The Complete Guide to Buying a Mazda3

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Mazda3

The Mazda3 combines style, safety, and affordability making it a great option for any driver. Not only does the Mazda3 provide plenty of cabin room, it also has plenty of cargo space since it is a hatchback vehicle. Compared to other hatchbacks, the Mazda3 is reasonably priced, has a stylish and sporty exterior and interior, and gets above average gas mileage. In addition, base models of the Mazda3 are below the average cost to insure, and high end models typically have average cost, making them a very affordable vehicle to purchase and own.

Mazda3s are purchased from Mazda car dealerships, general car dealerships, or online using eBay. Aside from being able to research and compare vehicles from the comfort of their own home, buyers are able to search through many more vehicles on eBay, making it easy to find the right vehicle and price. When searching for a Mazda3, there are different considerations to take into account so buyers can find the right vehicle for their budget and lifestyle.

Types of Mazda3 Models

There are two main types of Mazda3 models: the Mazda3 hatchback and the Mazda3 MPS. Other Mazda3 models include S, TS, TS2, and sport, which feature slight differences in style and features. Models also slightly vary based on the model year. The Mazda3 hatchback is the standard Mazda3 model, featuring a base 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine, or a high powered 2.2 185ps litre turbo diesel engine, which makes the Mazda3 both powerful and fuel efficient. Not only is the base hatchback Mazda3 the most affordable model, it has the highest fuel economy as well. The Mazda3 is also one of the greener options for hatchback vehicles, with very low CO2 emissions, making it above average for emissions in its class.

Other Models

The Mazda3 MPS is the top of the line turbocharged model of the traditional Mazda3 hatchback, known for its power and performance. Because the Mazda3 MPS is the top of the line Mazda3, it is also the most expensive. The Mazda3 MPS features a more sporty exterior, bucket seats, and a high powered 260ps 2.3 litre DISI turbo diesel engine. The Mazda3 MPS goes from zero to sixty in 6.2 seconds, and 380Nm of torque. Some models feature racing side strips or spoiler to give the MPS an even sportier look.

Performance and Economy

Both types of Mazda3 models boast high performance and fuel economy. If buyers are looking for a more fuel efficient car, they may want to go with the basic Mazda3 model, while those looking for speed and performance may want to choose the sporty MPS. By familiarising themselves with the differences in performance and economy, buyers can find the right model for their needs.



Mazda3 MPS

CO2 Emissions

171 g/km

219 g/km

EC Emission Level

EC Stage V

EC Stage V

Fuel Consumption (Combined City & Highway)

7.4 l/100km (38.2 mpg)

9.4 l/100km (30.1 mpg)

Fuel Consumption City

9.9 l/100km (28.5 mpg)

12.9 l/100km (21.9 mpg)

Acceleration (0-60mph)

13.1 seconds

6.2 seconds

Top Speed

107 mph

155 mph

Although the statistics are based on new models of Mazdas, many used models have similar statistics. By understanding the differences in fuel economy and performance, buyers can choose which model of Mazda3 is right for them.

Safety Features

When it comes to safety, the Mazda3 is one of the safest vehicles in its class. The 2013 Mazda3 has a top safety rating of 5 stars from the Euro NCAP. Many models of Mazda3s feature six standard airbags in the front and sides of the vehicle and a strong, rigid body built with safety in mind. Some Mazda3s have additional safety features such as the Emergency Stop Signal System, which flashes the car's hazards in the event of an abrupt stop. When purchasing a Mazda3 for a family, safety features should be among the most important items to consider.


The next thing to consider when purchasing a Mazda3 is the transmission. Mazda3s feature either a five speed manual transmission, or a four speed automatic transmission. Only the Mazda MPS features a six speed manual transmission. Mazdas with manual transmission features a clutch foot pedal and stick shift, so the user can shift the gears manually. While many people prefer automatic transmission which automatically shifts gears, some people prefer the performance of a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions are also better for gas mileage and are easier for urban driving.


Another consideration for purchasing a Mazda3 is whether to purchase the vehicle new or used. The initial Mazda3 was introduced in 2004, and the second generation was produced in 2008. Models 2012 and newer feature fuel efficient engines, equipped with new Skyactiv technology. Each generation features some differences in style, safety, and economy and performance. Even when purchasing a used Mazda3, buyers are able to get the newest generation of Mazda3s, without the expensive price tag of a new vehicle.

History Report of the Vehicle

When considering a used car, it is important to check the vehicle's individual history report, which is available online. The vehicle history report shows the car's past damage, maintenance, and repairs. To get the best value when purchasing a used car, buyers should look for a car without previous accidents or frame damage, to make sure they do not have to put a ton of money into repairs as the car gets older.

Ensure the Mileage is Low

Another thing to look for when purchasing a used car is mileage. Purchasing a gently used car with low mileage is the best way to ensure the car stays in working condition for years to come. Purchasing a used car is generally more affordable than purchasing a new car, and many used cars are just as reliable. Some gently used cars also still have the original manufacturer's warranty that covers the car's maintenance and repairs. If the original warranty is still available for the vehicle, it is transferred to the new owner when the car is sold.


Before purchasing a new or used vehicle, it is important to set a budget and find a vehicle within the set price range. All Mazda3s vary in cost, based on condition, transmission, model, and features. Base models are the most affordable, while high performance MPS models are the most expensive. Additional features such as navigation, sunroof, or leather seats also hike up the cost of the car. When setting a budget, it is important to take into account the cost of the down payment, monthly payment, insurance cost, and interest rate. The longer the buyer takes to pay off the vehicle, the more they end up paying in interest. By paying the car off in full or putting down a large down payment, buyers save money on expensive interest costs.

How to Purchase a Mazda3 on eBay

After taking into account all of the different considerations for purchasing a Mazda3, you are ready to begin your search. Since purchasing a car is an expensive investment, it is best to research and compare different cars in order to find the best value on a vehicle. The large number of Mazdas on eBay makes it easy to find a vehicle that fits within your needs and price range. To begin your search on eBay, you can search the specific make and model in the eBay search bar.

eBay also makes it quick and easy to find the right vehicle for you, by allowing you to narrow search results by factors including but not limited to: condition, transmission, model, model year, or colour. eBay also makes it easy to stick to your budget, by allowing you to set your price maximum. By setting your price maximum, you do not have to waste time searching through Mazda3s outside of your price range. eBay also makes it easy to narrow results by location, so you can find a vehicle that is nearby and therefore convenient to test drive and check out before making a decision.


Mazda3s combine performance, fuel economy, safety, and style to make it an affordable, lasting vehicle. All Mazdas are known for their quality and reliability, and specific models boast superior performance or fuel economy. Depending on what the buyer is looking for in a vehicle, they are able to find a Mazda3 that fits their needs.

Before buying a Mazda3, it is important to check out the vehicle in person and take it for a test drive to ensure the vehicle runs well. Also, buyers may find problems with the vehicle that was not visible in the photos. When choosing a car, make sure the seller is trustworthy, and does not hesitate to answer any questions. Sellers that refuse to let buyers test drive the car is also a red flag for potential buyers. One of the easiest ways to find a trustworthy seller on eBay is by checking the detailed seller rating. Purchasing from a seller with high customer feedback means the seller has a reliable track record of customer satisfaction. Since there are so many trusted sellers on eBay, it is easy for buyers to find a seller they can trust when purchasing a Mazda3.

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