Factory ordered Jan04; picked Strato Blue out of the book. What a looker! Will never find another paint this beautiful; even Mazda changed it after 2004, probably because it scratches so easily. Still turning heads after 75,000 miles though. Absolute fun to drive on tight back roads, but really tough on tires. Easy to spin even from a stop sign. Gas mileage with aftermarket roof rack is around 23-25 mpg mixed, but 30-33 mpg on long trips using cruise control. Good reliability; only three unscheduled trips to dealer that was the car's fault...dash cracked, CD player fried, and transmission programming issue. Most difficult is thinking of trading it off! Might just have to buy another one!
Take off speed (zoom zoom); comfy/supportive seats; first-version Strato Blue paint is the color of clear sky on a full moon night; twisty roads; on-wheel audio/cruise controls; getting underestimated on merge ramps.
Wish list: variable speed on intermittent wipers; protector on top of back bumper; AC/Heater needs upgrade bad!; standard CD player is crap; would like to see one more gear in the transmission; more scratch resistant paint and durable cloth upholstery; upgrade carpeting; junk the OEM Toyo tires.
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