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#176 of 832 Cautionary Tale - New 3 GT !
Feb 14, 2009 (9:07 am)
2 days ago I had my Mazda P5 in for service and saw a brand spanking new 3 in the showroom and became entranced. Yesterday I picked up the first 2010 Mazda3 sold in Windsor,ON - a GT in a smokey silver color (forget what it's called) with black leather premium package & dealer window tint, without even taking a test drive. Having read about it I knew pretty much what to expect even though I wasn't planning to buy one, at least not yet. My plan was to wait until there was a somewhat comparable NA built vehicle available, maybe a Chevy Cruze or the European based Ford Focus. Anyway, great service at that Windsor Mazda dealer, things have been a little slow there too but they also just sold a MazdaSpeed3 while I was looking. I traded in the P5 (was a great car, pretty sad to see it go) but this new one's in a whole different league. It's hard to believe that only 8 years separates the two cars, the 2010's like from the future, a beautiful car & much better in person than the pics. It's also obviously better than my wife's 2008.5 Mazda3 GS (first time in 30 years she's shown any jealousy at all - my Valentine's day timing stinks). The drive home (28km) was a great ride and seemed like the quickest ever. Yesterday, being Friday 13th. and me not wanting to tempt fate, I just parked it in the garage instead of our customary new car cruise. Today it's snowing and me being a discretionary driver don't want to get it all salted up so I probably won't be driving it again until the roads dry up. My timing just sucks. Guess I'll just have to content myself with programming the radio stations and driver auto power seat positions (they auto adjust to driver's settings via driver remote key fobs when unlocking). If anyone has any questions I'll try & answer.
#177 of 832 Re: Cautionary Tale - New 3 GT ! [griswald]
Feb 14, 2009 (10:04 am)
Salt washes off... GO DRIVE THAT CAR!!!
#178 of 832 Re: Cautionary Tale - New 3 GT ! [griswald]
Feb 16, 2009 (11:21 am)
I'd love to exchange information with you. I'm on the fence right now between an 2009 Mazda3 S touring hatch or a 2010 Mazda3 GT.
I like certain things about each one but I have a feeling I won't be able to test drive both before the 09's are sold out.
Just wondering if you'd driven the current 04-09 model and had any personal comparisons.
#180 of 832 Re: US pricing released [smallcar]
Feb 17, 2009 (3:38 pm)
$1,195 for the Technology Package (Keyless Ignition, Nav, MID and Sirius Radio) sound pretty cheap!
#181 of 832 Re: US pricing released [aviboy97]
Feb 17, 2009 (3:47 pm)
Does anyone have the trim levels, standard equipment, options, etc.?
#182 of 832 Re: Cautionary Tale - New 3 GT ! [gwrace1]
Feb 18, 2009 (6:33 am)
My wife has a 2008.5 GS (2.0L) and I have a new 2010 GT (2.5L) version. We think they're both great but both agree the 2010 GT is a lot more appealing on an raw emotional level. I haven't driven hers too much but from a good 60 km drive we had along some twisties yesterday in the GT I'd say that the GT is noticeably more responsive and entertaining to drive than her GS. Having only about 100 km on the odometer I was basically taking it easy but even so we took most of the curves at over twice the indicated limit without any drama at all, just great zoom zoom, so I'm still far from being familiar with the car's limits. The GT is a more compelling & desirable vehicle, (at least for occasional use), but we've always had a preference for sportier vehicles. For my wife's daily driver/commuter car the GS is better suited with its smaller engine and higher profile tires for our local pot holes. The GT''s more fun though, feels great and damn, does the dashboard and insturments ever look good all lit up at night!
#183 of 832 Re: US pricing released [aviboy97]
Feb 18, 2009 (6:41 am)
AVI - you should have full details on everything by now. - how much is the destination charge?
By looking at the US pricing press release the 2010 S Sport A/T is priced between the 2009 S Sport A/T and S Touring A/T. Does that look correct to you?
#185 of 832 Re: US pricing released [aviboy97]
Feb 18, 2009 (3:12 pm)
Requires Moonroof/Bose package for $1,395.