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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 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Bronze 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 49469 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*FIXED PRICE* TOP OF THE RANGE! This MAZDA 3 looks STUNNING in the TITANIUM FLASH with the BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR and ALLOY WHEELS! Packed with all the features you would expect from a TOP OF THE RANGE HATCH! LEATHER, SUNROOF, SAT NAV, HEATED SEATS, KEYLESS ENTRY, BLUETOOTH, KEYLESS START, REVERSE SENSORS, INFOTAINMENT SCREEN and MUCH MORE! ENQUIRE NOW to secure this 2014 MAZDA 3 SP25 ASTINA HATCH AUTO at the PRE-NEGOTIATED INTERNET SPECIAL PRICE (Discounts already been applied) All of our PRE-

$22,980
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2015 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 116362 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The Mazda3 SP25GT comes standard with Bluetooth, Push button start, Keyless entry, Dual zone climate control, Cruise control, Reverse camera, Plus more.. Rest assured when purchasing a Used vehicle. All our cars are inspected by our qualified technicians and undergo a road test, a mechanical inspection & service then a Queensland roadworthy before making it onto our yard. Need finance? We have onsite business managers ready to assist and mak

$20,990Drive Away^
Hillcrest, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

Top2006 Mazda 3 BK10F1 Neo Blue 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 166031 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2006 Mazda 3 BK10F1 Neo Blue 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

$9,990Drive Away^
Mount Gravatt, QLD

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2012 Mazda 3 BL10F2 Neo Activematic Red 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 136234 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Looking for a first car then luck no further this Mazda 3 is perfect with super low running costs. 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.

$13,888
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
14 hours ago

Top2020 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 9550 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2020 Mazda 3 BP2SLA G25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$36,990Drive Away^
Mount Gravatt, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

Top2020 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 16200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2020 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$28,990
Palmyra, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2017 Mazda 3 BN MY17 SP25 Grey 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 52622 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located less than 15min south of the Bris. CBD. And 20 min from the Bris. Airport. This 2017 MAZDA 3 SP25 HATCHBACK is a 2.5 Litre 4cyl with a 6 Speed Automatic and has travelled 52,000kms. This 3 is finished in Machine Grey with Black Cloth Interior and features: + 19 Inch Wheels + Sat Nav + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Keyless Start + Cruise Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Much More. All the major players in the small-car segment can be counted on one hand

$24,800
Mansfield, QLD

Dealer used
3 minutes ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5478 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 60900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 Mazda 3 BN5478 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

$23,990Drive Away^
Noosaville, QLD

Dealer used
8 minutes ago

Mazda 3 Neo sport hatch 2008 manual

  • 155000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Grey 2008 Mazda 3, 5 door hatch, 5sp manual, petrol. In excellent condition inside and out. Well looked after with full service history and roadworthy cert. Rego until April 2022.

Contactless
$6,000
Mosman, NSW

13 minutes ago

2006 Mazda 3 BK SP23 Grey 4 Speed Auto Activematic Sedan

  • 332686 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

4 Cylinder Auto Central Locking 17 Inch Alloys Power Steering AC CD Player Airbags Electrics 332686kms Includes RWC, Reg & On Roads *DELIVERY OPTIONS AVAILABLE*

$5,999Drive Away^
North Geelong, VIC

Dealer used
13 minutes ago

2019 Mazda Mazda3 G20 Pure 6 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 47000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling due to moving overseas Great car haven’t had it for long Full service history and looked after

$25,000Negotiable
North Wollongong, NSW

15 minutes ago

2019 Mazda 3 BP2H7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Touring White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 59982 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda Factory Warranty and road side assistance until 12/12/2024. Vision Pack, Automatic, Hatch, One owner, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We ar

$27,888
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 37257 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$23,688
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2012 Mazda 3 BL10L2 MY13 SP25 Activematic Silver 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 69516 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$18,990
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2019 Mazda 3 BP2S7A G20 SKYACTIV-Drive Evolve Sonic Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 19163 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mazda factory Warranty and roadside assistance until 29/07/2024. Automatic, Sedan, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-sho

$27,990
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5478 Neo SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 27089 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$20,990
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Jet Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 96473 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$22,490
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 60061 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$25,888
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2016 Mazda 3 BN5478 Touring SKYACTIV-Drive Soul Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 9326 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$25,990
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

