Mazda 3 2016 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda 3 2016 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Mazda 3 2016: Paint scratching

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jan 2018

It appears to be a problem with the red. Contact Mazda on 1800 034 411.

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Mazda 3 2016: Pinging sound

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Dec 2017

Has it just started making the noise, or has it been doing it since new? Try running it on higher octane fuel and see if the noise goes away.

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What's a good sedan under $17,000?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Nov 2017

I wouldn’t recommend the Cruze, there have been too many problems with them. The Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra are all good, reliable cars with plenty of performance for the class. Any one of them would be a good choice.

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Mazda 3: Inaccurate GPS

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Mar 2017

As promised when you first contacted us we got in touch with Mazda about the problem with your GPS, and we finally got a response. Unfortunately, it doesn't answer your question. A company spokesman told us that: "without actual car details (of your car) it is difficult to comment or provide accurate feedback, so we would highly recommend that the customer (you) contacts Mazda Customer service, which allows us to look into his situation and communicate with him direct." So, get on to Mazda and put your request directly to them.

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My new Mazda 3's GPS system is barely functional

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Jan 2017

We have contacted Mazda and we’re waiting for their response. We'll update you once we hear back from them.

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How does the Peugeot 308 compare to the Mazda 3?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Oct 2016

They're quite different vehicles, the Peugeot is a roomy, comfortable, safe and pleasant wagon, and boasts 4.0 L/100km economy. The Mazda SP25 is a sedan or hatch, and a sportier drive with a firmer ride, and the 2.5-litre petrol engine offers an average of 6.0L/100km. If you're trying to choose which one to buy it comes down to what you want from your car, comfort and economy, or a sporty drive. Another thing to consider is maintenance costs and the Mazda scores there.

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Best car for a sales rep?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Oct 2016

I would question the Renault if you're doing lots of kays in then country. I'm sure it would be reliable, but having it serviced when you need to could be an issue if you're away from a main city. The Kia is a good choice, so too are the Mazdas. You could add the Honda Accord, Subaru Liberty and Suzuki Kizashi to your list.

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A good replacement for my Magna around $10k?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Sep 2016

I agree with your view of going Japanese for reliability. The Lancer would be one I would recommend, along with the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla. They're comfortable, fuel-efficient, safe, and have decent performance.

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Mazda 3: Reduce tyre noise

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jul 2016

Just because a new car is better than the old model does not make it right, as I've discovered from a flood of Mazda3 owner complaints.

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Mazda 3 road noise issues

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Jul 2016

Before you make an expensive car switch, try changing to a quieter tyre. You don't say which model Mazda3 you have, but some sportier versions have aggressive tread for grip and they can generate quite a lot of noise including drumming from the rear. Otherwise, I've just driven the all-new Honda Civic and it's very quiet and comfy.

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