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#9232 of 9328 Mazda3' 08 Problems?
Jan 27, 2009 (3:43 pm)
I love my Mazda 3 but for some reason when it's idling it makes a squeeky noise and sometimes it even shakes a little bit. Also when I first start it in the mornings it makes a buzzing sound...I've taken it to the dealer and they say there's nothing wrong with it So is that normal and I'm just being paranoid or what??
#9233 of 9328 Considering Purchase of an 05 3s
Apr 07, 2009 (11:54 pm)
Found online in Florida. Pics make the car look almost "mint". Owner is an Air Force LT about to ship out to Iraq (god protect him). 59K miles and appears to have the bells and whistles Mazda offered that year. KBB says the car is worth about $10k and he asking $3900. According to him he has all the maintenance records and a clean CARFAX print out. I'm in OHIO and do a lot a driving on a daily basis (about 100 a day). Also, I'm not a lil guy (6' and 250 with broad shoulders). Does anyone have any thoughts about whether or not this would be a safe (and/or reasonable) investment for me or should I just buy it and give it to my 18 y.o. daughter (college student)?
Thanks in advance
#9234 of 9328 Re: Considering Purchase of an 05 3s [dollarbill457]
Apr 08, 2009 (3:38 am)
just be careful there have been a lot of scams this way recently. At least one where the soldier had been killed and their car put on the net by someone as for sale at a really cheap price and the family finding out about it, the cars were always somewhere else and they would ask for the cash up front, so just be wary, most of the time if it is too good to be true it is.
#9235 of 9328 Re: Considering Purchase of an 05 3s [dollarbill457]
Apr 08, 2009 (6:02 am)
So weird, I was just looking for a used 17" wheel on craigslist and saw a Mazda3 with the words FRAUD! in the title. The explanation was that this is a scam, and a pretty common one at that. Steer clear my friend.
#9236 of 9328 Seat Cover Solution - Re: fowler3 [bluong1]
Mar 21, 2012 (1:51 pm)
Love the 2-tone remark. Grey colored seat covers would be an ideal solution. They should be machine wash and dry. proseatcovers.com is where we got ours.
Easy to install and maintain, we wash them once a month and the truck doesn't smell like wet dog any more!
Jan 23, 2012 (3:04 pm)
I'm currently in the market for a 2012 Mazda3 i Sport Auto. However, I am aware that the 2013 Mazda3 is expected to have much better fuel economy and SkyActiv engines in even the base models. Do you think it's worth the wait for a 2013?
#9239 of 9328 If the 3i Touring is out of your budget range, then definitely wait
Jan 23, 2012 (6:46 pm)
Mazda's drivetrain options for the Mazda3 are too complicated, and I doubt they will continue like this for much longer. If I were to take a guess, I think the Skyactiv drivetrain will be deployed across the entire lineup next year (except the Mazdaspeed3) and at least one (or perhaps both) of the current MZR engines will be pulled.
The MZR 2.0 found in the Mazda 3i Sport seems like the likeliest candidate, since it shares an identical displacement with the Skyactiv 2.0, and in North America, the Mazda3 is the only car that uses that engine. Meanwhile, the MZR 2.5 is also used in the Mazda5 and Mazda6. I don't think that the Skyactiv 2.0 has enough torque for those heavier models, so it would seem that the MZR 2.5 won't disappear until a more powerful Skyactiv engine comes out.
Currently, the price of stepping up from the 3i Sport to the 3i Touring is about $1,600. In addition to the Skyactive drivetrain, the Touring models add alloy wheels, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, trip computer, cruise control, and six-speaker audio. If the Skyactiv drivetrain indeed trickles down to the 3i Sport models, then I would guess that either the list price goes up, or equipment currently standard on the 3i Sport becomes optional or thrown into a package.
Jan 23, 2012 (8:32 pm)
Where I'm living right now, the difference between the i Sport and i Touring trims is about $3600, before even mentioning tax. The i Sport is about $16000 while the cheapest Touring is pushing $20000. Which makes me wonder if the additional MPG I might get from the Skyactiv engine is going to be spent on the initial purchase anyway.
My biggest concern is that the worst-case scenario occurs: 2013 Mazda Mazda3 base model has the Skyactiv engine, priced the same as the 2012, with almost the exact same features. Then the 2012 Mazda3 which I hypothetically purchase would be a really bad deal, in that light. But is that likely to happen?
Also, the i Sport gets about 24/33 MPG, which is not too shabby, but certainly not close to many of its rivals in the compact car segment - Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, etc. In the foreseeable future, I would think the value of the 2012 Mazda3 would be primed for a freefall. Unless someone thinks otherwise?
#9241 of 9328 Re: 2013 Mazda3? [wzxchange]
Jan 24, 2012 (9:23 am)
Do you think it's worth the wait for a 2013?
Yes. If there is no compelling need to buy now, I would wait until the fall for two reasons:
1- Let the kinks work out of the first year of the Skyactiv implementation;
2- Compare the new 2013 to the original 2012 models to see which offers the best deal.
In the meantime, you can always collect information and get a "preview" of the negotiation by visiting showrooms. You might even find a sales person that you can work with for the eventual purchase.