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

  • 90516 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

15 Month Dealership Warranty* conditions apply Automatic, Hatch, Low kms, Service history. All our vehicles have passed our 120 point safety inspection and serviced prior to sale. Located 5 minutes from Sydney CBD, our family owned business has been serving Sydney and the Inner West for over 46 Years. With over 300 new, demonstrator and used vehicles in stock, our highly experienced Finance and Insurance specialists can tailor a finance package for you. We are a one-stop-shop for your Mazda p

$17,990
Stanmore, NSW

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2009 Mazda 3 BL Maxx Sport Red 5 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 166900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Please note: This is an auction item and the advertised price is the reserve price. This item must go to auction. https://www.auctions247.com.au/getcataloguedetail.aspx?sitekey=ATF&MTA=2236 Please contact us if you have any questions relating to registration, bidding or buying. Auctions247 are the online auction experts: cars, trucks & machines, general goods and more. To view all our stock visit https://www.auctions247.com.au . Trade ins accepted. Finance onsite (low doc available). Auctions

$6,500
Mowbray, TAS

Dealer used
23 minutes ago

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

  • 169339 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

We are a husband and wife business located just up the road from the coolangatta airport on the gold coast. You will find our style caring and understanding to your individual requirements. You will also find our cars loved and cared for but keen for a forever home. Pop in and enjoy a whole new buying experience for used cars.

$9,990
Tugun, QLD

Dealer used
38 minutes ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5436 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT Black 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 66273 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

*** FREE 1 YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY WITH ALL CLICK AND DELIVER OPTIONS SELECTED- THAT’S OVER $800 IN VALUE FOR FREE*** We are here to assist with your vehicle purchase during the current lockdown! Please ask us about our click and delivery option. 25% OFF RRP ON ALL OTHER EXTENDED WARRANTIES THIS MONTH ONLY!! Key Features - Full-service history Reverse Camera GPS navigation We are Australia's largest Fin-tech car dealership, with 3 large sites across the east coast of Australia. We sell well

$25,490
Auburn, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2005 Mazda 3 BK Neo Grey 4 Speed Auto Activematic Hatchback

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2005 Mazda 3 BK Neo Grey 4 Speed Auto Activematic Hatchback

$5,999Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2007 Mazda 3 BK10F2 Neo Purple 4 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 171552 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This Mazda 3 neo is the perfect small car for a learner or someone looking to downsize into a smaller daily car. If you think this is the car for you, come see us today or give our friendly team a call to arrange a test drive. We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer; stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia. We have a variety of competitive finance and warranty options available and have an after sales team that provides service second-to-none.

$7,990
Launceston, TAS

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2007 Mazda 3 BK10F2 Neo White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 220785 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Feel safe in the knowledge that this car has been safety and mechanically checked by Tasmania`s largest and oldest dealership network, operating for over 100 years. We can help with tailored and competitive finance packages, free on-site trade in valuations, top dollar on trade ins, offer a huge range of cars available for immediate delivery and If you can`t come to us we`ll come to you. We can even help arrange freight for interstate buyers!

$8,995
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 Mazda 3 NEO

  • 90999 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2011 Mazda 3 auto sedan good condition Drive away included Rego roadworthy warranty long rego RWC ready to go Neat and tidy car inside and out Interior is in good condition Trading available well come ✅Registration till 22/06/2022 ✅RWC included 🕹Auto 91000 km ✍️1 -3 year warranty on engine ,transmission,clutch cooling system , brakes system is available ✍️1 year road side assist free Car features listed below Central locking ,Power steering ,CD player , air con, n more ⛽

Contactless
$13,800Drive Away^
Dandenong, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 mazda 3 turbo diesel mzr hatch manual

  • 154000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

selling our great mazda 3 manual 6 speed hatch has a zippy 2.2 lt turbo diesel motor with great fuel economy very cold air con as new condition inside out 11 months rego recent service synthetic oil new timing chain kit only 150 km located Coffs Hbr only near offer considered

$8,880
Boambee East, NSW

3 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT Red 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 63209 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

# OPEN 7 DAYS # WE OFFER CONTACTLESS PURCHASING # As part of our unique service we provide FULL VIRTUAL VIDEO PRESENTATIONS # SAME-DAY FINANCE APPROVALS AVAILABLE # WE CAN TRADE-IN ALL MAKES & MODELS # DELIVERY AUSTRALIA-WIDE available # You could earn $150 with our unique REFERRAL PROGRAM for family & friends

$18,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2011 Mazda 3

  • 103000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

One own. Full log book serviced. Has Bluetooth hands free phone added. In vice condition b

$10,500
Bunbury, WA

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.