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It seems 15 comments were positive and one was negative, it look likes the competition trying to put down the car any way they can. are you sure you don't work for another car company, my friend has one and i have driven one and your comments are baseless,why did you buy it in the first place? did you not notice this in your test drive?Report it
It's hard to believe other 15 reviewers are so positive about this car, I strongly suspect several work for Mazda.Report it
My name is Kurt and I posted under "Bang for the Buck...". First off, I do not work for Mazda. Second - nearly every car has its negative and positive aspects. In essence, it is 'pick your poison'. I recently traded in a very well equipped 2008 Audi A4. The Mazda3 is actually quieter and I do not have the pings and other noises which radiated from the Audi. (Remind you - in 2008 that Audi was around $17K more than my 2011 Mazda3.) *My other vehicle, Acura MDX, has the "gas cap release" practically on the floormat. So what...as did my Toyota 4Runner. *I have the Grand Touring edition and the tires are not 'low profile' as you describe. They are all-season performance, but not low profile. *Some interior controls are a tad quirky, but nothing which is off-base. *Cargo area is really small? Huh...Dude, you bought a Mazda 3, not a Land Cruiser. I can go for a grocery run and fit 10-12 bags in the hatchback area alone. I do this twice a week! *My Mazda3 has been flawless. I average around 26.4 mpg - mixed (hwy / city) driving. Regular gas is a bonus too! *My 'dig' is the seats are not "leather", but more like a leather-ette or the absolute lowest grade of leather. Why am I responding - good question? I am up late finishing a graduate school project and I have been quite happy with my purchase over the last two months.Report it
I don't understand why you would buy a car that had so many factors that you didn't like? You mention signifiant problems in design, so why get the car designed in a why you didn't like? I have owned a lemon (1989Toyota Corona), and I liked the car's design or I wouldn't have purchased it in the first place. It was a lemon, because the engine design was flawed and we had to replace it 3 times in 24 months.Report it
Sounds like you should have gotten the 5 door hatchback.Report it
Those 50 series tires almost made the Mazda a no go for me.I live in N.E Pa. so I need not say more.But the Yokohama tires are much much better than the Toyo's I had in my 2005 3. I agree with the complaints concerning gas mileage.Although I can get 29 MPG on the highway if I drive 65,but I can't drive 65 and at 75-80 25MPG is the going rate.Overall driving in town and over one mountain after another going to work I Average 22MPG. If the planets align just right I'm going to trade it in on the new Mazda CX-5 with the sky engine next year.I could use 4 wheel driveReport it
I have to agree with darth_flatus . The mazda 3's are great cars. I as well did a ton of research and talked to one of the top Mazda mechanics in my state before purchasing this vehicle and I don't regret buying it at all. As far as mileage goes, the 3's don't get "great" Mileage but if you were looking for something that got 40+ you should have kept looking. It also depends on driver's habbit. I just filled up the other day and got an average of 30.1 and it was mostly interstate driving.Report it
"Nobody told me the car had low profile tires." Wow, did you look? I wouldn't say 50 series are very low profile. How about taking some responibility for an "uninformed" purchase and not picking the car apart be cause "nobody told you."Report it
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