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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

1 of mates in unfortunate enough to own a 2011 Seat Ibiza, and that's developed a lot of faults lately. 84k isn't a massive mileage these days!
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1 of mates in unfortunate enough to own a 2011 Seat Ibiza, and that's developed a lot of faults lately. 84k isn't a massive mileage these days!


Volkswagen quality has taken a massive nose dive since the mid 2000ís I wouldnít have one myself.
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The quality has taken a massive dive, but the prices have skyrocketed!
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Glad to see the Mazda is serving you well!!

We got rid of the Audi A3 convertible we had - it was shocking how many things went wrong with it. Itís been replaced by the most unlikely car... a 2011 Citroen C3 Picasso Exclusive 1.6hdi 110. Great little car only done 29k miles well looked after
Quite an unlikely choice after an A3 cabrio! I do like those, not deathly dull like a Meriva and not a pretend 4x4 like a lot of rivals. Very much a does what it says on the tin car..

Since my last update situation has changed slighlty with this, nothing to do with the car itself it's still fine. But a new job means a bit more disposable cash so I'm debating the future of this.

Option A is Waxoyl it underneath, fit a nice DAB, Android auto head unit and keep it for the long haul..it's a free car at this point so why not but if I keep it much longer it's going to be pretty worthless as trade in.

Option B is fit the Head unit (this bit is none negotiable) and leave it as is.. it'll look tattier after 3 years but given it's only worth about 3.5k trade in now it being worth 20% less is neither here nor there once you get into the 2s and 1s.

Option C buy something shiny, something TBC..possibly an Octavia vrs, or the St estate..or a 165bhp Mazda 3 gen 3...

If it was ruined..C..as it is I have the health check from the service in July, literally everything except rear drop links is fine, loads on all 4 discs and pads, tyres are fine. The Suzuki felt like it was on the downslope at this point. This I've got no doubt it'll give another 3-5 years service with minimal work and double that with a bit more work.

But I kinda want something a little bit faster and the underside has more surface rust than I'd like..hmm ah well got time to think
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I'd go for option A meself. If the 3 is still giving good service, why risk landing yourself with something problematic?
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I'd go for option A meself. If the 3 is still giving good service, why risk landing yourself with something problematic?
Tbf I shouldnt have looked at these..

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I can kinda relate: I admire the last Puntos whenever I see them around, but at the same time, I'm still immensely satisfied with my current 1, which is paid for, and I really have no desire to part with it any time soon.
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I can kinda relate: I admire the last Puntos whenever I see them around, but at the same time, I'm still immensely satisfied with my current 1, which is paid for, and I really have no desire to part with it any time soon.
It's not just another 3 though..

it's an mps..so same engine as fitted to the current focus rs in a 260bhp state of tune. Mechanical LSD at the front as well.

It's even reasonable to insure for me, just over 350 quid..and I know all my kids seats and that will fit.
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I see!
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I wouldnít bother with the Octavia - yes it gets good reviews but generally from magazines who are in bed with VAG and get a lot of funding from advertisements. Iím a member on the brisk Skoda forum and the amount of issues and faults on these is quite comical. After our experience with the A3 with numerous faults for what was meant to be a prestige reliable car no thank you!

On a side note the Citroen was leaking oil I noticed... the last person to service it never bothered to tighten up the sump plug!!!! So Iíve given it a full service myself at a cost of £65!!
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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

This is protesting at the end of it's easy life at the minute..hasn't had any mechanical faults obviously..because it is Japanese.

But it's down to getting washed once a month due to other time commitments so it's perpetually brown at this time of year. Last month picked up a nail in the rear tyre...then the week after got a stone so wedged down the back down the back of a front brake disc I was convinced a wheel bearing had failed and the corner had to be pulled apart to get it out. Then naturally the week after the car texted me at 4am to tell me it's battery was getting low and I should consider taking it out for at least 30 mins...(car genie). Also my new mainly now 9-5 commute has meant it's averaging 35 mpg..again not broken just it spends huge amount of time idling in the dark with everything turned on. Upside is it's been a consumate family car, taking 3 adults and a childseat with baby crap in comfort and not really noticing the extra weight until I hooked 5th gear on a hill and thought "well this isn't pulling like normal..oh yeah I'm 4 up" Also freed of daily grind traffic it did 41 mpg fully loaded on a mix of roads so its still healthy just not getting the opportunity to run.

I've decided it's going to be replaced in the next year unless money takes a down turn. It's not broken, it's not worn out but it's starting to show it's age in places (mainly the drivers seat which after 72k has started to wear/disintegrate on the drivers side bolster) and I just fancy a change. Quite fancy a 308...for the 1.2 turbo, massive boot, spare wheel and glass roof, but considering a newer 3 but it's not the most practical idea.

We'll see when we get there..might test drive the Pug and hate it or suddenly decide I can live with the slightly cramped interior in the new 3.
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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

Rather random mod completed...it now has battery with 1/3rd extra capacity and twice the cold cranking amps.

Not really required for it to be honest, but the weird JDM size battery is 150 quid in anything other than a basic spec where it's 120 quid + postage. But a top spec bigger battery is 98 quid and the battery box is bigger than required so you can fit it without mods, plus the electrical system is ok with it.

It now starts hilariously quickly even if everything is switched on at -3..like breathe on the key and it's running compared to churning over 3 or 4 times on a cold day. Also I have absolutely no qualms about running round with literally everything from Heated seats, to all the lights, to full heating and demisters on at the same time as it's got the capacity to support it whereas previously the lights would dim if you steered (electric powered hydraulic ps pump) at low speeds.
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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

Was it 'marginal'
From new or just this last season?

I tend to find these things deteriorate unnoticed.

Often my older cars would be rejuvenated once a battery actually died..
All the sensors actually seeing 13 volts.. rather than 11
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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

Little from column A and a little from column B, the old one wasn't holding a charge well but it was producing at least 11.5v as that's the threshold for the OBD monitor to send a text!

The dimming of the lights is something that's been discussed on the 3 forum at length. The power steering pump uses a lot of juice at low speeds so it takes a bite out of the battery as the time the power steering works hardest is usually when the engine is barely above idle so the battery has to fill the void. Mine no longer does it regardless of current electrical load (but did it when I picked the car up 4.5 years ago) which would suggest the standard is a little undersized possibly for weight/cost saving.

Although the interior lights are brighter and an annoying thing where if you locked the car from the interior shortly after starting it would bounce back has stopped. That would suggest it was also bit marginal at 7.5 years old.
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Re: The As Yet Un-named Mazda 3

So...having decided that I pretty much don't like anything that is on sale in budget enough to commit.

Decided instead to spend about 2 monthlies on a new car on my current one and keep it until something I really want is in budget.



Pioneer DA230 with attendant DAB aerial


Brings the stuff in 3 in line with the C3, so 7 inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple Car play, Bluetooth and DAB, has a phone connection hidden in the central armrest so phone is out of sight.
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