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Mazda3 Pretty Decent Vehicle
By Eduardo on
Vehicle2004 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI was suspect not having owned such a small car, as a daily driver, for over twenty years. I was also suspect about the Ford connection with Mazda. So far, I haven't had any concerns and I can be pretty picky. The car delivers 23MPG with mixed driving and about 27-28 MPG strictly highway. The automatic tranny is fine and I have the slapstick manual option which is nice. I am wondering how it will handle New England winters, especially with 17" speed-rated tires. The vehicle does have one quirk; in idle, the heat vents blow cold air, even with a warm engine. When moving, the heat is strong. Makes it difficult to warm up the car in the morning since it only will blow cold until driving.
Best FeaturesRadio, leather interior, handling, fuel mileage
Worst FeaturesFive speed automatic. Hide-away wipers.
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