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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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Top2018 Mazda 3 BN5478 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Sport Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 63554 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

***$2000 MINIMUM TRADE IN FOR THE MONTH OF MAY*** ***PRICED TO SELL, GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS*** 2.0LTR 4CYL PETROL AUTOMATIC BLUETOOTH SYSTEM DIGITAL RADIO REAR CROSS TRAFFIC WARNING FORWARD COLLISION WARNING REAR PARKING SENSORS START BUTTON PROXIMITY KEY (KEY FOB) BLIND SPOT SENSOR REAR VIEW CAMERA CLIMATE CONTROL 2 ZONE VOICE RECOGNITON CRUISE CONTROL 16 INCH ALLOY WHEELS ***DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY*** ***WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE*** IS THIS VEHICLE STILL AVAILABLE????? Yes absolu

$26,888Drive Away^
Pakenham, VIC

Dealer used
23/05/2022

Top2012 Mazda 3 BL10F2 MY13 Neo Activematic White 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 210600 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Dear Customer/Consumer Most of our car details are supplied in the advert, if the car matches your criteria of selection we encourage you to contact us so we can further assist you. (Please note, Most of the car details are listed in the advertisement such as kilometers, year, model, fuel type, Auto/manual, are provided in the advertisement So if any of the details of the car does not much what you are looking for we do not encourage you to contact us due to the high costs occurring, Th

$12,489Drive Away^
Maidstone, VIC

Dealer used
23/05/2022

Top2010 Mazda 3 BL10F1 Neo Activematic Blue 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 69437 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** ONLY 68KMS *** AUTOMATIC *** 2010 *** LOG BOOKS *** 4 CYLINDER *** GREAT FIRST CAR *** VERY WELL LOOKED AFTER *** BE QUICK FOR THIS ONE *** ** SERVICE HISTORY ** ALL OUR CARS COME WITH WARRANTY ** UNBEATABLE VALUE ** THIS PRICE IS DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! ** EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE! ** ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME! ** WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! ** ALL our prices include registration, RWC, stamp duty and transfer fee. We have more than 150+ vehicles starting from $4999 for you to c

$12,999Drive Away^
Rocklea, QLD

Dealer used
23/05/2022

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

  • 13847 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2019 Mazda 3 BP Series G20 Evolve - Apple car play & Android auto - Bluetooth connectivity - USB port - HUD ( Head up display ) - Navigation - Reverse camera - Parking sensor - Climate control - Lane assist - Blind spot monitoring - Adaptive cruise control - Steering paddle shifters - Push button start - Folding mirrors - Full Service History - Alloy Wheels JUST 20 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT - HEAD NORTH TO THE END OF THE RING ROAD! Buy with confidence! Get in touch with us now! BRAND NEW N

$33,832Drive Away^
Bundoora, VIC

Dealer used
30 minutes ago

Top2016 Mazda 3 BM5476 Touring SKYACTIV-MT Blue Metallic 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 94031 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Compact hatch with the powerful 2.0 litre engine, six speed Tiptronic auto, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, forward collision mitigation, push button start, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, reverse sensors plus more. 94,000km with service history. Brilliantly priced. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's most trusted car dealer? Absolutely!

$18,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
14/05/2022

Top2013 Mazda 3 BL10F2 MY13 Neo Activematic Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 86839 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2013 Mazda 3 Neo 5D Hatch in beautiful Black. It is a 4 Cyl, 2 L engine and just done 86xxx km on the clock with Logbook and Service History. Drives well and long Rego till April 2023. Welcome to Sunshine Autos. We have a huge range of premium quality cars from 5K onwards whether it is a Sedan or Hatch, SUV or Commercials, 4x4 or AWD, Petrol or Diesel. All our vehicles are provided with current Road Worthy Certificate, Clear Title (PPSR) and Extended Warranty. Moreover, we do

$16,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2013 Mazda 3 BL10F2 MY13 Neo Activematic Silver 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 88326 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

