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Old 02-05-2009, 05:31 AM
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Just started looking at the 4 door auto i Touring.They have good deals on these at this time. Any good or bad experience owning a Mazda. Thanks for any input.
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A friend bought one for his gf. To date they have been happy.
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I'm not saying my two cents are worth much, but isn't the Mazda line the cheaper car manufacture in the States today? In my books they are. Just go to a Mazda used car lot, that'll show you what one of their new vehicles will look and feel like in a year or two.........junk IMHO.
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My wife has a '08 MX5 Miata PRHT and loves it. Other than taking it back for a rattle in the hard-top, she hasn't had a problem with anything.
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My wife has a 2007 Mazda CX-7, she loves it and good in the snow.

Had one problem with it since owning it an oil leak at the transaxle gasket. In the shop for 3 weeks but they did give her a 2008 CX-9 as a loaner so she was happy while the car was being worked on.
6 months later the tires wore down to nothing (14k on the odometer) on the inner corners due to a faulty front end allignment. Dealer fixed the alignment issue and installed 4 new tires.

At least I can say the dealer support was outstanding, wish my local boat dealers could achieve that level of service.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:57 AM
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My sister had a 2003 she used to commute with work with she loved it she recently totaled it in an accident and is looking to get the 2009 3
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My 20 year old daughter just bought herself one. We checked out the forums and testimonials prior to her purchase. Most were very positive. She loves it, but wouldn't any 20 year old love the first car she purchased by herself? Her's is black.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:13 AM
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i had an 04 ,3, loved it never had a problem , but i would go with the s model ,thats what i had ....only got out of it because wife wanted something bigger ,so we got a 08 tribute and she loves it.



i think the s gives you more bang for the buck ,and the larger motor is nice to have also
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I do not sell Mazda's so this is IMHO a very good opinion. They are a "low cost" car made in Japan which Ford still has a major stake in ownership. I like these cars. When we sell them used they don't come back. If I was selling the brand I would not hang my head in shame they good cars for a good price and will last a very long time. I say buy it and enjoy the car.
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I do not sell Mazda's so this is IMHO a very good opinion. They are a "low cost" car made in Japan which Ford still has a major stake in ownership. I like these cars. When we sell them used they don't come back. If I was selling the brand I would not hang my head in shame they good cars for a good price and will last a very long time. I say buy it and enjoy the car.
my father had a 1991 626 he got rid of it with 285k on it and I still see it running around town
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Thanks, we are looking to buy a car that will be a hand me down to my daughter in 2 years.

Also on the list is 09 Corolla (the wife feels thesteering floated, loose feelingon the highway) the steering is electric, Corolla isabout the same price as the Mazda 3.

Then a Honda 09 Civic (don't care for that dash) and Honda still seems that there is no need to offer good discounts on there cars.

I have searched KBB, Edmonds and others but its funny that the same car can be great and a POS at the same time.

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I do not sell Mazda's so this is IMHO a very good opinion. They are a "low cost" car made in Japan which Ford still has a major stake in ownership. I like these cars. When we sell them used they don't come back. If I was selling the brand I would not hang my head in shame they good cars for a good price and will last a very long time. I say buy it and enjoy the car.
my father had a 1991 626 he got rid of it with 285k on it and I still see it running around town
You have me beat I bought a new Mazda B2600i pickup in 1990. I still drive it every day. Two clutches and 4 sets of tires later its still going strong with only 230,000+ miles!! Mark
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I do not sell Mazda's so this is IMHO a very good opinion. They are a "low cost" car made in Japan which Ford still has a major stake in ownership. I like these cars. When we sell them used they don't come back. If I was selling the brand I would not hang my head in shame they good cars for a good price and will last a very long time. I say buy it and enjoy the car.
my father had a 1991 626 he got rid of it with 285k on it and I still see it running around town
You have me beat I bought a new Mazda B2600i pickup in 1990. I still drive it every day. Two clutches and 4 sets of tires later its still going strong with only 230,000+ miles!! Mark

They are very good cars all my father did was use mobil 1 and a good filter and change the oil every 8k that car i am sure has over 300k on it now
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The Honda is best one out of the bunch; that's why they won't get the same discounts as the others.

