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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 BN Series Maxx Hatchback 5dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.0i Silver Metallic Sports Automatic

  • 73505 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This eye-catching 2017 Mazda 3 Maxx Hatchback represents excellent value and is the perfect first car. ** FEATURES ** Automatic Stop/Start Aux/USB Input Socket Bluetooth Connectivity Central Locking Remote Control Electric Power Steering Incontrol Apps Leather Steering Wheel Multi Function Control Screen Multi Function Steering Wheel Reversing Camera Satellite Navigation Sound System with 6 Speakers Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls ** Dealer Charges Apply. ** We offer competitive finan

$20,950
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
15 hours ago

Top2011 Mazda 3 BL10F1 MY10 Maxx Sport Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 94301 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

UNBEATABLE VALUE - HAGGLE FREE FIXED PRICING - NO OFFERS PLEASE Just arrived and ready for its new owner is this stunning 2011 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport sedan. Finished in Grey over Black interior this vehicle is well equipped for its next adventure with the following inclusions; - 2 litre 4cyl petrol engine - 6 speed manual transmission - Great fuel economy and performance - Reverse camera - Bluetooth phone and audio - Navigation - Climate control - Cruise control We make buying cars easy! Our deale

$11,988
Eagle Farm, QLD

Dealer used
19/10/2021

Top2014 Mazda 3 BM5478 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 108771 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

UNBEATABLE VALUE - HAGGLE FREE FIXED PRICING - NO OFFERS PLEASE Just arrived and ready for its new owner is this stunning 2014 Mazda 3 Maxx auto hatch. Finished in Bronze over Black interior this vehicle is well equipped for its next adventure with the following inclusions; - 2 litre 4cyl petrol engine - 6 speed auto transmission - Superb fuel economy and performance - Reverse camera - Bluetooth phone and audio - Climate control - Cruise control - Mazda Connect colour display - Mazda rear wind

$16,888
Eagle Farm, QLD

Dealer used
22/10/2021

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

  • 21932 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Compact sports hatch with the powerful 2.0 litre engine, six speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, sat nav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, push button start, alloy wheels, front and rear sensors plus reverse camera. Low 22000 kms, full service history and new car warranty til 2023. Superb condition.

$24,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
22/10/2021

Top2020 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Touring Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 11413 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** FINANCE AVAILABLE ** PRICED TO SELL!! ** BALANCE of 5 YEAR/UNLIMITED KM WARRANTY ** ** ONE OWNER with LOW KM'S ** SATELLITE NAVIGATION ** REVERSE CAMERA ** LEATHER ** ** FORWARD & REVERSE COLLISION MITIGATION ** LANE KEEPING with ACTIVE ASSIST ** ** BLIND SPOT MONITORING ** REAR CROSS TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ** ** COLOUR TOUCH SCREEN ** ANDROID AUTO & APPLE CAR PLAY ** - Push Button Stop/Start - Electric Handbrake - Dual Zone Climate Control - Automatic Headlights

$32,888Drive Away^
Preston, VIC

Dealer used
22/10/2021

Top2009 Mazda 3 BL10F1 Maxx Red 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 132950 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

***** Come and see us today for a great deal**** ***WE WHOLESALE TO THE PUBLIC !!!*** ***WE ARE LOCATED IN BRISBANE*** ***PRICES START FROM $1 000 TO $20 000*** This Red 2009 Mazda 3 Sedan Looks and Drives Beautifully with Just 132 000 LOW KMs. It has Log Books with Service History from New. Features the Extremely Powerful yet Economical 2.0 Litre Motor 6speed Manual Transmission FULL Soft Black Cloth interior Cold Air Conditioning Power Steering Alloy Wheels Power Windows and

$6,480
Moorooka, QLD

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2013 Mazda 3 BM5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 51095 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2013 Mazda 3 BM5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT Bronze 6 Speed Manual Sedan

$19,990Drive Away^
Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
4 minutes ago

