• Jun 30, 2005

The rumor that Mazda is giving away free cocaine to raise sales of its Mazda3 is officially untrue. (Seriously, I just made it up.) Turns out the car doesn't need narcotics to sell, it's just that damn good. So good, in fact, that the company is boosting production to meet overseas demand, mainly that of the European, U.S. and Australian markets. Mazda's Ujina No. 2 plant will begin pumping out an extra 2,000 units per month, which should help Mazda meet the car's projected annual sales of 350,000 units. And remember, that's without free cocaine.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      to compare mazda3 with A3 is simply ridiculous
      • 9 Years Ago
      My two cents (from a person who drove 6 diff. cars in two months, out of which two were Mazdas). Comparing it to the Jetta (and the word is from Jetta 'salesmen' at the dealership) the 05 Jetta's have been selling very slow compared to their regular competitor's (Accords and high end Civics). Since January 1 Dealer has sold 90 Mazda's out of which 60 something were Mazda 3s (the silver selling most!). The Mazda 3i (red rearlight, low end model) used to do 29-35 mpg, the car was very smooth, the only problem I experienced with it were the power windows for some reason they don't work (the autodown feature) in hot weather (don't know why exactly) but when it cools down the windows work great, the car is great for maneuvering too. In two months I've moved to the Mazda 3s (2.3 engine, a little diff. dash and I lost my mp3 player on the older 3i model), clear rear lights, again the car is great for its price. Smooth, well built from the inside, I've got a few complaints about leg room in the backseat..but hey all cars around that size have that problem. Consumption on this car is 25-29 mpg, 160 HP... Again I've compared this car to Jettas, Civics, Accords, Impala and Maxima. The maxima however is much more spaceous from the inside and its engine makes acceleration really higher (it's a 2.5 engine, 220 HP if I remember correctly). I would definately advise anyone thinking about buying it to go ahead and do it, it's a nice car, just take care of the paint and make sure it's clean all the time coz otherwise it looks really ugly, especially the 'charcoal grey' color
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love the Mazda3 hatch, but I'm looking for awd and a little more oomph. If I were forced to buy new the Mazda3 would be at the very top of my list. As it stands, though, I'll be looking at used WRX wagons instead. I'm hoping that the MazdaSpeed3 will be awd and not too "boy-racer". They were tasteful with the MazdaSpeed6, so I'm hopeful about the 3 too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      When I spied a Mazda3 in the church parking lot a couple months ago, I thought it looked like an updated Jetta. I own a 2000 Jetta and am really disappointed with the new design, which has lost the "cool" factor. The Mazda3, however, has cool written all over it. I bought my Jetta because I like German design, but now, five years later, I may have to buy a Mazda, because, well, it looks more German than the new Jetta. Go figure.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I test drove a Mazda 3, no power. No back seat leg room. Over-rated. Bought a 2004 Chevy Mailibu, lots of power and 34 mpg to date.
      • 9 Years Ago
      DT, I agree with you slightly; but you can not justify $10K+ for paddles and a turbo. Granted the Mazda3 is slower; but I will have to argue on the handling. And I personally didn't see much difference in the trim levels, just different designs. I bought my 2.3 Mazda3 5-door not because I couldn't afford a A3 or Jetta; but because the Mazda was the best bag for the buck. Why pay more for something just to say you paid more for it? Joe, You must of looked at the 2.0 Mazda3; but the 2.3 Mazda3 seemed faster in my test drives. And as far as room...I'm 6'5" 300 lbs. and I fit fine in the front and okay in the back and that is with 4 people in the car. Now it's not as roomy as a Crown Vic or XJ8L; but it's better than most.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #21, the A3 is turbo, and it bases at $25k. No "10 large" difference. And, the Saab's coming that cheap because of GM's massive discounting. If you went sticker (which is essentially worthless, but an interesting comparison nonetheless), the 9-2X Aero lists for about $3k more. And the interior on the Saab sucks hard. I drove one, and two minutes inside it convinced me that I cannot see spending the next few years of my life sitting inside that thing every day.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Having owned and very much liked a Mazda Protege, I thought my next car to be purchased in late 2003, would be the Mazda 6i. The 6i handled and braked superbly, but there was an odd lag on acceleration that killed it for me. And the 6i's A/T seemed clunky and old Ford-like, too. The Mazda 3 hadn't been introduced yet, but if it had been, it's a sure thing I'd have considered it. At the moment the Mazda 3 seems to be the best of the compacts--at least until the '06 Honda Civic appears.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's great to see the magazines and public agree every once in awhile. This is a great car -- and kudos to Mazda for providing a hatchback as well as a sedan. (Anybody know how the hatch is selling as compared to predictions?)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I borrowed a mazda3 to get to work while my car got some work done. I haven't actually taken the car to the shop yet because I'm enjoying it so much. I'll hopefully get a hatchback version in the next few months as the rear visibility with a spoiler is a bit limited. And I like the little volume lights, however cheesy they may be.
      • 9 Years Ago
      NO surprise. You sit inside the GT sedan and it feels like an Audi. And that 160 I4 engine is awesome!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Steve - Go shopping. Put fog lights and leather on the A3 and the difference is $10k. You definitely get more with the A3. You probably can't find a 9-2x Aero, unless you want auto transmission and no sunroof. Of course the interior sucks, it's a Subaru! Saabs have cool interiors. Maybe you'll be able to afford a Hyundai Accent when you're old enough to buy a car.
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