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Mazda 3 Used Car Review

The Mazda 3 is a Japanese small car that has for a long time been one of Australia's most popular vehicles. It is considered one of the most fun cars to drive in its class, with great steering and handling. There have been several generations since the model replaced the 323 in 2004. It continues to be offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. A 2.2-litre turbo diesel model was introduced in 2014 but axed two years later owing to slow sales, leaving a choice between two smooth and efficient petrol engines in 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre form, with a standard manual gearbox or optional automatic. The first- and second-generation Mazda 3 range featured a performance variant called the MPS.

Pros

Cons

  • Mazda 3 places emphasis on driving enjoyment.
  • Good build quality.
  • Broad model range and prices.
  • Roomy cabin. Hatch body style particularly practical.
  • Road noise has been a constant issue for Mazda 3 generations.
  • Lower trim grades can be missing convenient features.
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2017 MAZDA 3 MAXX BN MY17 4D SEDAN MANUAL 36 MONTHS FREE WARRANTY

  • 42916 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This is a great example of the ever practical and reliable Mazda 3, good on fuel, plenty of space and many great features including Free 36 Months warranty (Cover parts & Labour Australia Wide) Done only 42,000 KMS Excellent condition 6 Speed Manual Transmission 2.0 L 4 Cylinder GPS SET Navigation Reversing Camera Up to date service Tinted Window -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Good Tyres! - Icy

$16,490
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2012 MAZDA 3 NEO BL 11 UPGRADE 5D HATCHBACK AUTOMATIC 36 MONTHS FREE WARRANTY

  • 121985 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This is a great example of the ever practical and reliable Mazda 3, good on fuel, plenty of space and many great features including Free 36 Months warranty (Cover parts & Labour Australia Wide) Done 121,000 KMS Excellent condition 5 Speed Automatic Transmission 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Full log Book service history Up to date service Tinted Window -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Good Tyres! - Icy Cold A

$11,490
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
14/05/2022

Top2007 Mazda 3 BK1032 SP23 Black 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 126123 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.3L

value, economy, function and reliability this 2007 Mazda 3 SP23 has it all! With 2.3L petrol, 6sp manual and comprehensive safety equipment including dual front airbag package, power steering, side front airbags, stability and ABS control the Mazda will look after you! Boasting 17 inch allows, climate control, 6 speaker stereo, power windows and so much more. There is so many features to indulge whilst keeping you safe too. Do not wait around, this great example with not last long! easy

$9,980Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Top2019 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Touring Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 47197 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

" 2019 MAZDA 3 G20 TOURING H/BACK - ONE CAREFULL LADY OWNER - SERVICE HISTORY - LOW KILOMETRES " - Smart Device Integration - Bluetooth - Safe & Reliable - Comfortable and economical - Lane Keeping - Active Assist - Collision Warning - Forward - Warning - Driver Fatigue - Driver Attention Detection - Blind Spot Sensor

$29,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
03/05/2022

Top2014 Mazda 3 BM5428 XD SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 64712 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.2L

As Australia’s fastest-growing branded used car superstore network, and part of the nation's largest motoring group, we know everything that there is to know about buying and selling quality used cars. Our Mission We’re driven to demystify the whole process and strip away all the stress and anxiety that comes with it. This is why we offer Haggle-Free Fixed Pricing on all of our quality-verified cars, and then back it up with our Best Car Price Guarantee* as well as a 7 Day Money Back Guarantee

$22,978
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
14/05/2022

Top2021 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 2574 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

**MAZDA CARPET MATS***BONNET PROTECTOR****CARGO TRAY**** Next-Gen Mazda 3, the sleek and elegant proportions of the Sedan? With 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance included, the choice is yours! MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, Keyless Entry, Active Driving Display. 5 Star ANCAP Safety including, Reverse Camera, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Blind

$41,888Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer used
14/05/2022

2014 Mazda 3 BM5278 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 97421 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2014 MAZDA 3 TOURING 2.0L 4 CYLINDER SKYACTIV-DRIVE AUTOMATIC - SEDAN # NEW ARRIVAL # ONLY 91000KMS # AUTOMATIC # 16'' ALLOY WHEELS # 2 ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL A/C # LEATHER UPHOLSTERY # PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM - AUX, USB, BLUETOOTH, CD, RADIO # REVERSE CAMERA # MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL # PUSH BUTTON START - CENTRAL LOCKING # LOVELY CAR INSIDE AND OUT # WORKSHOP TESTED # FINANCE AVAILABLE T.A.P Call Dave on..... Call Ryan on..... Call Jay on..... ?? H

