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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Very Fun Car
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By Jerdawn282
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Vehicle

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


Review

I am very happy with this car so far.
Great handling with good balance and
sharp turn in. Ride is on the firm
side, but soaks up bumps nicely and
doesn't get upset by our bad SC roads.
I'm 6'3" and still have head room to
spare and don't feel claustrophobic.
Moved a desk and a bunch of boxes with
no problems with the seat down. Car is
solid, looks and feels more expensive
than it is. I love the feel of the
meaty steering wheel and seats are
supportive. Maybe I'm biased because I
used to drive an eight year old Dodge
Neon, and just about anything is better
than that, but this is just a great car.


Best Features

Wheel audio controls and Tilt/Telescope adjustment, Styling, Gauges, Nice Handling/Ride compromise


Worst Features

AC needs to be a little stronger to cope with South Carolina summer, only one speed for intermitten wipers umm...


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Zoom Zoom Zoom!
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By UVcat
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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I've had this car for a month and it's
be great driving it around. I love the
quick acceleration, stiff suspension
and sleek design. Definitely a speed
demon! I drove a Honda Civic for the
longest time and will never consider
driving another one again. The 3 is in
a class of its own. Having all the
options on it makes it far from being
an economy car.


Best Features

Audio controls on steering wheel, amazing amount of space in the back. Was able to fix 2 (20x20x20) boxes as well as a boxed bike!


Worst Features

Colder A/C!! Sooo not cold enuf. I have to stick the fan on max just to get temp down to a comfortable level. Gets pretty loud with the A/C and fan on. Interior door fabric easily gets scuff marks are imposs remove. Have better front floor mat space to accomodate after market mats.


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Terrific Car
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By xception531
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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I am ga-ga over this car. It is enormously fun to
drive, and feels faster than it is. It corners like it's
on rails. It is also very practical with a decent trunk
space. After looking extensively at many many
different models of cars new and used, I am
convinced that this car is the perfect one for me at
this time, balancing all the attributes of fun, value,
practicality, and safety. Sure there are cars with
nicer interiors, or that cost less, or that hold more,
or that are more fun to drive (maybe not), or that
are safer... but the Mazda has the best balance of
any competitors. My parents want to trade in their
Mini for one now!


Best Features

Steering wheel controls. Handling handing handling. Cargo space. Mpg. Tilt/telescope wheel. Full size spare. Handling.


Worst Features

One piece key similar to VW/Audi. Turbocharger + AWD would be unbeatable. More interior color options. Black on black on black gets dreary.


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Drives like Sports Car...
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By GetinAticket
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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

After driving my last Mazda for 190k+
mi. I expect a long life out of my 3.
This car is just fun to drive. It has
great pickup, and it corners like a
sports car. The car's comfortable
speed is 80mph. ;-) I did a lot of
research before my purchase and bought
one of the first ones sold in my
state. This car is truly the best
value of it's class.


Best Features

The layout of the dash is very well thought out. The attention to detail is great like the audio controls on the steering wheel.


Worst Features

The gas mileage is not quite as good as my '94 Protege. Maybe it's because I'm going 80 ;-) It also has a biger engine.


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maz3
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By b ganger
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2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car in very fun to drive and very
comfortable for the price range. The 5
speed is responsive and suprisingly
more powerful than I expected.


Worst Features

Theonly thing that I have found I don't like to this point is the postion of the gas pedal. Seems to set to far to the left and the center console henders a comfortable postion for your leg.


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