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Hi,

I've been looking for reviews on the 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback from people who've been driving it for quite some time now.
I'm wondering if they still like the car, the upsides or downsides, if over time issues have developed..and by issues I mean
"big" expenses, not a little piece of rubber that came loose or something like that..

I've heard that Mazda is quite a good brand when it comes to the quality of their car parts, but I'd love to know more from people
who've had experience with it.

So, if anyone knows where I can find some reviews or youtube videos, that would be greatly appreciated as I'm having trouble
finding them myself.

Cheers.
 

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Drove my 2014 sGT 3.5 yrs and 48k with no issues. Lease expired so I just bought 2017 version. Very happy with them.
 

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There was a 100k mile review thread here earlier. You shouldn't expect many out of the ordinary issues below 100k miles except maybe some loose trim panels and bolt tightening.
 

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Owner of our 1st Mazda since mid2014...still feels like day 1. Mown3rship experience has been so good that when the need & chance came to get another car, we looked nowhere w/o 2nd thoughts & grabbed another M ...an M2 DJ.:)
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Hi,

I've been looking for reviews on the 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback from people who've been driving it for quite some time now.
I'm wondering if they still like the car, the upsides or downsides, if over time issues have developed..and by issues I mean
"big" expenses, not a little piece of rubber that came loose or something like that..

I've heard that Mazda is quite a good brand when it comes to the quality of their car parts, but I'd love to know more from people
who've had experience with it.

So, if anyone knows where I can find some reviews or youtube videos, that would be greatly appreciated as I'm having trouble
finding them myself.

Cheers.
Hi,

I am also have a 2014 Mazda 3 2L ( third in a raw since 1997). 20000 Km and no any big problem- only routine
garage treatment every year. Wish I have the more powerful 2.5L - can not buy in my country.
 

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2014 2.5L hatch. over 3 years 40k miles. still very happy with the car no regrets.
 

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I've got a 2014 sGT just over 74k miles with no issues. The only service I've done is oil changes and filters. I'm going to replace spark plugs and serpentine belt at 75k miles and drive it for another 3 years. I like the car so much that I bought my wife a 2015 sGT she drives about 10k miles a year so after 3 more years I'll take her car and buy her a new one.
 

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I have 54k on my 2014 3i Sport hatch and I love it. Has had no problems and have only had to do maintenance.
Great car, zippy and agile but definitely not fast.
 

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2014 IGT --
I've had it nice new I'm probably more satisfied with this car than I have been any other I've owned. It still drives nice and is tight as a drum. It has all the power one could need.
 

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Hi,

I've been looking for reviews on the 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback from people who've been driving it for quite some time now.
I'm wondering if they still like the car, the upsides or downsides, if over time issues have developed..and by issues I mean
"big" expenses, not a little piece of rubber that came loose or something like that..

I've heard that Mazda is quite a good brand when it comes to the quality of their car parts, but I'd love to know more from people
who've had experience with it.

So, if anyone knows where I can find some reviews or youtube videos, that would be greatly appreciated as I'm having trouble
finding them myself.

Cheers.
2015 mazda3i Sport AT. (Same as 2014 with minor changes)
37k miles

cons:
1) cigarette lighter always on. have to manually unplug/replug gps and dashcam everytime I exit/drive the car
2) no cd player. cant use cd player adapter that holds my cell phone
3) hatchback trunk (with cover on) doesn't seem that much bigger than the sedan.
but then again, if there was more space, I probably put more stuff in there.

4) HARD to latch rear seat back into place after folding it down. The latch sucks!

5) hatch door gets dirty very EASILY. so when you press the hatch button to open it, your hands get dirty.
6) rear windshield wiper doesn't wipe that great. bought a new wiper. same thing. :(

#4 is probably the only major problem.
 

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2015 mazda3i Sport AT. (Same as 2014 with minor changes)
37k miles

cons:
1) cigarette lighter always on. have to manually unplug/replug gps and dashcam everytime I exit/drive the car
2) no cd player. cant use cd player adapter that holds my cell phone
3) hatchback trunk (with cover on) doesn't seem that much bigger than the sedan.
but then again, if there was more space, I probably put more stuff in there.

4) HARD to latch rear seat back into place after folding it down. The latch sucks!

5) hatch door gets dirty very EASILY. so when you press the hatch button to open it, your hands get dirty.
6) rear windshield wiper doesn't wipe that great. bought a new wiper. same thing. :(

#4 is probably the only major problem.
-Cigarette lighter on all the time can be a pro (can charge phone while off), I prefer it myself. You should consider wiring your dashcam and GPS to the fuse box. Will look much cleaner and also allows you to pick the circuit you want to tap into (on or off with the car off). Thats what I did with my radar detector.

I love the room the hatchback gives, of course the cover will decrease space I leave the cover off myself. My rear wiper works perfectly in rain and even works overtime to get ice off (probably why I had to replace the failing oem one). And my seats latch fine really not hard at all.

Odd we have such different experiences.
 

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Just traded my 2014 for a 2017

I just traded my 2014 HB for a 2017 HB. I had an iTouring with a manual transmission. Loved every minute of owning it. It was flawless mechanically. Just normal maintenance. I had 33,000 miles on it. Back when I purchased it, you could not get the 2.5 engine with a manual tranny. So, I went with the 2.0. Got 30mpg over the life of the car with 90% city driving. So, pretty decent. If I had to go back in time and choose again, I'd make the exact same purchase.

The new car is a 2017 GT HB with an automatic transmission. I have advanced stage arthritis in my knees and it finally progressed to the point where operating the clutch was painful some days. I held out as long as I could, but I had to make the switch to the AT. :-(

I'll post a full review of my time with the 2014 on a different thread, but to sum up, I absolutely loved almost everything about the car except some minor gripes that are just first-world problems that are just the opinions of an old cranky man. ;-)

Here are the gripes:

- Digital tach. This is dumb. The thing is tiny and stupid. They should just put the analog tach / digital speedo in all the cars and be done with it.
- Only one seat back pocket. Really?!! You can never have too much storage. Seatback pockets are a no brainer. Especially for a family car. We have a CX-9 and the thing has 4!! :-o
- No manual transmission with the 2014 2.5 engine. This was remedied later, but I didn't have that option.
- Advanced safety features reserved for top trim and require you to purchase luxury items. This is just a gripe I have with Mazda and in fact most other car companies. I get that you need to make money, but it just sticks in my craw that I need to buy leather seats, a Boss stereo, Navigation, etc... to get to the best safety features.

That's basically it. I told you it was just a bunch of whiny drivel. Really, the 2014 was an outstanding car. I recommend it without hesitation to anyone. So, outside of the gripes above, I loved everything else about the car. Was sorry to see it go. Tho I am loving the new 2017 so far... ;-)
 

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I have 50k miles on the clock. Here is the pro and con.

Pro:
1). Nothing loose or broke.
2). It drives/performs like my 3 series.
3). MPG is very good. It's between 29 and 33 depend on how I drive it.

Con:
1). The seat cushions could be better(but very minor).


To sum up, awesome little car and no regrets at all.
 

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I just purchased a 2014 2.5L hatch with 67,316 miles and its Carfax report shows no problems.

It was serviced regularly on a warranty. Last year the previous owner replaced the windshield, lucky me. The paint - Blue Reflex Mica - seems to have held up well, and I'm picky about paint quality. I notice some spot wear on the steering wheel leather. The metal finish of the passenger side door handle has worn down to the plastic in a spot. Check back in 6 months or a year I'll report on my experience with my senior 2014 Mazda3 S Grand Touring.
 
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