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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Daughter's First Car

Hello all! On here as my daughter just picked up her first car. She wanted a Mazda 3, and I was OK with that. I have heard more good things than bad about this car. This is the first Mazda in the family, after a slew of other makes. Anyway, this is where I am a little confused. I've never had such a hard time figuring out the trim, and year of a vehicle! So the seller claimed it was a 2008 Mazda 3 GS. It was being sold with 49000 KM (approx 30450 miles). I believe now after having the vehicle for about a week and going through and researching things, that it is indeed an early 2008.5 GT. I say this as some things just don't add up. First of all the build date is Feb. 2008. First thing searches tell me is that the '08.5 should have the white needles for the gauges, which this car does. 2nd thing research tells me is that the dash trim should be piano black in lieu of grey/silver, which this car does. Third are the seats for the '08.5 GT should have the alcantra inserts, which this car DOES NOT have?? Also I believe the antenna on the 2008.5 should be short (er), again this car has the longer antenna. I believe there were a few more changes from 08 to 08.5, like the front grill, MP3 radio, steering wheel controls, etc, which she has the latter two. Anyway, so far we/ she loves the car. Oh ya the color is copper red, and it is a sedan. All in all I believe she did OK. She paid a little more than she had budgeted for , however the market for these cars in my area seem high, so with the amount of KM's this one has, her investment should be sound.


Looking forward to learning more about this Mazda 3.



Bert

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 09:59 AM
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A 2008 with only 30,000 miles? Holy CRAP! How did you find that?!?! I hope the car didn't just sit for a number of years without being driven. A car just sitting is about the worst thing you can do, because everything just goes to crap.

As far as your trim model, maybe you just have an in-between in-between. The transition from 2008 to 2008.5. SO a 2008.25? Yeah, no clue.
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No I agree and I would never buy a vehicle that was sitting for too long. It was (according to the elderly couple we bought it from), driven , but of course very seldom. We got lucky, obviously, we test drove a manual, about 5-6 weeks ago, it was good, but it was the first vehicle we test drove, so I say to my daughter, let's just wait and test more, because I didn't know the vehicle. Well we tested a few more, which were crap, then my wife and i went on holidays, then when we got back we tested a couple more, which again were crap, meanwhile that first one was still on the market, so I contacted him and of course he just sold it. So we kept on testing, Mazda's, Honda's, Hyundai's, Chevy's, ETC. and all crap. I was discouraged. Then low and behold this automatic came up, along with a manual, and I contacted both, set up a test with both, with the low mileage one first. After testing it we didn't want to lose it so we made the deal. Cancelled the test with the manual (which I would have preferred over all) but the low mileage auto was too good to pass.



Ya I'll go for that, 2008.25





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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 01:26 PM
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NICE! I can appreciate wanting a reliable car. I think you choose well. Cheers!
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No I agree and I would never buy a vehicle that was sitting for too long. It was (according to the elderly couple we bought it from), driven , but of course very seldom. We got lucky, obviously, we test drove a manual, about 5-6 weeks ago, it was good, but it was the first vehicle we test drove, so I say to my daughter, let's just wait and test more, because I didn't know the vehicle. Well we tested a few more, which were crap, then my wife and i went on holidays, then when we got back we tested a couple more, which again were crap, meanwhile that first one was still on the market, so I contacted him and of course he just sold it. So we kept on testing, Mazda's, Honda's, Hyundai's, Chevy's, ETC. and all crap. I was discouraged. Then low and behold this automatic came up, along with a manual, and I contacted both, set up a test with both, with the low mileage one first. After testing it we didn't want to lose it so we made the deal. Cancelled the test with the manual (which I would have preferred over all) but the low mileage auto was too good to pass.
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Head scratching, how come you have soooo much time on your hands, lifes too short. test half a dozen at most
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Head scratching, how come you have soooo much time on your hands, lifes too short. test half a dozen at most



Really? So if I test drive 6 cars and they are all crap, I should just buy the least crappy?
Like I said the first one I should have bought. But I never usually stop and buy after testing one vehicle, and in the end I'm glad we waited to find the right one.

And Life is NEVER too short when it comes to my Wife and Kids!


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