Skid plate defective with misaligned filter hole. At least you're saving a ton of cash to begin with. They should give that skid plate away for free! Mazda knows how to build an engine! Performance very good acceleration,very good on fuel and feels very sporty. Front brakes never had to be replaced yet. Zoom-zoom Mazda 3 Sp23 Hb — So this is a 2004 sp23 sport package 2. Much better in the Michigan snow too.
I can't get anyone to listen to me at Mazda or the dealership. Primary Use: Commuting to work. Seating is comfortable, even after a long drive, and superior quality is again evident in the choice of fabrics and materials. Skid plate and screws on the bottom have fallen off in the winter. Heck, you want manual transmission problems, go with a Hyundai Elantra.
I drive less than a mile to work everyday, and I do all the regular maintenance. Speaking of the shifter, the five-speed manual transmission is a delight — very quick and precise. Front wheel bearings went at 52 000 km's. The Mazda 3 is designed to be quick off the line and aggressive in the curves. Upgrade to any other brand. Rear pads gone at 62,000 miles.
It first shows up as really dirty rear rims from excessive brake dust and even grooving in the rotors. The wheel itself has a sport look and feel, and the leather-wrapped shifter fits nicely in your hand. Road noise can be a little excessive. Wife's 2004 Civic has next to zero rust with more miles. It's from a bad paint job!! Perhaps these have been omitted in an effort to keep the price down, but Canadian buyers deserve the option, at least, of installing these safety devices.
I did to replace front brake rotors recently due to warping, and have a similar sound now coming from the right rear - will replace that one this weekend. The brake shop says Mazda uses aluminum calipers instead of cast which apparently is weaker. Now at 67,000 miles, the transmission went again 2 days ago. Other than that it has been a good car. I know one person who owns a Mazda 3 with manual transmission, and he too had problems with his transmission. Keep in mind folks that you bought a first year model and it did have a few kinks, but subsequent years have had their quality and reliability improved.
She handles well now with the upgrades and realignment. I've only put 31,000 miles on the car since they replaced the transmission. In the world of compact cars the Mazda3 offers a true performance driving experience. It will still have 50% brake pads left on one side but totally gone on the other. It broke off and I probably will not repair. I've also had the bad dust problem on the rears and have had to replace them twice currently at 80000 miles and not had to replace the fronts yet! Mazda won't do anything to help me.
A revised rear suspension is smaller than the previous car, and allows more cargo room. It corners very nicely for a stock car and it has some get up and go power. I guess I was duped when I bought the car from the dealership. It was mechanically and cosmetically sound! The underbody skid plate is cracked in many places and was flopping around due to loosing a few screws. This was a very expensive brake job. I think it's a faulty sensor but still.
If it wasn't for the coolness of the looks and power of the car, it being so fun to drive when it's working I would totally hate it. Mazda doesn't care at all because my warranty is up and my extended warranty as well. I've gone through 3 sets of rear brakes pads and rotors. However this does sound a little extreme. Consequently they have a genuine appearance and feel, rather than being cheap imitations. Now I have 40000 miles on the Fuzions and they is probably 60% tread left. I think this year of the Mazda 3 is completely unreliable.