2010 Mazda 3 SP25 Silver, Auto, Leather Trim, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, Air Con, Power Steer

  • 192673 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Make an appointment now to see this 2010 Mazda 3 SP25 BL Series 1 Manual MY10 Grey with Luxury Pack and Electric Sunroof. Auto * Leather Trim * Sunroof * Alloy Wheels * Air Conditioning * Power Steering * RWC This Mazda 3 SP25 is a little beauty and a real treat to drive. Super clean and tidy inside and out and with plenty of zip to get around town in. Slide into the leather seats, open up the sunroof and hit the open roads with the wind flowing through your hair! This car would be perfec

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Mansfield, QLD

Dealer used
48 minutes ago

2011 Mazda 3 BL10F1 MY10 Neo White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 201309 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Rego 16/08/21 2 x keys Good services As of Friday the 22/10/2021 we will be able to welcoming customers back onto the yard. After speaking to VACC they have instructed us that we can have customer view vehicles on the premises and that we are not permitted have customers enter the buildings , we are still operating as per usual with all mechanics open to prepare sold vehicle, all sold cars are transferred instantly online with no delays. We are practising a safe working environment with soc

$6,499Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL10C1 MY10 MZR-CD Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 248689 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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,spare tyre,traction control. As of Friday the 22/10/2021 we will be able to welcoming customers back onto the yard. After speaking to VACC they have instructed us that we can have customer view vehicles on the premises and that we are not permitted have customers enter the buildings , we are still operating as per usual with al

$5,999Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2017 Mazda 3 BN5478 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 93982 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

sat nav, reverse camera, alloy wheels, cruis control, bluetooth,

$22,990Drive Away^
Ebbw Vale, QLD

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2019 Mazda 3 G25 EVOLVE

  • 11300 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2019 Mazda 3 G25 Evolve Auto Hatchback 2.5L 4cyl One owner Soul Red Nearly new and excellent condition! Full Service History Smart Device Integration- Apple & Android Car Play Collision Mitigation Crash Avoidance With Breaking Lane Keeping Assist Reverse Camera Climate Control LED Daytime Running Lamps Tyre Pressure Monitoring 18'' Alloy wheels Prestige Car Showroom: 38 Richland Ave Coopers plains Japanese Car Showroom: 3/347 Bradman Street Acacia Ridge. Opening hours Mon-Sat 10am-

$29,000
Acacia Ridge, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL10F1 MY10 Neo White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 159500 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2010 MAZDA 3, Sporty 6 Speed Manual, just serviced and 2 new front tyres, lady owner, excellent condition. $8990 Sale Price. WE NOW HAVE DIRECT MESSENGER CONTACT VIA FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE SO FIND THIS CAR THERE AND GET IN CONTACT WITH US NOW! We are a Vehicle Service Centre also, we offer professional detailing, general mechanical repairs and a great range of 1 Owner and Low Km vehicles so come on in for a test drive! Crystal Car Care and Sales. 664 Marion Road, Park Holme, Phone 08 ****9413

$8,990
Park Holme, SA

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN MY18 Maxx Sport Blue 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 6758 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Sold new in Lismore to a local lady. Only 3,700km on the clock! This vehicle has never left town and the rear seat has never been used! Jontom Car Sales. Lismore. www.jontom.com.au

$25,995
Lismore, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

MAZDA 3 MAXX SPORT ,, NAVIGATION & 6 SPEED 2009 • 4 cylinder 2.0 litre • RWC & BLUETOOTH

  • 238000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 3 MAXX SPORT ,, NAVIGATION & 6 SPEED 2009 • 4 cylinder 2.0 litre • RWC & BLUETOOTH MAZDA 3 Maxx sport 2009 model 6 SPEED •••NAVIGATION •••COMES WITH CURRENT ROADWORTHY CERTIFICATE •••BLUETOOTH •••COMES WITH THE FULL SERVICE HISTORY BOOKS SINCE WAS NEW •••AUX AND USB •••TINTED WINDOWS •••FOG LIGHTS •••MAG WHEELS & GOOD TYRES & GOOD BRAKES @got 2 remote central locking @Cruise control @ 6 Airbags @238,000 km done @Airbags already checked @4 cylinder car 2.0 litre car very good on fuel

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$5,999
Dandenong, VIC

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2009 Mazda 3 SP25 - Auto - Sat Nav - Warranty - Leather - Driveaway

