Last post on Jul 26, 2010 at 8:20 PM
You are in the Toyota Corolla
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Toyota Corolla, Mazda MAZDA3, Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cobalt, Sedan
#46 of 50 Re: Mazda 3 ....reliable?? [tpulak]
Jan 06, 2008 (7:10 pm)
I heard some people in the Mazda 3 forum complaining about tranny problems, at 70k miles. Is this true? Are there more problems?
If there are a select few that are complaining, then obviously those individuals have had issues. According to most every source that rates reliability, the Mazda3 is a consensus pick.
Is the Mazda3 perfect? No. Do you stand a chance with something going wrong? Yes. Name a vehicle that has been perfect? Can't think of any? Thats right, there are none. I know a few of you might say Corolla or Civic, but, there is no hiding the fact that they have had their issues, especially the 2006+ Civic.
#47 of 50 Re: Mazda 3 ....reliable?? [aviboy97]
Jan 12, 2008 (6:30 am)
If styling is most important to you I agree the Mazda is probably the easiest on the eyes but Mazda have never been known for having good mileage cars so that appears to be their only downfall. When I used to sell Mazda's 20-years-ago they had their smallest compact (don't remember the name) that only got low 20 mpg highway and was priced at a ridiculous $20,000 at that time.
#48 of 50 Re: Mazda 3 ....reliable?? [poncho167]
Jan 12, 2008 (8:29 am)
Mazda have never been known for having good mileage cars so that appears to be their only downfall.
I would disagree. I see older Mazdas, and newer ones, in our service shop that have very high mileage and are just in for routine maintenance. The Miata, Protege, and 626 have been vehicles that have been reliable. Out of Mazdas newer product, they all have been reliable as well.
When I used to sell Mazda's 20-years-ago they had their smallest compact (don't remember the name) that only got low 20 mpg highway and was priced at a ridiculous $20,000 at that time.
Back then I believe it was the Mazda 323 GLX 4x4.
#49 of 50 Re: Mazda 3 ....reliable?? [poncho167]
Jan 12, 2008 (9:03 am)
Twenty years ago isn't now. The Mazda3i gets very good fuel economy, e.g. the Mazda3i AT actually got better overall fuel economy (30 mpg vs. 29) than the Corolla AT in CR's road tests, even though the Mazda has a larger, more powerful engine.
#50 of 50 Mazda3i Touring gr8 resale/says a lot about the car
Jul 26, 2010 (8:20 pm)
I'd looked for a stylish small car for the last four years. I drove the Civic, Corolla, Mazda and Cobalt - over and over again. AND I checked all specs, customer satisfaction and RESALE value (can only have a great resale if people like it). I have to admit, I really wanted to buy the Cobalt because it's a Chevy, but a close friend and a family member had some quality problems after one year. I decided against it. I've liked the Mazda3 for years. Style-wize, it's a definite win for me. What I didn't expect was that it was definitely the most fun to drive and it has an awesome resale value. That pretty much sums it up. The resale wouldn't be so great if the auto wasn't in demand (because PEOPLE FIND IT A GOOD BUY). I bought one this year and it drives tight, concise and gets GREAT gas mileage for the size and fun it offers.