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By Mazda 3 S
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2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I used to flip cars very often, had many faster cars. But i always looked up for economy also. This car comes with nice compromise for both. It's sporty, good on gas, has practical hatch and looks good. The main thing is that is very reliable. I'm getting close to 150k miles on this car and has been trouble free. Just tires, brakes, plugs and runs still strong. Have improved radio with navigation system and headlights with HID.


Best Features

Love the hatchback practicality, like the dash lights , tight finish , great steering feel, manual transmission, gas mileage, sporty feeling.


Worst Features

well,minor things like - there is hard to see radio display with sun glasses during sunny day, oil cartridge instead of regular oil filters (messy oil changes ), right knee close to the center tunnel. But nothing major that I would hate !


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Great Car for the Money
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By Ryan
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2006 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Out of college was on a budget of 15k. Bought a 2006 Mazda 3 with 45k miles on it for 12k, 14k after financing and taxes. Bought the 2.3 version, and it has been an excellent car. Great pick up for a 4 cyl. Handling is amazing, easily equals the maxima i had to trade in. Gas mileage leaves something to be desired (i average about 25). leather is fake feeling, but hey, heated leather for a 14k car isn't bad. on board GPS is ok but outdated. Bose sound system is nice but not as good as i expected (again 14k). sun roof is a nice touch. lacks torque to put you back in your seat. if you are a looking for a great, reliable, go-kart like car to drive for under 16k, look for used mazda3.


Best Features

heated (but not the leather) seats, gps, Bose, surprising pick up (but still a 4 cyl), GREAT handling, Bose, sun roof, very reasonable price


Worst Features

honestly, what could you improve without charging more? perfect balance of cost and performance.


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Interesting
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By i love this car
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2006 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car back in 2006 and the only real problem I have had is the tires.


Best Features

I love the way this car moves, great on corners.


Worst Features

the gas can be better, maybe a little more room in the back seat, better tires! and a trunk opener oh yeah and the bright orange lights is a little disturbing.


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Reliable, Safe, and a FUN CAR TO OWN!
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By WB3Jay
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2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car brand new (coming out of a Mazda Millenia) with 7 miles on it. 5 years and 120,000+ miles later I am still a proud owner. This is one reliable car with nothing needing replacing with the exception of normal wear and tear items (I went 115k on the original front brake pads!). I've been through 2 sets of tires and 2 rear brake jobs that's it. It is so much fun to drive and that means a lot to someone who spends a lot of time in their car. Gas mileage has been around 25 mpg.


Best Features

Zippiness, reliability, sporty look


Worst Features

No trunk button on remote (addressed in later years), flimsy carpeting around dead pedal area, floor mats wear in the heel area.


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Cheap Thrills
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By Agent Smith
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2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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This is a terrific car. Outstanding chassis and suspension and tight steering lead to amazing handling and stability. The ride is firm but not harsh. The 2.3L 4 cyl runs strong. I love the 5 sp auto-stick. In 2nd and 3rd gears it pulls like crazy, maxing out the torque. For a small car, it feels very solid on the interstate at speed. Disappointments include gas mileage in city @ 20 mpg; original tires wore out at 20,000 mi; and I just replaced the rotors at 25,000 mi. re: rotors, ironically, the pads were fine. Otherwise zero issues. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.


Best Features

5 spd auto-stick; hatch/utility


Worst Features

Get rid of the red/orange dials - hard to read.


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