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2006 Mazda Mazda3 Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Mazda 3 GT

by from Walnut, MS on August 4, 2010

I do all my own maintenance and have 111K miles on the car, all highway. I have the 2.3 with 5 speed manual and get between 31 and 36 MPG. Depends upon weather. Only problem the front wheel bearings ...
I do all my own maintenance and have 111K miles on the car, all highway. I have the 2.3 with 5 speed manual and get between 31 and 36 MPG. Depends upon weather. Only problem the front wheel bearings had to be replaced at 90K. Difficult to get parts. Some of the maintenance could be easier, try replacing the cabin air filter.
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Best car I ever had!

by from on September 24, 2010

I bought this (a 2006 model) used vehicle in 2008. It was very zippy, fun to drive, and ran so well, never had a single problem with it in the nearly 3 years that I owned it. I absolutely loved it, bu...
I bought this (a 2006 model) used vehicle in 2008. It was very zippy, fun to drive, and ran so well, never had a single problem with it in the nearly 3 years that I owned it. I absolutely loved it, but it didn't have automatic locks or windows, or cruise, and the miles were starting to get a little high, so I (very impulsively, and for no better reason than a new car with a warranty and auto locks and windows) traded it in for a brand new highly-rated car a few months ago, when the dealership was offering some great deals. I hate my new car, compared to the Mazda3 I had. My new car is a great vehicle, and has more options on it, but I miss the Mazda so much and wish I had held on to it, or at least traded it in for a better Mazda3 with more features. It was so much nicer and fun to drive. Now I'm paying the price for a stupid decision I made on a whim, and I feel miserable.
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Love this thing

by from Plymouth MA on October 3, 2011

Bought this the hatchback as an answer to rising gas prices, and it has definitely come through; I find myself putting gas in every 2 weeks, and it's not painful on your wallet to fill from empty. It'...
Bought this the hatchback as an answer to rising gas prices, and it has definitely come through; I find myself putting gas in every 2 weeks, and it's not painful on your wallet to fill from empty. It's fun to drive; handles awesome, and has pickup when you want it. It has a surprising amount of room once the backseat is laid down, and I have yet to find a car with a nicer interior layout. I've had it since 2008, and have yet to have a single mechanical problem with it, outside of routine maintenance. I'm a big outdoors guy, and this car has taken me all over New England to ski, hike, cycle, and run in all kinds of weather and has never let me down. I highly recommend this car.
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Amazing used car

by from on December 20, 2012

This is our second mazda3. Highly recommend if you want a sporty, reliable used car that feels just like it did in 2006 when it was first purchased. The 3 Grand Touring has leather seats that look new...
This is our second mazda3. Highly recommend if you want a sporty, reliable used car that feels just like it did in 2006 when it was first purchased. The 3 Grand Touring has leather seats that look new. The rest of the interior has aged well so that we feel that we got a new car for thousands off the original sticker price.
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super reliable cars

by from st. louis mo. on June 1, 2014

Owned 7 Protégé / 3's back to 91 & still have two of them and all great cars w never a problem! only routine maint.... and the best fun to drive of any compact car...
Owned 7 Protégé / 3's back to 91 & still have two of them and all great cars w never a problem! only routine maint.... and the best fun to drive of any compact car...
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GREAT VALUE

by from HAYMARKET VA on July 8, 2011

ACTUALLY MY SONS CAR--WE LIKE IT SO MUCH WE LOOKED FOR ONE FOR MY DAUGHTER BUT THE PRICES RECENTLY SHT UP--WE PURCHASED A 2006 <50,000 MILES -SUNROOF - MULTI CD--VERY GOOD SHAPE FOR $8995 IN APRIL
ACTUALLY MY SONS CAR--WE LIKE IT SO MUCH WE LOOKED FOR ONE FOR MY DAUGHTER BUT THE PRICES RECENTLY SHT UP--WE PURCHASED A 2006 <50,000 MILES -SUNROOF - MULTI CD--VERY GOOD SHAPE FOR $8995 IN APRIL
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Great Car. But...

by from Indianapolis, IN on October 29, 2007

I really do love this car. I bought the 2006 mazda 3 Touring. I love the leather and the blue lights and the six disk cd changer. People have told me countless times that it looks likes a Lexus inside...
I really do love this car. I bought the 2006 mazda 3 Touring. I love the leather and the blue lights and the six disk cd changer. People have told me countless times that it looks likes a Lexus inside and out! My only problem with this car is that at 20k the transmission went out. I had to get a brand new one and it took about 2 weeks to get it back. Mazda took care of everything so I didnt have to pay for anything so I guess I cant complain.
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So glad I bought this over the Civic

by from Naperville, IL on August 20, 2012

I was deciding between the Mazda3 and the Civic and after test driving both cars the Mazda clearly stuck out as the more fun car to drive. Plus, I like the styling *so* much better. I've owned my Mazd...
I was deciding between the Mazda3 and the Civic and after test driving both cars the Mazda clearly stuck out as the more fun car to drive. Plus, I like the styling *so* much better. I've owned my Mazda3 for five years now and I've never regretted the decision. I still love to drive it and still love to look at it. Plus, it's been 100% reliable. I follow the service schedule and have had no unexpected problems.
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Overdue review

by from Las Vegas,. NV on December 14, 2009

I bought my 5-door 's' new in April 2006 after shopping several compacts, both import and American (by the way, my 2006 was assembled in the US from parts mfg'd overseas); just couldn't beat the stand...
I bought my 5-door 's' new in April 2006 after shopping several compacts, both import and American (by the way, my 2006 was assembled in the US from parts mfg'd overseas); just couldn't beat the standard features/accessories for the price. I soon discovered how well it handled and with a very good amount of pep under the hood; a lot of fun to drive. It's never required any work beyond standard maintenance items, except (get this!) when a Hummer (H2 or H3) came out of a post office and t-boned me on my passenger side right between the wheels. Lifted both right wheels of the pavement a couple of feet, really tore up both doors on that side. The punch line is the Hummer broke his front axle; my Mazda was not only drivable, but would prove to not even need the frame straightened and only needed body work! It handles as well as ever. Very sturdy build in addition to all the other pluses. I'm approaching 50,000 miles now and look forward to 50,000 more.
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Lovelylady

by from Phoenix on June 17, 2006

I love my Mazda3. This is the first vehicle that I have ever had that people stop me in the parking lot to ask about it.
I love my Mazda3. This is the first vehicle that I have ever had that people stop me in the parking lot to ask about it.
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