(I owned a Miata for 5 years.) Mazda does not have the same quality as Honda or Toyota, but that does not mean it's terrible. Mazda builds really good sports cars and have for a very long time - lots of successful racing heritage.

Currently, I own an 2008 Civic Si and I looked at many many cars before I decided on it, Infiniti G35, Mazda RX-8, Mini Cooper, Subaru WRX. Don't let the dash in the Civic steer you away - it's sort of like going from Word Perfect to MS Word. Once you try it, you'll understand its functionality and like it better than all the others. For a young driver I think it would be very beneficial because the speedometer is right there on top - easy to see. New drivers have difficulty "feeling" how fast they are going and I think the placement would help because it's right there in front of them.

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Agreed with most posted so far. My brother bought a 08 ($15,800) and is quite happy.

Not quite as refined as the CIVIC but at least $3K cheaper.




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Mr. Paul - 2/5/2009 10:19 AM I do not sell Mazda's so this is IMHO a very good opinion. They are a "low cost" car made in Japan which Ford still has a major stake in ownership. I like these cars. When we sell them used they don't come back. If I was selling the brand I would not hang my head in shame they good cars for a good price and will last a very long time. I say buy it and enjoy the car.
my father had a 1991 626 he got rid of it with 285k on it and I still see it running around town
I know someone that had an '88 626 and had 184k miles on it when they sold it and the only problem they experienced was that the water pump went bad. Never heard a bad thing about a Mazada.

I've been kicking around the idea of getting a Mazada 3 as well. That is when I go to replace my '94 Corrolla in the next couple years. But I've come to realize that I'm going to need an all wheel drive car due to where I live.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:01 PM
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To pass on to a kid, the Subaru Impreza (non WRX) is a great choice as well. They have STD AWD & a intergrated crash frame (semi roll cage) that fares very well in accidents. The engine & drive line on the non-turbo models are bomb proof as they share most of the same components, and the turbo versions run forever at higher HP & compression.
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I currently own a 2004 Mazda 3i and love it. I have 80k and have had no issues with the car. I have replaced the tires, rear brakes and battery. Car still runs great and feels like it did the first day. Thjose that say it is lower quality, I have not seen this. My family and gf both own hondas and toyotas and I see no difference in the quality. The only gripe I have, is that the gas mileage is marginal at best. About 25 in the city and 30 hwy. Compared to my gf who gets about 30/34 with her 06 Corolla. The mazda 3 is a fun car to drive and safe. Ford did own a percentage of Mazda but the frame of the car is based off Volvo, resulting in a safe vehicle. The car comes with 4 wheel disk brakes (I believe the S is ABS). Most cars in the class (at least in 04) came with rear drums.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM. I enjoy the car and will keep it for years to come. I just added a set of Yakima roof racks to carry my kayak. The car is versitile as it has a front tie down which works great. Even after 4+ years of use the trade-in value is still pretty good, not as good as a Honda or a Toyota, but no complaints. Also, check out Edmunds.com the car won numerous awards over the years. The style of the vehicle is getting old as the competition redesigns. I believe in 10 the car will be redesigned. IMO, can't go wrong with a Mazda3 as a first vehicle.
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woolyt2 - 2/5/2009 10:13 AM

i had an 04 ,3, loved it never had a problem , but i would go with the s model ,thats what i had ....only got out of it because wife wanted something bigger ,so we got a 08 tribute and she loves it.



i think the s gives you more bang for the buck ,and the larger motor is nice to have also
I agree, I would also suggest the S model. I bought an I-sedan and wish I bought S-wagon. Not only for the increase space but also for the slightly larger engine & ABS brakes.
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