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Dan J.
01-28-2005, 08:31 PM
I have photos of a 5 door with Saddle brown leather I took at the dealership yesterday. I hosted them on photobucket but I haven't figured out how to post the specific images from my album yet.<p>Here is the info from the brochure:<br>Unique Carbon Gray MIca finish <br>Side sill extensions<br>Automatic on-off headlights<br>Rain-sensing front wipers<br>17 inchh alloy wheels with exclusive high gloss finish<br>P205/50R17 tires<br>LED rear combination taillights on 5-door only<p>Saddle Brown or Black leather interior & door panel inserts<br>Heated driver and front passenger seats<br>Air condition with pllen filter<br>Special high-gloss steering wheel & dash accents<p>222-watt Bose digital amplifier with 5 channels of custom equalization plus 7 speakers- including 2 door mounted tweeters and a powered subwoofer<br>In-dash 6-disc CD changer<br>Sirius Satellitte Radio-compatible autio system<p><br><i>Modified by RepoMan at 8:05 PM 1/28/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by RepoMan at 2:34 PM 1/29/2005</i>

scorpio14
01-28-2005, 09:54 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweb.com.au/cms/A_103792/newsarticle.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweb.com.au/cms/....html</A><p>source: autoweb.com.au<p>ITs a darn great lookin car....and the colour of the leater tells all...IMO the interior is as good as a Lexus IS200's....<p><IMG SRC="http://us1.webpublications.com.au/static/images/articles/i1037/103792_00mg.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://us1.webpublications.com.au/static/images/articles/i1037/103792_2mg.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>THis is the one that came to Australia

Hornbag
01-28-2005, 10:00 PM
I love the Mazda 3, but why do we need this? It is selling well over expectations, i mean, yeah for me its a good car, buy why?

Top Secret
01-28-2005, 10:28 PM
To make it look more 'upmarket' so to speak. Mazda really wants to make people see that this is a genuine competitor to the Golf and the A3, and what better way to do that if they add some more 'european' luxuries such as leather?<p>I love that interior - for some reason brown leather looks cool.

Dan J.
01-28-2005, 11:39 PM
For 21,545 dollars it is a bargain. The sales manager said that this was a marketing test to see if Mazda will make this a regular option package for 06. He said that there would not be very many of them and that delevery of the rest of them had been held up because of the mudslides in Calif. That they were on the transport ship waiting to be unloaded and that all the ones on the ship were all that are going to be available. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

CalinG7
01-29-2005, 12:01 AM
I would not mind spending my daily commutes in that interior, especially for just a little over 21K. See, you can offer luxury touches like these without thinking you're automatically a luxury car maker **cough**VW**cough**. Hope this doesn't go to their heads and the next concept we see from Mazda is a Phaeton clone.

Naga Royal Guard
01-29-2005, 01:20 AM
whoa the leather color is similar to the King Ranch, its pretty classy for a small car :)

spwolf
01-30-2005, 08:59 AM
22k for automatic wipers and leather...sweet.

Speedstick
01-30-2005, 03:58 PM
Auto wipers are an option on the normal one... I'm looking at getting one eventually.

Dan J.
01-31-2005, 08:37 PM
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Dan J.
01-31-2005, 10:01 PM
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Dan J.
01-31-2005, 10:05 PM
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carmaniac
02-01-2005, 11:53 AM
awesome!

knicks125
02-01-2005, 12:23 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RepoMan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For 21,545 dollars it is a bargain. The sales manager said that this was a marketing test to see if Mazda will make this a regular option package for 06. He said that there would not be very many of them and that delevery of the rest of them had been held up because of the mudslides in Calif. That they were on the transport ship waiting to be unloaded and that all the ones on the ship were all that are going to be available. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Explain to me how is that a bargain? I can get the 06 Sonata for about the same price, with all of the features included in the 3, plus 237 hp, plus ABS, Traction control, EPS, Active Geometric Suspension to make more sportier handling, high 6s/low7s from 0-60, and many more...<p>For almost 22k, I'd certainly go for the 6 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

Dan J.
02-01-2005, 12:41 PM
It is a matter of personal taste. A car with all those features in the compact class at that price comparing the 3 to a loaded Civic or Corolla I will take the 3 anyday. I haven't seen a 06 Sonata in person so I won't comment on something I haven't seen in the metal. The Sonata is a nice car no doubt but I will waite till I see the car and have a chance to test drive one.

spwolf
02-01-2005, 01:13 PM
Its too expensive if you ask me - certainly not comparable to Corolla or Civic prices (of course you cant find them in the US so equipped anyway).<p>But then again, comparing everything with Sonata is really...

knicks125
02-01-2005, 01:18 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RepoMan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It is a matter of personal taste. A car with all those features in the compact class at that price comparing the 3 to a loaded Civic or Corolla I will take the 3 anyday. I haven't seen a 06 Sonata in person so I won't comment on something I haven't seen in the metal. The Sonata is a nice car no doubt but I will waite till I see the car and have a chance to test drive one.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Point taken and I agree, although I am not sure if a lot of people are willing to pay 22k for a compact car

knicks125
02-01-2005, 01:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But then again, comparing everything with Sonata is really...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It's not the old Hyundai you are thinking of...

