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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#2046 of 5138 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 5138 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 5138 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 5138 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 5138 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 5138 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 5138 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!
#2053 of 5138 Is This a Good Offer?
Oct 25, 2005 (5:09 am)
I was offered a price of $19,580 for a Black Mica 2006 Mazda 3 S Touring with the following options:
- 5 AT Transmission
- 6 CD/Moonroof
- Appearance 1 package
- Wheel Locks
- Compass/Autodimming Mirror
The dealer said this was his invoice price. I almost bit on it, but I walked out saying I had to do a little more research (which was true). I also wanted to wait for the Zoom Zoom event taking place in a few days so I can get the $500 coupon.
Do you guys think I was offered a good deal?
Thanks in advance.
#2054 of 5138 My 2006 Mazda 3 Grand Touring
Oct 25, 2005 (7:34 pm)
I recently purchased a 5 speed Grand Touring Sedan with the moonroof/6 CD/Bose stereo option. Got a great deal here in San Diego: $19,500 plus tags/tax. I also have money coming back to me - the $500 coupon submitted to Mazda Corp. (not received yet). This seem like a fine deal to me. Oh the color is copper red - it is a very nice color. This is about $100 below invoice and about $1100 below Edmund's TMV. I got a good deal probably because I was willing to trade in my 2003 Protege5 hatchback - and they probably made some good money on that trade-in. I also wanted the hatchback but could not find one in San Diego in an acceptable color with the GT package. The GT package was essential since I had recently sold my BMW 323 and needed a little consolation for selling that great vehicle (the best car I have ever owned). The GT is a remarkably good value - if you like leather and lots of extras on the car.
Anyway, the MadaUSA web site does not have an accurate color for this copper red (others have noticed this). It is much redder than shown on their web site.
How good is the car? It is significantly more refined than the Protege5. It is not as good as my 2000 BMW 323 (recently sold) but I was not expecting it to be. I will post more comments about the car itself on the Mazda3 sedan site.