Last post on Jul 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Fit, Mazda MAZDA3, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Sentra, Sedan
Jul 06, 2009 (12:11 pm)
First thing I noticed while adjusting the mirrors...they don't fold! Odd for a mid sized car not to include these. I've done the garage test with a few cars over the years actually...most dealers will let us do this. Trust me, if I do get the Sonata, the wife will just have to move her M3 to the other side. We've already kicked the one daughter's Versa out of the garage as the other girl & her Accent will be back home next Tuesday. The wife & I both want to park inside so the girls will be outside either in front of the house or at the neighbors foreclosed house.
Actually have decided to live with the seats in the Civic for the time being. Car only has 21.8k on it and it looks outstanding with the older Civic alloys on it. Also have replaced the speakers & added tweeters and an amp so the sound system rocks. Better to just save the $ and buy some laddered CD's or possibly even some muni bonds. Much better scenario in these crazy economic times.
#1187 of 1205 Re: Folding Mirrors [sandman_6472]
Jul 06, 2009 (6:03 pm)
I don't know if I have ever folded mirrors in on a car...I think maybe once at a car wash this was suggested for our minivan. I couldn't tell you if they fold on either of our sedans and I can not imagine why I'd want to fold them.
#1188 of 1205 Re: Folding Mirrors [jeffyscott]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:19 pm)
Tight parking spaces in parking garages (public or home) is the big one for me. My vehicles with folding mirrors have saved me much grief and some money over the years. Currently the mirrors fold on 3 out of 4 of my family fleet. Fortunately, the one that doesn't have them almost never parks in a garage.
#1189 of 1205 Re: Folding Mirrors [jeffyscott]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:20 pm)
You must never park in close quarters.
#1190 of 1205 Re: I like your two list idea [kingsalmon]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:38 pm)
Newly discovered reliability?? Funny, my 2006 Elantra has never had one failure, or warranty replacement, since purchase in December 2005. Oil and filter changes, and the normal maintenance schedule - that's it. The same can't be said for the last new Honda Civic I purchased - several warranty claims within the first year.
#1191 of 1205 Re: I like your two list idea [colloquor]
Jul 06, 2009 (10:12 pm)
That's great anecdotal evidence, but I'm sure you know one car out of 300k won't necessarily represent a majority of them. Personally, my GF has a Santa Fe which I like, and I drive an Accord, which she likes. We've both replaced our CD Players/Changers under warranty, and she just had her sunglasses holder fixed.
Hers is an 07 with 16k miles, mine's an 06 with 49k miles.
Jul 07, 2009 (6:55 pm)
All four of our fleet have them and there a g-dsend. Parking in the garage can be tricky so we fold 'em in. Whomever parks on the driveway folds 'em in. Pulling into my side of the garage, I pull it in so I don't scrape against the brick surrounding the entrance. Did that numerous times with my 2 last drives.
#1194 of 1205 Mazda 3i touring man vs. Elantra SE
Jul 11, 2009 (4:09 am)
Just curious. What is it that the Japanese made Mazda has over the Korean made Hyundai to allow them to charge somewhere between $2500 to $3500 more for a comparably equipped car? I have looked at these two "economy cars" extensively and can only figure the 2010 Mazda is a new generation ("smiley face") while the Hyundai is still offering the '09 carryover from '08. Assuming the '10's in the Fall from Korea will be different? Backy...you out there? Your opinion is always appreciated. TIA.
#1195 of 1205 Re: Mazda 3i touring man vs. Elantra SE [joegiant]
Jul 11, 2009 (7:09 am)
Just curious. What is it that the Japanese made Mazda has over the Korean made Hyundai to allow them to charge somewhere between $2500 to $3500 more for a comparably equipped car?
Drive them both. If you can't feel the difference and don't note any additional features, get the cheaper one. The Mazda isn't really marketed as an economy car, its a "premium small car." The Focus is an economy car.
I don't see how you get $2500-3500 more. According to Edmunds, the difference between an Elantra SE and a Mazda3i Touring is ~$100, and the Mazda3 comes with floor mats.