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New 2006 owner in the Austin area

Hi all,

New owner of a very used 2006 Mazda3 2.3 automatic hatchback My wife traded in her SUV for a Jaguar XF that she fell in love with and my daily driver is a 2008 Miata so I was told to get something cheap that we could haul the dogs in, make runs to the recycling center, etc.

After looking at a ton of used cars I eventually landed on our silver 2006 3. She had 183k miles when I bought her a few months ago but according to the Carfax was from a single owner in the area and looks like they kept up routine maintenance. She drove great and passed the PPI without needing anything fixed, w00t! The mechanic even said the motor mounts were recently replaced. I was given a budget of $3,000 to work with and ended up at $3,100 after TTL. I could have probably got a little more taken off, but after searching for a month and finding a LOT of stinkers, I was happy to have found a car in good shape that I actually WANTED to drive!

We named her The Falcon after the Millennium Falcon. Well worn, a little beat up, but there when you need her What I was not expecting was how much I would enjoy driving the car. So far she has taken us to the beach, dropping my kid off at school every morning, countless grocery runs, etc. Pretty much if it is not top down weather for the Miata then I am in The Falcon.

This will also likely be the car my son inherits when he starts driving in three years, assuming no catastrophic failures until then.

In the last few months I have:
- Changed the spark plugs (I found the old ones were the wrong type and about 1/4" too short!)
- Cleaned the MAF sensor and throttle body
- Replaced the AC relay switch (sometimes the AC compressor would not kick on for a few minutes, the new relay fixed that)
- Sanded and restored the yellowing headlights
- Replaced the existing Goliton Aux cable with a new one (the old one had a short)
- Added a bluetooth adapter to the Goliton cable to stream Pandora and make calls
- Added JBL GT7-86 front door speakers
- Added an Alpine KTP-445U power pack bridged to two channels to power the new front speakers
- Added a powered 12" Pioneer subwoofer in the back
- Added Grocery List door stickers, just because they make me laugh

The only mysterious issue I have had so far is a P0455 code that started last month. For that I have:
- Replaced the gas cap with a new one
- Replaced the purge solenoid valve (the old one tested fine afterward, though)
- ??? Eventually I will probably just take it to a shop to sort out. If I keep the tank topped off the code does not get thrown and when it does I can just use my bluetooth OBD dongle to clear it, but would eventually like to get it fixed.

Upcoming projects:
- Change the oil (it was last done 5,000 miles ago but the level still looks good)
- Change the air filter
- Replace the cabin air filter
- Find the rear end suspension squeak
- Replace all four shocks/struts
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Hiya! Glad to see a new owner from my hometown!
I had a 2006 Mazda3 GT. It was silver, like yours, but it did not have the cool grocery stickers on it. I am going to see if I can find some of those for my red 2012! I miss my Silver Bullet, to this day. She died in VA, just outside of Roanoke, near the TN border. I still love the looks of the first gen. 3s, as I really love the overall design, particularly the LED multi-colour tail lights.

I am hoping to get a Miata soon, 3rd gen. I gotta have my Jellybean!
Enjoy your beautiful Falcon! I know I would, on a drive up and down 2222!

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Enjoy your beautiful Falcon! I know I would, on a drive up and down 2222!
Thanks! I work on 360 just north of 2222, so will take that route in your honor
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My post count is too low to post links, but you can find the grocery list decal set on eBay by searching "Grocery Getter List Car Decal".

Good luck!

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Thanks! I work on 360 just north of 2222, so will take that route in your honor
Is that Bee Cave Road? I lived just off Loop 1, er Mopac. But that was nearly 20 years ago. The name/number system in Austin always confused me. I think it was done intentionally to keep people from California out. ;-)

Me and my VW Jetta didn't get a lot of love back then. Pickups used to run us out of our lane on the freeway to show us who was boss. For years in California I had no dents on my car. In Austin, meet the accidental runaway grocery cart of the week in my door or bumper! On top of that a Suburban accidentally backed into the side of our car.

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Is that Bee Cave Road? I lived just off Loop 1, er Mopac. But that was nearly 20 years ago. The name/number system in Austin always confused me. I think it was done intentionally to keep people from California out. ;-)

Me and my VW Jetta didn't get a lot of love back then. Pickups used to run us out of our lane on the freeway to show us who was boss. For years in California I had no dents on my car. In Austin, meet the accidental runaway grocery cart of the week in my door or bumper! On top of that a Suburban accidentally backed into the side of our car.
Bee Cave is 2244, a little south of 2222. But I agree, the numbering/naming of roads around here is nuts! I have been here 15 years and still just shake my head at what the city planners were thinking.

I do not get much trouble in the 3, but in my Miata I constantly get trucks trying to push me out of the way. I stopped commuting on my motorcycle two years ago after one too many close calls. Driving/riding in SoCal was so much better. But I came to Austin for work, so at least I can afford to get the dings removed, LOL.

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My son wishes he had the hatch. Would be better for lugging stuff around. If I get a Mazda3 as a project car I'll definitely be looking for a hatch, preferably a Grand Touring version '06-'09.

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