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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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Top2014 Mazda 3 BM Touring Brown 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 87884 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This Vehicle features: - With FEB 2025 Rego - Free full Australia wide dealer warranty included - Having only done 87,000km ( WOW ) - Service history, owners books but no spare key - Reverse camera - Navigation and Bluetooth - Airbags and ABS brakes - Central Locking & Engine Immobiliser - Power Steering, power windows & icy Air Con - PPSR (Revs) Report, which identifies any finance debt and major accident history from a previous owner - RMS Authorised Safety Inspection - After sal

$16,490 Excl. Gov. Charges
Leichhardt, NSW

Dealer used
11/06/2024

Top2021 Mazda 3 BP G25 GT Bronze 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 41200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Sporty GT model with LOW KMS! Previous mature lady owner, prestine condition, punchy 2.5ltr motor, logbook service history, Apple CarPLay/Android Auto, front and rear autonomous emergency braking and logbook service history. 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 3000 late-model

$31,998 Excl. Gov. Charges
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2024

Top2012 Mazda 3 BL10F2 Neo Activematic Brown 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 158637 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

** We Buy Your Car WA ** Why buying from us ? Several years in the industry, we prioritise our customers above all else. We Buy Your Car isn't just good, it's 5 - Star AMAZING! Google & Facebook with 500+ reviews, customers rave about our cars, service, and prices. Don't miss out! *** Dive into the world of style and performance with this 2012 Mazda 3 Neo Hatchback! Flaunting a chic brown exterior and a 5-door design, this BL Series 2 variant is more than just a pretty face. It's equipped wit

$8,999 Excl. Gov. Charges
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2024

Top2023 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 2150 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

MAZDA 3 G25 ASTINA AUTOMATIC SEDAN ? MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto ? 18-Inch Alloy Wheels ? Bose® premium audio ? Power slide and tilt glass sunroof ? 360° View Monitor ? Active Driving Display ? 10.25-inch widescreen colour display ? Keyless Entry ? Blind Spot Monitoring ? Lane-Keep Assist System ? Reverse Camera and Parking Sensors Front & Rear ? Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) ? Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS) All New Mazda 3, the perfect balance of space, style

$44,990 Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer demo
11/06/2024

Top2014 Mazda 3 BM5276 Neo SKYACTIV-MT Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 72400 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2014 MAZDA 3 NEO MANUAL HATCH * VERY RARE MANAUL * PRIVATE PREVIOUS OWNER * NEAT AND TIDY * BLUETOOTH PHONE AND AUDIO * ALLOY WHEELS Whether you're interested in the dynamic Mazda3, the versatile CX-5, or any other Mazda model, we have new, demo, and pre-owned vehicles to suit your needs. Mazda is a symbol of quality, innovation, and excellence. Our spacious location offers covers over 6,000 square meters. It's more than just a dealership; it's an immersive retail experience. Enjoy th

$15,999 Excl. Gov. Charges
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
11/06/2024

Top2018 Mazda 3 BN5278 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Sport Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 28441 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

We are Multi Award winning Toyota Dealership located just One kilometre outside of the Perth City. All our vehicles have undergone a comprehensive 110 point service and safety inspection. We offer a wide range of Finance and Insurance options to be structured to your individual requirements. We also offer Top Dollar for all trade ins. Please call one of our friendly staff who will attend to your enquiry and make a booking for a test drive, inspection, alternatively we can come to you

$23,888 Excl. Gov. Charges
Northbridge, WA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 38000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Introducing a true gem on the road, this 2018 Mazda 3 presents an exceptional opportunity for those who appreciate the engaging driving experience that only a manual transmission can offer. With a mere 38,000 kilometers on the odometer, this vehicle not only promises a wealth of journeys ahead but does so with a pedigree of reliability and style synonymous with the Mazda brand. The sleek exterior design is matched by a meticulously maintained interior, showcasing the vehicle's careful ownership

$23,888 Excl. Gov. Charges
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2023 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Pure Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 9630 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

As New ex Mazda demo wirh balance of new car warranty. Our quality pre-owned vehicles are carefully prepared for sale and presented in excellent condition. Each vehicle will have a 110 point vehicle inspection, to ensure our buyers are only buying vehicles free of major accident damage (PPSR available upon request) and in preparing our vehicles for their new owners we can demonstrate that our exacting standards have been attained. This not only gives our guests piece of mind regarding our qua

