By quicksilver on
2008 Mazda 3 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Lots of pluses. Zero issues in 1st 7K mls. List of standard amenities is as long as your arm. Since most the positives are listed in the brochures and Mazda info, I'll focus on the stuff they don't tell you. All cars have negatives. Consider if you can tolerate these: 1. factory speakers are horrible. Replaced all 4 with cheapo $26 speakers, for a major improvement. 2. Even understanding that performance uses gas, mileage is less than expected (26- 29 mpg). 3. Stock tires flat spot after sitting and need to warm up before the tiny thumping goes away. Otherwise stock tire performance and noise is fine so far. No need to slow down and brake for corners. That makes it very fun to drive!
Mp3 input gets used a lot. Dash layout and steering wheel controls all work well. Styling is dead on. Hatch space is big enough for a family of 4 to all go to the grocery. I like the sporty handling. That translates to harsh ride to some. If you are used to a Buick, you won't like this.
Oil change is very complicated. About 10 fasteners to gain sight of the oil filter! If they just put an access hole in the lower splash panel and that would go away.