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-Peter-
02-12-2005, 02:00 AM
We are considering to buy new car in this spring <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . Current car is Toyota Corolla sedan 1.6 Linea Sol<p>The choises are:<p><IMG SRC="http://vnexpress.net/Vietnam/Oto-Xe-may/2003/09/3B9CB6E7/Mazda3_1B.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Mazda 3 1.6 5door Elegance + sport pack<p>we are also considering the new Focus but in finnish car-magazine they said Mazda is better car in winter (handling, fuel-consuption). Almoust the same prize as Focus, but some gadgets are missing. Also sportier than Focus.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.theautochannel.com/F/news/2004/09/01/216181.2-lg.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Ford Focus 1.6 5 door/wagon Ghia <p>Very nice car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> We are considering both Wagon and 5door, coz the price-difference is only 800 Euros. Almoust all gadgets that you can even dream of.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autobytel.com/images/carPics/TestDrv/Lyons/500/Sportback_front1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 STW Sport HR-edition<p>I have an old Lancer (91) and It would be nice to have two Lancers in the family. Quite cheap car and old-fashioned, but almoust every accessory comes as a standard with the New HR (Harri Rovanper) edition, Sportier suspencion, spoiler, and bigger engine. Still the price is almoust the same as others.<p><IMG SRC="http://carpictures.duble.com/Toyota/Corolla%20Wagon%20(2002)/1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Toyota Corolla wagon 1.6 Linea Sol<p>I dont like Corolla, but my dad likes <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> . I would like to have something different this time (our current car is also Corolla) This time my dad wants the Wagon version, because the sedan is poor when we have to haul some big things, 5door and wagon version are more practical<p>What do you guys think? We were also considering the Nissan Primera, because its now very cheap and one class bigger than those other candidates.

Cozz
02-12-2005, 06:23 AM
My brother-in-law bought a Mazda 6 last year and isn't happy with it. Things like folding mirrors were not a option and the door panel buttons have no lights so you can't see them in the night. I worked on a 3 already and I think it did have folding mirrors but no lights on the door panels.

knicks125
02-12-2005, 06:46 AM
no folding mirrors on the 6? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>anyway, i picked the 3 out of the choices above

Hornbag
02-12-2005, 08:16 PM
I went Ford Focus, yes obvious. But i dont think i could live with the NVH in the Mazda 3. To quote Wheels on the Mazda 3 'great value...if your stone deaf!'

Top Secret
02-12-2005, 09:25 PM
I've been in a Mazda3, and the NVH isn't too bad, yes sure, a bit more sound-proofing would've helped, but I could certainly live it, especially after being in a Corolla.<p>And yes, I think you might've figured out my pick; the Mazda3. The rear of the Focus is weird, the Lancer is outdated and the Corolla, well, let's just say it's crap (I have personal experience). The Mazda3 has the best interior, best styling and the best driving dynamics of the four.

Hornbag
02-12-2005, 11:39 PM
And there are still thumps from the front suspension, that were supposed to be fixed.

Verdegrrl
02-13-2005, 12:15 AM
Seat Altea too large?<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.arabam.com/fuar/2003/frankfurt/seat_altea_xx.jpg" BORDER="0">

Top Secret
02-13-2005, 12:20 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And there are still thumps from the front suspension, that were supposed to be fixed. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>If there are, I couldn't feel them. Where are you getting these complaints from?!

Hornbag
02-13-2005, 12:34 AM
It was like when we hit a bump the front supspention would go 'thump' realy loud. I remember Wheels also saying this.

-Peter-
02-13-2005, 02:29 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Verdegrrl</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Seat Altea too large?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>no, too expensive

-Peter-
02-18-2005, 12:54 PM
It seems that no-one likes Mitsu? I think that the Sportwagon looks quite nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>We have been visiting all of the dealers and asked them to make an offer of our current car and send it via E-mail, but mazda-dealer havent answered at all? Mazda would have been the strongest candidate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

HondaTech
02-22-2005, 02:31 AM
I'd take the Mitsu. It seem like the best value.<p>However, what I'd really do is wait for the next Honda Civic <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icon11.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

HondaTech
02-22-2005, 02:34 AM
I like the Skoda Octavia too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

-Peter-
02-22-2005, 11:03 AM
When we bought our current car (corolla) we also testdrove the Civic 5-door, and I cant remember why we didnt like that.<p>About Skoda: thats quite expensive compared to the Ford and Mazda<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by -Peter- at 9:58 AM 2/24/2005</i>

Wyldeone22
02-22-2005, 10:25 PM
I think it's a great car (mazda3). the fun/$ factor is pretty good on this car. Tuners are not getting impressive numbers with basic bolt-ons though, but it doesn't sound like you'll be modifying it.

-Peter-
02-23-2005, 10:06 AM
No, im not gonna modify it because its going to be my dads new car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Im still very happy with my old lancer (-91) with 75hp <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> no need to modify it either.

-Peter-
03-30-2005, 09:07 AM
Now its finally decided, and the winner is:<p><IMG SRC="http://carpictures.duble.com/Toyota/Corolla%20Wagon%20(2002)/1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Toyota Corolla Wagon 1.6 Linea Sol (color is Platinum)<p>We made the order of that car today, and in three weeks time we have new car, but thats not so big thing, because the current car is also Corolla (sedan Linea Sol 1.6 craphite grey) it has automatic A/C, compared to that older corolla of ours, its facelifted model, and we can keep the alloys and subwoofer that we bought to that previous corolla. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>we had also other candidates than above in the poll. Civic 5 door and Nissan Primera, but we get the best offer from Toyota, because we know that dealer who sell Toyotas <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Banker
05-13-2005, 12:43 PM
The Mazda will be more fun to drive.

AM2
05-15-2005, 09:40 PM
I would have chosen a Ford Focus, but anyway the Corolla is a safe choice...

Hornbag
05-16-2005, 05:23 AM
Its not my car, so my opinion dones count...but the Mazda is a car to good to miss...<p>But good luck with your dads new Corolla -Peter-!

Superfresa
05-16-2005, 07:39 AM
Nice car anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

-Peter-
05-17-2005, 12:23 AM
Thanks guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I would have loved the mazda 3, but we get better offer from Toyota dealer. and my dad really is a toyota-driver, (1 second gen. Corolla, 1 second gen. Carina, 1 sixth genetarion Corolla, 1 Carina II, 1 seventh gen. corolla and now second nineth gen. Corolla ) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I have drove that new car too, and I have to say the driving dynamics are better than before (before facelift) steering is better and there are less noise inside. and now we have automatic AC and automatic wipers