2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Mazda3 Pretty Decent Vehicle

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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

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Mazda3 Pretty Decent Vehicle
By Eduardo on


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


I 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 Features

Radio, leather interior, handling, fuel mileage

Worst Features

Five speed automatic. Hide-away wipers.
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