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Offline StevenRB45

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Martha the Takuya
« on: August 08, 2015, 12:59:05 PM »
Well it's been a year so I thought I better get round to an actual thread. Some photos will be familiar!

Here is the car that was the result of hours of research, all of which pointed towards a Honda Civic 1.8 ES. My local Mazda dealer had one, I went to look at it and this was on the same lot.

Anyway, my car a 2011 Mazda 3 1.6 Takuya in the best colour  >:D





Interior showing my favourite bit the gearbox that sold the car to me best front drive shift I've driven.



Including this shot just to annoy the other gen 2 owners as apparently no one else can get this display to work.



So a year on I'm still very happy with it, I've done a few small mods which fall under the fiddling category, so LED sides, white head lamp bulbs, a set of Bosch Aero wipers and also rear park assist.

2 months into my ownership it faced a challenge to its dominance, the arrival of a brand new and jdpower award winning Citroen.



However no contest, I could fill an entire thread with things I dislike about that thing but I'll just say it feels entirely disposable and built down to a price.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2015, 05:46:03 PM »
Looking shiny!

I'm still kicking myself at the fact I didn't go with the white. Mainly because black is such a pain to keep clean.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2015, 06:37:06 PM »
I've had white, I've had black; imho black's so much more forgiving (for the short term) so if you just think the grass is greener on the other side... it isn't... it's a shows up every little puddle splash and raindrop dirty white.

Kudos for keeping your so super shiny StevenRB45!
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2015, 07:06:59 PM »
I've gotta say black is easier in some respects (tar spots and insect guts don't stand out from 3 counties away) but dark colours show up any dents so much worse than white. Mine has a super market ding on one door and was slightly damaged by monster hail recently and you can't see them unless you're less than a foot away. If it was black it would be immediately obvious. Also swirl marks are much less obvious on white.


However with white winter is a pain this is the result of 4 miles after it was washed.


Only low maintenance colour I've ever had is Silver.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2015, 10:29:34 PM »
Peeved enough after just 4 miles to take a disgruntled shot, that's what I was talking about. Dings are another thing...

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2015, 08:48:26 AM »
Looking good as always StevenRB45 little and subtle mods are Dee Besssst  O0  ;D
As for white it's a killer colour on a car but a swine for the up keep, our mini was pepper White & it lasted all of a day at the most before bugs dust rain puddles tar bird poop attacked it  ;)
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2015, 10:46:12 AM »
I seem to remember us having a conversation about the Mini and clay bars, and the general gist was "that way Madness lies..." I strictly wash it once a week now regardless of if it looks manky after 12 hours. When I first got it I washed it whenever it wasn't looking spotless..and therefore was washing it 4 times a week which is just daft.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2015, 11:43:39 AM »
Mines covered in swirl marks. I should probably invest in a machine polisher. I blame the previous owner for taking it through the car wash...  >:(

I've never owned a white car so I have no idea on how often it gets filthy.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 03:11:55 AM »
Oooooh they are filthy  :o  :-* ,,,,,,,, & white cars are too!  ;
I seem to remember us having a conversation about the Mini and clay bars, and the general gist was "that way Madness lies..." I strictly wash it once a week now regardless of if it looks manky after 12 hours. When I first got it I washed it whenever it wasn't looking spotless..and therefore was washing it 4 times a week which is just daft.
Clay bars are now a swear word to me !!!! Evil things to own, taking all your precious time up on a Saturday, I should have enslaved a team of small children to set about the task much easier! In fact. I do recall suggesting it to our 4 kids ,,,,,,,,,,,, vamoosh!!!! Never saw any of them again that weekend! Wifi all to myself  ;D
After your earlier post about your dash displaying Album/Artist/playlist on the red LED display I went out & had a fiddle with mine & if you press the 'Text' button on the stereo it does scroll thru the display option whilst on the cd mode, which. Never realised before so now I to have t displaying the Album info. Cheers for that, I guess reading  instruction could have told me that 2 years ago  :D
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2015, 10:39:11 AM »
Not the display on the left the one on the right...posted about it in a stereo related thread which subsequently derailed due to the other participants asking how I managed to unlock the super secret song, artist and album display whilst Bluetooth steaming. Apparently everyone elses cars only showed the words BT Audio.

Simple answer being....it just did it.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2015, 02:40:19 PM »



 :D :D :D
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2015, 10:01:36 PM »
It's my topic I'll derail it if I want to  ;D

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2015, 11:29:56 PM »
4 Back 4 on 4 the 4 rails 4 Will I find all the 3's if I go looking on the site? :)


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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2015, 12:39:43 AM »
It's on here somewhere just can't find it at the moment.

You'll have to make do with this set of 3's and 9's     8) 8) 8)


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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2015, 07:35:12 PM »
Not the display on the left the one on the right...posted about it in a stereo related thread which subsequently derailed due to the other participants asking how I managed to unlock the super secret song, artist and album display whilst Bluetooth steaming. Apparently everyone elses cars only showed the words BT Audio.

Simple answer being....it just did it.

I wish mine would "just do it", ive been trying for ages to figure it out!
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2015, 07:35:12 PM »