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#229 of 268 Re: tempting! [cholin]
Mar 31, 2007 (1:15 pm)
What kinda MPG you getting so far?
#230 of 268 Re: tempting! [smogdung]
Apr 01, 2007 (8:55 am)
We just bought a MS3GT from a dealer in that Zipcode. We had a choice of Sport or Gt at a $1,500 discount from sticker. We phoned; we talked; we traveled; we bought, and we're glad that we did. The entire experience was very professional. Over the last six weeks of looking, our local dealers wanted sticker (or told us other dealers were asking a premium), or gave discounts from $500 to $635. Also, we had driven VW's GTI and Audi's A3 before driving the MS3.
#231 of 268 Re: tempting! [smogdung]
Apr 02, 2007 (4:29 pm)
My wife is getting about 23 MPG on her daily commute on congested, stop/go surface streets and freeways. We haven't taken the MS3 on a long open freeway drive yet, but when we do, I expect we'll be getting about 28 MPG.
#232 of 268 Re: tempting! [paulvincent1]
Apr 02, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Thanks ! How far did you drive to get there...? Did you talk trade-in value over the phone...?
#233 of 268 Re: tempting! [jrbjr]
Apr 02, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Those are very acceptable #s considering performance potential..thanks!!
#234 of 268 MS3 vs. RX8 - driving experience
Apr 05, 2007 (6:58 am)
i am in the market for a small fun somewhat practical car. I already have a large family SUV for family trips. I have thrree small children and *sometimes* I take/pickup one or two at school...so an MS3 or RX8 would fit my needs.
i test drove the 8 and while it was nto the fastest car i've ever driven...i got to take it on some twisty road sections and WOW. it was VERY much like a boxster I have driven before. i was very impressed with the handling, the high redline, and the FUN factor. total blast to drive.
for those of you who have driven BOTH the MS3 and RX8....which is more FUN.
#235 of 268 Re: MS3 vs. RX8 - driving experience [23109vc]
Apr 05, 2007 (7:29 am)
"for those of you who have driven BOTH the MS3 and RX8....which is more FUN."
My point is that what I, or you, or any number of other folks will think is "fun" (or, which is more "fun") is completely subjective.
My advice - find a dealer with both RX8's and Speed3's on the lot and do back to back test drives. The 8 will excel in handling over the Speed3 (simply due, IMO, to it's RWD layout). But the Speed3 will be better from a shear grunt (torque - woo hoo!!) aspect.
Which is more 'fun' is ultimately up to the potential buyer. Go have fun.....
Apr 18, 2007 (10:14 pm)
I just bought a black Speed 3 GT with Nav for $99 over invoice. The first dealer wanted $4k over MSRP and wouldn't honor S-Plan. So I drove 15 miles down the road to the next dealer and they were willing to sell it for the S-Plan price.
#237 of 268 Re: MS3 Price [1320mlx]
Apr 19, 2007 (2:54 am)
So how much below sticker was that? I spoke to a guy yesterday that had a test drive, he called it herky-jerky...is that just a matter of getting used to the vehicle?
#238 of 268 Re: MS3 Price [smogdung]
Apr 19, 2007 (7:23 am)
I've had two test drives on the MS3. I loved the responsivness of the steering. It's "go kart like", which suits me fine.
1)I would "assume" they'll continue making this car as a limited production vehicle in '08. Can anyone confirm?
(my lease on my current ride isn't up until 1/25/08)
2) Why is the hood so heavy on this car? Crash test purposes?