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Old 05-03-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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My wife got tired of me carting around our daughter in my 22yr old bucket of bolts with no A/C. So we tallied up what it would take to make the CRX a decent dependable daily, and realized that would be half the price of a decent used car. So we went used car shopping and found out most folks were pretty proud of anything with less than 50K miles, which was what we were looking for if it wasn't in cash buy range.

We had pretty well settled on a nice 30K mile Mazda3 at our local dealership (owned by a really cool car nut) for $12K and wondering how we'd ended up at that kind of monthly. As we're standing in the showroom my wife asks what the little car she's next to is, and the salesman says he can get the payments on one of those close to what we were looking for.

We had to track down the only base base model 5spd in Houston, but we found one. A just over $14K Mazda2. They had added some fog lights and tint, which we told them we weren't paying for. We also talked them down another $1100, basically getting TT+L for free...and then got another $500 dealer cash knocked off for already owning a Mazda. We qualified for 0% interest no sweat, so I don't really feel bad about the deal. We basically stole it, and aren't losing our asses on a car loan. It's like a monthly installment plan for reliable transportation.



Yes, I'm in an mt.net shirt. And yeah, it's really my daughter's car. First music to play in it was her mix CD. She loves the thing. Easier entry for her too. I plan to take car of it and eventually give it to her.

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The car is great. First *new* car I've ever had, and it's nice to have a tight, comfortable car where everything works.

Handles surprisingly well. Overnight I had read a lot of reviews and these are definitely the sportiest of the econoboxes. Mazda made a point of cutting weight out of these to make the car weigh exactly as much as the original Miata...and it's evident in the way it drives. It's still fail wheel drive, but I can throw it into turns just like the Miata and actually enjoy driving again, even in something that's a responsible commuter.

A/C is ******* NICE! Having never had it in my personal cars I'm glad I did it...especially now that I got another nice office job where I need to arrive on time and presentable.

Still hard to believe that a 4door, steel roof car with h beam side pillars, dynamic stability control, 6 airbags and all can weigh as much as a pre-safetynanny-age two door convertible sports car.

All in all I'm really liking it. Glad I finally just did it for myself, or let my wife do it for me. I'd never spent more than $2K on a car in my life...and got tired of putting up with CL surprises and constantly working on them. I hated the idea of buying new...but I gotta admit it's nice knowing I'm the sole person responsible for the care of this car and that it hasn't been abused.

Oh yeah...35mph on the first tank...the way I drive...
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For a "base base model", it seems it still comes with some nice options!
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:54 AM   #3
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I can dig it. We just replaced our old Toyota pickup beater with a slightly newer, 4-door Nissan Frontier. Reliability, comfort, and safety have their appropriate places.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:05 AM   #4
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Congrats. We got the 3 door Mazda2 end of 09 and I have been DDing it since basically. Full option, black and 16" wheels. I like that miata wheels fit too. It really is an awesome little car
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I like that 6UL's fit too.
Fixed.

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I like that 6UL's fit too.
Fixed.

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15x10?
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15x10 not sure. I've seen 15x8 6UL though. B-Spec car in GRM I think?
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You only made it to 35mph on the first tank? That seems kinda slow to me...maybe it's a Texas thing?
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He's not easy on cars, if I'm not mistaken.

Do go easy on the OEM tires, mine wore out in 22.5k miles, and it looks like the ones on my GF's '10 Mazda 3 are headed in the same direction, and she doesn't drive nearly as aggressively. I thought they'd be bricks that would last forever, but apparently not.
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Wow, 35 mpg in new nice-handling hatch for $14k is great.

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15x10 not sure. I've seen 15x8 6UL though. B-Spec car in GRM I think?
Yup, 15x8"s.

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Old 05-03-2011, 11:10 PM   #11
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Yeah, the Miata wheel bore and bolt pattern match was a big plus. I've been meaning to see is some 14" hollow spokes fit over the brakes, but really haven't had the chance to pull them down and try...and I know my wife will have a fit.

This one being the "sport" (read: base) model it has steel wheels with hub caps, so I'm really waiting to see how much lightweight wheels change the ride and such. I've considered lowering springs, but really like quality suspension. They did a good job with the damping. It might be a little harsh, but it's a good match. A little bit of body roll, and it drives pure understeer, but I think both of those can be fixed with roll bars (real stiff out back), and I'll wait to mess with coilovers until the bumper-to-bumper warranty is out.


I've got a little 13G on the shelf that would complement this perfectly....

DIY MazdaSpeed2 anyone?


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