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Mazda3 Hatchback



  • x5918x5918 Posts: 30
    I thought it was a funny wink wink by M, I was LOL for a few seconds. Let the Gonnermans of DUI have a moment of silence.... Then, moving on: what 12 pack? Thruth or fiction? Knowing that the gloveboxe is really BIG, I tried the 12 pack Albertson cola, which fits in the glovebox - but now the lid wont close :confuse: I almost believed it was large enough.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I know ELEVEN of 'em fit in there ...


  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    ...stash the others in the -- umm -- "golve box". Cool, Meadeball! Now we need a new name for the big storage box. People don't wear driving gloves anymore. Any ideas?

    How about Booze Box?

  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Guys, I do have a sense of humor and while all of this is very amusing, it is also very much off-topic. When users click into the Mazda3 discussion, they expect to see a discussion about just that.

    Any further posts off-topic will be deleted.
  • x5918x5918 Posts: 30
    The side pocket in the door is OK, but does not handle styrofoam cups wery well. Since the Mazda3 H.B. has 2 cupholders in the center console, I was wondering if there is any way of making one of them 1 or 2 inches deeper, to give clearance with the shift stick. Does anybody know if there is unused space under the cupholder? I was planning to extend the cupoholder with a stainless steel sleeve.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Well, I haven't removed the center console in my 2005 Mazda3 yet, but I did remove it in my 2000 Protege ES to install a cable for a piece of amateur radio equipment. In that car, they made the cupholders as deep as possible -- they couldn't go any deeper because their bottoms were already sitting on the transmission "hump" (actually exhaust tunnel, I guess). I think I'd investigate a shorter cup before I considered investigative surgery on my new car.

  • cosanostracosanostra Posts: 70
    Okay, completely off topic, but I noticed you were mentioned amateur radio equipment. What kind of equipment were you putting in your Protege?

    - cosanostra (KB0COO)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421

    Well, well, well, another ham on the group! Nice to make your acquaintance. I'm K4CMD. Licensed originally in 1980, now an Extra Class. By the way, my 4-year-old son is named Sean too!

    Five years ago I removed the center console of my Protege to install an Icom IC-229H 2-meter (er, VHF for all you non-hams) transceiver. It made a nice fit for it, sitting down in the little well in front of the shift lever. I ran my coax (er, antenna cable) down under the console, under the carpet on the exhaust tunnel and under the rear seat, up a trunk strut to the Larsen 5/8-wave NMO-mounted (permanent) antenna on my trunk lid. Yes, I had a 3/4-inch hole in my trunk lid -- I'm a firm believer in permanent-mount antennas -- they work MUCH better than mag-mounts and other arrangements that don't have as good a ground connection -- and I won't even get into the horrors of shutting cables in doors and stuff.

    BTW, I've had my 3 hatchback for almost four months and I have not yet been able to determine the best place for an antenna on it. Actually my delay has been more due to the fact that I can't find a good place in the car for the radio! I'll figure it out eventually.

    So, what's your story Sean?


    Meade K4CMD
  • kapuskapus Posts: 11
    Well I think I am going to purchase the 3 hatchback this weekend. I do like the car, although I must admit I still have some apprehension about getting a car in this class. It drives nice and the looks are fine, but I wonder how this car will hold up in the long run. Also, since I just turned 50, I am somewhat surprised myself that this car appeals to me as much as it does. I think Mazda's target segment for this car is probably young first time buyers, not folks that just qualified to be in AARP.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    To alleviate your fears can I suggest you get the April 2005 issue of Consumer Reports? The Mazda3 is rated as one of the top small cars with a long history (previously known as the Protege and 323) of reliability. If you can't find this issue of CR at your newstand, check it out for free at your local library. CR does not accept advertising; their reliability scores are based on the experiences of thousands of actual drivers.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Is it right to use the 323 and Protegee to rate the Mazda3?

    What % of the Mazda3 is carried over from these cars?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Is it right to use the 323 and Protegee [sic] to rate the Mazda3?
    Ultimately, Bill, you'll have to pose that question to the editors of several car magazines as well as Consumer Reports. Flipping this over, if someone told you that Mazda completely redesigned their Mazda3 and called it the ZBILL would you think that the tiger lost its stripes? Seriously though, I think the point of the linkage between these models is that Mazda has been building small cars for quite a while and these vehicles consistently rate well no matter what they are called.
  • Meade -

    KBØCOO here. Licensed in 1989 originally, only a Tech Plus - morse code has kept me from upgrading. Haven't been on in a number of years, my shack was a corner of my bedroom with an old Heathkit tube transceiver and antennas strung up in the back yard. Most of my contacts were done in the 10 meter range if I remember correctly. Sometimes I wish that I had kept up with it better. A middle school teacher of mine was an enthusiast and got a bunch of us students licensed.