$17,990
Mayfield West, NSW

Dealer used
13 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 43380 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

10 minutes from the CBD with over 250 QUALITY USED VEHICLES AVAILABLE 2014 Mazda 3 BM Series SP25 GT Hatchback 5dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.5i SUPER LOW KLMS.. 1 OWNER FROM NEW WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY AND 2 KEYS.. THIS WON'T LAST LONG SO BE QUICK OR MISS OUT !!! We're located just 10mins north of the CBD, All vehicles are Safety Checked AND we can arrange delivery to anywhere in Australia. Finance & insurance packages can also be catered to your needs. ENQUIRE NOW!/ jc

$21,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
28 minutes ago

2019 Mazda 3 BN5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 14350 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

This beautifully presented one owner SP25 comes with a full service history, 2keys and includes the following features: - 18" ALLOY WHEELS - PARKING SENSORS - REAR VIEW CAMERA - DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS - KEYLESS ENTRY - DRIVER'S ELECTRIC SEAT - MULTI-FUNCTIONAL STEERING WHEEL - VOICE CONTROL - PUSH BUTTON START - AUTO HEADLIGHTS - ELECTRIC PARK BRAKE - AUTO STOP/START - SATELLITE NAVIGATION - BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY WITH MEDIA SREAMING - CLIMATE CONTROL - BLIND SPOT MONITOR We are part o

$33,990
Midland, WA

Dealer used
28 minutes ago

Wanted: BUYING CARS WITH LESS THAN 100,000KMS 2015 NEWER

  • 100000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

i am a vehicle buyer for a dealership (essendon fields) we are buying large amounts of japanese vehicles. MUST REQUIREMENTS MUST be less than 100,000 kms MUST be 2015 newer. MUST be automatic MUST have a clear PPSR we are currently not intertaining european vehicles at the moment sorry please send in your: registration number brand/year/model/series finance owing (if applicable) disclose any damages photos and information your vehicle will get reviewed and priced th

$30,123Negotiable
Airport West, VIC

30 minutes ago

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Maxx Sport 6 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 146841 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Fantastic first car. Full service history. The engine is great on fuel yet powerful to drive. Well cared for car. Make phone calls safely and conveniently through the bluetooth enabled audio system. The 2012 Mazda 3 would make a fantastic first car. Don't miss any of these features in your first car: -Cruise control - Front & rear power windows - Front cup holders - 16" alloy wheels FOR THAT ADDED PEACE OF MIND This Mazda 3 2012 Maxx Sport has side airbags, driver airbag and passenger a

$13,990Negotiable
Mitchell Park, SA

34 minutes ago

2012 Mazda 3 BL10F2 Neo White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 119249 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2012 Mazda 3 6 Speed Hatchback TOP DOLLAR PAID FOR TRADE IN VEHICLES !! Don't risk buying private. Established family dealership 26 years. 12 month Australia wide UNLIMITED KM WARRANTY included! Seemore@Seymours. Complimentary 12 Months ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE BEFORE you make any enquiries PLEASE REALISE OUR LOCATION, WE ARE 1.5HRS NORTH OF SYDNEY. Thank you for selecting one of our quality used vehicles, we are delighted that you have taken interest in this specific vehicle, please ensure t

$13,499
Hamilton, NSW

Dealer used
53 minutes ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5478 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 92740 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Upmarket model with full service history, SatNav, luxurious sports styled leather seating , cruise and traction control, Bluetooth front side airbags, electric windows, alloy wheels , plus reverse camera and sensors and so much more... Trade-ins are welcome and finance is available at great rates with fast approvals by our friendly team.

$21,999
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2012 Mazda 3 BL 11 Upgrade Neo White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 133150 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Perfect for your first car! Meticulously maintained inside and out, this car is a real credit to its previous owner and will not dissapoint. Fully workshop approved, loaded with features and priced to sell! Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind. With over 2000 late-model quality passenger

$11,992
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5476 Neo SKYACTIV-MT White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 116635 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Just Arrived - 2021 KIA STONIC YB S Wagon 5dr MAN 6sp FWD 1.4I (MY21).. Comes With - 6 Months Registration and All Government On Road Costs Included. Custom Finance Packages Available to suit all Individulas Needs- Onsite or Over The Phone Quotes can be provided.. Trade Ins are welcome, we can also assist with long distance or interstate deliveries, helping you make that educated buying decision. We areality used cars at the lowest prices. We also offer an over the phone trade valuation and cha