MAZDA 3 BL10F2 MY13 NEO SED 4DR ACTV 5SP 2.0I PRICE INCLUDES STANDARD 5 YEAR WARRANTY!!! DELIVERY TO BRISBANE INCLUDED!!! -108 kW/182 Nm 2.5i engine - 15' Alloy wheels - Push start button - Dual zone climate control - 5 star ANCAP safety rating - 6 airbags CALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR TEST DRIVE!!! WE are the leading passenger and commercial car dealer in North Queensland. Our Group features 13 new car brands including Ford, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Suzuki, Renault, Isuzu, Subaru, MG, SsangYong, Mer

$14,950Drive Away^
Earlville, QLD

Dealer used
8 minutes ago

2010 Mazda 3 CD BL Manual MY10 DIESEL Hatchback ✔️15 MONTHS WARRANTY

  • 225100 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.2L

Turbo Diesel, sat nav, air con, alloy wheels,CD player,power, windows,airbag dual,CD stacker,central locking,climate control,power mirrors,power steering., side airbags,,traction control. ** ✔️15 MONTHS WARRANTY WITH *** ✔️24/7 ROADSIDE ASSIST AUSTRALIA WIDE ON ADVERTISED PRICE WITH UNLIMITED KM'S AND CLAIMS **✔️all Credit cards, Prepaid Cards and International Cards Accepted*****✔️ FiNANCE OK PREVIOUS PROBLEMS SELF EMPLOYED PENSIONERS OK ✔️ Finance Available From As Little As $59 p/w (TAP). **

$7,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2020 Mazda 3 BP G25 GT Blue 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 21792 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

All vehicles are sold with minimum 3 months registration. This blue MAZDA 3 G25 GT is in excellent condition. This is a 5 seat, 4 door vehicle with automatic transmission. It has travelled 21792 km during its lifetime. It has a petrol fuel system with consumption of 6.5 L/100 km. It comes with the following installed features: Floor Mats F&R. It has an impressive list of standard features including: Apple Car Play; Bluetooth Connectivity; Cruise Control Intelligent/Active; Heated Front Seats

$34,990
Alexandria, NSW

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2005 Mazda 3 BK1031 SP23 Gold 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 204797 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.3L

2005 Mazda 3 BK1031 SP23 Gold 5 Speed Manual Sedan

$6,990
Durack, NT

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2017 Mazda 3 BN MY17 Maxx White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 72092 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

The Right car at the Right Price Ready now for immediate delivery. Understanding the changing times it may be difficult to view the vehicle in person. We offer assurance and peace of mind through video presentations, descriptive commentary and car carrier arrangements delivered to your door. Your health and safety is our number 1 priority with fully detailed and sanitized vehicles. Why buy from us? All of our cars come with guaranteed clear title, have been workshop and safety tested plus are s

$20,930
Greenway, ACT

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5278 Neo SKYACTIV-Drive Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 80296 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

The perfect way into the sedan market on a budget. This wonderful Mazda 3 has everything you could ever ask for and much much more! The Mazda 3 is powered by a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that uses just 6.4L per 100KM driven. The gearbox is a standard 6 speed automatic gearbox giving you the ease of driving every time . The Mazda 3 comes with features such as Bluetooth, cruise control, ice cold ac, 6 speaker stereo and the list goes on and on. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to own. Enqu

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Garbutt, QLD

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 129812 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

SAVE THOUSANDS, CONTACT US TO FIND THE VEHICLE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR !!!! We are just a short drive from the City and our aim is to provide you with Perth's best service, price and car purchasing experience. Need finance and insurance? We have a team of experienced finance and insurance managers who have many years of partnerships with major banks and insurers Every vehicle is fully prepared to the highest standard with a full 120-point inspection with no exceptions. SAVE THOUSANDS, CONTACT US T

$18,990
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
11 minutes ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL10F1 MY10 Maxx Sport White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 162470 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

$500 Fuel Card for Every car Delivered in MAY…...…...…!!!!!* ******************MAY MADNESS***************** Manual..!! Manual..!! Manual..!! Mazda 3 Maxx Sport Manual Hatch in the ever Popular Polar White....!!!!! Yes this vehicle is ready for the Learner Driver and it will pass any Test...... Be quick as it wont LAST...!!!!!! We are Located in Western Sydney. We are a family run business and have been serving the Sydney area for over 45 years. We pride ourselves in only re-selling the bes

