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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 BM5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 99554 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

*** MAZDA 3 SP25 GT SEDAN *** 2.5lt ENGINE *** 6 SPEED AUTO *** PERFECT MAZDA SERVICE HISTORY *** Just arrived in stock and now available for sale - this very well presented and perfectly maintained 2014 MAZDA 3 SP25 GT SEDAN comes with a powerful 2.5lt petrol engine, 6 speed SKYACTIV-Drive AUTO transmission with Paddle Shift and just 99,000 klms on the clock. Previous owner has provided all the service log books and operating instructions. Standard with Factory Leather Trim with heate

$19,950
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Top2014 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
22/05/2022

Top2017 Mazda 3 BN5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 48336 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

SP25 ASTINA SPORTS HATCH - 5 SERVICES IN ONLY 48,000 KLMS - PREMIUM CRYSTAL DUCO - BN SERIES SAFETY UPGRADE - POWERFUL 2.5L WITH EASY AUTO! This top of the range Mazda 3 SP25 ASTINA is simply stunning in Pemium Crystal Soul Red metallic duco with big 18 inch GT sports alloy wheels, rear hatch spoiler, LED lighting, front sports fog lights, bold chrome highlights, dark window tint and sporty ASTINA styling. Every drive is an absolute pleasure with the ASTINA offering massive wow factor! The high

$30,999Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
23/05/2022

Top2016 Mazda 3 BN5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 46011 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

2016 MAZDA 3 BM SERIES SP25 HATCHBACK 5 DOOR SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6SP AUTO 2.5 LITRE PETROL ENGINE . 1 Private Owner from new with logbooks and full service history to confirm its low kms ! FEATURES: -2.5 litre engine -6 speed Auto Transmission -Bluetooth -Multi-function control screen -CD player -Park Distance -Rear -Rear Camera -Keyless start -GPS and lots more !!!!! Our onsite Business Managers can offer you a wide range of vehicle financing options; You'll have the peace of mind of deali

$23,990
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
22/05/2022

TopLOW KM MAZDA 3 SP25

  • 86300 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

**2014 MAZDA3 SP25** Low kms Automatic Rego Road worthy 2 Keys Service history Features include: ✅Reverse camera ✅ Cruise control ✅ Climate control ✅ GPS ✅ Bluetooth ✅Sports paddle shifters A beautiful looking SP25 that drives great! The perfect hatch for a small family or even a first or spare car. For more info or to arrange a test drive please don’t hesitate to contact me. Located: Ripley

$19,990
Ripley, QLD

19/05/2022

Top2016 Mazda 3 BM5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Astina Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 74345 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Economic, confidence inspiring, function and capability this 2016 Mazda 3 SP25 is just that!! With comprehensive safety equipment including dual front airbags, auto headlights, active cruise control, lane change warning, reversing camera, side impact beam and lane departure warning this Mazda 3 is the best way to protect you and your wallet! Boasting dual zone climate, heated front seats, 18-inch alloys, 9 speaker stereos, navigation, sunroof and so much more. This Mazda there is the best way t

$26,980Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

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

  • 80893 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

JUST 10 MINUTES FROM THE CBD AND OVER 250 QUALITY USED CARS JUST ARRIVED 2015 Mazda 3 BM Series SP25 Astina Sedan 4dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.5i [Jan] FULL SERVICE HISTORY 2 KEYS LEATHER SUNROOF 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!/PL

$23,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT Astina Black 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 28825 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Very rare 6 speed manual ! Top of the range Astina with leather trim, sunroof, satellite navigation, Radar cruise control, 9 speaker BOSE sound, just had its 30,000kms service and travelled only 28,000kms. Very rare 6 speed manual ! Top of the range Astina with leather trim, sunroof, satellite navigation, Radar cruise control, 9 speaker BOSE sound, just had its 30,000kms service and travelled only 28,000kms.

$28,988
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
4 hours ago

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

  • 170713 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

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

$8,499
Kenwick, WA

Dealer new
4 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 82000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

THIS 2018 MAZDA 3 SP25 GT ALSO INCLUDES: - Full Genuine Mazda Service History All Completed on Time Regardless of Km’s - 2 Genuine Keys - Matte Grey Vinyl Wrap - Keyless Entry with Push Button Start - Built in Navigation - Bluetooth Audio and Calls - Cruise Control - Electric Leather Seats - Reverse Camera with Rear Sensors + Plenty More We also offer in house competitive finance approvals within 48 hours of application. Access to over 20 different lenders to provide the most competiti

$27,990Drive Away^
Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dealer used
5 hours ago

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

  • 85823 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

We are a multi-franchise dealer with Kia, Peugeot, LDV, SSang Yong and a wide range of pre-owned vehicles in stock ready to choose from. We offer on-site servicing with free loan-cars available. In-house finance is easily accessed from a number of major lenders. We are able to cater for long distance or interstate buyers with options available to transport the vehicle to your nearest depot, or home address. Whether it's a Private vehicle, Company car, 4x4, SUV, Convertible, Van, Wagon, Ute or H

