Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Handling is quick and nimble and the available 2. A great car for a first time stick driver. It's uncommon for a manufacturer to go to the extra expense of making more of a second body than is mechanically necessary. The three-spoke leather steering wheel feels great in the hands, and the control buttons cruise control, sound system have a positive feel. Rather than resigning yourself to getting a 0.
Has never shown any signs of ware and I have put over 50k on the car in just under 2 years. Black around the windows, body colored everywhere else. Also, my wifes 2001 Camaro has never been back to the dealership and has over 90,000 trouble free miles. Model Lineup The Mazda3 four-door sedan is available with either 2. There's a big notch on the rear bumper under the hatchback's liftgate for the back of your hand when you grab the latch. Mazda calls the optional automatic transmission Activematic. My only complaint is that the engine compartment is cramped around items that may need the drivers attention.
Mazda3 is a global car, sharing technology and components with both the upcoming Volvo S40 and the European Ford Focus. A lot of work went into the new unibody chassis, which is 40 percent more rigid than the Protege's. They are electroluminescent, which means day or night the numbers are lit in reddish-orange. The suspension tuning was back in Mazda's hands, worked out at their rolling Hiroshima test track. Its hatchback design and folding rear seats makes it suitable for a trip to Home Depot. The rear of the sedan is another smooth cohesive design with the integrated bumper, and again only small seams at the edge.
The vehicle however is solid, dont be fooled by what others say this car is just as reliable as any toyota corolla or honda civic it just drives alot better, reminds me of a 3 series bmw. Even without the color the 140-mph speedometer is busy, with hash marks and a smaller kilometer measure with more hash marks inside the mph numbers. The four-door and the five-door share no body panels. Mazda had a high styling standard for this car. Ignore all the 1 star comments, I have been a life long mechanic and would strongly recommend this car to close friends and family. Driving Impressions The larger, more powerful 2. The boxy top half also makes it look wider.
It stalls after putting gas in and sometimes stalls at idle. The irony is I bought this car new as I was tired of working on my old cars. There's a small seam on each fender between the headlights and the wheel opening, and between the headlights there's only the hood crack. That being said, as a result of this homocarotic love-making endeavor that took place, what came about was a great package of mechanical bits. The five-door should be the shape of things to come with its versatility.
The first set of times, they finally changed some sensor and it corrected the problem. Other than oil changes, break pads. The dash panel looks better at night than day, with the reddish-orange lighting having its chance to be seen. The large wheels grip the road and give sportscar stying to this 4 door car. I have had to take it in to the dealership many times to be troubleshooted. Cargo space with the seats folded flat in the five-door is 31.
The trademark wedge of a grille has horizontal bars, softer than the five-door's tough black mesh. Those cars usually get bad reviews, but the Camaro wins out on reliability compared to the Mazda. The Mazda3, available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, is bigger, more powerful, more fuel efficient, safer and better-looking than the Protege. That being said though, once you're up to speed, very infrequently do you need to downshift as the engine's torque gives you plenty of power when you need it. Mazda3 is a couple inches longer, wider and taller than the old Protege. At 1000 rpm there's only 120 pounds-feet and it climbs to 140 at 3000 and peaks at 150 at a relatively high 4500 rpm. There's less rake from the tops of the doors to the roof affording more shoulder room , but the tail of the roof is gently rounded to the liftgate window, to soften the profile.
It's also programmed to maintain its gear going downhill for slope control engine braking , and uphill to reduce hunting. Standard equipment includes all the power conveniences and air conditioning and foglights. Summary Mazda is rightly boastful about its new entry level car, because it offers far more than anyone might expect in this price class. Then we'll see who the surrender monkeys are. There's a tidy spoiler above the window.
Whether you want something economical, fast and sporty, family friendly,. Mazda had a bare chassis on display at the vehicle's introduction, painted different colors to designate features pertaining to safety and beefy structure. A separate compartment is hidden under the floor. The car was a great price with low miles so I bout the car and fell in love. Mazda3i is the designation for the 2. The five-door with the 2. The seats have adequate bolstering, but when Mazda's performance arm, Mazdaspeed, makes a version of the Mazda3 it should have racier seats.
My only gripe with the vehicle is its noisy pulley near the serpentine when it first starts and a whizzing noise around 2000-2500 rpm, this is supposedly normal. The hatchback allows you to carry all of your favorite outdoor equipment. The reviews on the car looked great and so I bought it and couldn't be happier. The four-door sedan has a sweet rounded shape forward of the A-pillar, rising gently from the hood. The leather is smooth and black and a well-priced option compared to other cars.