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    • Dobiesmon
    • By Dobiesmon 11th Aug 18, 8:38 PM
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    Mazda
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    • 11th Aug 18, 8:38 PM
    Mazda 11th Aug 18 at 8:38 PM
    Hi
    Looking to buy a Mazda 3 sport nav is there any one who drives one is it as good car or not any hick ups .
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    • ginashamz
    • By ginashamz 11th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
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    I do drive a Mazda but its an RX8. In terms of electronics and interior quality, I have had no issues so far and I find the interior plastics and seat leather to be of quite a good standard. Not sure about the Mazda 3 but the RX8 is expensive to service and run but it has a rotary engine. The Mazda 3 should offer good driving dynamics I think as its RWD
    • xzibit
    • By xzibit 11th Aug 18, 10:31 PM
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    Mazda's are known for reliability. I've just sold a 2016 mazda 6 and had a couple of teething problems but were covered under warranty. But apart from one item they were all related to the in car entertainment unit which was due to a faulty batch of units. I'd happily buy another mazda.
    • angrycrow
    • By angrycrow 12th Aug 18, 7:21 AM
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    Depends how old it is, by around 8 years old Mazda tend to start rusting badly, far worse then anything else on the road. If you are buying new and keeping for 3 years this is not a problem, just not a good second hand purchase when they get older.
    • oldagetraveller
    • By oldagetraveller 12th Aug 18, 11:34 AM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 11:34 AM
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    Oh, have Mazda branched out into car manufacturing?
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    • Beer Belly
    • By Beer Belly 12th Aug 18, 12:23 PM
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    Great motors, I'm on my second Sportnav that I picked up new a few weeks ago, I used to have the 165bhp version and now onto a 120hp, there's not much that difference between the two acceleration wise. There are some really good deals around at the moment. Nice to drive, great looking, reliable chain cam engine, good mpg I'm getting around 43mpg out of my 2.0ltr petrol. Downsides, not many, you have to rev the petrols to get performance, little low down torque, then again there's no turbo to worry about. The tyre size is stupid making replacements somewhat expensive. The 16" rim size is better but you only get that on the SE / SEL models and they don't look as good on the car as the 18" rims. No space-saver as standard and the full kit from Mazda is very expensive, although they've just reduced the price to about 340. The paint can mark easily but the same is true with most new cars due to the new paints they have to use. Its a thumbs up from me. I did have some difficulty with the front brake discs on my first 3, but it was probably due to me only doing low miles. In winter the rain / salt can sit on top of the brake pads and cause a corrosion ridge on the brake disc that can set up vibration under braking (similar to a warped disc), cure is either skimming or new discs, I had one set replaced under warranty and the replacements started to do the same the following year. If I was getting another I'd probably go for the SEL for the better standard rim / tyre sizes that also give a slightly better ride and lighter steering - I've tried both!
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    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 12th Aug 18, 9:16 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:16 PM
    I have a Mazda 3 2.0 sel-nav.
    It's quick enough of you boot it. Otherwise the engines a bit flat, but it is very economical for petrol engine. Easily 50mpg on a decent run at national speed limit. Handling is very good, gearbox is ok, not as a good as a Honda. The road noise is high on broken surfaces, tyre wear good, dealer prices on the high side.
    I'd be interested to see the sky active X engine in action.
    • jeradon
    • By jeradon 13th Aug 18, 8:45 AM
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    Generally, Mazda is a reliable car and easy to maintain. If you planning to buy a used car, ask for maintenance records.
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 13th Aug 18, 9:06 AM
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    Google Mazda 3 owners.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 13th Aug 18, 2:09 PM
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    Depends how old it is, by around 8 years old Mazda tend to start rusting badly, far worse then anything else on the road. If you are buying new and keeping for 3 years this is not a problem, just not a good second hand purchase when they get older.
    Originally posted by angrycrow
    This can be mitigated by going to a place that does undersealing and paying for the car to be undersealed. Mazda do the undersealing to a standard that's OK for the Japanese market but not northern Europe. A couple of hundred quid if you pay someone sees the car undersealed to a standard that'll cope far better with our salted roads.
    • mattyprice4004
    • By mattyprice4004 14th Aug 18, 3:12 AM
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    I do drive a Mazda but its an RX8. In terms of electronics and interior quality, I have had no issues so far and I find the interior plastics and seat leather to be of quite a good standard. Not sure about the Mazda 3 but the RX8 is expensive to service and run but it has a rotary engine. The Mazda 3 should offer good driving dynamics I think as its RWD
    Originally posted by ginashamz
    I wish people would at least post correct information - the Mazda 3 is NOT rear wheel drive!
    • ferry
    • By ferry 14th Aug 18, 8:43 AM
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    This can be mitigated by going to a place that does undersealing and paying for the car to be undersealed. Mazda do the undersealing to a standard that's OK for the Japanese market but not northern Europe. A couple of hundred quid if you pay someone sees the car undersealed to a standard that'll cope far better with our salted roads.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Is this generally the case with all Mazdas?
    Reason I ask is I drive an 06 plate ts2 and have had no such issues. The exhaust is slightly corroded but no rust anywhere else.
    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 14th Aug 18, 9:49 AM
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    I have a 2.2D 3 sport nav, lovely car with all the bells and whistles for a lot less than an equivalent spec big name like Audi A3 or BMW One series - got full leather trim, heated seats, Bose sound system etc (the newer models come with digital radio). I have never had any issues with it, serviced regularly, nothing but normal wear and tear in 4 years and get 50mpg or so average but easily 70-90 on motorways. Pulling away is smooth and quick and mid-range pull is fine for overtaking and pulling back in on motorways. Car is quiet and smooth. Completely irrelevant to the car but the tyres they supplied (forgot which brand they are) still have 3-4mm after 30000+ miles driving!
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 14th Aug 18, 10:00 AM
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    Depends how old it is, by around 8 years old Mazda tend to start rusting badly, far worse then anything else on the road. If you are buying new and keeping for 3 years this is not a problem, just not a good second hand purchase when they get older.
    Originally posted by angrycrow
    Do they? The 20 year old Mazda I recently owned as my banger had almost no rust at all..... maybe it's just the new ones?
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 14th Aug 18, 4:53 PM
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    Do they? The 20 year old Mazda I recently owned as my banger had almost no rust at all..... maybe it's just the new ones?
    Originally posted by Stoke
    I cant remember ever seeing a rusty Mazda.
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    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 14th Aug 18, 5:10 PM
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    I cant remember ever seeing a rusty Mazda.
    Originally posted by worried jim
    My first (given as a present from a family friend) was an old G reg Mazda 626 (I got it around 2003!) and it was rusting a bit but wasn't terrible. Did keep it going for about 3-4 years but the old owner really drove it like dirt, a mile or so each way to a job and I doubt she really maintained it very well as other bits were needed and it got to the point it should be scrapped.
    • ginashamz
    • By ginashamz 14th Aug 18, 5:21 PM
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    My '56 reg Mazda is already rusting quite badly on the rear underside cross member and sills. MX-5 are also very prone to rust. Not a cheap job but I got brand new sills, and got a garage to weld the rear sub frame. Will also get a proper undercoat and sealant.
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