2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Friday afternoon car

2005 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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i Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Friday afternoon car
By Allen G on


2005 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Purchased brand new. Looked great, sporty, fun to drive, typical great Mazda clutch. However, I feel my car was built on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon, I had nothing but problems with it in the year & a half I owned it. Pieces of trim falling off, just about every sensor/idiot light would come, check engine, air bag, etc. needing a trip to the dealership. One time it would not start and had to be towed to the dealership, luckily it was in my driveway at the time. I was very fortunate that the dealership/Mazda had a loaner car program, which I needed on several occasions, otherwise those expenses would have added up, but I still had to take time off for drop off/pickup.

Best Features

Sporty look, cool dash, shifter/clutch

Worst Features

Everyone else seems to be very lucky and happy with Mazda, guess it was just me. I've been burned by a Mazda vehicle before, but figured since I bought that one used, I was getting someone else's problems. I bought this Mazda-3 brand new and still had issues. I'll never go back to Mazda.
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