In addition to my original review at the top of this page, I would like readers to know the following:
I love this car. It will do almost anything I ask of it. Recently, rather than see what it would do in terms of speed and acceleration, I thought I would see how economical is was by driving carefully on a long 130 mile journey. By taking my time, not racing through the gears, and not exceeding 65 MPH on a motorway, the car returned an amazing figure of 45.88 MPG! Which is above those claimed by the manufacturer.
On a separate occasion, by driving sensibly, but not dawdling nor exceeding the national speed limit, she returned dead on 40 MPG! - and that's from a 2 litre engine!
My last car was a Ford Focus C-Max with a 1.8 litre engine, and that piece of junk returned just 27 MPG at the most no matter how delicately I drove it. The Mazda just blows it away in every respect apart from a tailgate, but in service, I have found not even that desirable feature is the massive disadvantage I once thought it might be.
The car has also been into the garage for it's first service recently, and the garage staff, as well as being helpful and courteous, were very efficient. They turned the car around in about one hour whilst I waited. Others have much to learn from them it seems.
A very entertaining read. I recently read that the C-max was voted most unreliable car!
I'm getting rid of my VW Golf TDi 150 and buying a Mazda 2.0 Sport. I prefer it over the mk v, it should be more reliable too.
In '06 they face lifted the 3. Worldcarfans website details the changes. I look forward to owning a 3 sport!
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