Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mazda 3 hatchback?
Most Mazda 3s listed for sale will still be within the Mazda franchised dealer network and will have been reconditioned to look like new before resale.
However, make sure that the dealer has applied the latest infotainment software update to make sure that continues to run smoothly. There has also been a safety recall that requires a software update which is described in the following chapter.
What are the most common problems with a used Mazda 3 hatchback?
An issue with the software controlling the air and fuel ratio could mean that engines in some examples built between 14 June and 1 October 2019 won't run correctly. Speak to a Mazda dealer to find out if your car is affected by this, and have the relevant software updated.
Is a used Mazda 3 hatchback reliable?
The 3 is a little too new to have appeared in the family car section of the latest What Car? Reliability survey, however, Mazda as a brand managed a very good ninth-place finish out of 31 car manufacturers, so hopefully, the 3 will be quite reliable.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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