2008 Mazda Mazda3 New s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
"It must have love but it's over now..."Just as so many of them, my engine failed at just 28k very light miles. Bought the car used (Certified) at d Mazda dealership with only 19k miles. No warning signs, no lights, not even signs of oil consumption. Noticed a subtle rattling noise over 2500 RPM, took it to the dealer - death certificate issued in 2 hours. The car was still under Mazda power train warranty. Mazda Motors of America refused to honor it.
Used top shelf synthetic oil, name-brand filters, never seen jiffy-lube places...kept all records and receipts and yet - warranty denied due to "lack of maintenance".
Save yourself the trouble, do your research, on the 2.3l engine. Don't buy.
Fun to drive, good looks, excellent handling, reasonable build quality.
Better engine, better paint, galvanized body panels. Most of all - customer service.