2008 Mazda Mazda3 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Best value for fun and
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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan - Consumer Review

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Best value for fun and economy
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2008 Mazda Mazda3 i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

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Good looking, fun-to-drive, low purchase price, and good fuel economy make it hard-to-beat for the $. Much more of a 'driver's car' than the Civic, Corolla or Sentra. MPG is usually 32-35 MPG (combined) after break-in, and already saw 39 MPG, all highway miles. No rotor warp as others have stated: a torque wrench MUST be used when tightening lug nuts! No issues to date, only service has been oil changes.

Favorite Features

Value, fun-to-drive, styling (better than latest model), comfortable, much better MPG than expected after break- in. Good suspension: right balance. Good resale value expected. Very reliable to date. It's a Japanese car at a Korean car price point with much of the feel of a German car.

Suggested Improvements

Very little to gripe about; maybe higher quality carpet. Stock steel wheels should be 1/2" wider. No major issues.
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