$27,990Drive Away^
Wendouree, VIC

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2013 Mazda 3 BM5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 176160 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Reverse Camera Bose Sound System Leather seats Active driving display Blue tooth Welcome to the home of the Sunshine Coast's Best Used Cars! We've been helping Sunny Coaster's Drive Away Happy for over 25 years, here's a few reasons why: - 24 Hour Test Drives: And we can even bring the car to you - Peace of Mind Motoring: With a complimentary 6 year/200,000km warranty on all used cars* - Top Dollar Trade Prices: Because we want your car and we will price it! - Fast Finance Approvals: And o

$16,990Drive Away^
Maroochydore, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2016 Mazda 3 BM5236 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT Silver 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 91064 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

*** YOU WILL NEED TO BE QUICK - ACT NOW WHILE STOCK LASTS *** *** AUSTRALIA WIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE *** *** Please enquire about your personalised interest rate *** 2016 Mazda 3, Manual, Registered until 15/03/2022!!! 18" Alloy Wheels, Tyres in Good Condition, Aux Input USB Socket, Bluetooth System, Cruise Control, GPS (Satellite Navigation), Rain Sensor (Auto wipers), Starter Button. Great Reliable Vehicle, Enquire Today. This Wont Last!! ABOUT US - We can tailor a Finance Package to s

$16,290Drive Away^
Mackay, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2017 Mazda 3 BN5436 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT Grey 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 84969 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

JUST ARRIVED STUNNIING HATCH PICTURES ARE ON THE WAY Buy with confidence and comfort from our boutique Showroom located on the mezzanine level of our flagship Land Rover & Jaguar Dealership. Trade-ins are encouraged and Competitive Finance Packages are available on site.

$25,888
Concord, NSW

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM SP25 Red 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 61949 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Facebook Special was $23,990 now $21,990 Payments From $90 per week*, Applying is Easy https://moneymartdirect.com.au/apply-now/ 2015 Mazda 3 SP25, 61,949 Kms, Automatic, Dual Front Airbags, ABS, 18" Alloy Wheels, Rain Sensing Wipers, Dusk Sensing Headlights, Reversing Camera, Keyless Entry and Drive, Automatic Stop/Start, Air Conditioning, Central Locking, CD/Radio ? WE FINANCE YOUR FUTURE NOT YOUR PAST ! FAST APPROVALS FOR..... ? GOOD CREDIT ? BAD CREDIT ? UNPAID DEFAULTS ? CASUAL EM

$21,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
7 hours ago

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

  • 99554 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

*** MAZDA 3 SP25 GT SEDAN *** 2.5lt ENGINE *** 6 SPEED AUTO *** PERFECT MAZDA SERVICE HISTORY *** Just arrived in stock and now available for sale - this very well presented and perfectly maintained 2014 MAZDA 3 SP25 GT SEDAN comes with a powerful 2.5lt petrol engine, 6 speed SKYACTIV-Drive AUTO transmission with Paddle Shift and just 99,000 klms on the clock. Previous owner has provided all the service log books and operating instructions. Standard with Factory Leather Trim with heate

$19,950
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2016 Mazda 3 BM5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 86313 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

JUST 10 MINUTES FROM THE CBD AND OVER 250 QUALITY USED CARS JUST ARRIVED >>>> 2016 Mazda 3 BM Series SP25 GT Hatchback 5dr SKYACTIV-Drive 6sp 2.5i 1 OWNER / 2 KEYS / 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

$22,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

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

  • 74031 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

ONE OWNER FROM NEW FULL SERVICE HISTORY LOG BOOKS AND 2 KEYS OVER 200 HUNDRED CARS TO CHOOSE FROM ONLY 10 MINUTES FROM PERTH CBD TC

$24,998
Morley, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2016 Mazda 3 BN5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 91220 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Rare SP-25 GT Sports with log book service history and spare keys delivered new in November 2016... 2.5i six speed automatic Sky-Active with voice command, bluetooth, cruise control, reverse camera, satellite navigation, keyless entry and start, digital touch screen audio system with Bose speakers and Apple CarPlay, heated leather seating, anti-skid, full electrics, multi function steering wheel, remote central locking, colour coded sports exterior with factory alloy sports wheels, cargo bling

$23,975
Bibra Lake, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2014 Mazda 3 BM5436 SP25 SKYACTIV-MT GT 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 127038 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Please call Craig to enquire on this vehicle.

