I bought this about 6 weeks ago to replace the piece of rubbish I owned & reviewed before ( Renault Laguna 1.9Dci )
How happy am I now ??? VERY
This is a great car, sound engine producing plenty of get up & go but still not to bad on the petrol.
I cant really comment on reliabilty to much as Ive only had it a short space of time but after reading the other reviews before buying it I'm fairly confident that won't be too much of an issue.
The driving postion is good, handling excellent, cabin is well equipped & easy on the eye ( Love the Orange Glow Display ) & the sound system is very good.
The Only slight drawback is the alloys, Don't get me wrong there nice but how do Japanese companies manage to build such reliable, funky, well constructed & well thought out cars then NOT manage to supply them with alloys that don't flake & bubble after 4-5 years ????
It hasnt put me off owning this car though, Infact my car is in getting the Alloys Re-Furbished locally for £240 as I type this so as small cost for a small problem.
If anyoner is looking for a good quality car that fun to drive I recommend this all day.
I traded in a 1.6 for a 14 month old MPS and boy is this a different beast. The styling is subtley understated - agree with previous review about not attracting unwanted attention - whilst the interior is too plush if anything.
But lets get to the point...this thing is astonishingly fast. A mountain of torque in any gear means that speed builds exponentially and you really have to pay attention not to run into the chuff of anything you reel in. It will happily cruise at 80 on the motorway in 6th gear without breaking sweat.
The gear change is notchy compared with a regular 3,but this only demands greater concentration and reward. The clutch is meatier and consequently more heavy than the 1.6 but I soon adjusted to it - but ladies beware. It's certainly not a town car and needs a twisty A-road to show it's forte.
Beware the highest rate road duty and oil changes every 3000 miles, although my insurance was only £40 more for the year than my 1.6
Obviously the heavier you're right foot,the bigger the dent in your wallet.........but if you're not going to use the performance then there's no point owning a car like this.
The ride is suprisingly good given the beefed up suspension and low profile tyres - you only really notice the poorest of road surfaces or deepest pot holes.
Think long and hard about buying a car like this - but if you take the plunge you're going to be in motoring heaven.
I have owned a Mazda 3 for the last two years and in general found it to be a great car to drive. I have found the car fun to drive and sticks to the road. Quite different to my previous car which was the previous Honda Civic which used to feel like as if it was going to break away on corners. I'm not a fast driver which in some ways the Honda Civic suited my driving style whereas the Mazda 3 likes to be driven harder. Reliability has been good with the only problems being the wiper linkage which had to be changed when the car was 6 months old, The Smartnav has twice developed a problem and has had to be sorted out by the dealer. I'm not blaming Mazda for this as it wasn't a Mazda Item but was supplied and fitted by the Mazda dealer who though excepted responsibility for the faults and rectified them both times. I do though reserve my judgement on the Smartnav as it is expensive compared to other navigation systems and lacks decent visual mapping. Maybe they have improved this since mine was fitted. And finally I have complained about a knocking noise from the engine when cold, to date the dealer claims they can't hear any knocking. I have been told by an independant garage that the fault is not uncommon, which is shown by other reviews, and is infact related to the exhaust though it sounds more like a dry camshaft which quietens once the oil has circulated.
in the three years that ive used the car, the only problem ive found is a knocking sound from the engine on start up from cold,prob due to the fack that i live on a slight incline. get about 43 mpg,car has never let me down. the only reason im changing is i require a estate car. first class car would recommend for small family.
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