2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Absolute BEST value under $20,

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Absolute BEST value under $20,000
By tjmazdaman on


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


This is undoubtedly the best car I have ever owned. Performance is excellent, the shift it yourself auto is way cool, easy to use, and fun! Purists should stick to the 5-speed though, which is one of the best I've ever tested. This car looks sooo cool, and gets noticed. Build quality - incredible. Feels like it should have cost at least $25K. Razor-sharp handling, terrific road feel, dead-on straight line steering center, excellent brakes. Interior ergonomics are outstanding. Beats Honda, Toyota (snooze) and Nissan hands-down; styling, performance, versatility, standard features, ergonomics, driving satisfaction (FUN!) value, AND warranty. You've read - now go buy and ENJOY!

Best Features

Sweet factory stereo, 4-speed manumatic tranny, 2.3L VVTI engine, electroluminescent gauges (groovy, baby!), styling, cargo area versatility, standard tilt/telescope steering column, steering wheel mounted audio controls (awesome!) seats, HUGE glove compartment, etc. You get the idea.

Worst Features

Make 4-speed Sport auto tranny a 5-speed. Climate control knobs need to angle up more and protrude more. Simplify dash audio controls. Squeeze an additional 15-20 H.P. out of 2.3L engine, please?
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