i have purchase my 2011 Mazda 3 back new and it be nothing but a amazing car since day 1!! now it has 145k miles on it and it runs just as great as the day i brought her home!! If you want a very very reliable car and give you performance and luxury at the same time- CHECK OUT THE MAZDA 3- ANY YEAR IS A GREAT CAR!!
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
Think again! I really loved my Mazda in the beginning. I bought her with 5,000 miles on it and I've put oer 80,000 miles on the car. The mechanics were right when they said it's a 100,000 mile car. After around then everything breaks, resale value is absolute garbage, fuel economy is terrible, and there's always something wrong with it. Paying $26,000 for a car you would expect it to last for 150,000-200,000 miles. My Mazda will be lucky to make it to 120,000. I even baby the thing, always change fluids on time and all that jazz. Overall I give the company a 4/10. The car is okay but be aware, they aren't built like other cars. Cheap and guaranteed to break down after 60,000 miles.
I expected better fuel economy. It has mostly been around 20-25 mpg, but the last tank of gas only got 13.36 mpg. It looks nice and (in black) gets compliments. My biggest shock and disappointment is that it doesn't have cruise control. After years of having cars with cruise, including a 1998 Pontiac, I'm having trouble adjusting to having to constantly keep an eye on the speedometer on trips of 40 minutes or more. I got my first speeding ticket on the one-month anniversary of getting this car. Having driven my dad's 2004 Mazda 3, I really expected to love the 2011 model I just bought (only 19,084 miles on it). I'm sad to say that I don't love it.
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
this is my commuter. i have taken it on only a couple of road trips. on the road trips i used cruise control and watched the gas mileage, and low and behold, it actually does get 29 MPG. not so when commuting though for obvious reasons. i almost have 70,000 on it, and the only problems i have had so far, is the driver side visor clip. the part that holds it in place broke. cost me $2.50 at the dealership and didn't require tools to change. also a few times it hasn't started right up. i know the spark plugs are due to be changed at 75,000 miles so i am guessing that may have something to do with that. i do my own maintenance so i'll change them at the next oil change. stereo is great! love the bluetooth. seats are comfortable. it has a more sporty ride, and has a bit of road noise. but i came out of a mini cooper so this car is softer and quieter than that car.
update at 82,753 miles. --------------------------------- still happy with my little car. runs great and no real issues accept the blue tooth in the radio disconnects with my phone a lot. still plays music good, but in the middle of a call it will connect, disconnect, connect, disconnect. not sure why. great car still. comfortable and runs good.