2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: 100k and going strong

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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

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100k and going strong
By jeremily on


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


A quick update, I've posted before. Now over 100k miles in under 6 years, my Mazda3 is still going strong, with no major issues. I am still on the stock, original clutch- though it's pretty worn right now. Timing belt is due- which requires pulling the engine. :( With just oil changes and lots of miles, I wouldn't complain about a few more hp to match the superb suspension. Lifetime best tank of 38mpg, typical 30mpg highway biased driving, but not especially gentle. I absolutely love the great visibility from HIDs, and very comfortable seats for long drives. Cupholders and right elbow support could be improved for better ergos, but overall excellent. No regrets about this purchase.

Best Features

Suspension; headlights (HID); firm, comfortable seats don't give numb-butt after 12 hour drives.

Worst Features

Cupholders, right elbow support could be reconfigured slightly for better long-drive comfort. Stereo, while nifty integrated console, precludes easy upgrade to standard DIN module. OEM replacement console insert with DIN would be a good option, clock and temp display driver for console display.
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By dwink9909
on 06/03/11 20:17 PM (PDT)

"Timing belt is due- which requires pulling the engine. " -- Let's not mislead readers here, please. The Mazda 3s has a timing chain, not a belt, and only requires valve adjustment if there is exceptional valve noise at normal service intervals. Recommended 30K and 60K dealer service is seriously overpriced, but what model isn't these days?

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