2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: The Lemon of the Year

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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

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The Lemon of the Year
By Tess on


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


I bought a new 2004 Mazda 3 in 2004. From day one the brakes squeal when reversing (5 new sets have been renewed with no end in site - apparent reason, wet); transmission went at 48,000; Radiator chip dysfunctional and caused engine to overhead (1st time mis-diagnosed) second time (chip replaced). Have been towed 3 times before car reached 50,000 miles. While at servicing (same dealership bought at), car has received 2 door bang marks, engine was not cleaned of antifreeze from overheating, and recently black marks all over headliner when car was receiving new radiator chip.

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Well, I have lots of suggestions but mine is a lemon and nothing I would add would be acceptable.
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