Mazda3 SP25 2012

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Chris Pattison

Kilometres travelled

75,000 - 100,000 km

Did you buy this car new or used?


If used, what year did you buy it used?


How much did you pay? (including all on-road costs)


What were your needs when you bought this car? Has it fulfilled those needs?

I was looking for a smaller replacement of my Mazda6 wagon, which I sold to my son and has done 300,000+ km to date.

Something easier in traffic and suitable for use in my retirement. Pity that this model was not available in manual, which it was in Australia.

What were your initial thoughts about the car? Tell us why it appealed to you.

I have always enjoyed Mazdas, going back to the early 1970's. I liked the colour (blue) and the extra performance of the bigger engine, as well as the extra features that went with it, such as cruise control and sunroof.

What have you discovered since owning the car?

It did not have reversing sensors, which I added soon after. It is regularly serviced by myself and is a reliable runner.

What do you like/dislike about the car?

It needed reversing sensors, an omission error by Mazda. I also applied matt adhesive foil to a couple of distracting shiny surfaces inside the cabin.

The automatic rain sensor I feel is redundant and it can operate the wipers sometimes unnecessarily.

Any other comments on the car?

The clear coat on the paint is starting to peel and it will require a repaint. This is common to all cars of this age. I would prefer to repaint than to replace the car, which is a comfortable drive. I seldom use the sunroof, but it is there when I need it.

The drivers seat is showing wear and tear and will be needing attention soon by an upholstery specialist.


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Lastly, would you buy this vehicle again?


Why would/wouldn't you buy it again?

The biggest issue would be finding another in today's market. If I bought another, I would seek out a manual instead of an auto.

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