Hi, I am new to this forum, although I've read a bit of it over the years. I have owned my Mazda3 for a few years now. Bought it used after a red-light-runner totalled my Integra. I really miss my Integra.
I chose the Mazda3 because it was fun ride. I drive about 50 miles/day, 95% of that on highways, and pretty much hate it. So having a fun car to drive helps, and I get pretty good mileage on my 5-door automatic 4-speed.
Unfortunately, I've had several problems with this car that make me really miss being a Honda owner. I've had to replace all of the motor mounts. I've had to replace the entire sunroof (that was not cheap). The switch on the driver's door for one of the rear windows failed a couple of years ago and I haven't replaced it. I've got brake shimmy that I've managed pretty well with but haven't ever completely eliminated (new tires, new brakes, aligned wheels, etc.).
Anyway, I'll leave my other comments and questions for the forums. I'm glad to have a place like this.