Picked up a new Mazda3 s GT, meter grey, 6 sped manual in early May. I really wanted to go home with a GTI, but they weren't willing to deal as much and no matter what I was getting a lot less (except for HP). I really wish Mazda offered a base 2.5, I would have rather spent less on leather, nav and stock 18s and get to some real add-ons sooner.
Regardless, definitely enjoying the daily commute a bit more with the manual 6 speed and the extra power over the previous car: Impreza 2.0i hatch
I discovered plasti dip, which is AMAZING! Cheap, easy and reversible. I'm hoping to get around to real mods: cat back (RB or CS?), sri (not sure yet, I've had a K&N CAI way back when), rsb (not sure), shift plate (CS) and springs (Eibach) once the sticker shock wears off.
Also got LED fog lights to match the HID.
Not sure about the red on the rear emblem, but I like the result in the front. Trying to decide what to do with the chrome trim on the front. Black or Red? Plan on doing the wheels soon too.