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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.

[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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