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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#5129 of 5138 Re: 2013 5 Door [sandman_6472]
Nov 14, 2013 (6:21 pm)
Hey Sandman- my 2006 s 5-door still drives like new, too. It only has 92k miles on it, but it suffered over $12k in damage in a July 2010 accident. It should have been totaled (only worth about $10,500 at the time) but the at-fault driver's insurance company refused. The original repair estimate was just under $7k, but by the time I finished with them the bill was $11,989! You would never know it had been wrecked just by looking at it or driving it.
It has always lived outside (never garaged) but when I washed and waxed it last month, it was amazing how good it still looks. The paint (Titanium Gray) shines like new except for a few nasty pits/chips in the hood, a scuff on the right front corner and a ding in one of the rear doors. It will be 8-years old in less than a month and it's very sharp for its age!
My headlights are also starting to oxidize and I bought a 3M Headlight Restoration Kit that I haven't used yet. When I get around to trying it, I'll let you know how well it works.
I am in love with the new 2014 model and will probably get one within the next year. I definitely want another 5-door and an 'i' model would probably be fine for my needs, but the 16" wheels just don't quite look right to me. They work on the sedan, but not the 5-door. They should have went with 17" at least on the i Grand Touring, but that's just my opinion.
The s Touring 5-door will likely be the one that I get. As long as the "leatherette" interior looks and feels decent, it will work fine for me.
#5130 of 5138 Re: 2013 5 Door [igozoomzoom]
Nov 17, 2013 (5:45 pm)
Personally, I think she should get the same vehicle but she says she wants to go down in size so who knows as I know she didn't like the 2 and is partial to our kids Accent though I prefer the Rio. We did discuss it last night about what it needs now...a radiator fluid change, a brake fluid change and fixing the a/c blower motor problem and I think we're good to go. Looks like she plans on keeping it for the foreseeable future which is cool as I do not drive it...I get it maintained and that's all. But I said that there's got to be a point where it isn't worth putting any more $ into it...at some point it makes no sense and buying new makes sense, as she will not do used. We did agree to put no more tires on it and they are in great shape so I think it is very reasonable to make it to December of 2014 with fixing the above mentioned items. But it's her decision totally!
#5131 of 5138 Re: 2013 iTouring HB [tgif1386]
Nov 18, 2013 (11:46 pm)
Wow! Awesome! Which dealership in SoCal? I'm obsessed to iTouring HBAT as well, and am searching for the best price...
#5132 of 5138 2014 Mazda 3 Touring
Nov 22, 2013 (5:19 pm)
I was interested in this car, but notice rusting inside tire on 2014! The manager said it was rusting because it has been sitting and will disappear once the car is driven. I googled rust and apparently Mazda vehicles have a rust problem, again this was inside the tire it was all red with rust. We have not reach an agreement yet and buying the vehicle. Unfortunately there are not rebates, etc on 2014 yet.
#5133 of 5138 Re: 2014 Mazda 3 Touring [barbie8]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 23, 2013 (7:01 am)
That sounds like brake rotor rust, and is normal... Try driving the car for a few hundred yards, then looking at it again...
#5135 of 5138 Re: 2014 Mazda 3 Touring [kyfdx@Edmunds]
Nov 25, 2013 (7:52 am)
Yep, our '05 has it and once driven, it disappears so nothing to worry about. haven't seen many '14's down here as the wife said she'll look at it for a replacement. Assured her that it's not as ugly as the last generation with that funky looking front grill, she hates it but I think she'll like the '14 and later model. We're shooting for a '15 model for her and think that once she drives it and then the Accent/Rio that she'll decide to stay in the Mazda family. Her '05 has been a very decent vehicle and I think that she'd go for the 2.0 engine this time instead of the larger one like she has now. The "S" model has gotten a bit too pricey and as long as the new one dries as easily as her '05, she'll be happy...says it's the easiest vehicle to drive that she's ever owned and I must admit, it is a nice peppy vehicle. If things go a certain way, I might end up taking it over for awhile as I know she'll want my new vehicle once I do get it.
#5136 of 5138 Re: 2014 Mazda 3 Touring [sandman_6472]
Nov 25, 2013 (10:12 am)
I have no doubt that the 2014 's' models are worth every penny, but the prices still give me a bit of "sticker shock". The 2014 s Grand Touring 5-door with GT Technology Package and Soul Red paint surcharge has a sticker price of $30,190! Meanwhile, my 2006 s Touring 5-door (with no options) stickered for only $18,175. The 2014 s Touring 5-door is a more reasonable $25,890 and has everything I need. It adds the larger engine, 18" wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights and fog lights to the features of the i Grand Touring 5-door. It deletes the Power Moonroof (not a biggie for me) and only costs $800 more than the i GT 5-door.
#5137 of 5138 2014 Mazda3 iTouring With Tech Package
Nov 25, 2013 (10:40 pm)
The dealer is offering me the model above with a 0.9% at a invoice price of 21,750.... is this a great deal to take or should I take the lease offer? Thank you.
Dec 05, 2013 (1:20 pm)
If you are a parent of young children (at least one under 12 years old) who owns a 2014 Mazda 3, a reporter would like for you to fill out a survey, due by December 13, 2013, for use in a print publication. Please email PRedmunds.com no later than Wednesday, December 11, for a copy of the survey.