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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 08-08-2004, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Your Mazda 3 versus your last car

Describe your overall impression of your Mazda 3 versus your last primary car.
Try to keep it to a single paragraph so we get an overall feel rather than a review.

I'll go first.

My last car was a '96 Neon. I put on 88k miles before trading it in.

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Your Mazda 3 versus your last car

Okay, so my 3 is the first car that I belongs to me...everything else I've driven is a family car...those cars would be...

96 Toyota Camery
02 Toyota Highlander
99 Mazda MVP

After driving all those cars and driving my 3...none of them compare to my 3...handling of the 3 is great, driving is great...though cabin space is smaller in the 3 it has never brothered me, granted I'm kind of small so the 3 seems pretty big to me...I love driving my 3, shorty after getting my 3 I had to drive our camery around for a little becuase I was getting my fuel pump replaced and driving the camery didn't feel right...the 3 really is the best car i think i've ever driven...

When my parents and i were looking for a car for me for my college graduation they were pretty dead-set on the corolla--the corolla was the first car that i test drove and then i test drove the 3, the two cars can't even be compared...i'm so thankful everyday when i drive my 3 that i didn't end up with that corolla...
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I'm last car was a brown '87 Corolla, no power steering, just an AM radio. I called it the "Cockroach" because it refused to die. I had it nine years as my first car out of college. I bought it used with one owner and just drove it and drove it and drove it. Over the years I replaced an axle, wheels, carb and that's it. All I did was put oil into it. It was very reliable. I rear ended one car and there wasn't a scratch on mine. Other cars bounced off it. It was a tank, good on gas and tough. Since it was already old and ugly I never really cared about dings or scratches. I traded it in for $1000 on my new Black Mz3 Sport. It was like going from the Apollo missions to the Starship Enterprise. I look back on that old car with some fondness but I love my Mz3. The funny thing is that in nine years of driving that Corolla I had three incidents. In just ONE MONTH of owning the Mz3 I've scratched a mirror, had someone scrape my rear bumper and then someone mashed the bumper again in the same place.

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When my parents and i were looking for a car for me for my college graduation they were pretty dead-set on the corolla--the corolla was the first car that i test drove and then i test drove the 3, the two cars can't even be compared...i'm so thankful everyday when i drive my 3 that i didn't end up with that corolla...
This is funny because even though I'm 33 I asked my dad's opinion still about this. Again his perception was the Corolla. I knew I would test drive that even before I asked his opinion, though. The Corolla was boring but I believe all that is said about its reliability. I mean, I drove that last one nine years without any manufacturer fault. But when I compared it to driving the Mz3, no contest in terms of driving feel and style.

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Although I've only had my 3 for a week here are my impressions.

My gas mileage has improved greatly along with ride and fun factor. I always liked a manual transmission more than an automatic; it's just that much more fun. FUN!!!

My last toy was a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4. I loved my truck but alas it was too impractical for the amount of driving I do.

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Describe your overall impression of your Mazda 3 versus your last primary car.
Try to keep it to a single paragraph so we get an overall feel rather than a review.


My last car was a Honda Accord Value package, Minus all the bells and whistles.

Put some nice rage rims on it, and traded that thing for around 8 for the 3.

I saved up 5, put that into my Master Card which put it into the black as I had no balance to pay., used that as a DP. And drove off the Mazda Lot for about 11 ish. :shock: :shock: :shock:



My current jobs Owns me, therefore I drive a company vehicle. And have had Barely a chance to drive the 3. Only getting to drive it primarily on sat sun if im lucky. And mostly to the Movie theater, or to some meet. The Manual tranual is really a refreshing change than just stepping on a gas pedal and letting the car do all the work. current millage after 4 car payments is 1,299
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My parents are ALL about toyota's as you probably may have noticed...we had a crappy time with our MVP van, I think the transmission finally died and as a result we got the Highlander--but after that one bad experience with a mazda my parents refused to ever look at mazda again, I had to fight tooth and nail with my parents to just look at the 3...ironically my dad has a 90 miata...good thing cuz mazda gave us a discount for my dad having the miata...
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my last car was a 03 camry le v6. Well... my mom's car. It was ok i guess. Not nearly as sporty as i like a car to be but it had good power. It didnt corner nearly as well as the 3 and the steering wheel is way too lose. I love the 3's steering wheel. It's nice and firm and grippy so you feel confident and in control of the car. My hands actually slipped off the camry's steering wheel while i was driving it a week ago and i realized how much it sucked. Bah... oh well dont have to deal with it as much anymore


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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.

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My last (and still currently driven car) is a 1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (both my Mazda3 and the Maxima are equipped with an auto tranny).

Overall - aside from the new car smelling better; I'd have to say the interior quality of the Mazda3 is much better than the base interior of the Maxima. The seats, plastics, and overal finish is much sharper (not just newer) and everything feels more firm in the Mazda3.

Driving wise - I don't really think you can compare a motor with 130K miles with one that has 3K. But, I really do miss the low-end torque and the Mazda doesn't feel as fast - even though both cars have very similar 0-60 times and whatnot.

I have Eibachs and stiff struts on the Maxima (but lame rubber) - so I feel the Maxima is more sturdy in turns than the Mazda3... but that may be that I'm just more confident with the Maxima. Either way - I still enjoy driving both cars about the same. Of course, the Mazda3 costs much less than the Nissan did back when it was new - so I'd have to say the Mazda3 has lived up to everything I wanted.

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