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Offline Willpower

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2014, 02:53:15 PM »
Overcome that barrier then you would be able to obtain a European spec car in UK.

Why would anyone in the UK want to buy a left hand drive Mazda built for (mainland) Europe unless they were about to move to (mainland) Europe?


HM Forces do it a lot.  I did. Then keep the car for 3 or so years whatever the length of your tour.  Before you are due to come home order a new model with European spec, at duty free prices, but specify RHD.

But I get your point.  What I was endeavouring to say was, if Mazda restructured then it wouldn't be a barrier to having EU spec components and accessories on a UK car.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2014, 06:50:13 PM »
from jano:
Dealer seems to think the SE-L Nav will be the big seller as it has a softer ride on the 16" wheels than the Sport Nav, and your not really losing out on spec, I think the only difference is optional leather seats and the Bose sound system again, with a Panasonic system in the SE and SE-L versions.


There is quite a lot more on the SPORT NAV to the SE-L NAV as below:

1. Front fog lights with chrome surround, the SE-L NAV has no chrome surround.
2. Adaptive front headlights.
3. Parking sensor front and rear with audio and visual, the SE-L NAV has only rear sensors and audio only.
4. 18" wheels.
5. Optional leather seats.
6. Bose audio system with 9 speakers.
7. Smart remote keyless entry.
8. Dashboard decoration is silver, the SE-L NAV has piano black.
9. Active driving display.
10. Digital speedometer, the SE-L NAV has a analogue speedometer.
11. Analogue tach, the SE-L NAV has a graph tach.
12. Safety pack option.

I'm not saying they are any better, just pointing out the difference in spec.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
Didn't realise there was that much in it, interesting - thanks. Still hoping I can get them to agree to a deal of some sort at one of my local dealers, I don't suppose anyone knows why the Soul Red is £110 more expensive than the other metallic paints?.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2014, 07:29:39 PM »
The soul red is 3 layers consisting of a base coat containing aluminium flake, a coloured clear coat and clear top coat.
It is also £130 more expensive at £660 compared to £530 for the other metallic paints.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2014, 08:42:56 PM »
Just ordered a  new 3 Hatchback 2.0 120 ps, petrol, manual Sport Nav with the safety pack in Aluminium  Metallic (38P) and traded in my 3 1.6 Sport Nav 2009 reg in the same colour.
Had a test drive in the new 3 and WOW :D I loved it so I ordered one and can't wait but I have to wait till March 26th to get it as they are out of stock of that model.
I think I had a good trade in deal, £6400 for mine, £500 Mazda loyalty bonus, full tank petrol and a set of premium mats for it and 0% finance on 50% of the cost.
The only reason I went for the same colour as before as the colours the offer are limited.
If anybody out there has had one please let us have your opinions.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2014, 09:06:54 PM »
I ordered my 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback Sport Nav 2.0L with the safety pack in Soul Red on December 30th and been told to expect delivery of it on Saturday 25th January. ;D
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2014, 10:18:29 PM »
Hopefully picking up a 2014 Diesel Sport Nav tomorrow, my existing deal was due to run out soon and I got a good deal on the new 3, I had been looking at alternative manufactures but the standard kit with the Mazda is good in comparison to some. There are a few things "missing" from the new model, 6 disk changer and the heated windscreen mainly, but hopefully it will be as good or better than my trusty 3 it replaces.. will report back as soon as possible!


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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2014, 07:56:00 PM »
We had an initial look at the new Mazda 3 at the weekend, and we now have a test drive (on the SPORT-NAV) booked for next weekend.

What did surprise me looking through the specs is the absence of DAB Radio as even an option on the new models...

Has anyone heard why this isn't an option? It seems like a major omission on what is otherwise a nicely spec'd car.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2014, 01:14:39 PM »
Has anyone driven both the new Mazda 3 Sport on 18" wheels and an SE (L) on 16's? I would be interested to know how different the ride was. What are people views of the ride quality on 18's?

Having looked at all of the competition, Germans included, the new 3 ticks more boxes for me than anything else. However, my dilemma is that I like the Sport spec but am not sure about the ride. I have test driven a Sport but in the relatively short drive I had, I could not make up my mind about the ride quality. I am however going to try the car for a much longer period shortly and hopefully (if they have one available) try a lesser spec car as well. After driving a car with not a lot of road surface tolerance for the past three years, I am looking for something a bit more comfortable this time round

If the Sport has a much worse ride than the SE-L, I will go the SE-L route and save myself some money. It is a pity that the SE-L does not get leather though as this is something I wanted, as is the Bose sound system come to that. In fact, a Sport on 16's might be ideal!

On the subject of a lack of DAB radio, I can only think that with the smartphone connectivity the car offers, they expect you will listen to digital radio via this route.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2014, 09:36:24 AM »
Popped in to my local Mazda dealer last friday having got a leaflet through the door (normally just bin them!)- no intention to buy.
Had a good look around and loved it. Sales guy offered a test drive.  Loved it.  Left the dealer having p/e my 08 model and ordered the Sports Nav 165ps in Black with the safety pack.  Was available in a couple of weeks but decided to wait for the 14 plate.  CANNOT WAIT!
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2014, 07:18:16 PM »
Great looking car  :)

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2014, 08:03:38 PM »
On the subject of a lack of DAB radio, I can only think that with the smartphone connectivity the car offers, they expect you will listen to digital radio via this route.

Yes, we asked about the lack of DAB and that was the response they gave - great if you have unlimited data, but I still feel that is a very odd omission.

We also asked about what the "live traffic" on the SatNav required since we find the traffic updates (and re-routing) very useful on our existing TomTom. The brochure refers to needing a "compatible mobile device with data signal" but is completely lacking in information about what a "compatible" device might be.
We would have considered continuing to use the existing TomTom except that it looks like there isn't a "cigarette lighter" socket in a suitable location in the new Mazda 3 to do that!

After a long delay they got back to us and said that all that is needed is a phone capable of provding a wifi hotspot. So we have now ordered a SportNav with promised delivery "end of March".

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2014, 08:27:27 PM »
Congrats on your purchase. Let us know how you get on.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2014, 10:19:53 AM »
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2014, 07:42:09 PM »
Not completely gone on the front but definitely appreciate the rear

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
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