Mazda 3 (2004 - 2009)

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reviewed by ladiesman 217 on 26 April 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 31 July 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 12 June 2019
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reviewed by Jonathan Pickard on 3 June 2018
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reviewed by bobx on 9 December 2015
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reviewed by Engineer Andy on 14 October 2015
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reviewed by balleballe on 1 July 2014
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reviewed by ecalperif on 11 May 2014
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2.0 TS2 Diesel 5dr Hatchback

reviewed by robmar0se on 15 February 2011
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Overall rating
4
How it drives
2
Fuel economy
3
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
1
Experience at the dealership
3
How practical it is
1
How you rate the manufacturer
2
Overall reliability

Disappointing - DPF problems - Mazda doesn't want to know

Replaced my 6 yr old Leon 2.0 diesel se - initial impression, well appointed interior, and plenty of oomph when pressed. MPG worse than 6yr old Seat - latter was 55+mpg, Mazda lucky if you get over 50mpg. Ride is hard and noisy in comparison, but holds the road well.

Parts expensive (wife backed into post!).

Main gripe is the DPF technology which really stinks - car lost power - diesel had leaked ito sump to a very high level - towed into garage by RAC. Mazda refused warranty as it was my fault for the way I drive!!! I pointed out that I had just returned from Venice 2000 miles mostly motorway - apparently I was going too slow!! I understand that the technology is supposed to clean the soot from the exhaust (ie do a similar job as catlysts in petrol cars). There are many cases of problems with this, and Mazda have changed the technology in the 2009 model.

Overall I hated the manner in which that Mazda Customer support responded to this within warranty incident, and for that reason I cannot recommend Mazda to anyone. The risk is if one does need to approach Mazda UK one cannot be confident that they will be reasonable in the manner they are likely to respond.

So I will mot be buying Mazda again.

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5
reviewed by turbo11 on 7 January 2011
5
reviewed by hendomem on 1 January 2011

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Price£12,659–£20,345
Road TaxC–J
MPG35.8–62.8 mpg
Real MPG85.7%

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