$10,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
21 minutes ago

2019 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 13847 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2019 Mazda 3 BP Series G20 Evolve - Apple car play & Android auto - Bluetooth connectivity - USB port - HUD ( Head up display ) - Navigation - Reverse camera - Parking sensor - Climate control - Lane assist - Blind spot monitoring - Adaptive cruise control - Steering paddle shifters - Push button start - Folding mirrors - Full Service History - Alloy Wheels JUST 20 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT - HEAD NORTH TO THE END OF THE RING ROAD! Buy with confidence! Get in touch with us now! BRAND NEW N

$33,832Drive Away^
Bundoora, VIC

Dealer used
30 minutes ago

Mazda 3

  • 219570 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Mazda 3 SP25 2009 219km 6 speed manual Ice cold aircon Black leather interior (front seats are a bit wear and tear) Bluetooth Bose sound system Message for more details

$9,000
New Park, NSW

31 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5278 Neo SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 90823 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** INTERNET REDUCED SPECIAL PRICE ***5 STAR COVID SAFE DEALER**** Covid Safe Dealer, we have the upmost focus on providing a clean safe working environment for both our staff and valued customers, of all touch surfaces and best click and collect contactless sales process. Yet Another Quality Dealer Traded Vehicle , ALL our V comprehensive 120 point Safety Check , So Buy with confidence your next pre-owned vehicle from us , if you are looking for a cay and experience the differenc

$19,990
Penrith, NSW

Dealer used
31 minutes ago

2017 Mazda 3 BN5478 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 60404 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Full service history, low Kms. This dark blue 2017 Mazda 3 Touring Automatic is in excellent condition and has only travelled 60,404 Kms. Features include: - Sat Nav - Reverse camera - Digital radio - Blind spot sensors - Forward collision alert - Bluetooth - Cruise control - Cream leather seats - Keyless sta

$25,998.01Drive Away^
Salisbury, QLD

Dealer used
31 minutes ago

2011 Mazda 3 BL1072 SP20 SKYACTIV-Drive SKYACTIV Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 188000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2011 mazda 3 Neo Sedan 4 Cyl Petrol Auto Skyactiv-Drive 188000Kms Log Book Freezing Cold AC Tidy Car Comes with Qld Rego RWC Clear History PPRS and 12 Months Extended Warranty $11990 Drive away No More To Pay Easy Finance TAP

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Clontarf, QLD

Dealer used
33 minutes ago

2009 Mazda3 MPS Luxury (NOT RUNNING but still Registered)

  • 145272 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.3L

2009 Mazda3 MPS Luxury 6sp manual with all the trimmings (BOSE stereo, etc.), that has just suffered engine failure. We suspect a crank bearing, but it hasn't been professionally diagnosed. A secondhand replacement engine can be sourced for around $4K, or would suit someone with engine rebuilding skills who could get it back on the road cheaply. The car will come with silver wheels and badges (not the black ones shown) and will have the stock hood scoop in place of the carbon one pictured. Ther

$8,000
Forrestfield, WA

33 minutes ago

2009 Mazda 3 BK MY08 Maxx Sport Red 5 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 120849 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

DRIVE AWAY PRICE QUALITY CAR PRICED TO SELL INSPECTION RECOMMENDED TRADE INS WELCOME EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE TEST DRIVE TODAY!!!

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Newtown, VIC

Dealer used
36 minutes ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL10F1 Maxx Sport White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 142771 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

We are a GOLD COAST based Wholesaler selling direct to the public. If you are interested in this vehicle and want immediate information, you are welcome to call the dealer on their unique number. Talk to an Internet specialist consultant and they will answer your questions now and if not they will call you back asap. ***This car is Located on the GOLD COAST*** ***Virtual Tour Available*** ***We Want Your Trade, Top Prices Paid Guaranteed*** ***Same Day Loan Approvals T.A.P.*** ***24hr

