2008 Mazda MAZDA3
There are 12 user reviews for the s Grand Touring 5-Door trim shown below
- 30 mpg comfort plus and fun to drive
- no cons
Love this car....Best of the five Mazda's prior to this baby.
Practical and comfortable and good on gas.
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- Fun to drive, great shifting auto trans, BMW features at half the price
- MPG's could be a little better, road noise
We have an 07 model for about a year and half. Car handles great, the 5 speed auto transmission is fun to shift in manual mode, lots of features you find on high end cars such as heated seats, traction control, leater seats, stability control, audio controls on the steering wheel, auto climate control, auto head lights and auto rain wipers. The features of the hatch area are great, with a simple flip of the hatch floor you have a plastic covered floor to keep the carpet from getting wet or muddy. MPG's could be better for around town driving but will get in the mid 30's if you stay about 65 MPH....read morehide
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- Rain sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, bose sound system is terrific
- Road noise on highway
The car is great. Everything is standard except sunroof and bose sound system. I have put 2,000 on it and love it.
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- Good fuel econ. Peppy engine, everything as standard
- Central pillar to close to right knee
Bought this car in March 2008, now August 2008 and have done 13,000 miles. NO regrets whatsoever. Lots of room in this compact both in front and in the rear. Trunk is cavernous for a car in this class. Ride is smooth even with 17" rims, fuel efficient peppy engine and cornering is amazing - I can fling this thing around corners and it grips and doesn't slide an inch unless I want it to. Came equipped with front, side, side curtain airbags, ABS, DSC, leather, moonroof, sirius, iPod ready and 5-speed automatic. Done two road trips of 3,000 miles in 4 days with 5 adults plus luggage, and all were comfortable. Far superior to the grandma cars that are the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. Sure, they may get better gas mileage in their standard forms, but with a lot less HP and torque. Even the Corrola S is slower than the Mazda3 even though it has 40hp more (added weight)! Pointless exercise buying that thing. Reliability has been great so far (touch wood), with the only thing I have had to do is routine maintenance - changing the oil twice and rotating the tires. Five door option is better - more trunk space while giving the option of folding the seats down for hauling larger items from Lowes etc. without the need to hire a truck. An absolute winner....read morehide
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- excellent, tight handling similar to an audi, brakes, interior good quality
- mileage good but not great
Great value with no real complaints. Added after market exhaust, cat back and pulleys which added hp and pick up. Fun to drive. Coming from owning Audis and enjoy driving this as much.
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- This car is very nice and confortable.
- MPG not as good as predicted, A/C is very weak.
Confortable ride, and interior, but a lot of exterior noise when in the expressway, cheap carpet, A/c is not strong in a hot day,problems with motor mounts,and front struts, other than that this car is nice and fun to drive.
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- Practicality without sacrifice.
- Just a tad noisy on the road.
I'm in my upper 40's and have owned quite a few cars in my life. My 3 is by a wide margin the best I've ever had. I was looking for a car that looked good, was solidly built, had good MPG, could carry some cargo, and drove nicely. The 3 kills on all counts.
Often after you buy a car and think about how much it sets you back financially, there's a bit of buyer's remorse. It's happened to me more than once. With this 3, two and a half years after the fact, I still consider every dime that went into it well spent....read morehide
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- FUN, reasonably priced, fuel-efficient, comfortable, did I mention FUN?
- cheap carpet, tight rear legroom, poor winter traction
I take buying a car VERY seriously. I've driven for 21 years and this is only my third car. I bough an '07, 5 door GT over one (trouble free) year ago. I researched for months and test-drove the Civic (more rear leg room but e-brake handle hit my knee) and Corolla (just sad) but the 3's handling and features hooked me. Today, it's as fun to drive as ever. Yesterday I drove 130 miles of twisty mountain roads to buy a soda (that's my excuse). I fueled it up last night and calculated 34.55 MPG (this is the larger 2.3 liter engine w/manual transmission). It's done 32.5 MPG @ 80 MPH (comfortable all day long). The lowest I've gotten is 24 MPG. It's fuel-efficient and the handling is AMAZING. It sticks to the road so well, I couldn't determine if it has an over or under steering tendency so I pushed the limits. I got it to under steer in edge gravel when I mashed the brakes and got very slight over steering at 6 degrees F. ambient @ 75 MPH (tight corner). Both times the DSC light illuminated on the dash and I was back in control. Outside of those extremes it just sticks. It's very well tuned for the perfect balance. It seems this exceptional handling must have been a trade off at the expense of winter handling. In snow, the tires pack and the TCS struggles with ice. I got through a Colorado winter just fine but couldn't safely enjoy the fun factor that this car demonstrates the rest of the year. The one thing (that can't be modified) that the competition has on the Mazda3 is rear legroom. The seats are all comfortable and there's plenty of head (5 door has more), shoulder and hip room but the front seats need to be forward a few positions for adult rear seat passengers (in my opinion). My 6-month-old son's rear facing car seat requires the front seat forward too. I think this car is as close to perfect for me as any. I have no regrets....read morehide
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- Peppy engine, handling, fuel economy, cargo space
- Non-smooth shift, rough road/rough ride, winter handling, rear seat space
Overall a great car.
I've owned my 2007 for 9 months and the biggest issue was winter handling... if you don't change your tires and driving styles for this car 'ill kill you in snow.
Some minor diassapointments with: the amount of road uneveness you feel, occasional non-smooth shift with the automatic & back seat space.
Too many pluses to mention. Great for single lane passing with its engine, decent fuel economy for the 156 HP, great cargo space, high quality upholstery, good comfort.
Recommended buy - but you've been warned for harsh winters....read morehide
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- Styling, interior design, heated seats, peppy engine, in dash CD, breaking
- No auto locks, cigarette lighter doesn't operate w/ engine off - can't run accessories
I bought a 08 model in January of 08 so I've had it now a few months. Fuel economy is not where near what they claim but it is a lot of fun to drive. Very peppy engine w/ great handling and breaking. I have leather interior with heated seats so that is a real step up for me from my VW Passat. Great value based on the price I paid, it's my first Mazda but I would definately look at getting another one when the time comes based on my experiences, though only owned it a short time. Also got great financing through Mazda....read morehide
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