  • 181690 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** 2009! ** Mazda 3!** SPORTS ** 15 MONTHS WARRANTY! ** GPS (SAT NAV)! ** BLUETOOTH! ** ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE! ** REGO! ** DRIVES A1! ** LOOKS TERRIFIC! ** 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! ** 2009 Mazda 3 SP25 - Auto - Sat Nav - Warranty - Leather - Driveaway The car been in WOWR and the inspection has been passed on WOVR (QLD). The Fina

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Birkdale, QLD

Dealer used
7 hours ago

MAZDA 3 SP23 2004 •••137,000 KM & RWC & REGO••• 4 cylinder 2.3 Litre MAZDA 3 SP23 2004 mode

  • 137000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MAZDA 3 SP23 2004 •••137,000 KM & RWC & REGO••• 4 cylinder 2.3 Litre MAZDA 3 SP23 2004 model including current roadworthy and registration @137,000 KM DONE ONLY AND RUNS PERFECTLY FINE @Mag wheels @Fog lights @Service history @Manual transmission @X2 got remote central locking & X2 Keys & immobiliser @4 cylinder car 2.3 litre car very good on fuel @tinted windows @power windows & electrical mirrors @very cold aircon & hot air heater @Got 8 airbags @ABS brakes @brake assist system (BAS) @mp3

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$5,999
Dandenong, VIC

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2009 Mazda 3 BL10L1 SP25 Activematic Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 156500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Well maintained Mazda 3 Ready for its new home comes packed with features including Sun Roof, Alloy wheels, Multifunction steering wheel, Leather seats, Dual zone climate control, Bose sound, Cruise control and Plenty more.. Just service by our team of Experienced techs!!! Get in quick this one will not last at this price!!! Come in now for a hassle free test drive from our friendly staff! We carry out a Full 130 point mechanical inspection and safety check, we also complete a service! Looki

$11,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2007 MAZDA 3 NEO 2.0LTR 4-CYL AUTOMATIC SEDAN ( LOVELY VEHICLE PERFECT FIRST CAR )

  • 212611 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2007 MAZDA 3 NEO 2.0LTR 4-CYL AUTOMATIC SEDAN ( LOVELY VEHICLE PERFECT FIRST CAR! ) DON'T MISS THIS ONE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITION LOWER THAN AVERAGE KILOMETRES FOR IT'S AGE POWER AND PERFORMANCE IS DELIVERED VIA THE WELL PROVEN 2.0LTR 4-CYLINDER MULTI-POINT FUEL INJECTED MOTOR THIS IS PERFECTLY MATCHED UP WITH THE SMOOTH 4 SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR COMFORTABLE EASY DRIVING PLUS TO COMPLIMENT THIS POPULAR MODEL IS THE FOLLOWING STANDARD FEATURES AS FOLLOW; Dual Front Airbags Package

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$6,999
Bayswater, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5478 Maxx SKYACTIV-Drive Sport Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 60297 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

You can be driving away in your new car sooner than you ever thought possible with finance options to suit your needs. Have a Trade in? Great, we are always looking for quality used cars, simply let us know and we can put a great deal together for you. We have ACCESS TO OVER 800 USED CARS LOCALLY giving you an enormous stock selection. If we do not have what you want we can arrange to find the perfect vehicle for you.

$24,987
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

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

  • 67328 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

******* MASSIVE RENOVATION SALE ******* JUST ARRIVED >>>> 2017 Mazda 3 BN Series SP25 Hatchback 5dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.5i ONE LADY OWNER / FULL service history 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!/kr

$20,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2005 Mazda 3 BK10F1 Neo Silver 4 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 210009 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

30/09/2021 REGO, DRIVES WELL, BODY KIT AND GOOD SERVICE HISTORY. As of Friday the 22/10/2021 we will be able to welcoming customers back onto the yard. After speaking to VACC they have instructed us that we can have customer view vehicles on the premises and that we are not permitted have customers enter the buildings , we are still operating as per usual with all mechanics open to prepare sold vehicle, all sold cars are transferred instantly online with no delays. We are practising a safe wor

$5,499Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2013 Mazda 3 BL10L2 MY13 SP25 Activematic White 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 136390 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

