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Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:44:54 PM »
Hi,

It's been a while since I have posted so, I will give the new Mazda 3 owners or potential owners my mini review of my Mazda 3 2.2 D Sport.

The car has 15,000 miles on now and has had one set of front tyres at 12,800, sfter the OEM Toyo's gave up. I fitted some Falken 452's which is a uni-directional tyre to try and help with the road noise(£75 EACH), however these were no better than the Toyo's for noise with slightly less wet weather grip, so I swapped the Toyo's from the rear to front. These tyres now have approx 2.5mm of tread left so new tyres required for winter.

Fuel ecomomy is improving as the miles rack up, average by the fuel comp on the car, is 47.0 - 47.3 on the urban cycle, and on a recent run to Scotland the fuel economy tipped a giddy 57.5, with the cruise control on. A1 is notorious for speed cameras.

The car is still a pleasure to drive, and the 2.2 D engine is a lovely unit, quiet and refined in comparisson to a similar VW unit, with lots of low down grunt for easy overtaking and quite rapid acceleration.

The car flew through it's first service, at SG Petch in Durham, and cost £170.00.

Now for the not so good points,

I am still having problems with the drivers seat creaking, after 2 attempts to repair by Jenning's who supplied the car, and SG Petch who had a go when the car was in for it's service. This has now been escalated to a customer complaint with Mazda.
At the moment they are refusing to change the seat and want Petch's to try and repair the seat again, last repair last 9 days before the creaks came back. The seat cover is now looking very 2nd hand due to being removed twice as the pads, airbags and heater element all were removed to faciliate the repair.
There are a few niggly rattles starting to appear, one in the rear of the car, which I think is the tailgate rattling on the door striker, this hads been a repaired twice and is still ongoing. A rattle has appeared in the roof lining on passenger side near the sun visor, and a rattle in the dashboard behind stereo unit.

One the whole the car is a pleasure to drive, is economical and well specced, but issues the build quality, the initail cost and the problems I am experiencing with Mazda Customer service(not ringing back is a major issue with these people) has definitely took the shine off my Mazda ownership experience.








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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 09:55:32 PM »
Good to hear. Seems the earlier version has missed out on the o2 sensor issues. Mine has an annoying rattle at the back somewhere, but seems to disappear after a while.

Despite breaking down twice in less than 2k miles I still love the car and I'm getting better ecomomy with every tank. Computer stating 49.1 with 2 notches left on latest tank.

I don't find road noise overly loud, but perhaps that will show as the tyres wear. Interestingly I ran the Falken 452's on the RX8 and they were much better than the stock Bridgestone Potenzas for noise and handling in the wet and was thinking this was the way to go when the Toyo's go...but maybe not.
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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 10:13:21 PM »
You interested in the July meets mate?

Meeting Dalton Park to start so not too far away.
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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 11:43:03 PM »
glad to hear your enjoying it mate, is the 150 or the 185 2.2 d that you have ?!
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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010, 06:59:41 PM »
Mines going great now also since x2 sensor failure, dompleted nearly 4K :) fuel economy still around 45-46 even with my heavy foot driving style at times...

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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 07:58:41 PM »
It's great to hear another 1yr review - My 3 is a year old in two weeks and has racked up 22500 miles with my only conver being tyre wear meaning with rotation four new tyres after 20,000 since the new tyres I have had two non repairable puctures meaning 6 tyres in a year!!!!

as for faults - the hanbrake needed adjusting and thats it.

I had the passenger wing mirror vandalised whilst folded in resulting in a very reasonable £167.00 bill for a complete painted unit including fitting!

As for the drive still great and very quick - I love putting 120 & 320 BMW driver in their place :-)

My only other gripes are how easily the bumper step to the tailgate scratches and the stone chips being picked up on the bonnet

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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010, 10:28:52 PM »
Thanks for the info,
Taking delivery of my 2.2 150 sportnav this weekend, can't wait.
Still a bit unclear as to what spec I'm getting though which is a bit worrying.
Also the o2 issues? What are they are can they be fixed without the problem arising
i.e. fixed before they go belly up?
Will send in a wee review after a month or two

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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010, 07:50:27 PM »
Hi folks, my 3 is just over a year old now and I bought it from Jennings in Middlesborough about 5 weeks ago.  Can't fault the service from them......they gave me an extra £1000 for my 1.8TDCi Focus which I traded in and delivered the car on a trailer up to me in Aberdeen  ;D

Like Neogas I am a wee bit concerned as to how easily the front bumper and bonnet picks up stone chips, all I can suggest is fill them with your touch up pen to keep the rust away and put plenty of wax on to seal out the moisture.  I haven't really anything bad to say about the car, there are one or two annoying rattles which come and go but I'll track them down and keep you posted as to what they are  ;)

Compared to my Focus which I had, the 3 is like a rocket, one particular roundabout in the city regularly gives the TCS a workout even when only slightly damp in anything up to 3rd gear and it seems to pull like a steam train in all gears. The only real criticism I have is the suspension does seem a little soft and that combined with a slightly elastic feeling steering can make the car feel a bit vague.  Other than that up to now I am very impressed with the car, and one thing for sure........the Celestial Blue colour certainly turns a few heads and gives great grin factor  :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: Mazda 3 2.2D Sport - 1yr report
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010, 07:50:27 PM »