$19,990Drive Away^
Ashmore, QLD

Dealer used
8 hours ago

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

  • 106097 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2015 MAZDA 3 SP25 hatch - auto - automatic - bluetooth - reverse camera - alloys - sat nav - satellite navigation - push button start - dual zone climate - red duco - service books. Finance available tap* Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team are willing to tailor their service to your needs whether that be us coming out to your home or presenting the vehicle

$20,990
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2015 Mazda 3 BM MY15 SP25 Snowflake White 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 36000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

2 OWNER FULL SERVICE HISTORY PARADISE MAZDA EXCEPTIONALLY LOOKED AFTER SP25 SEDAN AUTO GPS 2.5L REVERSE CAMERA WE specialize in late model vehicles 4cyl automatic sedans .wagons and commercials at competitive prices, all our vehicles are professionally detailed, safety checked and serviced prior to sale. Ask us for the weekly payments on this (or any other) vehicle! On site Finance is available, please ask our friendly business manager to assist. Ask about your free Protection Plus finan

$22,990
Melrose Park, SA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5238 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive GT Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 48305 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! A fully workshop inspected and approved vehicle from the Northern Territory’s largest and most trusted dealer. We pride ourselves knowing that all our used cars are the best presented and mechanically sound cars anywhere in the Northern Territory. We can offer you a complete drive away service and can arrange freight anywhere around Australia. HAVE A CAR TO SELL? WE ARE LOOKING TO BUY! Our team of experienced licensed valuers offer you up to date valuations of the

$27,980
Stuart Park, NT

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN MY17 SP25 GT 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

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

2018 Mazda 3 BN MY17 SP25 GT 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

$24,990
Moorabbin, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2011 Mazda 3 BL10L1 MY10 SP25 Activematic Grey 5 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 173482 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

We are located in the heart of Ashmore on the Gold Coast. Top dollar paid for all trade-ins (any condition). This vehicle comes with a 12-month mechanical protection plan that can be upgraded to Platinum cover for 3 years, conditions apply. With on-site finance, available with over 20 different lenders, we can tailor package the right deal to suit your needs and budget. We also specialize in low-doc business loans & previous bad credit. For your convenience we also have the benefit of same d

$11,990
Ashmore, QLD

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2018 Mazda 3 BN5438 SP25 SKYACTIV-Drive Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 55150 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

***THE RED GLISTENS IN THE SUN***BLINDSPOT MONITORING ***CRUISE CONTROLLER –***MAZDA CONNECT HUB \***ALLOYS***VERY RELIABLE***EXTREMELY TIDY CAR INSIDE AND OUT*** We are part of one of the largest automotive groups in Australia and hold an extensive range of Pre-Owned Vehicles, giving you the widest choice. All our vehicles undergo a rigorous 130-point safety & mechanical check for 100% peace of mind. We welcome trade ins against any of our vehicles and have experienced Finance and Aftercare M

$26,990
Midland, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

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

  • 73498 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

With amazing presence and performance to match this car looks stunning and comes with great comfort and safety features. Buy with confidence from Australia's leading dealer, home of the Best Car Price Guarantee. Whether you are looking for a Turbo Diesel 4x4 Ute, Hybrid passenger car, V8 Ute, Automatic Hatchback, Euro Luxury with a sunroof, or even your next auto van, and anything in between, we have it all. easyauto123 - Melbourne's large

$24,638Drive Away^
Brooklyn, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

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

  • 125867 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

CHECK OUT THIS WONDERFUL MAZDA 3: - PERFECT FIRST CAR - FUEL EFFICIENT - PHONE CONNECTIVITY - SPORTS MODE - 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 love

$22,990Drive Away^
Berwick, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

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

  • 43344 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

** Manual ** Satellite Navigation ** ** Low Kms ** Service History with 2 Keys ** This lovely Mazda 3 SP25 is extremely popular luxury sporty Hatch is loaded with luxury features and spacious practicality. An inspection is sure to impress! Highlight features include: * 6 speed Manual * Satellite Navigation * Cruise Control * Airbags * Blind Spot Detection * Reverse Camera * Electric Windows * 8 speaker Bose sound system * 2x USB Ports * Bluetooth * Alloy Wheels We make it eas

$25,990Drive Away^
Deer Park, VIC

Dealer used
10 hours ago

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

  • 166013 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

SP25 FINISHED WITH A BEAUTIFUL COLOUR COMBINATION. ON THE ROAD THIS ONE DRIVES BEAUTIFULLY AND IS A CREDIT TO THE FORMER KEEPER. AVAILABLE NOW FOR INSPECTION - PLEASE NOTE BUYER WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! PRICING INCLUDES ALL 'ON ROAD' COSTS FOR YOUR ADDED PEACE OF MIND. WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED MULTI FRANCHISE DEALERSHIP OVER 300 USED CARS, WE ARE LOCATED IN THE EAST OF MELBOURNE. LOCATION ? WE ARE JUST 28 MINUTES FOR THE CBD IN THE SOUTH EAST SUBURBS. ALL OUR CARS ARE PRE INSPECTED AND TEST

$19,990Drive Away^
Hallam, VIC

Dealer used
10 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.