Just traded our 2008 3 for a new 2012 Mazda5. Sad to see it go, the car has been absolutely bulletproof for us from Day 1. Can't recommend it enough. 67k miles and nothing other than scheduled maintenance for us! The is the poor [smart?] man's GTI.
leather wrapped wheel and shift knob wore fast
road feel - suspension def not for everyone
back seat is tight with a car seat