The Mazda 3 was first sold in Australia in April 2004, replacing the popular Mazda 323. A brand new Mazda 3 was introduced in April 2009 and the third generation came here in January 2014. Some later began to appear on the old market.
Over the past five years, Mazda3 has won the podium position in Australia’s new car sales results, indeed the number one in 2011 and 2012. So there are plenty of incentives in used car parks. With that number to choose from, it’s logical that you take the time to find the best of them.
The excellent design, known as the Kodo design, certainly contributed to the success of the Mazda3, but the Japanese company’s reputation deserves to build high-quality, reliable cars as a factor. other main.
Although almost identical under the skin, the Mazda3 four-door car and five-door hatchback body share a few visible exterior panels. This car is relatively conservative, the hatch comes with a semi-sporty note.
Inside, the similarities are much wider. Interior space is good and nothing stands out and you have to juggle your legroom in the front seat if you want to carry an adult in the back seat.
This car is longer than the hatch, so it has a larger boot, although the hatch prefers the luxury of a more flexible loading area.
Try two sizes if you intend to use one as a family car. Both can work well if the kids are still in their five years.
An upgrade of Mazda3 in July 2006 showed that the body has increased stiffness to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harsh) intrusion into the cabin.
There are also changes in suspension settings, tire design as well as the conformance of materials that reduce sound under the bonnet and under the roof.
The standard Mazda3 models have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, the Mazda3 SP23 sports a 2.3-liter version of the same engine.
SP23 not only has a larger capacity but also changes the valve timing on the inlet valves to fatten its torque graph.
Insurance costs for the Mazda3 MPS can be intimidating, so check them out before you love the performance and chassis dynamics.
With the 2009 version, Mazda3 has increased the capacity to 2.5 liters like the SP25. It’s a nice engine with the kind of edgy drivers you love.
Mazda introduced a new technology SkyActiv engine in the Mazda3 SP20 in October 2011. However, this is the engine version destroyed because there is not enough space to install the complicated exhaust system under the bonnet. . The third generation ‘3 got the SkyActiv engines all over the house, almost because it had to be slightly removed to make it run on 91 octane fuel, not 95+ as intended.
A 2.0-liter diesel engine appeared in August 2007. Although it was more economical than a petrol unit, it did not prove to be a true success in this country so the resale could is a hassle.
Transmission options in the standard Mazda3 petrol range before 2009 are 5-speed manual and four-speed automatic with both engines. Each one is proportional to the 2009 model, into six automatic and five automatic numbers.
Mazda joined the hot-hatch brigade with the MPS (Mazda Performance Series) version of Mazda3 in July 2006. The hot, 2.3-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine is a beauty. Unlike the Mazda6 MPS that uses four-wheel drive, ‘3 MPS only has front-wheel drive.
Torque steering, which may have made the car completely uninhibited, is sometimes reduced by adjusting the engine to avoid maximum power and torque in the lower gears.
The only drawback with the Mazda3 MPS is that the designers cannot explain how to put the bonnet out of sight under the bonnet. This problem was overcome with the all-new Mazda3 MPS in July 2009, having achieved a very clear scoop required by most car owners in this class.
The cost of insurance in standard models within the Mazda3 range is about average for this category. Insurance costs for the Mazda3 MPS can be intimidating, so check them out before you love the performance and chassis dynamics.
Some companies charge a little more for SP models, others rank it in the same group as standard cars. It’s worth shopping around, but make sure you are comparing exactly.
Spare parts and servicing costs are about what you expect from a car of this type. Home mechanics will find the Mazda3 not too complicated and access to the area under the bonnet is not as crowded as in some other vehicles of this size.
What are you looking for
Check and repair the problem because poor work can seriously affect resale value.
Look along the doors and look for ripples in the finished layer of panels.
Watch for small spots of paint on unpainted surfaces like windows, badges, and light fixtures.