2004 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: What a lemon!!!

2004 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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

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What a lemon!!!
By Joseph Roy on


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


Aside from the excellent engine and nice features, the problems I have had outweigh the positives by a lot. In the winter when it was really cold, the heater only marginally works, now in the summer I find that the A/C is only mediocre as well. After bringing it to the dealership multiple times, they insist that it is fine and within the normal range. And after only 10,000 miles they had to replace the transmission. I had it in for two oil changes previous to this and they never realized that transmission fluid was low. When they took the transmission out the fluid was almost gone and it was burnt. Thank god for warranties.

Best Features

Good engine performance, excellent styling, nice leather interior

Worst Features

The ride is very stiff, and in the northeast on these terrible roads you bounce around quite a bit and it sounds like the car is falling apart. Find out how to make the climate control work like any other car. And there should be variable intermittent wipers available on all models
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