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2007 Mazda Mazda 3

2007 Mazda Mazda3

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Sporty and Reliable

by from Washington, DC on November 14, 2011

This car is so much fun that when it was time to trade it I decided to purchase a 2010 model. Unmatched equipment levels for a compact and fun to drive factor cemented my reasons for sticking with the...
This car is so much fun that when it was time to trade it I decided to purchase a 2010 model. Unmatched equipment levels for a compact and fun to drive factor cemented my reasons for sticking with the Mazda3.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love this car! But replacing the engine isn't fun.

by from Minneapolis, MN on May 29, 2015

I've owned this Mazda 3 with the Grand Touring trim for nearly a year. I got it used as a higher mileage car (116k). I love it! Reasonably priced when compared to comparable used cars, and it's quite ...
I've owned this Mazda 3 with the Grand Touring trim for nearly a year. I got it used as a higher mileage car (116k). I love it! Reasonably priced when compared to comparable used cars, and it's quite a bit nicer than the last car I owned which I got for nearly the same price, an Audi A4. This several features usually relegated to luxury cars (and features unseen on my Audi) like automatic HID headlights, heated seats, leather seats with great bolstering, and a fantastic paint job (midnight purple). The steering is surprisingly responsive for a eight year old car, the throttle response is sharp enough that even I can heal-toe around corners which is always a blast! It's not particular powerful (not that I was expecting much from a 2.3l, 4 cyl, naturally aspirated engine) but is light enough that it is still a blast to drive fast! My only complaint about performance is related to the under-steer, which these cars are known to have. Since there's no turbo on the normal 3 they could have definitely pulled the engine closer to the center of the car, reducing the under-steer. But that's getting pretty darn picky! For what it is, I couldn't ask for anything more, except perhaps better reliability. Now for the bad. I got this car with some of the maintenance records and it looks like the struts have been replaced several times already, and now they've gone out again. Not too major, especially since this is a repair I can do myself, but they should probably last longer than they have been. I think I'll be installing aftermarket parts in the hopes they are a bit more reliable. I do not drive this car too hard, or that often, so the fact that new shocks went out on me after only a year is disappointing. The electrical ballast for the HID (aka xenon) headlamps went out as well, which is annoying because the bulbs should have gone well before the ballast, as both were original. The dealer will charge you a lot, and the part is not easy to find on your own. Not to mention if you have the HID headlamps you'll have to remove the bumper just to change the bulb (on the passenger side anyway, it might not be the case for the driver side), so if you have a shop do the replacement you'll be spending extra because it takes a while to get it on and off. Now for the truly ugly. The engine. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT BUYING THIS CAR, HAVE A MAZDA DEALER CHECK FOR A ROD BEARING KNOCK. I think this is Mazda's best kept dark secret. I did lots of research on this before buying this car, and I didn't find any complaints about engine issues. A couple weeks ago I noticed some engine knocking even though this car has been taken care of very well. I took it in and found that one of the rod bearings is starting to fail. This means that you have to replace the engine, or completely disassemble and rebuild it. Once I found out what the problem is I started searching specifically for rod bearing knocks in Mazda 3's. I've found multiple reports of people experiencing the exact same maintenance issues I've had. Many even had it completely fail and ended up throwing parts though the block, damaging the car even more. Most of the reports I've found had this happen between 80k and 120k miles. Unless you want to replace an engine, please make sure your Mazda is not experiencing any engine knock from someone who knows what to listen for.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Most fun in this class

by from Bronx, NY on May 6, 2010

I purchased a 2007 Mazda 3 (Grand Touring) about 2 months ago. The car had 29k miles at the time of purchase. Overall, the car is in great shape, minus a few careless mistakes by the previous owner. T...
I purchased a 2007 Mazda 3 (Grand Touring) about 2 months ago. The car had 29k miles at the time of purchase. Overall, the car is in great shape, minus a few careless mistakes by the previous owner. This car is very good looking as well as quick and fun to drive. The motor truly feels more powerful than its 156 hp rating, especially above 3500 RPM. Low end torque could be a little better, but that's nitpicking. Handling is superb. A quick trip through some winding back roads proved that this car was built with the budget enthusiast in mind. The interior is well laid out and I like the grand touring options (leather, Bose stereo, sunroof). The bizarre thing is that I have power everything, except seats. The seats still use the old fashioned bar to slide back and forth. I have encountered no reliability issues thus far. All electronics work perfectly. Engine and manual transmission are smooth. So far, I love this car and would recommend the Mazda 3 over a civic or the always-boring corolla any day.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love the car, BUT.........

