I have now owned three Mazda. I owned a 1989 Mazda Protege, 2002 Mazda Protege that I loved until I was rear ended on the interstate by someone texting and driving at 75 miles an hour and now my 2007 Mazda 3. Out of the 3 cars my 2007 is the worst. Sadly, I have buyers remorse. My biggest complaint is visibility. I'm short at 5 feet tall and the A pillars in front cut off my visual field which can be dangerous. The pillars in the back are also terrible. Changing lanes in this car for me is awful and scary. It wasn't like that in my 1989 and 2002 Proteges. The side mirrors are in the worst position. Now maybe if you are a guy who is 6 feet tall you may not have these complaints. If you are a short driver this may not be a car for you. It sure isn't for me. I am getting ready to trade this car in finally. On a positive spin, I did recently test drive the 2016 Mazda 3 and pleasantly surprised! They have improved visibility with the A pillars. One thing I wish car sales people would do, please allow the buyer to change lanes and really test the car. Going around the block isn't a test drive! If I had known the visibility issues, I would not have purchased a 2007 car. My 1989 and 2002 Protege, I had for years and frankly loved them.
I bought this car used, with about 80,000km. I drive cars pretty hard, and put a lot of miles on as I do about 600km a week commuting. This car has served me well, I kept it for 4 years and in that time racked up over 115,000km. Never had a single thing break on me, despite abuse. Most reliable car I've owned. The car is an absolute joy to drive, feels so much better than all its competitors in the same class and looks better too. The 5 door hatch is incredibly practical and with the 2.3i4 its surprisingly peppy. Great car overall, I'd definitely buy another.
Great power for a 4 cylinder
very practical with folding seats and hatch
Fun car to drive, makes you smile going around corners.
Mazda dealers are friendly, and inexpensive to maintain
Never had to replace anything, but inexpensive parts compared to almost every other foreign brand
Interior nicely laid out and class exclusives at the time like rain sensing wipers, and very bright projector headlights.
Ridiculous giant glove box, you could literally fit a couple full size laptops in there with room to spare for the hefty owners manual!
Did I mention practical???
MPG is good, but for a 4 cylinder small car with low weight could be better.
Suspension is with no doubt about it stiff. I enjoy tight suspension in a way because its gives you a better feeling of control, but definitely bumpy.
Tires on GT and touring models (205-50-17s) get eaten like crazy, and are quite expensive compared to other sizes. I put 215-50-17s and they seemed to be a tiny bit better in terms of pricing and availability
Mazda uses thin metals which dent very easily, and noticeably in parking lots.
2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased this car 6 years ago, car has 50,700 miles on it.
Overall it gets me from point A to point B, however I have had to replace brake cable, calipers, rotors and brakes as well as the rear and front supsension.
Apparently this is a not uncommon issue with the vehichle.
Car warranty should be better as well only 3 years 36K miles
Good sound system, manual transmission, heated seats for cold winter days
Better warranty offer, use better rotors/brake pads.
I simply love me '07 Mazda 3S Touring Hatchback. I've had it since new and currently have nearly 65K miles on the odometer.
This little car has been trouble free. It still performs like the day I bought it. It is incredibly practical and while not a station wagon, it does splendid duty for hauling gardening stuff, boat parts and even lumber (if you use the sunroof)
I'm one of those people who service their car regularly - even moreso than Mazda suggests. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I want a new Skyactiv 3i or keep my '07 just to see how long it lasts.
I'm a Mazda enthusiast (7 so far)
Quality, great interior materials, economy (30MPG consistently) and fun to drive (though I also have a Corvette in the garage).
I also love my dealer - University Mazda in Seattle.
The standard Goodyear radials that came with the car new lasted only about 36K miles. Seems like a short life considering I'm used to getting well over 40K. Replaced with Kumhos at 36K which still look very serviceable at 64K.
I bought my 07 new in March of that year.
In 4 1/2 years only scheduled maintenance was required. It has proven to be even more reliable than my previous Honda Civic over the same near 5-year period.
The hatchback offers versatility and the engine is punchy while still offering respectable mpg.
The interior quality compares favorably with other vehicles in this price category.
You can probably pick up a decent used one in the $10K to $12K range depending on condition/mileage, which makes it a very competitive car in the small hatchback category.
The 3 Hatch seems to offer that perfect mating of reliability and functionality with a small dose of sportiness.
Great engine with plenty of pep (especially with the 5 speed) and a quiet authority.
Fairly nice dashboard layout and good--but not great--seats and dashboard materials.
Wonderful, easy engagement clutch.
MPG is good, but don't expect 30+ unless all your drive is interstate.
Better, more durable seat material like on the Civic SI I drove would be a plus.
Like most, I would prefer even better gas mileage, but that would likely come at the expense of the zippy engine so going with the smaller 2.0 engine would probably be the smarter move if gas prices are a big concern.
Although my car is white it seems to be a magnet for fender benders and has been hit three times--and it was parked and unoccupied each time!