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MazdaSpeed3: Styling Impressions

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  • Does Mazda provide a website to search for car details by VIN?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Any suggestions on the best way to negotiate an extended warranty with a dealer, if possible, considering I'm willing to pay msrp on the Speed3? I keep my cars 7+ years, and think it would be good to have....

    It's tough to give advice for negotiating a warranty given that there are loads of warranty's out there by various companies. However, if you do purchase a warranty, make sure it is a manufacturer backed warranty, for example, I sell "Easy Care" which is a Mazda backed warranty.

    If you keep your cars 7+ years, maybe go for a 7yr-85K mile warranty (they are not too expensive) or 8yr-100K (again, not too expensive.)
  • Thanks for the advice... Already made a deposit on a Cosmic Blue GT MS3 w/Nav, but the dealer and I haven't discussed final pricing, other than not more than MSRP.
    I pick up my car in early December, and hope some of the hype has subsided by then so I can better negotiate on these extras.
  • seanwms6seanwms6 Posts: 121
    Got the call today, my car is at the dealer and will be ready for my inspection on Monday! Glad I didn't wait to get a GT on S-plan. I think I'll be perfectly happy with a Sport now. I'll share initial impressions with you all as soon as I have some.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    My first one is at the port, waiting to be shipped.
  • seanwms6seanwms6 Posts: 121
    According a Mazda customer service email, mine arrived at port on the 2nd. It got to the dealer Saturday, so that was about two weeks for the port work and shipping. But that involved a train ride before transfer to a truck which yours probably won't since the port and your store are in NJ, right?
  • seanwms6seanwms6 Posts: 121
    Okay, sat in the car (CB Sport) today at the dealer and fired it up. Haven't paid for it yet and had the kids with me so no test drive, yet. Sounds good, rumbly just like in the vids, but by no means loud. Interior room is fine. Fit and finish is the same as the MS6. No one-touch up/down windows, which I've gotten used to but can live without. Stereo sounds a little thin, but again, I can live without the Bose. I'll use it for awhile and maybe upgrade at some point. I was gonna take pix but the damn thing was apparently parked right off the truck and hadn't been detailed yet. 9 miles on the odometer, which is exactly what my MS6 had on it. It has a sign saying "Sold, do not drive!" The salesman says only tech has driven it and it had mud on the turned over floor mat to prove it. CB looks good, definitely blue and not gray in sunlight. Fair amount of flake, enough so it could have been called CB Mica. A good change of pace from grey/silver/red/black and adds to sleeper status.

    I got to tell you, though, sitting there undetailed among other cars of various sizes, I think the market for this car will be limited to people looking for an inexpensive performance car. It's a sleeper with almost no cues that it is more than a regular 3. If I were a dealer, I'd forget about "market adjustments". This is not a car that will sell on sales sizzle, IMHO. If you can bide your time and wait for discounts or S-Plan, I'd do that. And get the GT if you want those extra touches and can afford them. But, if it performs as well as everybody is saying and has the aftermarket (Corky is on the case!) to turn it into a true FWD badass (which I fully expect), then it is a gift from Mazda to us as enthusiasts. I plan to enjoy it to the fullest extent possible and for many years. Maybe I'll even pass it on to my son if it lasts that long.

    Driving impressions to follow in 1-2 days!
  • Thanks for the info! Now that this is going to hit the streets, I've changed the title of this old "future" discussion. For the "first drives" discussion, be sure to visit the Mazda3 Group and check out the discussion list - feel free to create some of your own!

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Umm, seeing as how the Speed3 STYLING is really not all that different from the regular Mazda3, why a whole thread devoted to Speed3 Styling?

    I can't even remember much in the way of past discussion on Speed3 styling...

    Why not just combine this thread and the "First Drives" thread into a single thread "First Impressions" thread? As it is, you've already got 3 seperate Speed3 theads going in here (plus another one on the "Future Vehicles" board).
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    I guess it would help if I had read your earlier post a little closer.

    I see now that you had moved this discussion from the "Future Vehicles" board over here. whoops..... :blush:
  • tunerstuners Posts: 3
    It looks like as soon as my car arrives in late November I need to start thinking about winter tires. We don't get huge amounts of snow in Philly but enough to make it crazy to try and drive around after a snow fall with summer performance tires.
    I did a quick check and I didn't see much available for that tire size that weren't seriously expensive. i wasn't planning on a major expenditure so soon after getting the car.

    Any suggestions?
  • Many of us in the same boat. Best solution is to go with 17" rims and tires as a long term investment. Only problem is getting official word on what 17" rims will fit. Tirerack doesn't have the info, so at best it's word of mouth once an owner tries to fit a new rim. If you succeed, report it here!
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Best solution is to go with 17" rims and tires as a long term investment. Only problem is getting official word on what 17" rims will fit.

    If it is any help, fitting 17"s on the MS6 worked. I believe the Mazdaspeed3 uses the same brake system. 16"s are too small, the brake calipers get in the way.
  • "This is not a car that will sell on sales sizzle, IMHO. If you can bide your time and wait for discounts or S-Plan, I'd do that"

    Wrong! There are only going to be 5,000 of these produced in North America and only 250 In Canada... do not hold your breath for dealer discounts, there will be no Factory rebates... and Dealers don't even have to honor an S-Plan, participation is voluntary.... especially on a limited car like this... if you get a chance.. BUY THIS CAR NOW! Can't find a better performing car for the money, period.
  • If the sales are that hot, it'll be like the chip commercial with Jay Leno: "Don't worry, we'll make more."
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    and Dealers don't even have to honor an S-Plan, participation is voluntary.... especially on a limited car like this

    True, dealers do not have to honor S-Plan for any vehicle, however, S-Plan is not even being offered by Mazda on the Mazdaspeed3.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    If the sales are that hot, it'll be like the chip commercial with Jay Leno: "Don't worry, we'll make more."

    Could you explain how?? The Mazda3 can't meet worldwide demand now, how can they make more?
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Could you explain how?? The Mazda3 can't meet worldwide demand now, how can they make more?"

    I think he was referring specifically to the Speed3 and not the Mazda3.

    And if the profit margin is higher on the Speed3, it would make sense (to me anyway) to SHIFT production to more Speed3 cars and fewer non-Speed Mazda3 hatches.
  • seanwms6seanwms6 Posts: 121
    What Rorr said, if it's even necessary to take any production away from the 3. But if they can't meet demand for the regular 3, there's a way to deal with that: increase prices. Are they even selling the 3's at MSRP? I think they're selling most of the MS3 at MSRP.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Edmunds' article on the new Audi S3 reveals telling similarities and differences to the Mazdaspeed3. Interesting to see how both tone down the differences from their regularly aspirated twins. The Audi is astonishingly double the price of the Mazda.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=117203?tid=edmunds.il.ho- -
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