Grand Am Series
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
Your Mazda 3 versus your last car
Well, I got the 3 after my 96 Chevy Corsica died a not-so-tragic death. The 3 has better interior room, firmer and more comfortable seats (as wel as more durable seat cloth). The transmission is a toss-up; the Chevy's was smoother, but the Mazda has the manual shifter gate. Actually the steering on the Corsica was nearly as good as the 3, but the 3's got a better steering wheel. Also, the 3 has more rear seat space, AND more cargo space (The Corsica had a trunk).
Driving, the 3 is a bit firmer and more athletic. Torque is down from the Corsica's V6 but horsepower is the same. Honestly, the Corsica really had TOO MUCH torque, since it'd spin the wheels at any excuse.
Quality wise, the Chevy was only a 96 and it was falling apart inside. And the fact that the engine died at 90k miles (basically needed a rebuild: valves, valve lifters, 5 gaskets, and the braking system had soething wrong with it because the front brakes weren't working). Kinda hard for anything to be worse than that.
2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-door, Soul Red Metallic
RIP: 2004 Mazda3 5 door 12/03-08/09, Velocity Red Mica
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