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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan

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  • $18,385 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan

The 2008 MAZDA3 is one of the most nimble, best-handling small cars on the market, and the five-door models especially stand out among competing models for their sporty silhouette and hatchback convenience. Both the i and s models have impressive fuel economy and the MAZDASPEED3 is one of the most powerful front-wheel-drive cars available, as well as one of the fastest cars in its affordable price range.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the popular MAZDA3 sees an important safety upgrade: standard on all s trim cars will be front seat side-impact air bags, as well as full-length side curtain air bags.

Model Strengths

  • Fuel efficiency
  • sporty handling
  • flexible five-door body style
  • performance for the money (MAZDASPEED3).

Model Review

The sporty and fuel-efficient 2008 MAZDA3 is offered in three trim levels (Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring) and in two different body styles (a sedan and a sleek five-door hatchback).

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The Mazda3 5-door hatchback is already a sporty and practical little wagon that's fun to drive. When you add a 263-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter, 6-speed manual transmission, tuned suspension and better brakes, the MAZDASPEED3 is a hot hatch to rival the best from Europe or Asia. It's a blast to drive with quick acceleration, crisp steering, good brakes and supportive sport seats, and still delivers fuel economy in the mid 20s. The turbocharged engine provides a wide torque band for decent acceleration in any gear, at any speed. Balanced and predictable on the track, in the real world putting all that power through the front wheels means dealing with torque steer. Though tweaked with wider front fenders, 18-inch alloy wheels, aggressive spoilers and aerodynamic rocker panels, it's still pretty stealth for the level of performance it delivers. - Mike Meredith

The 2009 Mazda Speed3 is a certifiable pocket rocket. Unleashing 263 horsepower through the front wheels provides plenty of excitement, and Mazda did a great job of controlling the torque steer. Launching onto a freeway on-ramp is a great way to see the car's strong acceleration capability. The turbo boost comes on lightning quick at 3000 rpm, and the rush of the boost lasts until up shifting at 6000 rpm. The Speed3's interior adds sporty red stitching around the seats and steering wheel, while aluminum pedals complete the race-inspired look. The trunk has enough capacity for a weekend trip and the rear seats accommodate 6-foot tall passengers comfortably. At a well-equipped price of $23,000, this Mazda is a strong candidate for the best 'bang-for-the-buck' under $25K. - Joe Chulick

The MAZDASPEED3 "hot hatch" delivers the performance that has always been promised by the aggressive styling of the regular Mazda 3. Here the 2.3 liter engine delivers big horsepower and big torque from a big turbocharger. The turbo dominates the character of this car, and benefits from a free-flowing exhaust (which you can clearly hear) to maximize power. The boosted-mill provides addictive acceleration in a relatively narrow band from 3500 to about 5000 rpm, forcing frequent gear changes to keep this engine in the heart of the power. Fortunately the shifter and transmission feel great and are fun to use. A car for enthusiasts, the interior even echoes themes from KITT of Knight Rider fame, with red strobe lights on the stereo. - Paul Hagger

It may look like a pedestrian Mazda3 with some additional baubles like big wheels and a rear spoiler, but it's anything but standard. Start up this hot hatchback and the low exhaust note makes it sounds as if it had a visit to a tuner shop. And this car is fast - if you can keep it on the road. The turbocharged engine under the hood is putting out more than 100 additional horses than the standard Mazda3, which is a lot of power for a front-wheel-drive car. Shifting into second under full throttle is the Mazdaspeed's signal to turn left. But if you're smooth with your right foot, the car is great fun to drive. It grips well in turns and that power is available in any gear. On the freeway at 70 mph in 6th, put your foot down and speed builds surprisingly fast. The best part is you still get all the versatility of a 4-door hatchback as well as rather respectable fuel economy. - Perry Stern

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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