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#1 of 193 Gas pedal too close to brake pedal?
Apr 11, 2007 (9:50 pm)
I am almost 6 ft. tall and wear size 11 shoes. If I drive my "3" Hatchback with manual trans with my shoes on, my right foot would sometimes get caught by the brake pedal when letting off the gas( gas pedal is in a tight spot).
It seems to me that this should be a safety concern. Anybody have this experience?
#2 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [fshkpr1]
Apr 12, 2007 (8:52 am)
Ouch!! I think your shoes are too large for this type of set up. The mazda's do have the pedals close together, but it has never been a problem for me, but then again, my shoe size is a 8.5-9. This probably makes a difference.
Sorry for your problems with the pedals.
#3 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [fshkpr1]
Apr 15, 2007 (4:28 pm)
i'm with you. size 10 here. I find that if i put the seat
further back (i Prefer it close, i have a bad left knee and
it makes clutching easier) i have less tangle up's with my
feet and the pedals.
#4 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [fshkpr1]
Apr 29, 2007 (7:24 am)
I'm having the same problem. I have 10.5 wide shoes and the gas and brake pedals are too close IMO. Plus, I'm not tall so I can't push the seats back too much because it would hurt by back if I tried to push the seats back too far and reach the pedals. But, this M3GT 5dr is really fun to drive!!!
#5 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [zzoomp09]
May 30, 2007 (12:58 pm)
I'm 6'3" and wear 13's. There IS a trick to keeping the right foot on the right pedal! I found that keeping the right edge of your right shoe firmly in contact with the carpet does the trick nicely. After 6500 miles I rarely contact the brake pedal anymore.
#6 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [oreokie]
Jun 10, 2007 (12:14 am)
That's exactly what I'm doing. Ever since I learned how to drive, and I learned on a stick, I always firm up the right edge of my right foot on the floor near the gas pedal side. This technique always does the trick for me, but being that the pedals are really closer than what I have driven before, my issue now is that sometimes when I hit the brakes, I accidentally hit the gas pedal too. At least, I got used to stepping on the clutch when I start slowing down and braking. So even though I hit the gas pedal while hitting the brakes, I won't accelerate while braking.
#7 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [zzoomp09]
Jun 18, 2007 (12:19 pm)
HEHE I guess you just get to listen to a little extra exhaust note then!
#8 of 193 Re: Gas pedal too close to brake pedal? [oreokie]
Jun 20, 2007 (3:37 pm)
Aboslutely LLLLOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE that sound!!!!
#9 of 193 Mazda3 Steering wheel too far away
Jul 09, 2007 (7:41 pm)
Is there a way to extend the steering wheel? I have the telescope all the way out already.
I am 6' tall and have longer than normal 37 inch arms. Even with the ape arms the steering whell is too far away when I am in my normal driving position. Too get where my arms are comfortable I have to move the seat way up so my legs are bent and I constantly have to bend my foot back (this gets tiring) or tilt the seat uncomfortably forward.
Has anybody else experienced this? Any suggestions or do I just have to sell the car after a few weeks of ownership and take a massive hit? Thanks everybody.
#10 of 193 Re: Mazda3 Steering wheel too far away [dh5551212]
Jul 09, 2007 (7:49 pm)
I'm 6' tall as well, though have shorter arms (34-35"), but I find the position of the wheel to be just fine, and I don't have the wheel telescoped all the way towards me. With your long arms, I feel the steering wheel would be too close to you the way I have mine set up. Probably a dumb question, but are you sure you have the steering wheel pulled out towards you as far as possible?