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Pros: the drivability
Cons: the wimpy horn
Advice: drive a civic, sentra, corolla, 318i, A4...then drive the mazda3 and you will buy the mazda3I bought a new 2009 mazda 3i value edition 5 speed stick in April 2009 since they are such a good deal. The new model Mazda3 is out and dealers are trying to unload this older bodystyle. Plus they are starving anyway. I got it for $14,900 OTD with the trade of an old beater worth about $500. This is my second mazda having owned a 1996 millenia which has given me 167,000 trouble free miles and still runs like new (I still drive it). I almost forgot how much fun a stickshift is to drive and this is the perfect car for it. It's fast, nimble and economical. It is the only car in this price range that has the following features which I was shopping for: 1. twin cam 4 cylinder 2. 4 wheel independent suspension 3. 4 wheel disk brakes with ABS and alloy wheels 4. good fuel economy 5. 4 doors but sporty performance & styling 6. assembled in japan 7. alarm/power windows/locks a/c remote cool bells& whistles
Pros: heated seats
Cons: cups in the cup holders get in the way of the stick shift a little
Advice: mine was made in japan, dont be foolish it does make a differenceI recently drove 2400 km of heavy snowfall high mountain hwy night driving in my 2009 mazda 3 sport GT. Im a very confident driver in these types of conditions so i pushed and pushed my car to see what it was and was not capable of. I could not drive this thing fast enough, it never once faultered or hesitated, not once. keep in mind i put on 4 new nokian wrg2 tires for the trip. i seriously felt like a raly driver, passing trains of other motorist doing 50km/h at 120km/h. my hats off to mazda japan for reminding me how fun it is to drive. and hats off to nokian tyres for an exceptional tires as well. these two products together are dangerously fun for anyone who appreciated quality and performance. especially for winter mountain driving. i strongly recommend.
Advice: Great investment, highly recommended!I looooooove my Mazda 3i!! I have been through a number of vehicles...Honda, Ford, Mitsubishi and my Mazda by far outranks them all!! This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought my car brand new with only 7 miles on it in March of 2006, it is now almost 2009 with 30,000 miles and I haven't had one problem. The only down part is like others have previously stated, the ac doesn't get really cold only cool...kind of a bummer on those 90 degree plus days. It sometimes sticks a little when I try to shift into reverse and I have noticed the clutch needs to be let out more than usual in that case. Otherwise, I wouldn't trade this car for anything!! Best investment!!
Pros: the awesome stereo, the 5 spd, auxillary input, illuminated spedometer, gas mileage
Cons: paint chips easy.
Advice: if your looking for a reliable car that has a bit of pep. buy it. its cheap, peppy and fun to drive!i bought this car back in september and i love it.. i dont know what it is but this car is beautiful. bought it brand new and only had one problem with the car and that was the bug deflector weatherstrip. and that was fixed promptly. the service at mazda is great and its fast.. have had no problems whatsoever with this car. for anyone looking at the civic, mazda3, corolla, etc... i advise you to get this car.. its the best out of any of those. and it looks the nicest. have driven it almost 8000 KM and still runs beautiful. i managed to get 5 people and 4 sets of tires and rims in my car comfortably.. it was awesome! got snow tires and for anyone who lives in the northern states or canada.. get them. it will be worth your while this is the 2008 version not the 2004.
Pros: steering wheel radio controls, horsepower compared to civic/corolla
Advice: finance it through MazdaI love my new Mazda, it handles good, it's peppy, it's sporty, has more horsepower than most other small cars. Mazda's very competitive financing was great! I really like my 3 alot, I'd reccommend it to anyone.
Pros: The buttons for the radio are conveniently located on the steering wheel
Advice: I love mine and I highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a great car at a low priceAlthough it's a 4-cylinder it rides like a 6-cylinder. Very smooth and sporty feel. You also have the option to drive the car in manual mode if you prefer.
Pros: Lots of options for a car in this price range
Cons: No auto door locking when the car starts, no power seats
Advice: Don't bother with anything else.Very Sport. Love the Sirius satalite radio. XM sucks!!! Navigation is a cool toy, and the overall style of the vehicle rocks!!