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#2695 of 2744 Ordered our Mazda3!
Nov 20, 2007 (9:15 am)
Well, I just ordered our Mazda3 Grand Touring in the Copper Red that is one of the previous colors that is coming back in January. This is exactly the color that we were looking for, so we're pretty fired up about this car.
It will probably not get here until late February, but that's not a problem since I never liked the idea of getting a new car in the dead of winter in Michigan anyway.
#2696 of 2744 Re: Ordered our Mazda3! [gordonwd]
Nov 20, 2007 (10:47 am)
Cool! That is a sharp color. Did you pay full MSRP doing a special order like that? I was lucky to find the exact color, trim, and options (none) that I wanted on the lot at the dealer closest to my home, and their internet sales guy took $1100 off MSRP without batting an eye.
#2697 of 2744 Re: Ordered our Mazda3! [gordonwd]
Nov 20, 2007 (8:09 pm)
hey gordonwd! where are you in MI? I'm in GR. I have a '06 sport 5-door in copper red and I love it. funny thing, my wife has an '08 CWP 5 coming. should be here in january. I've never been a believer of getting a new car in the winter either, but I'm from northern ontario. this michigan winter stuff is child's play. enjoy your new 3!
#2698 of 2744 Re: Ordered our Mazda3! [ahightower]
Nov 21, 2007 (5:50 am)
We ordered a GT with the moonroof/BOSE package, which is exactly how the dealership orders all their GTs, so it's really not a "custom order" -- just reserving the first one in Copper Red that they get. I get a Ford "supplier discount", so the price is set for me no matter what. It's worth about $2K.
The price might go up slightly on these mid-'08 models too, since the GT now has a power seat and there are a few other upgrades. The value of the dollar vs. yen might also affect the new price.
ahightower: I'm in the Detroit area, and the winter issue is more about driving a nice new car in the salt and slop than being able to get thru it. My own car is a BMW 325i, and we've had so little snow since I got it in '04 that I've easily made it thru three winters on the stock all-season tires. I finally got a set of full winter tires this year, so am hoping for more snow . The most fun I had in the winter was with my Audi A4 Quattro AWD.
The Mazda3 will be my wife's car, and I expect it will do OK for the limited winter driving that she does.
#2699 of 2744 Re: Ordered our Mazda3! [gordonwd]
Nov 21, 2007 (1:50 pm)
My own car is a BMW 325i, and we've had so little snow since I got it in '04 that I've easily made it thru three winters on the stock all-season tires. I finally got a set of full winter tires this year, so am hoping for more snow
I've found that once you are truly prepared for winter weather you don't get any; we haven't had any significant winter weather in KY since I bought winter tires for the Wrangler and my wife picked up the X3...
BTW, I love Copper Red; the dealer that sold me my Mazdaspeed had a beautiful CR RX-8- but the back seat was too cramped for my 5'6" 13 year old son
#2700 of 2744 2008.5 Mazda3 in Canada
Feb 05, 2008 (11:29 am)
February 4, 2008
Mazda announces mid-year enhancements to Mazda3
Richmond Hill, Ontario - Mazda has announced mid-year enhancements to its Mazda3 line-up, including a new entry-level Mazda3 Sport GX model for the 2008 model year.
Unique to Canada in the North American market, the new 2008.5 Mazda3 Sport GX uses the same 148-horsepower, 2.0-litre engine found in the current Mazda3 GX and GS sedans. The new trim line includes 15-inch steel wheels, body-coloured grille, GFX front and rear bumpers, fog lamps, anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags and CD stereo with four speakers. An available Comfort Package adds power locks and windows, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, illuminated entry, wheel-mounted audio controls, spoiler and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Air conditioning and an automatic transmission are also available as options.
The Mazda3 Sport GS now receives air conditioning, rear spoiler, cruise control and two additional speakers as standard equipment, while the Mazda3 Sport GT receives additional standard equipment, including Xenon headlamps; its Luxury Package now also adds a power driver's seat and Bose audio with Sirius satellite radio.
The Mazda3 sedan also receives additional equipment content, with the GX gaining two extra speakers and body-coloured mirrors, along with a Comfort Package similar to the Sport GX.
The GS sedan receives body-coloured grille and standard 16-inch alloy wheels, previously available as a GS Sport Package, and will have only a stand-alone sunroof as an option. Similar to the Sport GT, the Mazda3 sedan GT receives Xenon headlamps and additions to its Luxury Package.
Pricing for the models will be available at a later date.
#2701 of 2744 Pricing the 2008 Mazda3 in Canada [groovypippin]
Feb 05, 2008 (2:15 pm)
Pricing for the models will be available at a later date.
It will be interesting to see how Mazda deals with the recent rise of the Canadian dollar in its pricing. Several manufacturers are introducing New Canadian pricing to address the issue. Unfortunately, this is not across the board and is sometimes applied only to higher end models. As a consumer we should insist on having a clear explanation why Canadian prices do not match US prices considering our dollars are at par and the models are virtually identical.
#2702 of 2744 Mazda 3 in snow and clearance
Feb 27, 2008 (4:45 am)
Could you tell me how the hatchback does in snow? Do you put snow tires on?
Is the traction control helpful? I read it was pretty low to the ground 4.8in. Any one have problems w/ scaping, bottoming out? Thank you
#2703 of 2744 the MZ3 hatch good enough in snow
Feb 29, 2008 (2:04 pm)
True the 3hatch is low, true it scrapes the bottom, but it works fine in snow (road, highway)
#2704 of 2744 Re: Mazda 3 in snow and clearance [rebel71]
Mar 06, 2008 (10:15 pm)
the hatch is horrible in the snow with the factory 17" wheels and tires. Had to make several runs up my hill 2006/2007 snow season. for 2007/2008 I bought 16" steel wheels with blizzaks and it works great. No problems at all, I certainly recommend the 16" steel wheels with good snow tires