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Sport *Ltd Avail* Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 31 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine w/variable valve timing (VVT)
  • Aluminum alloy engine block
  • 4-speed sport automatic transmission w/OD & manual mode
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front independent MacPherson strut suspension w/coil springs
  • Rear independent E-type multi-link suspension w/coil springs
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P195/65HR15 all-season tires
  • T115/70D15 temporary spare tire
  • 15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Electro-hydraulic pwr assist steering (EHPAS) system
  • Variable pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front ventilated & rear solid disc brakes
  • Stainless steel exhaust-inc: manifold, main silencer, pipe, single outlet w/bright tip
  • Underhood insulator pad

Exterior Features

  • Triple-H construction
  • Body-color front/rear bumpers w/(4) integrated rear bumper reflectors
  • Black roof molding
  • Body-color protective side moldings
  • Black urethane front grille insert & trim
  • Halogen headlights-inc: silver-color bezels, black housings
  • Body-color manual remote folding mirrors
  • 2-speed variable-intermittent front windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color fuel door

Interior Features

  • Cloth seat trim
  • Reclining sport-type front bucket seats
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat
  • Front/rear outboard adjustable headrests
  • Center console-inc: armrest lid/covered dual storage compartment, 12V auxiliary outlet
  • Dual front cupholders w/lids
  • Rear center armrest w/(2) cupholders
  • Full carpeting
  • Front/rear carpet floor mats
  • Urethane scuff plates
  • Driver foot rest
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 3-spoke urethane steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Red nighttime illuminated gauges & controls
  • Black gauges w/white lettering
  • Instrumentation-inc: coolant temp gauge, speedometer, tachometer, (2) resettable trip odometers, outside temp
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Warning lights-inc: brake system, high-beam on, turn signals on, hazard warning on, check engine, engine oil pressure, battery charge, defogger on, air bags, front seat belt pretensioner system, door ajar, low fuel
  • Remote releases-inc: fuel door, hood, trunk
  • Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers, automatic level control (ALC), digital clock, auxiliary audio input jack
  • Satellite radio compatible audio system (requires additional dealer-installed hardware)
  • Roof-mounted mast-type antenna
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Rear window defogger
  • Front side window demisters
  • Illuminated locking glove box
  • Cigarette lighter & ashtray w/illumination
  • Black gloss-type finish trim-inc: instrument panel insert, center console, steering switch bezel, pwr window switch panel
  • Cloth door trim-inc: front/rear bottle holders & front door pockets
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Molded cloth headliner
  • Dual vinyl-covered visors-inc: covered vanity mirrors, ticket holders
  • (3) passenger assist grips
  • Parking brake w/silver release button
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Lighting-inc: front map lights, dome light, ignition keyhole
  • Cargo area light
  • Full cargo area trim
  • Driver side front seatback pocket
  • Driver side storage bin
  • Trunk lid opener cancel system (trunk latch type)

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) & brake assist
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS)-inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors
  • Front seat belt pretensioners w/force limiters, height adjustable
  • 3-point seat belts for all positions
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Rear seat child safety seat lower anchors & upper tethers (LATCH)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Crashable brake pedal
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams
  • Trunk entrapment release system
  • 5-mph bumpers
  • Single-type horn

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Owner Reviews

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My vehicle is a small, cute car that is able to go fast and maneuver around.

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Sport *Ltd Avail*

I love my car but I did have some initial problems that weren't due to me messing it up. My automatic transmission used to get stuck and when turning on my car, sometimes the engine wouldn't start but would 'turn on' as far as the lights. I love how small my car is! I'm always inside the lane, even when I don't think I am. The smaller the car, the easier to maneuver. I also just love the cuteness of the car. It reminds me of a dolphin! it's super cute and goes surprisingly very fast! Even while doing the speed limit, my car floats as if I was speeding! I love it, super sporty and cute.

- Blair C

Since it is a 2005 model it doesn't have automatic locks.

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Sport *Ltd Avail*

The Mazda I own has been in my family since 2005, the year we got it. Originally purchased for my elder brother it was then passed down to my older sister and then finally to me. It has been worn over the years and I regularly make sure to do maintenance on it so that it could last me longer. So far while it's reliability isn't the best, it still makes up for its performance for getting me through so many years.

- Eric E

08 Mazda 3 Sport Fails and issues

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Sport *Ltd Avail*

My transmission died after 200,000 miles. There are also a number of electrical failures on dashboard, no radio or lights on center dash, the center lights (radio controls) flash like strobe lights. My model is also manual locks and windows. The gas mileage isn't what the stats say it should be.

- Mckenzie B

A good Mazda it runs like a dream

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Sport *Ltd Avail*

I've haff few to no problems with my car. Or still runs great I have a little rust but that's due mostly to the weather in Nebraska good mileage never broke down on me the ac works better than average you can't take go wrong with a Mazda on the long run for a vehicle to last a long time

- Mike J

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