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"Budget BMW" lol "Budget BMW" lol

There’s just no comparison here at all. And if you think that’s unfair, remember that these two compact hatchbacks both debuted in 2004:

That could have been exciting That could have been exciting

It’s a good thing the Mazda’s infotainment system doesn’t control the brakes, gas or steering. Backing out of the garage this morning could have looked something like this:

What do You Want to Know About The 2018 Mazda3? What do You Want to Know About The 2018 Mazda3?

My girlfriend is at work and I have her car for a few hours. Will post a comprehensive Oppo review later today. What do y’all wanna know about the most fun compact sedan on the market?

The Manual, Turbo (Diesel), AWD, Mazda 6 Already Exists The Manual, Turbo (Diesel), AWD, Mazda 6 Already Exists

In case my post is overlooked in the recent Mazda 6 article, I figure I come here to inform as well. Also, the Mazda 3 is offered in AWD as well.

2014+ Mazda3 Oppoinions

Even with the upgrades to the 5, 3 cars is a bit much. The Yaris is a great beater, but I’m not really certain I need a rallycross specific car either, although the highway mpgs are decent for road trips (33-35mpg @80, much less than its EPA rating though).

Mazda3 Touring 2.5 or Honda Civic Sport?  Mazda3 Touring 2.5 or Honda Civic Sport? 

IF I were to get a brand-new car, it’d really be down to one hatchback or the other. What does Oppo think of the Mazda3 2.5 vs the Civic Sport hatchback? And which one is easier to find with a manual gearbox?

The Mazda3 Lives On....  The Mazda3 Lives On.... 

In pieces and parts.

I'm about ready to give up on this thing... I'm about ready to give up on this thing...

Whatever is wrong with the front end of my 06 Mazda3 nearly has me at the end of my rope. Nothing seems to solve the problem; rather it seems to be getting progressively worse.

Of Happenings Of Happenings

Got my Mazda3 back from the shop Monday. Having them press in the new bearings and hubs was a little pricey, but it seems to have solved my shake. It’s been an issue for so long that I still expect it to show back up every time I drive the car, but after a week of commuting everything seems good.

I think I'm calling this a draw... I think I'm calling this a draw...

Finally managed to get my new lower control arms installed (as well as my half-axles because I damaged the left side axle when removing its companion control arm and spilled all of its gooey guts all over my driveway). After multiple weekends of struggling with this project, I was very excited to have my car back…

Last free dealer visit

I’m sitting at the Mazda dealer with my wife’s Mazda3. Nav has been showing 0 satellites for a couple of months. Thought it would be a simple fix, but . . .

Mazda3 Review - a Heavenly Journey  Mazda3 Review - a Heavenly Journey 

In the interests of full disclosure, I feel the need to warn you that I’ve just gone through a pound of rootbeer fudge and as such my mind is on a different plane of existence from yours. I’m not sure if communication is possible under these circumstances, but I have to try. My message must be heard!

Finished replacing my end links Finished replacing my end links

Front right only took an hour. It put up more of a fight than the front left, so I just went straight for the Dremel. Ground off the old nuts, popped out the old shaft, popped in the new shaft, and torqued down the new nuts.

Six hours. Six hours.

That’s how long it took me to replace my front left sway bar end link. Only three more to go…

Car Trouble, Need Some Help Diagnosing Car Trouble, Need Some Help Diagnosing

Been having a problem with my 06 Mazda3 for a while. The front end started shaking last Summer and I’ve been chasing the problem when time and money allowed since then.

Something awesome showed up on the UPS truck this afternoon Something awesome showed up on the UPS truck this afternoon

Finally ordered new wheels and tires for the Mazda. It wasn’t cheap, but the result is worth it.

Installed my new mount today! Installed my new mount today!

Been chasing this one since I bought the car almost two years ago. I installed the middle one, from the Focus Electric/ST, today. It replaced the filled stock mount on the left, which had replaced the JBR on the right about a year ago.

I have other things to do... I have other things to do...

...but my new rear transmission mount just showed up and now I can’t concentrate because I want to go install it.

Did I buy a touring car? Did I buy a touring car?

There are times when you gaze upon your significant other and you think “I’ve done well”. I frequently have those moments with my beautiful girlfriend, but today was the first day I had one with my Mazda 3. It’s surprising since it’s my daily, that I bought to sip gas and be comfortable in while my Honda S2000 relaxes…

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