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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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2000 Mile Update
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By Jon G.
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Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The Mazda 3s Hatchback is the best
blend of handling, fun to drive factors
and looks for under $20K. In fact, I
test drove an Acura TSX, Suburu WRX and
Accord EX-L which all cost 2-7K more
and couldn't find any compelling reason
to pay more. The 3 handles very crisply
(See MotorTrend Slalom times) and the
acceleration, although not WRX
explosive, is quick and linear. Plus,
the looks of this car distinguish it
from every other car out there. Take a
curve at 60 mph and the 3 sucks down
onto the road. This type of performance
is coupled with good damping so even
harsh road surfaces are not too
intrusive. The ABS is a must option and
I added Xenons,leather and 6


Best Features

Exterior, xenons, meaty leather steering wheel, and clean interior styling. Best feature is the handling. Take your foot of the gas in 2nd and the engine makes cool sounds. Excellent feel of the 5 speed shifter and clutch. You feel the road just the right amount.


Worst Features

The center console should be made narrower to increase lateral leg room. Mazda needs to refine some of the sounds of the car. The signal indicators are too loud and the seat belt beep should turn off after 5 beeps. (Dealers can deprogram but charge $100). Tuner parts-bump hp to 200.


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ZOOM
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By melguy
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Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Love the car


Best Features

love the Triptronic and the handelling of the Car ... kudos to mazda had worked readlly hard to make this car ..


Worst Features

One issue with the car is had a big Trunk would be Great if it was sacrificed for more leg room in the Rear seat. Driver side seat design is horrble the Cd Cabinate needs to be moved to right or may be the accelerater is to much on the right.. cd dashbord keeps hitting you right leg


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A WINNING SMALL CAR ENTRY
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By JOEGFED
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Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

THE SURPRISE IS THAT IT DOES NOT DRIVE
HANDLE OR LOOK LIKE AN ECONOMY CAR. THE
INTERIOR FOR IT'S CLASS IS OUTSTANDING.
THE 17 INCH WHEEL ENHANCE THE RIDE AND
APPEARANCE. THERE ARE NONE IN THIS
CLASS THAT GIVE YOU SUCH VALUE FOR THE
DOLLAR (IE THE LIST OF STANDARD
EQUIPMENT IS IMPRESSIVE).


Best Features

THE RIDE HANDLE AND APPEARANCE. PUT THE REAR SEAT DOWN AND YOU CAN CARRY SOME SERIOUS CARGO. IT SHIFTS LIKE A MIATA AND THE BRAKING IS ABOVE AVERAGE.


Worst Features

MAZDA BUILT A WINNER AND THEY MUST KEEP PRICE INCREASES TO A MINIMUM.


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Love My 3!
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By Matthew Smith
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Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I've had my 3 for 3 and I'm still in love. It's one of
the most fun cars I've ever driven, definitely an
enthusiat's car. Remember, at it's heart it's an
economy car, so don't expect ferrari like
performance, but it's soul is definitely zoom, zoom.
Handling is great, it's got plenty of power.
Ergonomically it's great, all controls within easy
reach. Shifter has a nice short throw, clutch is
smooth and weighted just right. ABS is
responsive. Interior is roomy, backseats too. Cargo
aplenty and versitile. Love the giant glove
compartment. For the money, I don't think you can
get anything better. And it looks great too, inside
and out!


Best Features

The complete package. I'm generally really nit picky about cars. I can't bring myself to complain about anything with this car. I love it.


Worst Features

Cut the price in half so i can buy another one!


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Great Little Car
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By gadb2000
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Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Great car, I'm very Happy with it. The
only issue I have is sub-par mileage, I
average around 26 mpg on the highway,
was expecting more. Besides that,
overall I'm totally satisfied with this
vehicle.


Best Features

6 CD In-dash Changer Interior Lights


Worst Features

Bigger gas tank, at 14.5 gallons, not the best for long trips


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