Mazda CX-3 Problems

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

What are the pros and cons of a 2018 MG ZS?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Sep 2020

ZS pros include cheap pricing, an easy driving experience and a comparatively spacious interior compared to other direct rivals like a Mazda CX-3. The dash is pleasant, there is a decent amount of equipment and the controls are all simple to use. It should also be fairly inexpensive to run and service, though earlier ZSs like yours require six-monthly rather than 12-monthly service intervals.

There are two engine options - a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model with a four-speed auto on the base Excite, or a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder version on higher-specification Excite Plus and Essence grades with a six-speed auto. Note that the latter powertrain is more expensive to service.

Plus, there's still a fair chunk of the manufacturer's warranty left, which is seven years, while capped-price servicing is also offered.

But the ZS does not offer AEB Autonomous Emergency Braking, so only rates a four-star ANCAP crash-test rating.

Additionally, the ZS's suspension is on the firm side in terms of dealing with road bumps, which might upset some occupants, yet there is not much of the 'fun factor' in regards to steering and handling finesse that rivals like the CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona offer in spades.

We've also heard complaints about the interior's perceived quality being sub-par, cabin storage isn't generous and Android Auto isn't supported (though Apple CarPlay is).

Finally, the ZS' resale value trails all of the aforementioned competitors by a significant margin, meaning it's on track to be worth less when the time comes to on-sell it.

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Which SUV should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Jun 2019

I can’t give you a specific answer to which has the lowest cabin noise, except to say that all the leading brands are relatively quiet. I would suggest you test drive each and decide which suits your needs the best.


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Mazda CX-3: Is it a good family car?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Mar 2019

Without knowing what you mean by casual weekend drives, I will assume they’re not off-road, so either one would be a good choice.

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Mazda CX-3 2015: How reliable is it?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Mar 2019

There’s nothing that should be of concern to you, the Mazda diesel is quite reliable.

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Mazda CX-3 2018 update?

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Aug 2018

The latest update actually arrived this week, and you can read our full review here.

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Mazda CX-3 won't receive incoming calls

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2018

You would like to think that sales personnel have the knowledge to advise you on issues like this and do so before you buy, but it seems they don’t. And yes you should have asked to be sure that your phone is compatible. Phone Mazda’s customer relations service (1800 034 411) and discuss the problem with them.

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Wind causing too much noise in 2016 Mazda CX-3

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Aug 2017

I am not aware of a wind noise problem related to the fitting of weather shields. Were they Mazda weather shields, or were they aftermarket items? If your Mazda dealer supplied them, go back and tell them of your concern and ask them to fix it.

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Mazda, Tesla, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen models recalled

Mazda, Tesla, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen models recalled

26 Jun 2017 · by Justin Hilliard

The Australasian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced another set of national safety recalls, with models from Mazda, Tesla, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Citroen impacted.

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Best options for small SUV or hatchback?

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Jan 2017

You need to decide on whether you want an SUV or a hatch before you do anything else. The SUV gives you a better view of the road, is practical, and the CX-3 is a good choice, but hatches can also be attractive. I would rule out the Mazda2 in your case, as it would seem to be too small for your needs, but the 3, Corolla and i30 are all good cars that would deliver on the things you want.

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How does Suzuki Vitara compare to rivals?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Sep 2016

The new Suzuki is pretty good, apart from the constantly variable transmission, and gets The Tick. But you should also test drive the Mazda CX-3, which tops the class, or the Honda HR-V if you need more space in the back.

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