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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Replacement Tire Suggestion
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By MarRod
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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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With 29,000 miles on the original (junk) equipment tires, I read several tests and found a very good replacement tire for the Mazda3. Try: Continental Extreme Contact DWS (Dry,Wet,Snow) They transformed the car, with much improved wet and light snow traction, much less road noise, better steering feel and much better tar strip and rough road performance. Have 5000 miles on them so far. A very good all performance season tire. Also much cheaper than replacing the factory original (GY) rubbish.


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Great dynamics, so-so build quality
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By Chris
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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The driving dynamics of the car are hard to beat. Snappy transmission, soft clutch, responsive steering, linear brakes, and agile suspension. The engine power is adequate, but well matched to the car. The interior is well appointed with leather seating, heated seats, moon roof, premium stereo (which is decent, but not great), and HID headlights. The materials feel of high grade, and the design is sharp. The only gaff is the crammed info LCD. The build quality leaves something to be desired. The interior looks fine and the gaps are minimal, but after only 400 miles, I've already got a ridiculous windshield rattle (ticking might be more apt) and buzz in the headliner near the moonroof.


Favorite Features

Driving dynamics, well appointed interior, solid materials for interior, exterior styling


Suggested Improvements

Improve build quality. Too many buzz and rattles for a car with only 400 miles on it.


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Great looks and good handling
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By Nadeem
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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I just bought this car two weeks ago and have already put 600 miles on it. It's just so fun to drive. Even though I deprived myself of a manual transmission (it can be a pain on hills), the automatic transmission provides a fun acceleration. Very strongly built, I had someone bump into me (on the THIRD DAY of purchase!!) but thankfully not even a scratch on the rear bumper! The leather interior rivals my friend's BMW 3 Series, and the Bose System is very powerful. However, plugging in both my iPod aux cable and power cable at the same time gives minor buzzing sound (probably something wrong my cable).


Favorite Features

- Handling around curves - Bose sound system - Rain-sensing wipers (I live in Seattle!) - Xenon Headlights - Exterior looks with 17inch alloy wheels - Driver's seat is power adjustable!


Suggested Improvements

- Make passenger seat power adjustable. - The controls for heating/Air Conditioning could be a tad more intuitive. - The brakes kick in a little late, or maybe its just something I have to get used to.


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Long Trips, Varied Conditions
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By Marc Rodgers
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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Follow up to my 8/26/08 posting. Just took the car from MI on a trip to Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. Back to MI, then over to Ontario and around Georgian Bay. Put on 4800 miles in 12 days through varied terrain. Got 31.6 mpg for the overall trip, car ran great, handled well and was very comfortable. Power is adequate 90% of the time. Cruised very well at the 75mph (maybe just a bit over)speed limit in WY and SD. The fully reclining & heated passenger seat is great for rest area naps. Bose stereo is very good. Strong crosswinds in SD (from Ike) could certainly be felt, but not too bad. Very good visibility.


Favorite Features

Handling, overall performance, gas mileage, good shifter, very good brakes. Comfortable seats for long stints at the wheel. Good headlights but a rather sharp cut off on low beam, even with the standard adjustment feature. Overall performance and creature comforts are very good for this class.


Suggested Improvements

Trip computer info is small and hard to read. A little more power would always be nice. Better quality carpet. Less complex & "busy" center stack controls. Fog lights should operate with either parking lights or low beams. Heated side mirrors. Maybe all this will be on the new 2010 Mazda 3?


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New 2009 Hatchback; SoFar, So Good
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By Marc Rodgers
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2009 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Just got the car on 8/22, put on about 450 miles over the week end. About 30 mpg, mixed highway/city driving. Initial impressions: responsive, OK for power, nimble, good turn in with slight understeer (expected with front wheel drive), very good brakes and steering feel. Nice interior layout, good fit and finish. The Bose stereo, wiper controls and trip computer seem rather complex, but I'm on a learning curve. Great cargo and passenger flexibility. I wanted a well made, economical but still fun to drive little car and this fits the bill. At or close to best in class. My other vehicle is a '08 Ford F-150 Limited with a Cobra pack. A great truck, but not the constant $80+ fill ups.


Favorite Features

Crisp handling, nice interior, very good stereo (Bose), moonroof, flexible cargo layout. Mazda has made this same basic model for several years, so the bugs should be pretty well exterminated by now. IPod hook up and concealed compartment is nice. Good paint and overall panel fit.


Suggested Improvements

A new Mazda 3 is due for 2010. I'd like to see a slightly larger car, more power (maybe the 2.5 from the new Mazda 6), a 4wd option, a better grade of carpet, better OEM tires and perhaps a "performance package" above the base car but not quite as wild as the Speed3.


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