2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda 3: Parking Lot Door Dent

August 03, 2012

mazda3-dent1.jpg There was only one spot open when I pulled the Mazda 3 into the store's small parking lot, and I carefully nosed the hatchback into the average-sized space. It was made slightly narrower by the Porsche Panamera that was backed in on my left, a little right of center in his own space.

I had plenty of room to get out of the driver's door, which I did extra carefully when I realized there was a guy in the Panamera talking on a phone. I didn't want him to think I was just gonna go banging recklessly around his new wheels.

As we headed across the parking lot to the store, my daughter said, looking back, "Mom, that guy just opened his door into our car."

"What?!" I said, stopping cold, and already ticked because I knew he had plenty of room if he decided to get out.

"Nevermind," she said. "I'm wrong," when he didn't emerge from the car. "I thought he opened his door."

We continued into the store, and came back out in less than five minutes.

The Porsche was gone, and there was indeed about a 4 inch vertical dent in the Mazda's left rear door.

What do you think? Did he do it on purpose?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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