2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Not Satisfied

2005 Mazda 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By Tom on


2005 Mazda 3 SP23 Special Edition 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Seats are very uncomfortable on trips over 4 hours. Steering is too light, comes off center too readily and has too much oversteer. Switches are not easy to operate or intuitive. Rear cargo area has very limiting width. Dashboard displays are gimmicky. Engine, transmission and A/C are rather noisy. Owner's manual is lacking on important details but abounds with information on overly elaborate audio system. Fuel consumption is mediocre. Clutch engagement is not easy from a start, especially on hills. Gear selection is difficult. I have driven manual transmissions for 40 years, this is the worst. Sorry I bought this car and will dump it in 3-4 years. It is highly over rated.
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