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The little Mazda that could
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Ray Guarino
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2006 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I'm not quite sure if I would have been as happy with a lower level of trim, but since my concern was having a dedicated onboard GPS system as opposed to an add-on unit I found myself having to purchase my Mazda 3 with the Grand Touring option package. I thought leather seats (heated) were a waste of money until I used them for a while, then i found the material quality and features to be superb.

The upgraded Bose audio system is superb, out performing sound systems in many costlier cars I've been in. The four cylinder engine performs flawlessly and although it isn't the most powerful plant on the market it is adequate for the size of the Mazda 3, only being taxed when climbing long inclines. My car is equipped with the standard 5 speed manual transmission so I can't speak to how the 2.3L engine performs when backed by an automatic transmission. My only complaint about the powertrain is that the hydraulic clutch is too soft for my taste. Having other manual transmission cars with conventional and cable actuated clutches presents no problems for me, but after having owned my 3 since new in 2006 I STILL occasionally stall the car when coming off the clutch from a dead stop, making me feel like a newbie (which I certainly am not).

Above all, the BEST feature of this car, and another one I thought would be insignificant, are the rain sensing windshield wipers. A friend had told me that this feature on his BMW seems to think faster than he does, actuating the wipers when a truck splashed him in traffic. I didn't quite believe this until it happened to me, and I'll be damned, those wipers really DO come on at high speed just as your brain tells you to hit the switch. Having this feature in an economy classed car is fantastic, and needless to say I've been spoiled now and want these wipers in every car I own from here on.

I've driven 77,000 event free miles in my Mazda 3 with only oil changes and a set of tires in 50,000 of those miles. The front struts needed replacement around 50k along with the lower control arms, which I thought were worn out way too early. Shortly following those repairs the car needed rear brakes, and I changed the fine wire spark plugs at that time also because I feel weird letting them go to 100,000 miles.

Recently the car needed lower control arms again, and something in the rear of the car is making a clunking noise over bumps but I haven't been able to confirm what the cause is (maybe a rear control arm?). Overall this car is a solid performer, handling and braking very nicely, and returning great gas mileage when driven on the highway. As with the other Asian cars in my household I'm dismayed to find the rubber products like engine mounts and suspension components wearing too quickly, but guess this is how money is saved in the long run by car companies.

Buy a Mazda 3 and enjoy ease of parking, a decent hauling capacity, and the Zoom Zoom thrill of driving excitement while your money stays in your pocket as you avoid expensive repair costs.


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Very impressed!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By David Bechtol
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2006 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my first Mazda that I have ever owned, and words cannot express how pleased I have been with it. I bought the car with 52,000 miles on it, and now have 180,000 miles. I have only had to put on one set of tires, 1 set of front rotors and 2 sets of front brake pads. Outside of that, just oil changes. This car has been very reliable in every aspect. I can honestly say that I don't have any complaints about it at all. I drive 120 miles round trip to work, and this car has been a joy. I avg 31-32 mpg with winter gas and 33-35 mpg with summer gas. I have been doing some early searching for my next car, and a newer Mazda 3 will definitely be on my list of vehicles to consider.


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commuting car
1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By esvg13@gmail.com
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2006 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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first newer Mazda for me not bad at all.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Frankito Giron
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2006 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought the mazda3 from a private seller for $5100 great car get a easy 4.2 out 5 from me stock suspension is comfy, i did install coilovers obviously ride became a
bit stiffer but not bad. is been great.


Best Features

the mazda3 is a good car interior is probably the top best in its class that includes good cargo space back seats well laid out and comfortable all around, outside looks the hatch looks so welcoming and nice, no offence to the sedan owners. the engine is a 2.3 liter has decent acceleration and smooth, has projector lights so you can use hids


Worst Features

big issue with car the a/c usually takes about 3 minutes to start i heard is a little issue with some of them. the mpg are not as good as i expected has the same mpg as the faster newer mazdaspeed3 or 6, and its fwd my first fwd turning radius could be better. expect o2 sensor to go out around 135k miles just one $125 online easy to replace at home.


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I would buy another one!
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By clapp6
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2006 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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After owning this car for 1 year here are my thoughts:
1)Fun to drive everyday
2)Not as much cargo room as you think
3)Breaks a lot! (been in the shop multiple times for bad shocks, replace belts, power steering pump, and many more parts)
4)Good gas mileage but could be better
5)That zoom zoom factor is addicting

Simply put, every time I drive this car I fall in love with it a little bit more even though it has it flaws.


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