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Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Hatchback
#260 of 268 Re: Fun Drive [sportyrider]
May 24, 2007 (6:04 am)
congrats on your purchase!
still dunno if i would say it has the same 'performance' as an evo or sti though...
#261 of 268 Test Drove This Weekend
Jun 09, 2007 (4:13 pm)
Test drove a Mazda3 and Speed3 this weekend. My wife and I weren't very impressed with the Mazda3. Didn't feel sporty compared to the Civic Si and Sentra SE-R. No oomph, even when revved hard.
The Speed3 impressed me a lot. Really quick, felt like a totally different car. The only two complaints we really had were the weak A/C (never got cool on a 98 degree day) and the bland interior. No available sunroof was a hangup,too. We probably would have bought the Speed3 if it weren't for the snotty attitiude of the salesperson and sales manager and the $2000 ADM. My experience has been that if the sales team are jerks, the service team is, too. Big deal breaker since there's only one Mazda dealer within 60 miles of us.
We'll probably go with the civic or sentra since we can pay cash for them, then pick up a 350Z or WRX STI in a year or two for a real "fun" second car.
#262 of 268 Re: Test Drove This Weekend [punkr77]
Jun 12, 2007 (6:50 am)
See now I think the Mazda3 definatly has the more sporty and better quality interior then the Civic does. The thing I hate the most on the Civic is the dash layout (the speed odometer on the dash) and that sliding plastic cover thingy for the center console. That will break in no time and look like crap from the dust getting all stuck in it. The Civic Si is a cool car, but when I took it out I now why the dealer immediately turned the music on before I drove it. It's really loud inside the car with no music on. But they make it loud on purpose after I read the specs. I found that out. Also, you have to put PREMIUM gas in it, which the dealer failed to tell me.
I love my new Mazda3. I get tons of compliments on it and the color is a head turner!
Jun 16, 2007 (9:32 pm)
We drove up to Cincinnati yesterday and checked out a Mazdaspeed3(the Louisville dealers didn't have any in stock). It turns out that the dealer- Kings Mazda- had just sold the exact car I was interested in- a True Red GT with NO options. However, I was able to test drive a MS3 in Deadly Dull Silver. The salesman was great- a true car nut, he even encouraged me to wind it out. FWIW, they are selling them at MSRP+$275. For anyone interested, Kings is getting another Red GT in a couple of weeks, but I won't be buying it. The MS3 is a nice and solid little pocket rocket, and my wife and son loved it, but it just didn't light my fire. Too bad really, I was really hoping I'd found my next car. Oh well...
#264 of 268 Re: Test Drove This Weekend [missyc1]
Jun 26, 2007 (6:43 am)
The thing I hate the most on the Civic is the dash layout (the speed odometer on the dash) and that sliding plastic cover thingy for the center console. That will break in no time and look like crap from the dust getting all stuck in it. The Civic Si is a cool car, but when I took it out I now why the dealer immediately turned the music on before I drove it.
to each his own. i love the civics dash. the interior is MEANT to be loud, just like it is in the gti AND mazdaspeed3.
The sliding platic thingy on the civic is no dust trap, and i don't think it looks 'cheap'.
you have to put premium gas in pretty a lot of the sporty compacts nowadays.
#265 of 268 MS3 vs RX8?
Jul 03, 2007 (3:18 pm)
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I am torn between these two cars. I like the power of the MS3, and the fact that you *could* fit three people in the back. Price of MS3 is great for what you get.
I test drove an 8 and was blown away with how it cornered, and how it took the twisties. The RX8 seems more sporty - it's RWD, has a great shifter, and looks more agressive when fitted with the appearance package/body kit.
for those of you who have had a chance to test drive them back to back - what were your thoughts or observations?
the RX8 only fits two in the back, and I might need to fit more than 2 people in the back of my next car...so I'm reluctant to get an 8, not to mention bad MPG and reliability issues...but it was so much fun.
you guys think a MS3 would outrun an RX8 on a twisty backgrod...or would the RX8 just walk awawy from teh MS3...in a straight line the MS3 would outrun an 8...but what about in the twisties???
#266 of 268 Re: Test Drove This Weekend [missyc1]
Jul 07, 2007 (3:52 pm)
i just bought a habanero red civic si sedan...it flies, i like the way the dash is divided and it does not hinder my ability to see the tach and speedo at the same time...
the black interior is cool lookin', audio system is great...
and using premium fuel improves gas mileage...i'm getting in the 30s and it has only 360 miles on it, and i DO rev the tach before shifting...
i get people looking at it everywhere...
#267 of 268 test drove, MS3, SI, Mini S
Jul 30, 2007 (1:04 pm)
I test drove the Civic 4d si, and the speed 3 and the mini s
among others. the mini was the most impressive of the three, but on the small side. I need a car to throw may rc equipment or my bike. Maybe with the front wheel off...
the civic drove like most hondas, however the revs did not drop between shifts. that was annoying because the high revs caused the car to lurge forward. It was a turn off. I've heard there is fix for this. I hope so.
I loved the styling of the Speed 3 and it had lots of room in the back. and lotsa power, the power cause the car to pull even at low throttle applications. loved the power.
I've heard people complain about the shifting. They should drive my BMW 325i manual with rubbery stock shifter. after coming from that the speed 3 shifted like a champ.
the mini was perfect, shifted like a breeze, good low end torque, cornered like a champ. hated the chrome speedo the size of your head. I'll have to check to see if my bike will fit inside.
I have 6 more months to make up my mind. my lease ends in Jan 08.
btw I tested the Audi 3 loved the DSG. Hated the sales man.
He seemed nice enough at first, but when he called me back. I couldn't get him off the line and he would not come down the the price.
funny how the littlest annoying things can turn u off to buying a car.
I may have to retest the MS3 later or wait for the 2008s.
#268 of 268 Re: test drove, MS3, SI, Mini S [nagatahawk]
Aug 02, 2007 (6:45 am)
you should check out the gti 4 door, it has the same engine, suspension and dsg as the a3 and its cheaper.
unless you prefer the styling of the a3 and some content, i guess you will still need to consider the mini and ms3