Anyone have one? Like?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/16/2014|
I have one and I love it. Great gas mileage, surprisingly roomy, low maintenance, fun to drive, and looks nice for what it is. I researched for months before I bought my car and the Mazda 3 was by far the best in its class. The gas mileage isn't as good as some of the others, but it doesn't look as cheap either, which is the trade-off I was willing to make.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/04/2010|
What other cars did you consider, R1?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/04/2010|
Mazda 3 is alright, but they are more expensive than their competition. Only the Honda Civic is more even though Civic hasn't been updated in 5 years. The GM Cobalt is a joke (why did we bail this company out?). Hyundai is the only major car company left that refuses to give gay employees health benefits and their cars are a mix bag on reliability anyways, Ford is waiting for their superb Euro engineered Fiesta next year. I'll stick with the standard setter in this category, the Toyota Corolla.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/04/2010|
The Corolla has no style. I can't even say it's ugly - it's just boring. A box on wheels. Obviously, that's not important to everyone, but I would gladly pay a bit more for the 3, which at least looks fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/04/2010|
Yep, I have an SP23 with 145k miles on it. No issues at all. I want to see if I can get around 250k on it. It has been my favorite car and I have owned VW, Honda, Toyota.%0D %0D Love it!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/04/2010|
>>>Honda Civic is more even though Civic hasn't been updated in 5 years%0D %0D I kept my 2000 Civic because I HATED the 2006 re-design.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/04/2010|
You either love Hondas or you hate them. The Civic I had rode so hard, long trips left passengers feeling they sat on bricks the whole way. Had to get rid of it or never get rid of unending sciatica.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/04/2010|
I have one, a 2008. Great little car. I tried several but I kept going back to that one. I've only put 17K on it so hopefully it will last a while. My dad swears by them as long as you change the oil when you are supposed to.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/04/2010|
Oh, also drove Honda Fit. Gets great reviews but I wasn't crazy about it either.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/04/2010|
OP, curious as to why you didn't like the Fit. It's high on my list of possibles.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/04/2010|
What about MINI COOPER?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/04/2010|
Fit felt like it was really straining on acceleration and was a little bland. I did like the seat configurations.
Cube felt a little zippier and is much cuter, Mazda much zippier, similar look.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/04/2010|
don't own one, but my bf's dad let's us use his when we are in town (often) and I love it. Great mileage, handles well, comfortable, with a roomy back seat if you have friends with.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/04/2010|
What a lovely quaint thread about cube farmers discussing low-end cars.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/04/2010|
Still a good buy? Lately, every time I turn on the news or check headlines on the web, Toyotas are getting recalled for something.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/30/2013|
I have one. A 2009 and no problems at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/30/2013|
[quote]The Corolla has no style. I can't even say it's ugly - it's just boring. A box on wheels. Obviously, that's not important to everyone, but I would gladly pay a bit more for the 3, which at least looks fun.
I completely agree. I've been driving Corolla's since 2000, and even though they are very reliable, they are VERY plain looking inside. And every time the "re-design" it, it looks practically the same. I'm so bored with it, so I've also been thinking about a Mazda 3 next time. It seems to get good reviews, so I'd like to hear from others who have this car.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/30/2013|
I have a Mazda2 Sport with a 5 speed. I love it, goes like spit with low horsepower and handles just like my Miata did. Very inexpensive twin of the Fiesta.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/30/2013|
The Mazda 3 is a splendid car. I especially like the wagon. For doesn't mention it, but the Mazda 3 is made on a Volvo v50 chassis. The car is solid and their direct injection/high compression engines get milage comparable to the hybrids. You couldn't make a better choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/30/2013|
I have been looking at these too, even though my 2004 Civic is still running fine--I'm just bored. I have been looking for a Mazda 3 with a sunroof--have always wanted one. There were great deals at the end of the year and I should have jumped on it then.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/30/2013|
r20 That should read, Ford doesn't mention it, but... When this body style was generated, Ford owned Volvo and 25% of Mazda and decided to use Volvo chassis for their Biggest Ford and the smaller Mazda 3 and the redesigned Volvo V & S 50 lines.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/30/2013|
We should claim the Mazda 3 as our own since the Miata is often not versatile enough
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/31/2013|
I had a 2010 3 that I traded in for a 2011 CX7. Now I want to trade in for a 2014 6. I saw a black one at a dealership, and they look really sweet up close - much better than they do in photographs. If you're considering a 3, consider a 6 - the entry level isn't much more expensive.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/31/2013|
I love my 6 -- all that sporty power...
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/01/2013|
Anyone driving a new one?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/16/2014|