Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mazda 3 saloon?
It's a little early in the 3's life to start predicting possible faults, but Mazdas are renowned for their reliability, so the list of problems and failures to look out for when digging out a second-hand bargain is gratifyingly short. A small number of early diesel cars did suffer turbo failure, but there's little else to report on.
The car that the 3 replaced, the 323, was terrifically reliable in its own right, and there's little to suggest the 3 will be any different. What's more, Mazdas score well in all the major customer surveys, and the make sits well within the top 10 rated by the What Car? Reliability Index.
Provided that correct servicing has been kept up throughout its life, and genuine Mazda parts are used when they are needed, this is one piece of machinery that promises to run and run.