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Best reasonably priced car I have owned.
Pros: zoom zoom (manual transmission).
Cons: trade off of power for milage (good though).I could not be happier with my Mazda3. Their is truth to the zoom zoom thing even in the inexpensive fairly low powered Mazda3. I get great milage, it's fun to drive and with 40,000 miles on it the only problem I have had was with one of the tire pressure warning stems.. It looks nice and feels great on the road.
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.
Mazda 6i Sport
Pros: overall performance
Cons: needs more torgue for pulling in low revsThis 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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.