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Offline PJW17

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2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« on: September 24, 2019, 10:30:12 AM »
Hi everyone, first post.

I got a 2011 Takuya in Mica Black last month. High miles at 130k, but this was reflected in the price, and I only cover around 6000 miles per year so won't be piling it on under my ownership. Came with service history and has been well maintained. Fair to say I'm delighted with what I paid!

A few observations:

Bluetooth stereo is great. Very bassy, but has been easy to get a decent mix.
Gearstick is a dream, took a bit to get used to it being so high up, but it now feels very natural.
MPG not great, but with my low mileage this isn't a massive problem.
Just given it 4 new tyres and got the tracking sorted. Dream.
Acceleration is nice and smooth once the revs start going, but can take a while to get from 2-3k I've found.
Handling is great, have missed this level since my Mini Cooper a few cars back.
Put in a K&N panel filter (as I do with all my cars), and it has brought out a nice engine noise. Was very quiet beforehand (which is a good thing obviously!), but I do like having a K&N in there.
Side lights are a pain to change!

Any recommended tweaks I should be looking at for a car this age/miles, which wouldn't be picked up in a service?

I've noticed that the passenger side wing mirror doesn't always unfold, and I've stopped folding them in as a result. Could this be simply down to a weak motor? Is this a simple change or does it need an entirely new mirror unit?

Also, the windscreen washer has worked possibly 5% of the times I've tried it. It makes a noise, but doesn't actually do anything. I notice this is on the same fuse as the wipers, which work fine, so can't be that. Could it just be the hose has become detached? Could a pump have gone? If so, how much are these to replace?

I've found it right on the verge of stalling when in crawling traffic. New spark plugs needed do you think?

Despite those very minor things, I do like this car a lot, and I enjoy seeing other models of this Mk on the road. I've seen 2 Sports in my area, but that's about it, and I like that about it. I wouldn't have this level of enjoyment from owning a Golf/Focus and seeing another on the road!

Anyway, looking forward to getting involved in the forum, and have already been appreciative of a few posts already. Love the technical knowledge available, which has uncovered a few things I haven't seen when browsing the active forums of other cars I've owned (Civic/Cooper/VW/Focus).

Have a good un!

2011 Mazda 3 Takuya, Mica Black

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Re: 2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 04:06:34 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Glad you joined us :)
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Re: 2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 09:06:24 PM »
Had my Takuya 5 years now..God how time flies.

Still love it, not the fastest, most comfortable car ever built but fun to use and good enough of everything to be an excellent long term workhorse without being dull.

Poor fuel economy and low speed issues could be related, my initial thoughts would be fresh spark plugs and fresh air filter and see if things improve (you've already ticked one off) . Mine will happily roll along clutch up in first at 600rpm idle when warm though will kangaroo when cold.

Tbf they aren't a specialist knowledge kind of car with a petrol engine in general. There's the odd random failure, ABS pumps can fail, suspension components wear out but mechanically service it and there's no common faults.

Assume you've lubricated the mirror? Bit of silicon grease perhaps in case it is sticking, previous owner may have just left them folded out.

Disconnect the grey plug inboard of the headlamps and go in from the top for the side lights. The method given in the manual via the wheel arch is the work of a mad man.

Also while the stock stereo is good, the dash design lends itself to a double dim touch screen unit if you ever fancy a bit of light modernising.


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Re: 2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 12:43:41 PM »
Cheers guys

Thanks Steven, I agree it's not the fastest and whatnot, but I wanted a car which would be fun for a commute and still provide enough room for when the little uns end up in my car.

My last car had been a Polo which was sound enough but I went to that after the Mini (which had been tuned to heck by the previous owner!) and I needed that joi de vivre from a car again!

I'm just waiting for the Mazda app to add my car on there and show the service dates, and I'll get it booked in for one when it needs it, for the spark plugs etc.

Haha, I agree regarding the instructions for changing the sidelights, but I spotted that there'd be a way to do it from above. Took me a while to get the angle to get it back in, grazing my knuckles in the process, but they don't make it easy to change anything these days do they? You should see the battery location on the other half's C4 Picasso!

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Re: 2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 02:07:48 PM »
Tbf these are reasonable for most roadside things, side lights are ok once you get the technique (I've changed 4 sets...LEDs tend to last about 5 minutes if they are cheap). Headlamps and rear bulbs are a piece of cake. Battery is even fitted in a box big enough you can upgrade to much larger one with no mods at all (a bigger battery was cheaper than the smaller one that Mazda fits and actually commonly available).

Will say depending on your size of said little uns you may need to be careful with seat selection. If they are in a rear facing seat the thickness of the sport seats means the seat in front ends up being nearly vertical (I've got a 1 year old so whoever's in my passenger seat needs to sit up straight  ;D). Seems most car seats are designed with Chelsea tractors in mind.

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Re: 2011 Takuya - owned for a month
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 02:07:48 PM »