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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#2043 of 5141 Re: New 2005 or 2006 Mazda 3 4 door [tom71]
Oct 22, 2005 (8:37 am)
I just bought a Mazda3s Touring with 5 speed stick. The acceleration has been real nice - The useable power is comparable to the Saab 9-3 2.0T auto I'm coming from - and that has 210 HP & 221 TQ. The 5 speed and lighter weight make up the difference. And I've seen better test times in the mags, as well, so it's not just my optimism and excitement with a new car. I'm having a hard time keeping from revving too much in the 600 mile break in period.
I haven't gotten a chance to push too hard in corners yet, but the times I did I was very pleased w/ the way it stuck.
The glovebox is huge - I just put the sirius module in the and there's still plenty of room.
I think it's a hell of a lot of car for the $$ ( I got mine for $16755 before TTL)
I haven't driven the 3i, so that won't be as quick, but the S i well worth it, IMO.
Go drive one. I'm confident that you'll be very pleased...
#2044 of 5141 Re: Buying a Mazda 3 S sedan by socalbyr [z71bill]
Oct 22, 2005 (5:38 pm)
Nah! Maybe I just got used to getting a new car w/ below 10 miles in it. This is my 4th car in the last 15 years.
"Doesn't hurt to try and get something knocked off "...that's what I'm after.
#2045 of 5141 Re: Acquiring and using a Zoom Zoom Live coupon [watfallet]
Oct 22, 2005 (11:17 pm)
You got a great deal! I was offered a similar deal a few months back on an '05 3 i. It was red/black, auto and A/C for $12,995. I could've survived without power windows, etc., but just couldn't bring myself to get an automatic. I've always driven a manual transmission and really want one when I get my 3.
In retrospect, I probably should have taken it. It's about $4000 less than the 3 s I want and I couild have kept it for a year and probably sold it for a profit. Hindsight is 20/20!
You got a great deal on a great car! Congrats!
#2046 of 5141 Re: New 2005 or 2006 Mazda 3 4 door [tom71]
Oct 22, 2005 (11:35 pm)
These cars handle amazingly well in my opinion. I actually went to the Mazda Zoom Zoom Live event here in Atlanta today and got to put a 3 s thru the paces on a test track. The thing sticks to the road like glue. I also got a $500 coupon to use toward the purchase of any new Mazda.
Your question about acceleration- in my opinion, both of the Mazda3 engines are powerful and accelerate well with either manual or automatic transmission. Being a sporty, fun to drive car, the manual is the better choice in my opinion.
The 0-60 figures for the i and s are pretty similar (the i has 150hp and the s has 160hp). Here's the best numbers I've seen for both-
i with manual trans- 0-60 in 8.6 seconds (Consumer Reports 8/04)
i with automatic- 0-60 in 9.6 seconds (Consumer Reports 8/04)
s with manual trans- 0-60 in 7.8 seconds (Motor Trend 6/04)
s with automatic- 0-60 in 8.6 seconds (Motor Trend 7/05)*
* the s automatic was with 4-speed automatic, the '06 s automatic is now a 5-speed which should increase performance slightly
Personally, I think i model is powerful enough and would seriously consider it if it looked like the s model. The s model's appearance upgrades (side sills, fog lights) and optional 17" wheels are a must have for me. I would say if you want an automatic transmission, go for the extra power and extra gear in the s.
You really can't go wrong with any 3 model. Go test drive all the configurations that interest you and decide for yourself.
Happy test driving!
#2047 of 5141 Re: Acquiring and using a Zoom Zoom Live coupon [watfallet]
Oct 23, 2005 (12:48 pm)
That's a really good price. Where are you located? Do you or anyone know if that's available in the LA area?
#2048 of 5141 Cash Back Bonus Incentive
Oct 23, 2005 (3:59 pm)
This cash back incentive has been mentioned a couple times. I didn't find anything available for the Mazda 3i. Anyone know if this is available? Thanks.
#2049 of 5141 Re: Acquiring and using a Zoom Zoom Live coupon [raypeck]
Oct 23, 2005 (4:50 pm)
I'm in Northern California (Bay Area). I just kept my eye on the car ads; the new ads come out Friday morning, so I called the dealership first thing Friday morning. I actually couldn't get over there until that night, but I lucked out since nobody else had bought the car.
Check your LA newspapers for "loss leader" ads. I usually call and find out that the car has already been sold. I just got lucky for once. Keep in mind the car is pretty much basic except for the auto, AC and radio w/CD player.
#2050 of 5141 Re: Acquiring and using a Zoom Zoom Live coupon [watfallet]
Oct 23, 2005 (10:05 pm)
Thanks. I take it these are the ads that say "1 at this price" kind of thing?
In any case I have a pretty good offer on a 2006 Mazda 3i, manual (basic model) which is what I'm looking for at $14,301. I don't know what invoice is but this isn't too far above it. Your price, even better, caught my eye. If I came across it I'd jump on it, but I'm okay on a fair price they make a little on also.
#2051 of 5141 fully loaded mazda3 s grand touring?
Oct 24, 2005 (9:45 am)
i've been looking into purchasing a 2006 3 s grand touring fully loaded (including navi) w/ 5spd manual trans. about what are people paying for this? i saw the TMV price of around $24,000 before TTT. is this about reasonable? i keep reading ppl buying at just over invoice. will this hold true for a fully loaded model as well?
speaking of which, anyone know if the navigation is a dvd based one & would i be able to play a dvd movie on it?
-first time poster:
#2052 of 5141 Mazda3s Hatchback Grand Touring
Oct 24, 2005 (9:37 pm)
Just picked up a 2006 Titanium Gray Black Leather with the moonroof/6CD/Bose package for 20,500 in Everett WA. Nice car!