


Best Features

Handling, Comfort, Design, Color


Worst Features

Antenna maybe to long


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A Sad Day
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Mike C
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2005 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is my 3rd review here for this car and my last. I just traded it in last week with 184,000 miles. I couldn't have asked any more of this gem. Here is my list of maintenance and repairs over the last 4 years: 47 oil changes, 2 sets of spark plugs, 4 air filters, 2 sets of rubber, 1 radiator flush, 1 transmission flush, 1 set of brake pads, 2 head lights bulbs and 1 battery. All but the transmission flush was done myself. Unexpected repairs: Zero


Best Features

The suspension and steering makes you feel like you're driving a 3 series Bimmer. Great stereo (for a Japanese car), cool looking interior, flawless engine/trans, good mileage,


Worst Features

The carpet is cheap and wore out completely in a couple places. Satellite radio kit was a way too expensive option (I bought my own and installed myself). The rear wheels started to toe outward wearing out the rear tires prematurely and there is NO camber adjustment to perform and alignment.


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