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A Good Hatchback in the Long Run?
By psychoart on
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 SP23 Special Edition 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
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Not quite a Golf GTI GLX (VR6).It's doesn't feel as comfortable, and as responsive as the VW 4th Generation. Yet, the Mazda3 SP23 may be a better car to keep in the longer run with Xenon HID w/ manual leveling control, some rear LEDs, Bose system, automatic front wiper, audio and cruise controls in the steering wheel, and aluminium 2.3L chassis. The car is somewhat customizable with some aftermarket parts, yet may retain better reliability than the Golf IV in the electronic segment. The engine setup is very strange, and maybe good for some user.At 1k rpm to 2k rpm, the car seems to be on extreme saving mode.It's only near 5k rpm where the car STARTS to kick in. The trunk is well organized.
Favorite Features
Xenon HID w/ manual levelin control, Bose system, dusk sensing lihts, front compartment with deep storage, trunk (cargo) organization, rain sensing wipers, audio and cruise control in the steering wheel, and rear LEDs normal break lights.
Suggested Improvements
An Sport mode in the automatic mode (transmission).Underneath storage under driver & front passenger seats. Auto-dimming, heated, power retractable, and integrated side turning signal in the side mirrors.Key and remote should be in one piece like VW in this grade.Front sport grille is not exciting.
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