Dan J.
02-01-2005, 01:34 PM
look at the window sticker on the car. The one I took photos of had 2300.00 in options. If you don't want hid headlamps, side airbags side curtain airbags or a sunroof 18685. for a car with leather heated seats 6 disc changer and Bose speakers IS a bargain. I would definantly want this over a Honda Civic of which you can't get leather or a Bose system on. So to me this is still a bargain at 21,500.

Dan J.
02-01-2005, 01:37 PM
Is it just me or does the interior of the Austrailian market cars seats look more brown than the American market version I took photos of?

spwolf
02-01-2005, 02:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knicks125</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It's not the old Hyundai you are thinking of...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>right... eh, other than that, it is not cool to infest every thread with sonata, especially when cars are nowhere close in the same class...

CalinG7
02-01-2005, 03:23 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">22k for automatic wipers and leather...sweet.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Dang it........................ now if it only had one of those pretty Toyota badges................ <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0">

Speedstick
02-01-2005, 04:00 PM
sp23 - sounds like a sounds like a sunblock.

knicks125
02-01-2005, 04:29 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spwolf</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>right... eh, other than that, it is not cool to infest every thread with sonata, especially when cars are nowhere close in the same class...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sorry about that...I guess lately I've just been following the Sonata a lot, it has really improved, and I really like it. I have no bias toward Hyundai, in fact, I like most imports, I currently drive a Toyota Solara, and just got my mom a TL two months ago <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> (don't even own a Hyundai) although I am thinking about adding a sedan in addition to my current coupe, I'd like to take a test drive of the Sonata this spring and see if I can take delivery <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Back to topic...you are right, it might not be a fair comparison but I still it's way to expensive...I'm just not sure how many people would spend 22k to buy a compact car, for that much money, you can certainly move up to the midsize class. I am just not getting the point why Mazda is doing this, the luxury factor is there, I agree, but there is not value at all if that car is priced at 22k msrp

knicks125
02-01-2005, 04:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RepoMan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">look at the window sticker on the car. The one I took photos of had 2300.00 in options. If you don't want hid headlamps, side airbags side curtain airbags or a sunroof 18685. for a car with leather heated seats 6 disc changer and Bose speakers IS a bargain. I would definantly want this over a Honda Civic of which you can't get leather or a Bose system on. So to me this is still a bargain at 21,500.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I see it...but I don't want a civic...tell you what, I'll go get a Scion tC put the 5k extra back in my wallet, how's that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Andrey
02-01-2005, 04:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knicks125</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I see it...but I don't want a civic...tell you what, I'll go get a Scion tC put the 5k extra back in my wallet, how's that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Wait till new Civic will come out...it may be cool

CalinG7
02-01-2005, 04:50 PM
Thing is, you can't get most midsize cars with all the stuff you get in this 3 for 22K, except maybe the Sonata as knicks125 pointed out. So you have 22K to spend, do you buy size and not a lot of features, or do you buy all the luxury features in a more compact body. To get both, you usually end up treading in the entry-luxury class. Guess it depends on what you're after.

knicks125
02-01-2005, 04:55 PM
well said...CalinG7<p>This special edition is kind like the price for the Jetta

nismospeed
02-01-2005, 06:48 PM
It's more comparable to the upcoming Audi A3 Sportback. That car will start at 25K without leather, sunroof, or premium audio. The SP23 incorporates all the luxury features of more expensive cars in a very attractive and reliable package for a reasonable price.

knicks125
02-01-2005, 07:14 PM
Well then I guess i'm the only one who's not willing to pay 22k or more for a compact car, perhaps b/c I only paid 22K to get my Solara, SLE version (top trim). I just can't comprehend how anyone would drop over 22k or more to buy a compact car, to me, luxury doesn't save lives, safety features such as ABS, EPS, traction control do, so I guess luxury is that last thing on my list. What I am saying is that I would rather get the regular 3 and put the rest of the money in my pocket to spend for another day, or take that 22k and get the 6. If they didn't added the DVD Nav system for free on my car, I would never get it, it's useless.<p>By the way, I do like both of these cars, it's just that 22k seems a bit much on the 3, sort of like it's a bit much on the jetta - although jetta is a pretty sweet car.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 9:23 PM 2/1/2005</i>