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Subaru Impreza, Mazda MAZDA3
Sep 24, 2004 (10:55 am)
When you get it, come to the Subaru Crew threads and tell us about it.
#13 of 41 Re: Thanks for the advices! [rcheung]
Sep 24, 2004 (2:30 pm)
Excellent choice! I'd be interested in how you feel it compares to your Vibe.
#14 of 41 Re: Thanks for the advices! [ozman62]
Sep 24, 2004 (3:29 pm)
I'll tell you guys about my feeling of the Impreza when I get it and when I have driven it for a bit. I'm sooo excited!!! haha
#15 of 41 cant find 2005 mazda 3 anywhere
Oct 08, 2004 (3:31 pm)
live in north carolina but when i do a search to find a 4 door mazda 3 2005, everything comes back 2004...even when i go to mazda.com and try to build my own, it only goes to 2004....has the 2005 even come out yet??
#16 of 41 Re: cant find 2005 mazda 3 anywhere [scissorqueen]
Oct 08, 2004 (9:34 pm)
Mazda is holding out on us. The 05s are shipping now and many dealers already have them in stock. So, either they just haven't updated their database yet (to sell more 04s?), or maybe they've farmed out their computer work to India or China.
#17 of 41 Re: cant find 2005 mazda 3 anywhere [mazda6s]
Oct 09, 2004 (1:15 pm)
>maybe they've farmed out their computer work to India or China<
Why you have to degrade these people?
Oct 10, 2004 (6:59 am)
Let's stay away from politics/outsourcing, etc.
#19 of 41 My 2005 Impreza Wagon
Nov 01, 2004 (2:47 pm)
I finally got my car last week. My wife and I both like it very much, especially the handling. We were surprised at how little the car rolled when cornering. We test drove an Outback Impreza, so the suspension definitely feels different. It's actually not so stiff to cause discomfort. Visibility is excellent, and wind noise is not noticeable even at highway speeds. My friend commented that the rear legroom was kind of tight, which I agree with. The fabric was very nice, and the bucket seats were firm and comfy. The dash and instrument panels were so-so, I mean, the Mazda3 is a beauty when it comes to these departments. Overall, I think I made the right move in buying an Impreza instead of the Mazda3.
Nov 03, 2004 (7:34 am)
The 2005 OBS got the same changes in the interior that Saab gave the 9-2x, so they've closed the gap a bit.
I think the Mazda3 does have a better design, materials are roughly the same quality, though, IMO.
Congrats on your purchase. First time it snows you will be glad you chose an AWD vehicle.
#21 of 41 Go with the 3
Nov 03, 2004 (8:59 am)
I test drove the Impreza Wagon WRX and the Mazda3 hatchback a number of times.... I bought the Mazda3. This wasnt even a close decision. I was shocked that the Impreza with 227 HP was no quicker driving around town than the 160 HP Mazda! The Subaru salesman kept telling me that I needed to get the car up to redline to really appreciate its power. Sorry, but driving a car at redline to appreciate what it can do will leave you unfullfilled 99% of the time. The Subie also felt heavy and seemed rough & unrefined...... sorry Subie owners.
Now on the other hand, the Mazda 3 with a 5-speed is a joy to drive around town, and for some reason, the 2005 I purchased seems much quicker and "throatier" than the two previous 3's that I had tested. I guess all cars are not created equal, or else I got one on steroids. So for $19,000 I got a great handling, terrific looking, quite quick Mazda hatchback that can carry a ton of stuff with the rear seat down, and get 32 MPG on the highway. And the titanium gray paint job is to die for. Now whats not to like about that!