by from Alabama on March 11, 2008

I love my mazda3 but with 25,000 miles and only 9 months old it developed terrible road noise. The tires are showing excessive wear and the front right had a busted belt. We took the car to the mazda ...
I love my mazda3 but with 25,000 miles and only 9 months old it developed terrible road noise. The tires are showing excessive wear and the front right had a busted belt. We took the car to the mazda dealership and were basicly told "tuff luck" The parts guy said that his mazda had 50,000 miles and he was on his 3rd set of tires and mazda wouldn't do anything about it. We were going to give our 3 to our daughter and by a 6, but not now!!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Very reliable

by from Washington,DC on March 2, 2009

I bought my used Mazda3 10 months ago.I drive mostly in the city, and Mazda is perfect 4-door city car.I had downgraded from Audi A6,and I'm happier with my Mazda than the great German luxury car! The...
I bought my used Mazda3 10 months ago.I drive mostly in the city, and Mazda is perfect 4-door city car.I had downgraded from Audi A6,and I'm happier with my Mazda than the great German luxury car! The only complaint I had was about the tires! I hit the curb(my fault completely!)and my tire went flat.Supposedly the tires it came with are manufactured only in Japan, and 3 tire companies didn't have one to match it,nor did the dealership!So I ended up buying 4 new ones that were slightly smaller in size! If I had known the tires are so "special", I would have ordered one just in case I get a flat when I bought the car! All in all,great car, has all I need and looks great,upkeep hasn't cost me an arm and a leg.My sister has Mazda3 2.3,she loves the car too! Noise? What noise?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Reliable Car

by from Long Beach, CA on July 16, 2009

I bought this car when I was stationed in Guam. The gas mileage is phenomenal. A full tank would last me little over two weeks and the fact that I drive the car everyday to work total of 10 miles per ...
I bought this car when I was stationed in Guam. The gas mileage is phenomenal. A full tank would last me little over two weeks and the fact that I drive the car everyday to work total of 10 miles per day min. As far as comfort goes its pretty good and the handling is excellent. However the only thing Im not completely satisfied with is the acceleration. Its slow and a it sounds like its struggling. If you want a car thats good in gas, reliable, and handles good then this is for you. But if you're looking for "The Fast and the Furious", this car is the opposite.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2007 Mazda3

by from Cape Coral, FL on February 15, 2011

I LOVE my new Mazda3. I bought it about 4 months ago. It is so much fun to drive, has alot more power than I expected, and I have gotten so many compliments on how sporty it looks. Highly recommend th...
I LOVE my new Mazda3. I bought it about 4 months ago. It is so much fun to drive, has alot more power than I expected, and I have gotten so many compliments on how sporty it looks. Highly recommend these cars!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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5th Mazda I have owned for great reasons

by from Raleigh, NC on December 19, 2011

Great on gas, stylish, modern, fun to drive, smooth transmission, quiet motor, dependable, reliable, attractive looking car.
Great on gas, stylish, modern, fun to drive, smooth transmission, quiet motor, dependable, reliable, attractive looking car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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fun to drive

by from rochester ny on December 2, 2011

fun to drive, sport car handling, nice interior and decent mpg (26) local driving, cons, eats tires and too much road noise.
fun to drive, sport car handling, nice interior and decent mpg (26) local driving, cons, eats tires and too much road noise.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not a bad car

by from Amityville, NY on November 10, 2011

Had the Mazda3 for 3.5 years. Fun car to drive, I really get the "Zoom-Zoom" feeling. I average 27mpg overall (mostly highway miles). It is a comfortable car up front, in the back, not so much. The en...
Had the Mazda3 for 3.5 years. Fun car to drive, I really get the "Zoom-Zoom" feeling. I average 27mpg overall (mostly highway miles). It is a comfortable car up front, in the back, not so much. The engine had to be replaced at 86xxx, the clutch needed to be replaced at the same time, shocks went after 50k. The brakes had to be replaced at 40 and 80k. Overal reliability not great. Maybe I had a bad car or enjoyed the "zoom-zoom" too much.
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Uses car for Commuting

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