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My experience so far
By Jason L on 01/14/10 18:50 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I'm driving the 2.0 liter 4 speed auto. Before buying this car, I drove a 2000 Toyota Camry CE. Its really amazing the difference in interior quality between a Toyota and a Mazda. Toyota certainly beats the Mazda hands down in terms of build quality inside the car. I.E. Cheap plastics and poor stitching on cloth seats. That being said, the Mazda3 is leaps and bounds more fun to drive than a Camry. Virtually everything in the performance dept is better, with the exception of low end torque. Maybe its only the 2.0 liter, but the low end torque is a little weak. Once it gets into 3rd/4th gear, it accelerates QUITE nicely. When I need a burst of speed, the car definitely delivers.
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Luxury at a lower sticker price!
By arjag2010 on 01/08/10 11:45 AM (PST)

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 New s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I LOVE my Mazda. I purchased a used 2005 Mazda3s in September of 2009, which was totaled when I was rear-ended in November. I did not hesitate to purchase another Mazda. Taking advantage of the fact that there was a new body style (2010) coming out, I got a great deal on a 2008 3s GT. I definitely recommend the s. The 2.3 makes a difference. I test drove an i and it just didn't have the same sporty feel, especially going up hills. I have had various rentals in the same class as the Mazda, and have also test driven quite a few cars within the class. None have compared. The handling is superb, very tight and responsive.
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More amenities than a loaded BMW
By gina4321 on 01/07/10 08:13 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I have owned this 2008 Mazda S Grand Touring since July of 2008 and just LOVE it! I sold my BMW X5 to buy this Mazda and it has more bells and whistles. Heated seats, Xenon headlights, leather seats, Bose Stereo, 6 disc, auto wipers etc..It was used with 14k miles and I paid 17500. for this in 2008. What a deal. Currently has 23000. miles on it with no problems what so ever!!
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Mazda Is Horrible In Snow
By Scott Mayer on 12/29/09 11:34 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I would be happy with my Mazda if it weren't horrible in the snow and ice - absolutely ZERO traction. And the braking system they have in it is awful as well - loud and unnerving.
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Can't ask for more
By Spencer on 12/23/09 15:51 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car less than 1 yr ago after test driving 14 other cars. It was the last 2008 on the lot, and the only options are side airbags, 4 wheel abs, and A/C, so I got it for $13,000 OTD. Handling is superb, especially since I upgraded to 17" alloys with 215 tires over stock steel wheels with 195 tires. I consistently got 38 mpg driving carefully with about 85% hwy...got 42 only time I drove only hwy. Mileage seemed to go down to 33-34 mpg since wheel upgrade, but more verification needed. Acceleration is more than adequate, but you're not going to win too many drag races. Not crazy about clutch as it is a bit light and engagement point is difficult to find. Have not had any issues yet
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A nice car that somehow is made cheaply
By ejh on 10/09/09 09:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 New s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've had this car for 15 months and 18k miles. It is a fun car and until recently I would recommend it to anyone. I've had a few things go wrong that should never be an issue, especially for a Japanese car. Some are minor, some are not: * The plastic battery box cover broke the first time I opened it. * The gas cap broke, with part of it stuck on the filler tube. * The clutch is not working right. Something inside the clutch assembly broke causing poor engagement/disengagement of the clutch, which is felt as a notchy, clicking sensation in the pedal. The actually clutch friction plate is fine (this is not an issue due to poor manual driving skills). * Stock tires only lasted 17.5K.
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Great First Car
By jax on 10/08/09 21:25 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

This is my first car and it has met and superseded all my expectations. As all others I love the handling and the acceleration is great. It looks great, a lot better than the new 2010 (smiley face and ugly tail lights). I have driven 27,000 miles in one year and it runs great with no problems. Get a car bra to protect the paint if you drive on highways often, otherwise it will surely get chipped. The tires are a bit skittish in wet conditions although was fine in snow and I live New England.
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Amazing Car
By Chillaxin171 on 08/02/09 05:27 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I love this car, had it for a year and a half now and love to drive. Honestly would've rather the Speed3, but got this instead. For a 4 Cylinder engine this car is built well, sounds good, and picks up pretty damn fast.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Zoom Zoom!
By Melissa on 07/29/09 18:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Have had my Mazda 3 for 1.5 years now. Great turning radius-so fun to drive on country roads. The car has a lot of pep even though on Highways when you really need the acceleration it can be lacking (it is only a 4 cylinder:)) I love the design of the car, especially the back end. I do not like the way the '10's look at all as they have tinkered with the unique exterior. Overall, the car handles great and is fun to drive around the city but good for longer trips too. I tried to save money and buy the base model which was a huge mistake (but not mazdas fault). No key fob, no power windows, no power locks, no cruise control, no bose etc etc... Next time!
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Best Value for Its Class
By anenders on 06/26/09 22:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Mazda Mazda3 New s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I love my Mazda 3. The interior is well designed. It has many fun features such as rain sensor, bose speakers, heated leather seat, moon roof etc. I still could not believe that I could get mine for less than 20000 with 0% interest.
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