$17,990Drive Away^
West Gladstone, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2011 MAZDA3 NEO SEDAN 2.0L AUTO

  • 111185 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

2011 MAZDA3 NEO BL 4D SEDAN 2.0L INLINE 4 5 SP AUTOMATIC FEATURES INCLUDES: Dual Front Airbag Package Anti-Lock Braking Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones 16 Inch Alloy Wheels Brake Assist Body Kit Cruise Control CD with 6 CD Stacker Central Locking Remote Control Cloth Trim Dynamic Stability Control Electronic Brake Force Distribution Fog Lights - Front Head Airbags Engine Immobiliser Leather Steering Wheel Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Radio CD with 6 Speakers Rear Spoile

$9,999
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 MAZDA3 SP25 BL 5D HATCH 2.5L 4 6 SP MANUAL

  • 170713 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

2010 MAZDA3 SP25 BL 5D HATCH 2.5L 4 6 SP MANUAL FEATURES INCLUDES: Dual Front Airbag Package Anti-Lock Braking Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones Brake Assist Body Kit 17 Inch Alloy Wheels Cruise Control CD with 6 CD Stacker Central Locking Remote Control Cloth Trim Dynamic Stability Control Electronic Brake Force Distribution Fog Lights - Front Head Airbags Engine Immobiliser Leather Steering Wheel Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Radio CD with 6 Speakers Rear Spoiler Sate

$8,799
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL SP25 White 5 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 106651 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

** Service history with extremely low km?s and 2 keys ** Please do not hesitate to contact us we understand that in tough times we have to change and adapt we offer no contact purchasing of a vehicle over the phone and internet through the form of thorough videos, pictures we can even face time you we have done it for years selling our vehicles to interstate purchasers. We have taken precautionary measures in upgrading our cleaning standards to comply with the current situation to ensure you

$14,989
Melville, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2009 Mazda 3 BL10F1 Neo Activematic White 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 111100 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

One-Owner family car LOW KMs! Only 111,000kms travelled with a Full Service History 5-Sp Automatic Transmission In fantastic condition for age, popular Mazda 3 sedan!

$12,990
East Bunbury, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2011 MAZDA 3 MAXX SPORT BL 4D SEDAN MANUAL 36 MONTHS FREE WARRANTY

  • 142783 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This is a great example of the ever practical and reliable Mazda 3, good on fuel, plenty of space and many great features including Free 36 Months warranty (Cover parts & Labour Australia Wide) Done 142,000 KMS Variant: MAXX SPORT BL Excellent condition 6 Speed Manual Transmission 2.0L 4 Cylinder GPS SET Navigation Up to date service Tinted Window Towing Bar -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Good T

$9,990
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 Mazda 3 BN5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 78895 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Just Traded! 2017 Mazda 3 SP25 GT -SPORTY and SLEEK! -Automatic! -Hatchback! -Packed with OPTIONS! -Think about this: LED headlights plus DRLs, a Bose sound system, keyless entry and start (plus a nifty hands-free lock and leave feature), leather trim with heated seats, a safety system that can read speed signs and warn you that you are speeding, blind-spot monitoring, auto stop-start and autonomous braking in forward or reverse. I bet you didn't think Mazda 3. Not even entry Merc

$27,888
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2019 Mazda 3 BP2HLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 47160 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Just Arrived! 2019 Mazda 3 G25 ASTINA -Automatic -SPORTY and SLEEK- HATCHBACK -PACKED with FACTORY options -Black Alloy Wheels -Towbar -Radical new styling will polarise fans, but we can’t help but praise Mazda’s commitment to differentiating their exterior designs from the rest of the pack! -Specification is pretty generous in the G25 Astina, which adds a 360-degree camera, full adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, front cross traffic alert, a sunroo

$36,888
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2020 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Touring Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 26000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2020 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Touring Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$29,990Drive Away^
Caboolture, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2006 Mazda Mazda3 Sp23 6 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 148000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.3L

GREAT CAR DRIVES BEAUTIFULLY SMOOTH GEARS AND CLUTCH COLD AIR NEW TYRES REGISTERED POWER 2.3 litre MOTOR YET SUPER ECONOMICAL MAZDAS BULLETPROOF RELIABILITY MAKE THIS A PERFECT FAMILY/SECOND. CAR CD PLAYER MAZDA SPORTS ALLOY WHEELS VERY GOOD INTERIOR NO RIPS OR TEARS GOOD BODY BUT HAS FADED PAINT VERY CHEAP QUALITY MOTORING PRICED TO GO ONLY $4900 DRIVE AWAY CALL

