Mazda 3 2005 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda 3 2005 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Used Mazda 3 review: 2004-2009
The BK Mazda3 was a conventional front-wheel drive (FWD) small car that came in four-door sedan and five-door hatch styles.Read More
What's a a good family ute for $12,000?
With your budget you’re looking at quite an old model, particularly if you want a 4WD dual-cab ute. You’d be looking at something around 2007-2008, but my concern with vehicles that old is that they will have done quite a lot of kilometres. If you want a dual-cab ute, and it sounds like the best option given your needs, go for a Toyota Hilux diesel. The alternative is an SUV, such as a Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Prado, but again you’ll be looking at older models.
Used Mazda 3 review: 2004-2015
Ewan Kennedy reviews the first, second and third generation Mazda 3 from 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 as a used buy.Read More
Luxury replacement for a Mazda 3
Your choices both get The Tick, but the Benz A250 might be too sporty for a retirement car and the A3 is an upscale Volkswagen Golf. A good mate has just bought an Accord Euro and, even though it goes out of production soon, he loves it. You should test-drive all three.
Used Mazda3 review: 2004-2013
Mazda3 topped the overall sales race in 2011 and 2012 and already has a huge lead in the early days of 2014. Meaning there is a wide choice in the used-car scene.Read More
Used Mazda 3 review: 2004-2011
Mazda 3’s ongoing success on the new car market has resulted in a surge in interest in the small-medium model as a used car. ...Read More
Used Mazda 3 review: 2004-2006
Mazda has undergone a reincarnation in recent times with a raft of new and exciting models like the 3. The respected Japanese company has renewed its entire range in just six years or so, from the ...Read More
Three of a kind
ASSUMING you drive normally and don't crash over speed humps and into roundabouts and kerbs, there is nothing that could explain a broken engine mount except inferior design. Let's hear from other owners of Mazda3s and see what their experience is.
Bang to rights
I ASSUME you bought the car new, not used; if you did buy it used the damage could have been caused before you bought it. If you have owned it from new and haven't hit anything as you claim, I do think it's unfair you had to pay. Mazda has given you the standard deal for a car that's out of warranty, so they've come to the party by covering half the cost of repairs, but I agree that in this case it isn't enough. No one should have to pay even part of the repair cost for something that shouldn't happen in the first place.
Body determines noise
ROAD noise is more likely to be a problem in the hatch. If you're concerned, drive the car for an extended time on different road surfaces and judge for yourself.