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Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 7:46 am

When talked about Japanese cars most seem to think of Honda, Toyota, Nissan or the sort (of course also Lexus, Infiniti and Acura) but I noticed that Mazda has been making some really attractively looking cars lately.

I'd just like comments on them and what you think of them. Are they underrated?

Their Mazda 6 seems impressive and is a much better buy than the Toyota Camry IMHO if you sacrifice a bit of space.

What do you think?
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:10 am

They are nice, sporty cars that offer a little more spice, and more value than their Japanese counterparts. We'll see what the Ford influence will do to reliability in the next couple of years though, with greater synergy between the two companies on platform and powertrain development.

The Mazda 6 and the RX8 are the nicest ones in the lineup, IMHO.
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:16 am

I have a 02' Protege5. I can tell you it's the best. It handles nice, the interior is nice & it's just very fun to drive. Never thought I would say this but I feel proud to be a Mazda owner.
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:26 am

Their Mazda 6 seems impressive and is a much better buy than the Toyota Camry IMHO if you sacrifice a bit of space.

Didn't I hear about that sharing commonality with the Volvo S40, or am I crazy?

It's a great looking vehicle.
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:29 am

Mazda makes a fine car. About two years ago I was seriously considering a Mazda Protege or Protege5... very nice cars, great interiors, and very fun to drive.... many small cars aren't very exciting to drive (Sentra anyone?) but all the Protege's I drove were just plain fun..

Alas, a better financing deal that my Mazda dealer would not match led me to my neighboring Mitsubishi dealer... now instead of going Zoom Zoom all the way home.... I yell at people to wake up and drive..  Smile

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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:13 am

Mazdas are good cars on par with about everything else. They do bring a slight strangeness factor to the table but not to the degree Subaru does.
They are weird, wonderful and different like Mitsubishis are but not in a bad way, these three just march to a different beat. I used to have a jet black Conquest TSi, I should have never sold it.
If resale value is important go with Toyota. Nissan is also very good but it seems they are always just one notch below Toyo in overall styling and design.
Honda is renowned for reliability but their styling is too conservative for me, especially the interiors.
Say no to low end entry level US made cars, they are little more than cheap farm implements, last about four years and then they are worth about $300 on a good day.
Go price used cars an compare the prices between makes of similar years, mileage, foreign and domestic and draw your own conclusions.
There are some very desirable European cars but those of any quality are too expensive to own for most. Have you seen the new BMW 645?! Wow!
What sold me on Toyota was their styling, overbuilt engines, reliability and resale value. My current daily driver is an '84 Supra that just rolled over 100,000 miles and is in fantastic condition despite her age. The older Supras can be picked up for a song and there's still a lot of cherry examples left out there.
If you want the ultimate in cheap to buy (over time they are cheaper), cheap to maintain, cheap to insure and reliability second to none, get a Camry or Accord. Those 2 door Accords are sweet.
If your considering a brand new Mazda, baby it and it will last a long time.
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:48 pm

In general Mazdas have been underrated and undervalued on the market.... which makes it a good choice to buy a slightly used model.

The new 3 is pretty nice, though IMO not as fun as the PR5 is. It shares its platform with the new Euro-Focus (which won't be becoming to America anytime soon), and Volvo S40/V50.

I really like the 6. While the Honda, Toyota, and Nissan midsize cars swelled massively in size in their latest redos, the 6 stayed about as big as the 626. Which is plenty big. The platform is good too, and will form the basis for a slew of new mid-sized Ford cars. Plus you now have a choice of 3 body styles, sedan, 5-door, and a wagon.
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RE: Mazda Cars

Mon Apr 19, 2004 11:10 pm

Mazda definitly got their followers with the RX8, the only wankel powered car
produced right now.
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