Mazda 3 Saloon (2004-)

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  • Economy


    5 out of 5 5.0

    For what you get its fantastic value, climate control, 6 disk in dash multichanger, leather steering wheel and gear knob, the list goes on.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    Fuel consumption is a bit high sometimes, but my first service cost £100 and I've had no problems with it.

  • On the road


    4 out of 5 4.0

    In the dry its fantastic and the DSC can be turned off for a bit of fun, in the wet it tends to lose grip a bit, but altogether its fun to drive.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    Quite quick of the mark, though first and second are a bit slow, once you hit third it really picks up. If you have more than two people in it though you start to feel a degradation in performance.

  • Living with it


    5 out of 5 5.0

    One problem, an airbag sensor in the front has a problem, it's not watertight and it gives the airbag warning light now and then, Mazda will fix it under warranty so really no problems and Mazda have a great reputation for reliability.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    Not to every ones taste, I love it and theres not a great deal of saloon versions on the road and the front end looks meaty.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    There is enough adjustments to be made that can make it very comfortable. The suspension tends to be a bit too firm, over long distance though you arrive at your destination without any sore spots.

  • Security and Service


    5 out of 5 5.0

    Thatcham 1 alarm with deadlocks as standard.


    5 out of 5 5.0

    The dealer I bought from, Hodgson Mazda, are fantastic, nothings a problem for them and they are very easy to deal with.

  • Problems and Ownership




    Problem with airbag sensor in front, but gets replaced under warranty with no problems.


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