Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Lorette Manitoba Canada
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.
Last edited by ECOBOOSTEC; 09-03-2018 at 07:50 AM.