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Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« on: January 13, 2020, 01:41:47 PM »
Hi there,

The boards seem very quiet, so I'm not sure if anyone's out there...

I'm a Brit who's just returned from Australia with my wife, and in a last minute fit of madness decided to bring our Mazda 3 along with us.

It's a 2017 SP25 Astina sedan in Soul Red, so a spec that's not available in the UK. Looking forward to getting it back probably in early March once it has got off of the boat and got a UK registration.

Interested to know if anyone has experience of insuring imported cars.

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Re: Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2020, 04:09:06 PM »
I insured a channel islands import Ford Focus a few years back and there was no loading on that, I expect a lot depends on commonality of parts with what's available in the U.K. for possible repair costs.

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Re: Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2020, 09:28:34 PM »
Hi there,

The boards seem very quiet, so I'm not sure if anyone's out there...

I'm a Brit who's just returned from Australia with my wife, and in a last minute fit of madness decided to bring our Mazda 3 along with us.

It's a 2017 SP25 Astina sedan in Soul Red, so a spec that's not available in the UK. Looking forward to getting it back probably in early March once it has got off of the boat and got a UK registration.

Interested to know if anyone has experience of insuring imported cars.

Blimey!  judging by the (positive) reviews of the 2.5 N/A petrol engine, I can understand why.  It might cost you quite a bit though, and I'd check if it meets all the UK/Euro regs first (your car will at least have to have the speedo and related works changed over to read mph instead of just kph (my gen-1 had to as it was an [RHD] import from Cyprus) and perhaps some systems such as the radio to work with the UK's (perhaps different) DAB radio system if yours is one that has that rather than the 'old' FM/AM one like mine does.

I agree it's a shame Mazda don't sell the 3 (only the latest 6) with that engine, preferring to only sell the standard 2.0 petrol and the new 2.0 SA-X petrol, which has a similar performance to yours but seemingly needs more right foot to make progress under normal driving conditions.  I'd prefer the 2.5.  The gen-3 car only gets the standard 2.0, though with an uprated 163PS version added in, which is a bit quicker, but not appreciably so.

You may find you have to pay quite a bit more for insurance if the car isn't to Euro standards - I'm not sure what they are Down Under, if they differ that much from those in the UK, and whether Mazda change the technical spec enough that it could make a negative difference in you case.  One thing I did glean from watching John Cadogan's YT videos was that cars in Oz appear to need more frequent servicing (by mileage), presumably oil and especially air filters due to the most dusty and hot environment.  Not sure if your would need to be serviced that ofetn over here - they normally are every 12.5k miles/1 year (whatever comes first) rather than 15,000km/1 year as I believe they are Down Under.

Best to Google specialist insurers in the UK for imported cars and email them to ask if none of us here can come up with a definitive answer.

Anyhoo, Welcome back!

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Re: Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 09:19:30 AM »
Thanks for your reply Engineer Andy, you raise a couple of interesting points that I've been pondering.

Too late to back out now anyhow as the car's already on a boat, and due to land at the end of Feb.

As it happens the importer passed me on to a specialist insurer and he's already come up with a reasonable quote, so I'm now happy that I won't be broke by the time I get to drive it.

The car needs to have a rear foglamp fitted before it is registered in the UK, and the speedo swap, but I think mph/kph is a selectable option in the head unit software so won't be an issue.

I contacted Mazda UK tech support about the ICE software and the servicing schedule and was not convinced by their answers, so will chat to the local dealer.

..."Moving the vehicle to another country does not affect the recommended servicing schedules for this vehicle".

..."different components and software are used with other Mazda vehicles outside of Europe. This would no longer be able to have any updates and accessories such as Apple Car Play could not be fitted".

Australia is hotter and dustier than the UK (especially so at the moment) and also has less rigorous fuel quality standards, so more frequent servicing isn't a surprise. I would be surprised though if the car itself was so different (at a technical spec. level) that UK service intervals were not sufficient to maintain safety, longevity, and performance here.  I'd also be very surprised if the entertainment system was so different at a component level that it could not be updated with UK software.  Granted the DAB standards may be different (I've not researched this) so the receiver may not be the same. I'll see how it goes when it arrives.

The car is fun to drive. We had a Sport Nav 165 before going to Aus and the 185hp 2.5 litre is just that bit more lively. It also has features not available on the UK model such as a sunroof and radar cruise control (radar cruise will be so much more useful here than on Australia's empty roads).

So looking forward to getting it back  ;D

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Re: Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2020, 10:43:33 AM »
Welcome. would love a sunroof in mine.

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Re: Hello (Mazda) world from a new member
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2020, 10:43:33 AM »