$9,998
Molendinar, QLD

Dealer used
54 minutes ago

2013 Mazda 3 BL Series 2 MY13 Neo Grey 5 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 138352 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2013 Mazda 3 2.0L Automatic Excellent Condition! Low Mileage 138 352 km Full Service History! $14 900 Excl Gov Charges Finance Available Warranty options! 42 Buckingham Drive, Wangara, WA, 6065 MD28866

$14,900
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
56 minutes ago

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

  • 56127 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

*** 2017 Mazda 3 BN Series SP25 Hatchback 5dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.5i *** Located at the Gateway to the Mornington Peninsula purchase your next vehicle from somewhere you can trust as part of Australia?s largest motoring group. Enjoy your test drive overlooking beautiful bay views. Enquire now and ask to speak with one of our friendly staff members who can help to answer any further questions you have. Need Finance and Insurance? With an on-site business manager readily available to help you w

$26,990Drive Away^
Frankston, VIC

Dealer used
56 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5476 Maxx SKYACTIV-MT Red 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 26859 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

CHECK OUT THIS WONDERFUL MAZDA 3: - PERFECT FIRST CAR - FUEL EFFICIENT - DIGITAL SPEEDO - PHONE CONNECTIVITY - REVERSE CAMERA - NAVIGATION - ALLOY RIMS Jump the queue and make sure you don?t miss out, YOU CAN BUY THIS NOW-ONLINE! Only $500 deposit (Subject to you being happy with the condition of the vehicle and test drive of course!) COMPREHENSIVE WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE!! - Call to Request Video Link! With over 1,500 reviews, we currently enjoy a 4.8-star rating, our customers just lo

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Berwick, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2007 Mazda 3 BK MY06 Upgrade Maxx Sport Red 4 Speed Auto Activematic Sedan

  • 214643 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

MAZDA3 MAXX SPORT BK MY06 UPGRADE 2.0L AUTOMATIC *** LOG BOOKS *** 16" alloy wheels, tinted windows, body kit, spoiler, cruise control, power windows / mirrors / steering, air con, ABS brakes, central locking, 6 stack CD player, multi airbags, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, fog lights, engine immobilizer & much more. Looks & drives great, won't last long at this price, test drive today, open 7 days till late. EASTER SALE ON NOW!! WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK. * Australi

$7,750
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL 10 Upgrade SP25 Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 242634 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

MAZDA3 SP25 BL 10 UPGRADE 2.5L Manual sedan *** LOG BOOKS *** 17"alloy wheels, satellite navigation, tints, leather interior, climate control air con, cruise control, power windows / mirrors / steering, 6 stack CD player, central locking, electronic brake force distribution, ABS brakes, multi airbags, traction control, brake assist, engine immobilizer, dynamic stability control, trip computer, leather multi function steering wheel, body kit, rear spoiler, mobile phone connectivity, fog lig

$8,750
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN MY18 Touring Sonic Silver 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 29285 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

A lovely, one owner Mazda3 Touring hatchback with low kilometres and log books. Extremely clean and original and a delight to drive. Freight and finance available. Our stock and business are unaffected by the recent flooding. Jontom Car Sales. Lismore. www.jontom.com.au

$27,995
Lismore, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2011 Mazda 3 BL10F2 Neo Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 141723 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Lovely Mazda 3 Maxx Sedan, 1 Lady owner, good service history, Ideal 1st OFFERS THANKS **OVER THE PHONE FINANCE APPROVAL** We are located an easy 18 minute drive from the Westgate bridge. Our dealership is Melbourne's only current Mitsubishi Motors Distinguished Dealer which we have won 2016, 2017 and 2018! We are also part of the biggest dealer group in the western suburbs of Melbourne which allows us to give you the best prices on your trade in. We also specialise in interstate sales and we

$11,500Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport ! Serviced & Inspected ! Like New ! Full Options !

  • 190980 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This 2010 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport represents the perfect everyday sedan. It is ideal for many uses ensuring your satisfaction for whether it is a car for daily commuting, the family or even business use. With its sharp looks and great features it will not disappoint. Be sure that this Mazda is of the highest quality as it looks and drives like brand new and has been very well taken care of. We have also completed a full service and inspection at our onsite workshop ensuring that this Mazda has a l

$11,949
Lansvale, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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.