    I was never able to go mobile, but I always wanted to. :( Of course the only car I have owned that I would have considered mounting an antenna to was my 1973 Grand Am.

    Glad to hear other parents have such good taste in names. :shades:


    Sean KBØCOO
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Actually I think if you are going to rate a car you should base your rating on THAT car. Maybe if they are just adding a few features - like ABS or SAC or bumping up the HP a little bit - then it seems ok to base your rating (part of it anyway) on the old car - but if you have a complete redesign then it is just plain wrong. What does the 323 have to do with the Mazda3?

    I always wondered how CR could have rated the AC in the Mazda 3 as excellent - now I know.

    I don't read CR anyway and if this is the way they do things why bother/
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    "Also, since I just turned 50, I am somewhat surprised myself that this car appeals to me as much as it does."

    What's so surprising about that? I bought a Protegé LX 2.0 in 2001 and love it, don't even want to trade for the Mazda3 at this time. Oh, and BTW, I was 71. If I was ready to trade I would go for the 5-door hatchback. ;) I can't think of any other car that is so RIGHT for the times we live in today. Sure, you have to compromise here and there, but it's the best value around and also very reliable. You can't beat the versatility and fun to drive elements.

    If you buy another compact brand to pay less -- you will get a whole lot less standard; if you pay more for another -- you will not get much more for the additional expendature and none of the Mazda3's features. There just isn't anything else out there like it.

    There are no carry-over parts from the Protegé that I have read about, not even the 15" steel wheels on the "i' model since they are 5-lug. All Protegés had 4-lug wheels making after-market alloys hard to find or limited choices.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Maybe if they are just adding a few features - like ABS or SAC or bumping up the HP a little bit - then it seems ok to base your rating (part of it anyway) on the old car - but if you have a complete redesign then it is just plain wrong.

    OK then, so much for that "legendary Honda reliability" when the new Civic comes out!

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It drives nice and the looks are fine, but I wonder how this car will hold up in the long run.

    FWIW, here's my Mazda3/Protege history to date:

    2005 Mazda3 hatch: 6,050 miles, no problems (current car)
    2002 Protege5: 52,000 miles, no problems (wife's current car)
    2000 Protege ES*, 91,100 miles, replaced front strut bushings at 70,000 miles
    1992 Protege LX*, 83,000 miles, no problems
    1992 Protege LX*, 29,000 miles, no problems (hydroplaned and totaled it in 1992)

    (* = no longer own)

    I did own one other "Mazda" product, a 1994 B2300 pickup -- a rebadged Ford Ranger, as all Mazda B-series trucks are, built in Lima, Ohio. It was a piece of crap. Engine problems started at 8,000 miles and plagued me until I unloaded the truck with 114,000 miles on it. I was "stuck" (financially) and had to keep the truck, and lemme assure you, it was five years of sheer hell. The Protege and Mazda3 are built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan, using nearly 100-percent Japanese parts. BIG difference!

  • pwimseypwimsey Posts: 16
    My '92 Mazda Protege DX lasted 165,000 with no major mechanical problems, and was running fine (although it needed a new muffler) when I traded it for a Mazda3 5-door at the end of June.
  • zzdadzzdad Posts: 5
    Well Mazda 3 appeal must be catching the AARP crowd since I am 57 and it appealed to me enough to also buy the 5dr ( RED). Just 1500 miles so far and it brings back some sports car memories of years ago. My watch list includes paint integrity, AC is okay for me - I just try to find some shade on these hot VA days, the interior really soaks up the heat. The paint seems to injure more easily than I expected. Looks like I will become a chip repair expert. Already put a coat of sealant ( wolfgang) to help keep the bugs and rain spots easy to remove. Otherwise, all the tests and reports that I have read give thumbs up on the 3. MPG ranges from 25-32 so far depending on type of driving. I bought the ABS SAB/SAC for insurance and safety plus the auto so Mom can also drive it. I miss the stick but the mannyauto can be fun. Good luck with your 3

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Where in Virginia are you? I'm in Richmond, and I've got a 2005 5-door in red too ... with a manual.

    I'm 40.

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