Mazda Sports Cars Ratings

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    2005 Mazda MAZDA3

    Mixed Thoughts

    Pros: zoomzoom

    Cons: recurring small problems

    I 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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2005 Mazda MAZDA6

    Mazda 6i Sport

    Pros: overall performance

    Cons: needs more torgue for pulling in low revs

    This has been a great car for the 85k miles I have owned. Completely trouble free - it runs great, handles great, looks great. The Bose stereo has gotten a lot of trouble-free use and has always performed and sounded great. I would have loved more power and torque (as always), but I have always enjoyed the 30+ mpg I have gotten month in and month our on mostly hightway commuting miles. I would recommend a new or used one to anyone.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2009 Mazda MX-5 MIATA

    Fun fun fun.

    Pros: Handling and road feel.

    Cons: Needs more horsepower.

    You only buy this car is you are looking for some fun, not practicality. The handling and feel is great. You feel like you are connected to the car and road, so much so that even when you are going 45mph you feel like you are flying at 60mph. This is cheap fun and will get you 75-80 percent of what you would expect with a high-priced sports car, minus speed. Suspension is adequate for most people but parts are cheap enough for enthusiasts to mod to hearts content. If you haven't driven a 2500 pound car like this, you will be in for a surprise, and hopefully leave with a smile.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2006 Mazda MAZDA6

    Good Enough!

    Pros: Power and Handling

    Cons: Rough ride but you would expect that in a sports car.

    The car lives up to the performance line very well. Good acceleration, handling and looks. Mine suffered from numerous warranted repairs from the get go. Two new starters, a new air conditioner and two throttle body replacements in the first four years of ownership. It now has 63,000 miles and is out of warranty. I'm a little concerned!!!!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    I LOVE this little car!!!

    Pros: 1)Overall looks, shape, bodystyle. 2)Sound of the engine. 3)Feeling I get when I drive it.

    Cons: 1)Sound of the horn. 2)That it took me so long to get one.

    I see people driving convertibles that cost far more than what I paid for my MX-5 Miata, but I know in my heart its impossible for them to derive any more joy and pleasure out of their expensive vehicles than I get out of mine.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2005 Mazda RX-8 - Sport Automatic (A4)

    Pros: rotary engine

    Cons: seats a bit unforgiving after 4 or 5 hours

    Advice: You will love it!!

    A tad uncomfortable on a very long drive(400+ miles), but then all cars likely are. Otherwise, the performance (particularly on curves!) is outstanding. And the appearance inside and out simply can't be beat! RXs once upon a time sucked up oil, but no longer! This is a pleasure to look at and to drive.

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    2008 Mazda CX-7 - Sport FWD

    Pros: Apperance

    Cons: Not practical

    Advice: Not advisable for famlies

    As I read my fellow CX-7 owner's reviews I get the feeling that many of us purchased this car more due to looks and the ability to boast about having a turbo charged vehicle than anything else. Yes, the styling and presence of this vehicle cannot be denied. Nor can I say that it isn't fun to drive. However, if you are considering this car think about these few things: MPG - it gets at best 20 for me on highway and 17 combined on top of the fact that it needs premium fuel. If you think you are going to get away with less, the dealer will tell you that you can but you lose the whole point of having a turbo charged engine and might as well buy a 6 cylinder something else. Size - the RAV 4 has more cargo space and the CR-V more passenger space. Family use - it is much higher than similar CUV's making it almost impossible for my 3yr old to get in and out of. It suffers from an odd placement, operation or complete absence of buttons - the master window control panel is an all or nothing deal, if the windows are locked, even the driver can't manually open a window. And it also locks out the passenger. There is no master lamp control and no vanity mirror lights. Doors are intended for adults, they are heavy and do not stay open with the force a typical young child would apply. Standard Features - For a vehicle produced in 2008 and not 1998 I would expect it to have MP3 disk playing capabilities (that is $600.00 more for an mp3 changer), an axillary jack and more than one charging outlet. (Hard to decide whether to charge your cell phone or your GPS unit sometimes). Many of these issues are minor but do you really want to deal with them daily for 3-6 years?