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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan

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Best Bang for the Buck.
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By damian
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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Outstanding suspension for hard roads,it feels sturdy and well balanced at high speeds. Fast off the blocks, stops on a dime. Combined 25 MPG = pwr & economy. Interior build is a superb finish, includes many options. Passenger glove compartment is easily 18 inches deep. Center arm rest sits above a 2 deck compartment with an MP3 and an extra electric outlet. This same center compartment continues toward the center where a door opens for 2 cup holder's. Telescopic steering wheel aids for precise seating comfort. Sporty European exterior accented with front/rear stylish lights which standout for looks. Mirror like paint job is perfect. Trunk space is big and not overbearing to the cars look.


Favorite Features

Feels like a V6 at take off and handles like a sport car. Suspension is exact and it feels great. Fun to drive car. MPG are high for the power it packs and a 14.5 tank gallon means longer periods between fillups. Best Bang for the Buck.


Suggested Improvements

This car only needs GPS, the 2009 already includes it. Other then that it needs drivers.


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By gzabts
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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Very happy with this purchase so far. Car performs well on the highway, but where it really shines is off the beaten path (this car loves curvy roads). TVE packed with features, though not quite the gas mileage I had read about... yet.


Favorite Features

Triptronic shifter, bottle holders in doors. Interior design is beautiful for such a low priced vehicle. Aux import and deep glove box.


Suggested Improvements

Stock Goodyear RS-As.


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Best Bang for your Buck! Fun to drive!
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By DEDM308
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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I just bought a brand new silver 2008 Mazda3. I got the i Touring Value package with the 2.0 liter engine. This is an awesome car. The ride is smooth, and it's really fun to drive! It gets average fuel economy for its class, but the power from the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine is much better than you would expect! This car can definitely take off, and the manumatic shifting on the 4 speed automatic transmission is a nice touch. Kudos to the people responsible for this design! It just goes to show you that you don't have to sacrifice style for your money! This car is beautiful! From the halogen headlights, to the black-out tail lights, and the optional 17-inch alloys - this is a sporty car!


Favorite Features

Sporty styling, nice interior, long list of options, gas mileage, performance, and value.


Suggested Improvements

Interior plastic could be upgraded a little bit, but it's really hard to think of any other improvements that Mazda could have made. This is an all-around awesome car! I love it!


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By AufMitter
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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan i Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car has been a joy to own since new. No problems to date, just basic transportation the Mazda way - fantastic. Proper layout in the interior; Shifter placement is superb, and the tunnel nestles next to your right leg in perfect position as a rest spot on long journeys. Pedals light and user friendly. Exterior design is that of 'form equivalent function', meaning there is enough emotion but all of it is usable. Of course the chassis is up to snuff, ready to drive your any and every mood.


Favorite Features

It's a 'put it in your back pocket' kind of car that grows not on you but with you. Super sound and reliable, I'm looking forward to actually keeping this car for quite a while. Oh yes, the amount for standard kit is quite impressive, and the overall car is an enduring design in saloon form.


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Easy choice
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By Mike
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2008 Mazda 3 Sedan New i Touring Value 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The Mazda3 is hands down the best car to buy out of all the compacts if you're looking for value and maybe a little respect on the road. I test drove every car in this class trying to find a car that wouldn't bust my bank and was still fun to drive. Nothing compared to the Mazda 3 when it comes to the fun to drive factor and the amount of options for the price. If you like driving a manual transmission make sure you test drive this car. Nothing else compares when it comes to 5 speed manuals at this price. I've been nothing but impressed with my Mazda 3 so far. Mazda has done a great job of reinventing themselves.


Favorite Features

Performance and styling. European styling inside and out make the car look like a lot more than a budget compact. The suspension is amazing and the engine is geared just right. There is virtually no lag when shifting unlike its competitors (Much better than the VW Jetta I test drove).


Suggested Improvements

More trunk space would be nice.


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