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  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898
    Wider tread will definitely affect the drag... Most cars that come with upgraded tire sizes will have a higher coefficient..

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  • anon70anon70 Posts: 82
    interesting.. if it's a negative, i wonder why MAzda listed it then? or does Edmunds add in their own comments in the options lists?
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898
    Hmmm.. who knows?

    But, almost every upgraded "sport" model is less slippery than the base model.. But, the better handling and acceleration usually more than makes up for it...

    I'm not the kind of person that checks for coefficient of drag when I'm shopping.. though I do pay attention to the estimated fuel mileage.... I'd guess that 99% of buyers wouldn't even know what it means...


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  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    It’s probably just listed to show all specs, I don’t think a small difference really matters that much.

    If the drag went from .30 to .35 it might affect mileage and top speed (just making this up).

    I think .33 or .32 is “ok” but not great.

    If I recall correctly I think a Passat had one of the better coefficiencies of .27 and Prius around a .26.

    Don’t remember precisely, but a Lamborghini has a higher one…like .35 or .38 even though it’s so small and sleek (those big tires again).
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Whats really impressive is that the blandish Camry is a .28, and the Accord is a .29.

  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    the Camry and the Accord are longer shapes so the air passing over them is guided better. The frontal area may be similar, but with a longer body they are more aerodynamic. I read where Lexus updated the 2005 LS 430 with special fairings to reduce the Cd to .33. Maybe the GFX on the Mazda3 help, maybe not. If they are just for appearance then they have had no wind tunnel testing.

  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    We bought this car yesterday and they are trying to locate the car as we speak. Got the S model with wheel locks for invoice minus the $500. Mazda coupon and a dealer specific $300. gas for 6 months coupon, though I had to push for that, as it had no experation date. That was my arguement and they finally saw it my way. Dealt with the internet manager. Hopefully the car will be found tomorrow or friday. The wife is thrilled!

    The Sandman :sick:
  • mpg60mpg60 Posts: 71
    Hey Sandman,

    You'll get there. I had my 3s special ordered and it took me 4 months of waiting to get what I wanted. The only thing I didn't get was Navigation...Enjoy the new car...Zoom, Zoom... :shades:
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    They got our car in yesterday morning. They even put a dark gray pinstripe on at the port, eventhough we wanted a black one. The dealer is giving it to us gratis. The car drove very nicely...I did notice a little bit of torque steer but nothing we can't handle. Can't believe how powerful the 2.3 engine is.

    We pick her up today at 3!

    Zoom Zoom!

    The Sandman :)
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    After putting on 1000 miles…I find that power is the thing I wish I had a little more of..

    Not that the car is under powered. Its just that it handles so well it overshadows the power. There are times when I’m cornering at 4500+rpm at higher g’s and when I accelerate harder as I exit I expect it to squeal or to pull to the out side of the lane.

    It’s almost as if I’m “scrubbing” off the power…maybe it’s my driving…heh.

    Turbo kits are a little too pricey…and I don’t want to affect my 5 year 100K warranty.

    Still very happy
  • eklektikeklektik Posts: 12

    I've considered a CAI and exhaust for a little extra torque and HP. Another MZ3 forums has dynos for just those mods with a few members installing both. Together they should increase TQ and HP by 10ft-lbs and 10 HP.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    We absolutely love this's so awesome! But wood u believe the wife already drove over a screw yesterday and we didn't get the tire protection package. Luckily she hit the screw in the dead center of the drivers rear tire. The patch will cost $23. at my local tire place.
    Live and learn I guess. But we are lovin' this car. I hope the mileage will approach the epa #'s after the 1st oil change or at least by 5k miles.
    Zoom Zoom y'all!

    The Sandman :)
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    The past 5...yes 5!!! new cars I've owned I've had a flat within the first 3 months.

    So far the 3 is still intact :surprise:
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I got a nail in my tire a while back - Discount Tire fixes flats (and spin balances) for free.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Down here in South Florida, we have no Discount Tire outlets.

    The Sandman :(
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    The past 5...yes 5!!! new cars I've owned I've had a flat within the first 3 months.
    quite a record ... makes you pause before getting another car. :P

    As I think about what could happen in traffic as we zip along at 70+mph it sends a shiver up the spine ... but then we just all continue on our merry way.
  • riopelleriopelle Posts: 132
    Nice package, that could be my next car.

    Thanks for the update.
  • cticti Posts: 134
    Did I buy my Mazda3 5-door in February!!!

    I already had a car that worked. I hated it, but it functioned. If I knew all the cool new features I might have held out for a 2006.

    The local Mazda dealer has a special no-haggle price (300 over invoice) for all military people so buying a new car at the beginning of the model year would not have mattered.

    I bought a loaded 5-door and would have waited for a Special Edition if I knew one was coming in to my local store. One was, but I found out too late.

    ALL the features are great additions.

    Pollen filter - why not? sounds like a good option. How much extra can it be?
    Outside temp - definitely. I bought the electrochromatic mirror because I wanted the temp gauge.
    Trip computer - This I really don't care too much about but I would use it if I had it.
    Auto climate control - Yes, Yes! I very much want this.
    Variable wipers - Sure. I guess. I don't know how much of an improvement this is over the current wipers. It rains a lot in Georgia so I'd get to use them often.
    5AT - Probably the option I want the most. I keep wanting to shift into 5th gear when I hit cruising speed. I am curious to see how much this improves highway fuel economy.
    Bose/6CD/Moonroof package - Already have the second two. Wish I had the Bose audio as the only place i listen to music is in my car.

    Sigh. Oh well.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Pollen filter - Buy a box of surgical masks.

    Outside temp - Buy an outside thermometer, red type, mount on outside A-pillar, right side facing driver.

    Trip computer - keep pad and pencil in glove box and pocket calculator.

    Auto climate control - That's what windows are for, i.e. auto down button.

    Variable wipers - they park UP as well as DOWN.

    5AT - Be thankful, it could be a 3AT.

    Bose/6CD/Moonroof package - You have the second and third, hire the Boston Pops

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    The past 5...yes 5!!! new cars I've owned I've had a flat within the first 3 months.

    How about this?

    In December 2004, I purchased a brand-new Mazda B2300SE pickup truck.

    Two months later, I was on a 55-mph, 2-lane highway in the mountains when a flatbed truck passed me going the other way. He was carrying a load of soli oak front doors to new houses. Guess what? One flew off just as he passed me, hitting me squarely in the grille. The 110-mph impact broke the door in half, sending half of it bouncing over my hood, windshield and roof, and the other half under the truck. (Thank God it wasn't a steel door, eh?)

    $3,000 later (in 1995 dollars and on the trucking company's tab), I had a sort-of new truck with 900 miles on it again.

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