Used Mazda CX-3 (Mk1, 2015-2020) review - What should you look out for?

Mazda has a strong reputation for reliability, but some models haven’t been highly rated in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys

Build quality is excellent, especially on the inside, while Mazda’s reputation for reliability should provide some peace of mind. Be wary when buying a low-mileage CX-3 diesel, because problems can occur if the DPF regeneration is interrupted. 

Common used Mazda CX-3 Mk1 problems

Handbrake

The CX-3 featured a conventional handbrake until August 2018, at which point an electronic version was fitted. 

Air-con

Many owners have experienced problems with the air-conditioning; dealers have been replacing systems under warranty. 

Fuel tank

Front-wheel-drive cars have a 48-litre fuel tank, while four-wheel-drive models get a 44-litre tank, despite the fact that they’re thirstier. 

Washers

If the windscreen washers don’t work, the water reservoir is probably empty; there’s no warning on the dashboard to tell you.

Recalls

The CX-3 has been recalled four times, the first in May 2017 for possible failure of the boot’s gas struts. Some models made in May 2016 were called back in July 2017 over a faulty brake hose clip. A software fault could lead to engine failure on cars built up to November 2017; an ECU update fixed this. CX-3s made up to April 2017 could suffer an electrical short circuit leading to the engine cutting out.

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