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Offline CuppaTone

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REFUGEE FROM VW
« on: October 29, 2017, 04:26:39 PM »
Hi Folks   (excellent forum by the way)
Although the title says refugee from VW it is not entirely true JUST YET ,I got a VW Bora Diesel 130,had it for best part of 10 year now HOWEVER with the current climate starting to persecute Diesel i have decided to get rid and go back to Petrol and have decided to go for a Mazda 3.
I have searched around on the net and although i like the new shape 3, i prefer the 1.6 Tamura or Venture. I prefer an Automatic as i have been suffering with Gout on and off so when i get an attack mostly in my left foot IT  means i can't drive my manual Bora,so with this and the change of thought towards Diesel its time to get rid.
So i would like to ask if a Automatic Gearbox on the above Mazda's is ok and also pokey enough, as sometimes i carry four adults,as these motors are 1.6 (if i am right)
Hopefully someone will respond to my thread with their view's   thank you
When i do change (hopefully won't be long i will share some pic's with you
regards tony

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Re: REFUGEE FROM VW
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 06:06:33 PM »
It will depend on your driving style,  I have the 1.6 manual.

It's entirely fine for round the doors motoring, cruises fine on the motorway. It will just about deal with 4 people on board and hills. But I don't think it would make a good partner for an autobox. In the manual the 1.6 is enough to move with the traffic flow but with an auto, especially coming from a car with 25 ps more and a lot more torque it's probably going to feel a bit weak.

I like the engine it does the job, is reliable and is adequate for the car but I fear it would be out of it's depth if you added the power sapping properties of a torque converter autobox on top.

I'd say test drive and see how it suits, one mans ok is anothers terrible.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2017, 07:02:25 PM by StevenRB45 »

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Re: REFUGEE FROM VW
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 06:45:40 PM »
I'd agree with the above. Plus if you are considering regular trips with 4 adults on board, although the 1.6 will probably cope, you will more than likely notice it struggle occasionally.  In my opinion looking at your requirements I would suggest the 2ltr would be a better choice for you. 

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Re: REFUGEE FROM VW
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 06:45:40 PM »