$30,990 Excl. Gov. Charges
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2023 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Pure Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 9245 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

As New ex Mazda demo wirh balance of new car warranty. Our quality pre-owned vehicles are carefully prepared for sale and presented in excellent condition. Each vehicle will have a 110 point vehicle inspection, to ensure our buyers are only buying vehicles free of major accident damage (PPSR available upon request) and in preparing our vehicles for their new owners we can demonstrate that our exacting standards have been attained. This not only gives our guests piece of mind regarding our qua

$30,990 Excl. Gov. Charges
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2024 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Pure Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

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

Experience the legacy of a family-owned dealership spanning over 70 years! Our location nestled in the breathtaking Riverland region is only 2.5hrs from Adelaide. Embark on a scenic journey to explore our extensive range of New and Pre-owned quality vehicles. At our dealership, we understand the value of customer care. That’s why we proudly offer transport and accommodation subsidies for our long-distance customers, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Worried about financing? Don’t be! We pr

$33,465 Drive Away^
Berri, SA

Dealer new
16 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5278 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Sport Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 28441 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

We are Multi Award winning Toyota Dealership located just One kilometre outside of the Perth City. All our vehicles have undergone a comprehensive 110 point service and safety inspection. We offer a wide range of Finance and Insurance options to be structured to your individual requirements. We also offer Top Dollar for all trade ins. Please call one of our friendly staff who will attend to your enquiry and make a booking for a test drive, inspection, alternatively we can come to you

$23,888 Excl. Gov. Charges
Northbridge, WA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2024 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Pure Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

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

MY 24 MAZDA 3 G20 PURE AUTOMATIC HATCH ? MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto ? 16-inch alloy wheels ? Active Driving Display ? Reverse Camera and Parking Sensors (rear) ? Blind Spot Monitoring ? Lane Departure Warning ? Lane-Keep Assist System All New Mazda 3, the perfect balance of space, style & safety with 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside Assistance We are the region’s highest rated dealer on with a 4.7/5 Star Rating Look at our review

$32,988 Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
23 hours ago

2023 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve SP Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 7 km
  • Other
  • Auto
  • 4

MAZDA 3 G25 EVOLVE SP SEDAN AUTOMATIC ? MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto ? Black 18-Inch Alloy Wheels ? Black grille and exterior mirrors ? Active Driving Display ? Dual-zone climate control with rear vents ? Keyless Entry ? Reverse Camera and Parking Sensors (rear) ? Blind Spot Monitoring ? Lane Departure Warning ? Lane-Keep Assist System All New Mazda 3, the perfect balance of space, style & safety with 5 Years Unlimited Km Factory Warranty & now 5 Years Premium Roadside

$38,688 Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer new
Yesterday

2023 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

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

2023 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$39,590 Drive Away^
Bundaberg West, QLD

Dealer demo
12/06/2024

2012 Mazda 3 BL10F2 Neo Activematic Brown 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 158637 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

** We Buy Your Car WA ** Why buying from us ? Several years in the industry, we prioritise our customers above all else. We Buy Your Car isn't just good, it's 5 - Star AMAZING! Google & Facebook with 500+ reviews, customers rave about our cars, service, and prices. Don't miss out! *** Dive into the world of style and performance with this 2012 Mazda 3 Neo Hatchback! Flaunting a chic brown exterior and a 5-door design, this BL Series 2 variant is more than just a pretty face. It's equipped wit

$8,999 Excl. Gov. Charges
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2024

2021 Mazda 3 BP G25 GT Bronze 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 41200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Sporty GT model with LOW KMS! Previous mature lady owner, prestine condition, punchy 2.5ltr motor, logbook service history, Apple CarPLay/Android Auto, front and rear autonomous emergency braking and logbook service history. 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 3000 late-model

$31,998 Excl. Gov. Charges
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
12/06/2024

2017 Mazda 3 BN5276 Maxx SKYACTIV-MT Brown 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 74563 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Here’s the scoop on the 2017 Mazda 3 Maxx SKYACTIV-MT in brown: Price: $17,990 (Excluding Government Charges) Odometer: 74,563 kms Engine: 2L, 4 Cylinders Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Fuel Type: Petrol Fuel Cost: Around $77 to fill up at $1.50/L Fuel Efficiency: Roughly 879 km per tank If you’re keen for a closer look or a test drive, just let us know! Cheers!

