i'm ready to ditch my '92 saab 900 for something cheaper (both to buy and maintain) and more reliable. i'll be making a new purchase in the spring, and would like to get something in a compact sportwagon/hatch. i haven't tested anything yet, but i can tell just from doing a lot of reading that i'll like driving the 3 better. the main question for me is the reliability....the matrix is pretty much a corolla, and it seems like the reliability will speak for itself. the 3 is unclear, however, since it's a relatively new model. anybody know anything about this? i've read that mazdas are generally reliable and cheap to maintain--truth? also, how's the sound system in the 3? please help...your responses are greatly appreciated!!!!
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