I love my Mazda 3- it's fun to drive and reliable too.
2008 Mazda Mazda3 s Touring
The 2008 Mazda 3 has been a very reliable vehicle. Mine has the standard 5 speed transmission. This little car has some get up and go when needed, but rides smoothly and is good on gas. Overall maintenance has been routine. Mechanical problems have been limited and well beyond expected timeframe and mileage to occur. This is a well-built, fun car. Being an older car, there are still some things I am able to fix myself which is a real money saver. For things that require a mechanic, costs are average, I think because the parts are not specialty and are fairly common... This helps a lot in terms of saving money and convenience of places having needed parts readily available.