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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Happy with new Soul Red Sport Black 120
« Last post by Willpower on Yesterday at 12:55:38 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Glad you are pleased with your purchase. :)
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Happy with new Soul Red Sport Black 120
« Last post by IanW on Yesterday at 10:41:43 AM »
Having had a good experience over the last few years with a 2006 MX-5,  I toddled off to the Mazda dealer when my 2007 Zafira effectively died after 10 years family service.  Last year Mazda had a scrappage scheme giving £5k off the 3 and I was surprised and pleased to find out that the MOT failed Zafira qualified us for it.

I was particularly attracted by the Bose sound system on the special edition and the LED headlights are good to - and both extras proved to be excellent. The black cloth seats are a bit low rent - a pity that they dumped the suede enhanced seats of a few years back.

I am not finding the car underpowered really - perhaps due to me turning into a bit of a pootler as I have got older. Also I have read that the car is more like 130 bhp than 120. It will do 50 mpg on my most regular long run from Surrey to Yorkshire and the smoothness of a petrol engine is nice to have again. This economy is acceptable in my opinion. At least I wont have a DPF to replace in the future.

Must say that the new model 3 looks lovely - perhaps take a look at it in 3 or 4 years

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Buy/Sell Section / WANTED: Gen 1 Mazda 3 2.0d sport
« Last post by Kidson123 on March 17, 2019, 10:46:36 PM »
Hi all. Looking to buy a gen1/mk1 Mazda 3 2.0 diesel sport hatchback. I have around £1500.

Thank you in advance.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on March 17, 2019, 01:31:08 AM »
I've seen a few people say they find the clutch odd or that it's hard to get into certain gears. Again not common place so time driving your prospective purchase should sort that out.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by robinhood1701 on March 16, 2019, 11:22:27 PM »
Nothing massive, it's just not the slickest of systems. A few people have had them replaced under warranty due to random reboots and crashing. Also even with an up to date subscription the nav can be hit and miss. Some people have difficulty with the wireless hotspot capabilities.

Nothing ridiculous and certainly no reason not to buy one, but definitely have a play with it and see if you get on with it. If you don't an android auto/car play upgrade is available on all models but heading for 300 quid unless you find a car with an out of date system that will allow you to crack it and do it yourself.
Thanks, one of the main reasons for looking for a sportnav was the Bose Audio system, a quick google says the dealer upgrade is available for post 2014 models, I’m looking at a 16 plate model, so I’ll have a play and see how it goes, if it has CarPlay for my iPhone, I’m laughing, what was the gear change/clutch thing? I’m looking for a 25K max example.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on March 16, 2019, 09:57:06 PM »
Nothing massive, it's just not the slickest of systems. A few people have had them replaced under warranty due to random reboots and crashing. Also even with an up to date subscription the nav can be hit and miss. Some people have difficulty with the wireless hotspot capabilities.

Nothing ridiculous and certainly no reason not to buy one, but definitely have a play with it and see if you get on with it. If you don't an android auto/car play upgrade is available on all models but heading for 300 quid unless you find a car with an out of date system that will allow you to crack it and do it yourself.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by robinhood1701 on March 16, 2019, 08:00:35 PM »
Seen a few reports of difficulty with gearchange/clutch which seems to be car specific so a decent test drive should eliminate that.

Otherwise I've not seen any mechanical issues on the petrol, main complaints are infotainment related.
What’s wrong with the infotainment system ?
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on March 15, 2019, 06:09:46 PM »
Seen a few reports of difficulty with gearchange/clutch which seems to be car specific so a decent test drive should eliminate that.

Otherwise I've not seen any mechanical issues on the petrol, main complaints are infotainment related.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by robinhood1701 on March 15, 2019, 08:01:09 AM »
The SD card has the nav data on it, if the car is advertised as a nav make sure it is included as they can be fearsomely expensive. They are in a special format so you can't use any old card.

Not sure if updates are included if you just buy the card, best to check with Mazda. FYI, 3 year subscription for Map and Connected services updates are around £245, depending on the exchange rate (you have to buy on line from Hungry so the cost is in Euro's).

Oh and make sure its the 16gb SD card as the 8gb SD card is no longer able to accept the latest map updates.

Thanks for that, i definitely will, has anyone had any unusual problems with their 2.0 Sportnav, like erroneous engine lights or anything really ?
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Mazda 3 / Re: Buying Advice Pls ?
« Last post by gknight9 on March 13, 2019, 07:29:14 AM »
The SD card has the nav data on it, if the car is advertised as a nav make sure it is included as they can be fearsomely expensive. They are in a special format so you can't use any old card.

Not sure if updates are included if you just buy the card, best to check with Mazda. FYI, 3 year subscription for Map and Connected services updates are around £245, depending on the exchange rate (you have to buy on line from Hungry so the cost is in Euro's).

Oh and make sure its the 16gb SD card as the 8gb SD card is no longer able to accept the latest map updates.
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