LUXURY PACK...!!!!! Top of the Range Mazda SP25 auto Luxury Pack Hatch in the Stunning Satin White Pearl....!!!! Yes this vehicle has the Leather Seats, Sunroof and Bose Sound System....!!!! Great value for money...!!!! Don't Wait CALL NOW...!!!!! 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 best quality second hand cars. Every one of our cars come with a valid Pink slip / PPSR

$16,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2012 Mazda 3 BL Series 2 MY13 Neo Grey 5 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 81306 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Yes thats correct ! Only 83000ks on this Automatic Mazda 3 ! It comes w ith Alloy wheels, Cruise control, Power windows and more ! We are PERTH S LARGEST HOLDEN GMSV ISUZU UTE SUZUKI and CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP with o ver 500 Vehicles in stock all undercover with " THE BIG ROOF " so we wi ll always have a vehicle in stock that suits your needs. Quick and Easy same day Finance to approved customers.

$13,998
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2019 MAZDA 3 G20 PURE VISION ONLY 10,000 KM 6 MONTH REGO RWC WARRANTY

  • 10000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Zoom Zoom, Beautiful 2019 Mazda 3 G20 Pure vision, BP, only 10,000 km, 6 speed sport Automatic, 2.0 L Skyactiv-G Engine, 5 seat sedan,Great fuel economy 6.1/100 km(combined),very comfortable drive. come with Great feature. *Radar active cruise control. *Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. *Satellite navigation. *Reverse camera, Rear parking sensors. *16-inch alloy wheels. *big boot space. *Electric parking brake, Auto Hold. *8.8-inch screen, rotary control. *Push-button engine start. *Rain-sensing w

$21,999Drive Away^
Hillcrest, QLD

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM MY15 Maxx 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 39982 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Inspection by Appointment Preferred Features include: ONE OWNER LOW KMS --automatic/sportshift --air con --power steering/windows/mirrors --airbags --cruise control --reverse camera --satellite navigation --remote central locking --rear sensors --abs brakes --mp3 cd player --bluetooth --low kms --fog lights --push button start --tinted windows --alloy wheels --service books Comes with registration until June 2022, RWC and 12 months extended warranty covered

$20,880
Preston, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM SP25 Silver 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 82893 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Here's a very clean and tidy SP25 with like new tyres and very good service history. It comes with features like: 18 inch clean alloys, 6 speaker stereo with MP3/CD/Cassette, ABS, Tilt and Reach steering column, A/C Climate control 2 zone, USB/IPOD/AUX inputs, Bluetooth, Camera rear vision, Cruise control, Start/Stop function when at idle, GPS, In-car voice system, Multi-function steering wheel, Memory card reader, Rain sensor wipers, Starter button and much m ore. Book a test drive today

$18,590
Brookvale, NSW

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 BL10F1 MY10 Neo Activematic Blue 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 219716 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Comprehensive warranty options and competitive on site finance available to approved purchasers. Due to our high turnover we can pay top dollar for quality used vehicles and trade ins. We are a family owned business located 20km north of Perth and stock over 80 quality used vehicles.

$7,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 83053 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

easyauyo123 - Only 20 minutes from Sydney CBD in the heart of Sydney's Hills district, 5 minutes off the M7 and M2 motorways and only 10 minutes walk to the Castle Hill metro station. Easily accessible from all areas of Sydney, plenty of off street parking. Come and see hundreds of Cars on display! Open until 8pm on weeknights Can't make it in? One of our friendly team can even give you a tour of any car on site via video call, it's that easy! Looking to sell your car? Looking for competiti

$17,987
Castle Hill, NSW

Dealer used
10 hours ago

2016 Mazda 3 BM5478 Neo SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 90908 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

MAIN DEALER FOR ABSOLUTE PEACE OF MIND! This Stunning red Mazda 3 is Sure to please with Head Turning Looks and is just Superb to Drive! This Beauty Comes in the Beautiful Metallic Red Paintwork, Alloys Wheels, Rear Sensors, Cruise Control, Multi function steering wheel, Bluetooth with media streaming voice control, Push button start/stop and lots more! For sale at a VW, GMSV and Holden Main Dealer for absolute peace of mind! Finance options and lenders available on site for quick and easy app

$18,988
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
10 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.