$17,990 Excl. Gov. Charges
Cardiff, NSW

Dealer used
12/06/2024

2023 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 2150 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

MAZDA 3 G25 ASTINA AUTOMATIC SEDAN ? MZD Connect with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto ? 18-Inch Alloy Wheels ? Bose® premium audio ? Power slide and tilt glass sunroof ? 360° View Monitor ? Active Driving Display ? 10.25-inch widescreen colour display ? Keyless Entry ? Blind Spot Monitoring ? Lane-Keep Assist System ? Reverse Camera and Parking Sensors Front & Rear ? Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) ? Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS) All New Mazda 3, the perfect balance of space, style

$44,990 Drive Away^
Arncliffe, NSW

Dealer demo
11/06/2024

2024 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

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

****Brand New**** Mazda 3 G20 Evolve Auto Hatch available for immediate delivery! Our EOFY Drive Away Event is on NOW, come in and save big $$$ in our Stock Clearance Sale! Talk to one of our friendly, professional staff today and find out just how much you can save on your dream new Mazda! Secure HUGE savings on Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, CX-3, CX-30, CX-5, CX-8, CX-60, CX-90 and all BT-50 stock models right now! Drive away in your dream Mazda today. All Stock must be cleared! New cars

$36,261 Drive Away^
Brighton, VIC

Dealer new
11/06/2024

2023 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

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

****IN STOCK NOW, READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY**** CALL US TO BOOK YOUR TEST DRIVE!!! WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR NEW MAZDA! We understand no one likes waiting contact us and we will help you find the right Mazda for you. We have a great range of New & Demo Mazda vehicles in stock ready for immediate delivery as well as new stock arriving soon. Just a short drive from the Brisbane CBD is the newest state of the art Mazda showroom in Queensland we

$35,705 Drive Away^
Capalaba, QLD

Dealer new
11/06/2024

2014 Mazda 3 BM5276 Neo SKYACTIV-MT Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 72400 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2014 MAZDA 3 NEO MANUAL HATCH * VERY RARE MANAUL * PRIVATE PREVIOUS OWNER * NEAT AND TIDY * BLUETOOTH PHONE AND AUDIO * ALLOY WHEELS Whether you're interested in the dynamic Mazda3, the versatile CX-5, or any other Mazda model, we have new, demo, and pre-owned vehicles to suit your needs. Mazda is a symbol of quality, innovation, and excellence. Our spacious location offers covers over 6,000 square meters. It's more than just a dealership; it's an immersive retail experience. Enjoy th

$15,999 Excl. Gov. Charges
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
11/06/2024

2014 Mazda 3 BM Maxx Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 104678 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Ideal first car option and kept in excellent condition this Mazda 3 is safe, reliable, and economical to run. Comes with 12 month warranty and has a 3yr capped price service to save money again. Visit Coral Coast Ford today and save

$14,987 Excl. Gov. Charges
Bundaberg Central, QLD

Dealer used
11/06/2024

2014 Mazda 3 BM Touring Brown 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 87884 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This Vehicle features: - With FEB 2025 Rego - Free full Australia wide dealer warranty included - Having only done 87,000km ( WOW ) - Service history, owners books but no spare key - Reverse camera - Navigation and Bluetooth - Airbags and ABS brakes - Central Locking & Engine Immobiliser - Power Steering, power windows & icy Air Con - PPSR (Revs) Report, which identifies any finance debt and major accident history from a previous owner - RMS Authorised Safety Inspection - After sal

$16,490 Excl. Gov. Charges
Leichhardt, NSW

Dealer used
11/06/2024

2014 MAZDA MAZDA3 NEO 6 SP MANUAL 4D SEDAN

  • 330000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

In used condition. Not aware of any issues. Serious buyers only. Please note, the license plate in the images has now changed.

$7,500Negotiable
Belmont, WA

10/06/2024

2009 MAZDA MAZDA3 MAXX SPORT 5 SP AUTOMATIC 4D SEDAN 2 Rego sept 2024

  • 176000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2009 Mazda 3 great for a first car. Car is in great condition. Rego is in September 2024 and has had regular car services every 6 months. comes with 2 keys It has cruise control, front & rear power windows, air conditioning, 16" alloy wheels, front cup holders and a rear spoiler. Pick up from Reservoir 3073 Bluetooth doesn't work The dashboard has a sticky film caused by sun damage Front wheels have some gutter rash Look at photos for 2 scratches.

$7,999
Reservoir, VIC

08/06/2024

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.