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best car ever
Pros: Gas mileagethis little Mazda does everything well
Pros: wonderful steering
Cons: tires wore out fastThis is the most drivable fun car I have ever had. Pervious cars were Fords and Hondas. I use a stick and love to drive I am a young 73. Alas, the 2010 is ugly in front and a bit bigger. Am waiting for a remake.
Cons: recurring small problemsI should start by saying that I bought the mazda3 5-door used. I've had it 5 years &have 90k miles on it. I absolutely love the zoomzoom. I don't love headlights that have been changed 4 times in 4 years (& too much of a pain without the right equipment which means taking it to the shop). I don't love the jerky shift (shiftronic) from 1st into 2nd gears. Gearbox light usually doesn't work. More road noise than my hubby's Honda Element (yikes). Exhaust pipe rattles. Undetermined rattling somewhere behind the dash. Huge pain to change the oil. Sun visor parts to keep them connected to the roof have both broken. MPG=nothing to complain or write home about. Comfortable enough. Wish the '05 had audio-in jack or iPod adapter.
Pros: Styling plus the fuel economy
Cons: No remote release for the trunk.
Advice: This is a worthy competitor to the Civic and miles ahead in styling versus the Corolla.Before I purchased this vehicle, I considered the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. I purchased the automatic with the sunroof-CD package as well as the power/wheel package and the airbags. Fit and finish is first class, fuel economy is 34 hwy/29 city and the performance is outstanding. Interior materials rival that of VW and I paid 17,590 in October 2005.
Pros: The audio controls on the steering wheel.
Cons: That ABS doesnt come standard.
Advice: Test drive it and see how you feel.I just bought this car 3 weeks ago and it was my first new car. I am very happy with my purchase. When I test drove the car I was skeptical because I didnt research the car first. I found that I felt very safe and that I was in control. It was smooth and had easy handling.
Pros: Appearance and handling
Cons: Gulps gas when the AC is on
Advice: Get a blue one!Great car, fun to drive. I bought it a month ago and am very satisfied. It has a very attractive appearance and good interior quality, superb handling, and enough power and agility to outperform the vast majority of other vehicles out on the road. However, it's a little bit more sluggish than I was expecting at the intermediate accelerations, between 40 to 70 mph in fourth gear. Overall a very good value for the price, which is around $17000-18000. Don't miss it if you're looking for a sporty, high-quality choice under $20000
Pros: Front and rear leg room; quiet ride.
Cons: Tripometer and mileage indicator design; inside design; smaller trunk area
Advice: Make sure you bring in sticker of vehicle when discussing price; dealers are thieves.I test drove the 3I and ended up buying the 2.3L 3S hatchback 5-speed. I really don't see the difference in the 2 engines as far as pickup. But the car rides great and has plenty of pep. Although it has some strange 'ergonomics' features inside that I've noticed since owning it: The tripometer 'font' size is noticably larger and placed on 'top' of the mileage indicator (which is a tiny number as well; i.e., 8 font & 6 font). The emergency brake handle is located on the passenger side in the middle of the two seats, not on the driver side; the radio, I think, doesn't have THAT great of a reception, even with the 'stick' antenna on the roof. One other thing - the engine has a minor 'shimmy' when it's started, just for a couple seconds, as the key is turned. There is noticably smaller truck space in the hatchback from the 4-dr sedan. But it does have a cover to hide any trunk contents. I only put @ 70 miles on the car so far, so I can't criticize much; the car rides great and does have great pickup and smooth acceleration and deacceleration for a 5-speed. What really sold me is the 4 year-50,000K warranty.