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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys im just about ready to ditch my lexus es300 that has almost 200k miles. ive been looking at 1st gen mazda 3 hatchbacks recently. really nice looking car and i love the versatility of the a hatchback. never drove one, but im told there fun as hell to drive. My main concern is the reliability. its hard to find a first gen with less than 80k miles, my question is would you be confident buying at mazda 3 hb with 80-120k miles.what are common problems and maintenance? thanks alot. looking forward to joining the mazda 3 community
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For some reason I can't think of any other really common problems aside from rust and failed engine mounts.
They are indeed a lot of fun to drive. If it weren't for the rust issue I would keep mine forever.
Personally I would have a hard time buying any car with higher mileage regardless of the make. Too risky that you're buying into someone else's problems (probably #1 reason people sell the cars in the first place). Mazdas3s are very reliable in general but obviously there are lemons out there, as one recent member found out.


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Like cab0oze said, main problems are failed motor mounts and tons of rust (from particular regions of this continent).

At 100k miles these things should have been replaced recently or you need to sometime in the future.
-spark plugs
-shock & struts
-motor mounts
-cabin air filter
-possible halogen bulb failure (replacement bulbs/ HID's)
-fuel system clean
-transmission fluid flush and refill
-brake pads
-belts (AC and serpentine)

By no means does all this HAVE TO BE REPLACED / SERVICED. Don't think because i listed all these items the mazda3 is a bad vehicle. They're just common maintenance you may have to do before during or after 100k on these cars.


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Yeah, that's all common mx for any car. I was even going to mention brake calipers seizing (in the rust belt at least) but our cars are already better than most other cars since we have stainless steel slider pins unlike some other cars which rely on dust boots rather than good quality metal.


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Even with slider pins, you just have to pop them out and put some silicone lube on there every 50-100k. Costs less than 5 dollars and prevents trouble down the road!


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Even with slider pins, you just have to pop them out and put some silicone lube on there every 50-100k. Costs less than 5 dollars and prevents trouble down the road!
For the slider pins, there is a specific product meant for it, called brake grease or slider pin grease. Permatex product if I recall. Regular silicone is not going to cut it.

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