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#59 of 63 Caught a 2007 5-door in the flesh yesterday, and the new rims DO suck :(
Sep 09, 2006 (5:59 pm)
Saw an '07 5-door in the flesh yesterday, in a parking lot in Foster City (SF Bay Area). It was a case of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
1) The Good: The color was really nice! Looked like that new Galaxy Gray folks were talking about. Very pretty indeed, though I have my doubts about the new 'True Red' being as good as the old Velocity Red.
2) The Bad: While the 5-door I saw did still have the (nice!) slat-grill and not the crappy mesh-grill, I'm pretty sure I was looking at a Grand Touring model. And no, it was definitely not a Speed3.
I definitely get the sinking feeling, from the articles & photos I've seen, that the crappy mesh-grill is going to be forced on the lower trim levels of the 5-door. Which will SUCK.
Sorry, no other way to say it... slat grill > mesh grill. Which is why the MazdaSpeed 3 has the slat. When I want a chain-link fence on the front of my car, I'll let you know.
3) The Ugly: The new '07 rims are, in a word, lame. This is such a poor, braindead decision on Mazda's part... the old 5-spoke alloy rims were great, no need to 'fix' something that had such a great, simple, classic sporty look to it.
The new '07 rims, in real life, just look kitsch and chi-chi and stupid. The five friends I was walking with had much the same reaction. I guess I could see warming up to them eventually and thinking they were almost 'okay', but they are a definite DOWNGRADE from the '06 5-spokers. Confirmed in real life. Thanks Mazda. Not.
Do I still want a 3? Well, I guess it depends... how much longer do you think dealers will stock the '06 rims, and how much do you think they'd charge me to swap? As the Brits say, oh bugger.
#60 of 63 Re: Caught a 2007 5-door in the flesh yesterday, and the new rims DO suck
Sep 09, 2006 (9:51 pm)
Since when do the Mazda3's get the mesh grill on S models? They have always had mesh grills on the i (available in sedan only in the US). Have I missed something?
I have seen pictures of a hatch with a mesh grill, but I thought that these were pictures of models for other countries that offer the 2.0 on the hatch.
Is there any confirmed new that states the US will get mesh on lower level S (2.3L) hatches?
#61 of 63 Re: Caught a 2007 5-door in the flesh yesterday, and the new rims DO suck [
Sep 10, 2006 (11:05 am)
If the mesh grill remains confined to the i sedans and non-US 2.0 hatches, I will be VERY happy.
Well, except for the rims, anyway.
#62 of 63 Re: Caught a 2007 5-door in the flesh yesterday, and the new rims DO suck [ [johnnyvj]
Sep 11, 2006 (11:33 am)
The mest grill will only be on the Mazda3 i model. The 5-door has the sport grill, same as the Mazda3 s sedan.
#63 of 63 2007 Mazda 3 Special Addtion
Nov 27, 2006 (9:07 am)
Has anyone seen the news from Mazda global concerning the special edition of the 3 for the upcoming year. One new color (moist silver metallic aka Liquid Platinum) and some upgraded materials like chrome accents for door handles, new beige/black interior leather trim for seats. Sounds cool.