Mazda 3: Older Model Giving It A Bad Name

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Here is the thing about the Mazda 3. It might not be the most reliable model in the market right now but it is definitely not bad to the point where you have to avoid it but that is what some of the buyers are made to believe when they go to their local dealers.

A Reddit user went on Reddit to talk about how his dealer was trying to talk him out of buying the 2014 Mazda 3. According to the OP, his dealer said that the Mazda 3 was prone to rust and is in general, not very reliable. How true is that?

Well, if you are looking to get the Mazda 3 that was made before 2010, the dealer is probably right. The Mazda 3 from 2000 and 2010 all came fitted with a lining material and absorbed water which caused it to rust faster than usual but Mazda did get around fixing that issue in the newer models.

Mazda has made so many changes to the newer Mazda 3 that it is nowhere close to what the older models were.

1 Comment

  1. Jim

    August 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    First of all, contrary to this article, there was no Mazda 3 until model your 2004. That’s sad myself and a few others who owned Mazda threes from 2004, 2005, and 2007 have had no problems with rust. All of us have had our cars for over 140,000 miles with few problems if any. I might point out that these three Mazda 3’s are all owned and operated primarily in the Chicago where roads are heavily salted for snow during the winter. These are great cars and they all were given Consumer Reports magazine highest rating for best used cars. My theory is any negative reports are planted by undercover competitors.