$4,900
Adelaide CBD, SA

2 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL 10 Upgrade Neo Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 85555 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

2010 Mazda 3 BL 10 Upgrade Neo Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

$12,880Drive Away^
Moorabbin, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2009 Mazda 3 BL10F1 Maxx Sport Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 208227 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2009 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport 208227 kms Reg: S837ATW ZOOM, ZOOM get into one of Australia’s most popular vehicles for a fraction of the cost of a new one, this little gem has a fantastic log book service history and drives as if it has just driven out of the showroom floor!! If you are looking for something good looking, Zippy, reliable and economical then this is the car for you! Presented in the ever so popular “Graphite Mica” Duco, this one definitely is one of the more desirable c

$6,990
Seaford, SA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2006 Mazda3 Sports (Underpriced)!!

  • 200000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Extremely clean inside and outside. No damages to the car - well maintained from the driver. Paint job is fading slightly. Reliable car ideal for new drivers. Can come for a test drive. Features: - Rego expires in September. - Bluetoot Touchscreen for music, movies & more. - Dvd Player. - Alot of storage space. - Can connect to wifi modem for maps. - A/C system fixed in November . -Steering wheel airbags recalled & fixed in March. - Comes with 2x keys.

$4,300Negotiable
Rockdale, NSW

2 hours ago

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Maxx 6 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 63500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Low KMs. Full logbook history. Great condition! This much-loved Mazda 3 has been in our family since Day 1, and would make for a wonderful family or first car for its next owner. It has only done 63,400 km and remains in top condition. The car had its most recent logbook service in April 2022 and received a clean bill of health (full logbook history is provided). It also has fantastic fuel efficiency at 5.8L per 100km. Features you will love: This Mazda 3 2015 Maxx has bluetooth, iPod conn

$21,990
Watson, ACT

2 hours ago

2015 Mazda Mazda3 Maxx 6 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 91400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Selling my Mazda 2015 MAXX BM series Auto in mint condition 91,400 kms Fuel efficient (5.6 lit/100km) Complete service history Purchased and serviced by Mazda Some of the features include: Blue tooth, Rear view camera, GPS navigation System, Starter button (keyless start) Leather steering wheel Only serious buyers and no silly offers plz

$17,995
Doolandella, QLD

2 hours ago

Mazda 3 Maxx. Manual.

  • 165000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Mazda 3 Maxx sport 2005. Manual Car is very reliable, serviced regularly. It's pretty low kms on it as well. Added Kenwood head unit too. Bluetooth, calls, music, navigation, Spotify and regular radio. Has some wear and tear, however, it's still been well looked after. Looking for $5,500, slightly negotiable.

$5,500Negotiable
Mawson Lakes, SA

3 hours ago

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Overview of the Mazda Mazda3

Overview of the Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda 3 is a Japanese small car that has for a long time been one of Australia's most popular vehicles. It is considered one of the most fun cars to drive in its class, with great steering and handling. There have been several generations since the model replaced the 323 in 2004.

It continues to be offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. A 2.2-litre turbo diesel model was introduced in 2014 but axed two years later owing to slow sales, leaving a choice between two smooth and efficient petrol engines in 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre form, with a standard manual gearbox or optional automatic. The first- and second-generation Mazda 3 range featured a performance variant called the MPS.

MAZDA 3 GENERATIONS

2004-2009: 1st generation

2009-2013: 2nd generation

2013-present: 3rd generation

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.2L Diesel (now discontinued): 5.0 to 5.2 litres per 100km

2.0L Petrol: 5.7 to 5.9 litres per 100km (91 unleaded)

2.5L Petrol: 6.0 to 6.5 litres per 100km (91 unleaded)

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MAZDA 3

How Does The Mazda 3 Perform After 5 Years?

A turbo-diesel version of the 3 that has never left the city is the biggest potential problem-child, with the resulting blocked diesel-particulate (soot) filter needing a trip to the dealership to be cleaned out.

In some cases, the on-board computer pumped more fuel into the engine to try to use engine heat to clear the filter. But sometimes that fuel made its way into the engine oil, diluting it. So watch for a rising level on the dipstick over time.

Some independent workshops ignored the particulate filter that could then fail altogether, requiring costly replacement to keep the car legal and roadworthy.

Some 3s suffered from poorly rust-proofed hatchback struts that could fail, spraying fluid everywhere and dropping the hatch on your head. Or fingers.