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    Default My 5-year Mazda3 experience

    It's been roughly five years since I got my 3. Here are my random thoughts in no particular order.

    1) I really enjoyed the car for the first 1-2 years. After that, I got a bit tired of it. Why? I'm not sure. I think I'm the type of person that likes new cars every couple years.
    2) I feel like I paid way too much in service costs (mostly my fault for letting dealers sell me on things I could do myself).
    3) The cabin air filter location -- what a joke! Luckily I think the new 3s are better.
    4) The standard tires that came with the car were crap, had to replace them after two summers.
    5) It's pretty insane that my 5-year old car came with cool features like rain-sensing wipers & heated seats, for such a low cost. There are some luxury brands out there where you need to buy (expensive) premium packages to get similar features.
    6) Rust. I haven't seen any yet but I am deathly scared of it. Makes me want to sell the car now before it happens.
    7) The car is still fun to drive.
    8) I wish the seating in the back was bigger.
    9) The mileage was worse than I expected it to be.
    10) I see more women driving white 3s than men.
    11) I'll probably move on to lease a luxury brand car. Not because I dislike Mazda, but simply because I'm in a totally different financial situation than I was five years ago. The Mazda 3 was great for me during my "just out of school" time.


    Thanks for reading.

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    Default Re: My 5-year Mazda3 experience

    It's a small fun car.

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    Default Re: My 5-year Mazda3 experience

    Quote Originally Posted by thefish View Post
    It's been roughly five years since I got my 3. Here are my random thoughts in no particular order.

    1) I really enjoyed the car for the first 1-2 years. After that, I got a bit tired of it. Why? I'm not sure. I think I'm the type of person that likes new cars every couple years.
    2) I feel like I paid way too much in service costs (mostly my fault for letting dealers sell me on things I could do myself).
    3) The cabin air filter location -- what a joke! Luckily I think the new 3s are better.
    4) The standard tires that came with the car were crap, had to replace them after two summers.
    5) It's pretty insane that my 5-year old car came with cool features like rain-sensing wipers & heated seats, for such a low cost. There are some luxury brands out there where you need to buy (expensive) premium packages to get similar features.
    6) Rust. I haven't seen any yet but I am deathly scared of it. Makes me want to sell the car now before it happens.
    7) The car is still fun to drive.
    8) I wish the seating in the back was bigger.
    9) The mileage was worse than I expected it to be.
    10) I see more women driving white 3s than men.
    11) I'll probably move on to lease a luxury brand car. Not because I dislike Mazda, but simply because I'm in a totally different financial situation than I was five years ago. The Mazda 3 was great for me during my "just out of school" time.


    Thanks for reading.
    I think this is just true for mz3's in general lol and old women to boot. You'd never see a mod on those cars tho

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    Default Re: My 5-year Mazda3 experience

    thanks for the write up. I am just starting out with my 2013, but seems like your observations are spot on.

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