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General Discussion / Re: Sooo somebody sell me the idea of a gen 3.
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Yesterday at 06:56:11 PM »
Having actually been today, curve ball on the 308, glass roof means there's no headroom for adults in the rear. There was me worried about the virtual cockpit layout and rear knee room when instead got my head against the ceiling.

I've made a decision I think not to buy new we've got other large plans coming up and spending a huge wedge on something that'll be worth 50% of that shortly doesn't make sense in that context.

As a result budget is in the realms of 12k which is about what my wife has been spending on pcps every 3 years but with the goal to own outright. If the car blows up at the end of three years it's still cost less than getting a 20k car on PCP and if it doesn't then I've got a paid for asset hopefully 2 as the 3 will probably still be running then if she hasn't beaten it to death and the rust has been kind.

At that price bracket most CX5s are nearly as old as my 3 which I'm not that keen on as the rust proofing on my 3 doesn't seem to be holding out well. Also that means the interior is just the old style grey plastic fantastic rather than the new extremely nice style.

Mx30 is just odd looking does tick the practicality box but looks weird, more than I want to spend.

Think i'll just suck up a few years of C3 Aircross, it won't be fun but it'll do the job and carry the gear without costing a tonne of money. Also one fun fact in this equation, C3 Aircross weighs 1179kg in the Spec I'm looking at with 108 horses. CX5 weighs 1500kg with 165, however torque figures.. 3lb ft in it so you'd have to rev the CX5 hard to produce similar mid range shove given the near 350kg weight penalty. That and the C3 is a remap away from hitting 145bhp and 200lb/ft. The American spec 2.5 can't match that torque figure and it's delivered from 1500 rpm.

I've got no intention of racing them but it's nice when 4 people get in if you don't have to rag the back side out of the car to make progress.

One is clearly a better car overall and that would be the CX5 but for what it costs it should be. For what I need the smaller car will make a good fist of it while costing a lot less. The natural rival would be the Cx3 versus C3 Aircross but the Cx3 is a fashion item not a family vehicle.
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General Discussion / Re: Sooo somebody sell me the idea of a gen 3.
« Last post by Engineer Andy on Yesterday at 03:10:10 PM »
All current-gen Mazdas look good, but one thing they ain't is cheap when new! The smaller CX-30 is still into the high £20ks for a reasonably-specced 2.0 SA-G and around the £30k for a better SA-X version.  The 3 isn't much cheaper.  Nice sized boot and the same interior as the gen-4 Mazda3 (excellent).  If only Mazda made the fastback with a bigger boot opening and/or an estate version (like the new Corolla).  At least we can now get the full compliemnet of engine and transmission types, though only 4WD in the CX-30, not that most of us would ever need it.

One bit of news I heard on the Interweb grapevine was that a proper turbocharged Mazda3 may be coming, though it may be only abroad (i.e. North America, Down under and parts of the Far East).  They already do a SA-G 2.5T in those markets for the bigger SUVs such as the CX-5 and CX-9, even apparently in auto form if I recall. I'm not sure if that engine is the equivalent to the older 2.3T in the MPS - it's probably somewhat more 'sanitised'...

Some very good (27% discount) deals on high spec gen-4s SA-Xs up North, but 'still' at the £22k mark after the discount.  I still baulk at that after paying just over £10k for my gen-1 1.6 petrol TS2 (new) in 2006.  I remember when I was looking back in early 2017 my local dealership offering a gen-3 Sport 2.0 fastback with less than 500miles (demo car) for about £17k.
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Accessories / Re: Roof Rack?
« Last post by Engineer Andy on Yesterday at 02:39:41 PM »
Do you already have the general roof rack (two seemingly identical types - maybe one's for fastbacks and the other for hatchbacks)?

https://www.mazda.co.uk/owners/accessories/

That page also has a 'Pro Bicycle roof bar attachment' (whatever that is) for £100, not sure if the OEM roof rack (£140 + moulding kit(s) at £10) also has to be fitted, but I presume so.

Just enter you car's model and generation details...
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General Discussion / Re: Sooo somebody sell me the idea of a gen 3.
« Last post by StevenRB45 on July 02, 2020, 10:24:41 PM »
Well off to look at replacement tomorrow..

My 3 is staying regardless, basically I've got a decent deposit  saved up and the trade in price will be ridiculous so no point. My wife will continue to run it until the rust gets it.

That means no C3 any more...so clearly we need some French jeopardy in our lives so I'm off to look at a 308 and C3 Aircross. Both for depressing sensible reasons..unfortunately Mazda doesn't build small family cars unless you want to drop 30k on a cx-5.
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Detailing/Cleaning / Re: Exhaust tip cleaning
« Last post by mike164 on July 02, 2020, 09:31:40 AM »
Na can't be bothered, cheeky 😜
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Heating, AC & Ventilation / Re: Missing ambiental temperature sensor
« Last post by Waiting on June 28, 2020, 08:48:28 PM »
Thanks @Andy, I'll have a look at the tech manuals and do a little bit more digging into it.

@hanix, hopefully it won't affect the start in cold weather.

Soon I'll connect it to another OBD2 scanner, maybe it will show anything related to it that might be helpful.
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Accessories / Roof Rack?
« Last post by bobmax on June 28, 2020, 10:07:50 AM »
Can anyone recommend a roof rack to fit  a 2014   Mazda 3
I'd like to get a cycle rack, but don't fancy the strap on ones at the back. Too many reviews of damaged paintwork
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Detailing/Cleaning / Re: Exhaust tip cleaning
« Last post by dunhill1984 on June 27, 2020, 11:34:52 PM »
Very nice but what about cleaning the bumper?
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Heating, AC & Ventilation / Re: Missing ambiental temperature sensor
« Last post by hanix on June 27, 2020, 02:21:31 PM »
I wonder if it feeds info to the EMU and lack of it might cause cold weather start problems.
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