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Offline deanparkr

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Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:18:46 AM »
Pretty excited today to take delivery of a new Mazda 3 GT Sport Tech!

Enjoyed my 2009 Takara so much that I decided to stay in the Mazda family.  :). Pretty excited and its been a great car to drive so far. Really nice interior and very quiet. Great looking exterior also.

Only issue is that there are 2x chip marks on the bonnet which I am querying with dealer. Hopefully they can be sorted out!

Here she is!

2021 Gen 4 GT Sport Tech 2.0. Deep Blue Mica
2009 Gen 1 Takara 1.6. Stormy Blue

Offline Engineer Andy

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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2021, 03:39:43 PM »
Nice!  Is it the Skyactiv-G or X engine?  If I get a new one, I'll be after either a 3 fastback SE-L Lux in 2.0 SA-X auto form (I prefer the more comfortable ride on the 16in rims) or an equivalent CX-30 (same spec).  The SA-G is fine but isn't quite peppy enough for me (I'd actually prefer the 2.5 SA-G or better still, the 2.5T [both not available for the 3 in the UK]), as I'd be looking for a decent bump in performance over my existing gen-1 1.6 petrol manual.

Offline deanparkr

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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2021, 04:45:15 PM »
Its the e-Skyactiv-G. It does feel a bit faster than my 1.6 Gen 1, certainly feels like an upgrade speed wise. But yeah, it is not super fast obviously. Suits me though - I have been driving around but the roads are so clogged up even on the motorway there is not really much opportunity for much acceleration!  :-\

I really like all the tech the car has. Very comfy ride.

Its actually heading back to the dealer as they are going to sort out an issue on the bonnet where paint is chipped.  :( Hopefully will have it back soon!





2021 Gen 4 GT Sport Tech 2.0. Deep Blue Mica
2009 Gen 1 Takara 1.6. Stormy Blue

Offline Ed-Led

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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2021, 05:09:41 PM »
Lovely car. Will definitely be getting the Gen 4 Sport Tech as my next motor. I test drove one when the Gen 4 first came out and the interior is a step above my Gen 3 Sport Nav....which is saying something as the Gen 3's are not exactly shabby. 
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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2021, 10:48:40 AM »
Indeed - Mazda have now got the styling of their cars - inside and out - down to a tee, being amongst the very best in the world, not just East Asia.

What I'm hoping for (and will keep an eye out for user reviews of this as people's longer term ownership experience emerges) is that the apparent small reduction in handling capability of the 3 (and CX-30) by them having twist beam rear suspension instead of fully independent has improved the ride quality, which to me has been a bit too firm for my taste.

That and, of course, feedback on an issues with the model on the performance, mpg and especially reliability fronts, given how so many modern cars are festooned with tech and gadgets that we buyers now appear to be the defacto beta testers of.

Offline deanparkr

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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 07:01:41 PM »
Got the stone chips sorted on the bonnet and now the car looks new. :)

Well... it was not without drama though. When I got the car back from the dealer there were scratches all over the interior piano black trim :( Looked terrible. They tried to say it was like it when I gave it to them and said they had taken a photo. However, the date on the photo was the day when they had the car in their possession for paintwork remediation not the day when they collected it from me....

Following that came swift resolution and trim replaced by the dealership. Pretty disappointed - the dealer has a very good reputation locally for "John Lewis" style customer service. Hopefully it is a one off mis-step.

Goes to show though the interior trim on Gen 4 is extremely delicate and I don't suspect it will stand the test of time.  :( Love the car other wise. Interior trim is also very nice all except for this piano black trim on the center console. Why Mazda... why do this?!

Wonder how other Gen 4 peeps have got on with the piano black? Wondering if there is anything that can be done to better protect it. Especially from say passengers or dealership using the car!
2021 Gen 4 GT Sport Tech 2.0. Deep Blue Mica
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Re: Swapped Gen1 Takara for Gen4 GT Sport Tech
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 07:01:41 PM »