Second report: December 2016 – how it drives, and a few little niggles
Third report: January 2017 – Rachael compares the Mazda 3 to one of its biggest rivals, the Ford Focus
Fourth report: February 2017 – Unexpectedly stumbling on 2017's summer anthem...
Mileage – 6,337
The time to say goodbye to my long-term Mazda 3 is drawing ever near, but there’s still a bit of time left. I’m currently working on my ‘long-termer goodbye’ video script, and trying to ensure I’m not just waxing lyrical about it for ten minutes.
Annoyingly, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get the powertrain malfunction dashboard light fixed before it goes back, as the dealer I spoke to had no drop-in appointments available until the end of the month. The car still seems to be driving absolutely as it was though, although I would have liked to have seen what caused it.
Powertrain malfunction dashboard light aside, I did speak to both Mazda and a car dealer to see what typical buyers of the 3 would usually plump for in terms of spec, engine, colour etc. It turns out I haven’t gone too off the most popular spec. Across all engines the top-of-the-range Sport Nav trim – which this car has – is the most popular choice.