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bought a car [Feb. 25th, 2012|06:03 pm]
Doug Ayen
After driving a few used cars this morning, I decided to try a new one. Mazda has a new drivetrain called SkyActiv that claimed both economy (40mpg hwy) and performance (peak 155 hp). After some online research and a test drive, I ended up with a Mazda3 5-door (aka a hatchback) in the Grand Touring trim.

It's . . . a compromise. It's larger than the mini, and should seat 4 adults without issue. It's got heated leater seats, is fairly comfortable, and most of the luxury options, I think the only thing it's missing is built-in Sat-Nav (I already have 3, no loss there).

It's peppy, has good storage, not quite as roomy as I'd like but adequate, and while more expensive than I'd like, there's a good likelyhood I'll be spending around 2hrs a day or so in it for a while yet.
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[User Picture]From: lonebear
2012-02-25 11:38 pm (UTC)
Good choice I think. We're looking closely at the Mazda 5 and I'm really anxious that the Skyactive engine will reach that line before we buy it.
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2012-02-26 12:53 am (UTC)
Very cool, congratulations. Do enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: dianec42
2012-02-26 01:34 am (UTC)
Sweet! Several of my cow orkers have 3s, and I can confirm that non-huge adults will fit in the back seat just fine. I hope you enjoy it!
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2012-02-26 03:08 am (UTC)
I've heard good things from others who have M3s. I'm glad you found something good!
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[User Picture]From: ceo
2012-02-26 04:31 am (UTC)
Does it have that goofy smiley face that most current Mazdas have? You really need to paint some broken teeth on it.
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[User Picture]From: perspicuity
2012-02-26 06:37 am (UTC)
vampire teeth :)

don't know anything about that car, but it's new and hsiny, so enjoy.

you trade the old one in?

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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2012-02-26 07:17 am (UTC)
Well, since it currently only moves at about 5mph, and that's on a flat, no. I'll finish cleaning it out, pull the plates, and do a "blue book or best offer ad on craigslist. Someone inventive could probably turn it into a good 24 hours of leMons racer, or fix it up if they have some time and the tools to pull the engine out and replace what's borked.
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[User Picture]From: perspicuity
2012-02-26 07:22 am (UTC)
oh, i see :)

i don't suppose there's some kind of warranty/recall on that? sucks.

worst case, you might be able to part it out, wheels/tires and some bits that might make it worth more... my last car, the tyres/rims were worth more than the car, so i found someone that wanted to swap their shit tyres onto it :) dealership didn't care. same for battery. kept the spare, the jack, and whatever i could.

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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2012-02-28 03:28 am (UTC)
Actually, that's not a bad idea. If it was the power steering pump that failed, I can make a decent claim that the dealer's failure to bolt the power steering pump fan back on properly (it fell off) was the most obvious cause of the pump's failure. I've verified it's not the alternator, that's spinning freely, but the other pulleys are nigh-impossible to get to without pulling the motor.

That still would leave fixing the grinding front wheel bearing, the failing clutch, the broken front turn signal, the wonky alightment, the bald tires, a good tune up and oil change before it's really ready for the road again. Still, if they can get it running again, it's worth enough more as being a call to see what they can do.
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2012-02-26 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! Happy new car!
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