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#22 of 61 Re: Why [fintail]
Aug 23, 2010 (7:27 pm)
The next car I'm dumping is my 2007 Mazdaspeed 3. It was my first -and most definitely LAST- FWD car...
#23 of 61 Re: Why [roadburner]
Aug 24, 2010 (8:28 am)
What are you considering as a relacement for your Mazdaspeed?
#24 of 61 Re: Why [roadburner]
Aug 24, 2010 (11:46 am)
Just saw a CL ad from someone selling his Speed3, $18,500, "cash only or we go to the bank TOGETHER and I WATCH you get the cashier's check". LOL!
The GTI/A3 powertrain is more acceptable in a front driver without being actually boring, but it certainly doesn't have the cojones of the MS3....
Getting an '11 Mustang to replace it?!
#25 of 61 Re: Why [hpmctorque]
Aug 24, 2010 (11:52 am)
What are you considering as a replacement for your Mazdaspeed?
Well, I just checked out a gorgeous 2004 M3; the down side was it was an SMG car. I couldn't put up with that tranny on a daily basis. As for other possibilities, I'm open to about anything with at least 300 bhp, a manual, and RWD.
#26 of 61 Re: Why [nippononly]
Aug 24, 2010 (11:56 am)
Getting an '11 Mustang to replace it?
I really do like the 2011 GT. The problem is, optioned to my specs(Brembo Brake Package, 3:73 gears, Xenons, heated seats, and Shaker 100 audio) the MSRP is over $38,000. And I love the new Boss, but it will cost in the mid $40K range I'll bet...
#27 of 61 Not very good reasons
Aug 24, 2010 (2:07 pm)
I had a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 5-spd from which I got about 48.4 MPG over the two years I owned it.
The Camry Hybrid came out, and I was *unduly intrigued* and traded the HCH for the TCH.
I rationalized it that my kids (7 and 10 at the time) were getting bigger and needed more legroom over time. The TCH was larger, heavier, perhaps a little "safer" in a crash.
I got a decent price on the TCH, got a good trade-in price on the HCH, so I went for it.
Since then, I have driven about 68,000 miles on the TCH and have gotten about 34 MPG, and have liked it just fine, in a "drab, boring CAMRY" sort of way.
Partial Regrets: Losing the 14+ MPG. Higher payment and longer payoff time for the TCH.
If I could "time travel" back to June 2006 and reconsider? I'm not sure. I might still have bought the TCH. But I might have bargained harder for a better deal.
#28 of 61 Re: Why [roadburner]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:49 pm)
Yeah, the problem, as you mention in your response to nippononly, is price. There aren't any RWD cars in the Mazdaspeed's price range, other than used. The Hyundai Genesis coupe may be the closest.
#29 of 61 Re: Not very good reasons [larsb]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:57 pm)
Since you're happy with your TCH, don't look back. The little better deal you might have gotten - maybe - wouldn't have made the difference between a right and wrong decision. Prorated over 68,000 miles, and counting, the difference would be small.
#30 of 61 Re: Why [hpmctorque]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:58 pm)
The Mazdaspeed isn't a bad car; I'm just ready to return to a RWD car. Luckily I'm in no hurry, so I can window shop to my heart's content...
#31 of 61 Re: Why Did You Replace Your Last Car(s) [hpmctorque]
Aug 25, 2010 (2:07 am)
The civic was not well made-moldings, pillars, etc. fell off or became loose numerous times, cruise control stopped working, radio had to be replaced, power windows stopped working, etc.
We have owned the sonata almost one month. It is the base model. Comparing that to the tsx that cost about $10,000 more but it does have more equipment such as the sunroof, power heated memory leather seats, etc. Very impressed with the sonata but it has 107,000 less miles. The tsx is also a great car still with the original brakes.