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Old 05-07-2001, 11:51 PM   #1
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Post MP3( A WRX look alike?)

Is it me or does thing look like the WRX? The similarity in color and wheel design are striking. Makes you wonder what the WRX would look like without circle headlights though.


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Old 05-07-2001, 11:55 PM   #2
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Makes you wonder what the WRX would look like without circle headlights though.
one word. COOL
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:55 PM   #3
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might as well do a conversion on the head lights. =)
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:57 PM   #4
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Hey,you put a 227 hp turbo engine and throw in AWD, Mazda has my money
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:59 PM   #5
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VERY nice
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Old 05-08-2001, 12:00 AM   #6
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wow mazda is a little late. they must have spys or something. biten off subarus style.
me i actually think wrx lights look better in my opinion because no car really looks like that, it stands out. that mazda just looks like any other honda/nissan.
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Old 05-08-2001, 01:44 AM   #7
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I come from the Mazda world. I have owned every incarnation of the 3-series Mazda available to N. America. The MP3 in NOT a rippoff of the Impreza. It has elements of the mid 80's 323GTX. News of the MP3 has been around for 28 months and has remained unchanged since Mazda changed the Protege body style in 1999.

Try and think a li'l more globally and you will see that big fogs light, trick 16's or 17's & flared fenders are more popular everywhere else in the world. North Americans are rather conservative when it comes to accepting radical car designs.
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Old 05-08-2001, 01:48 AM   #8
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IBTL

Man, you guys are slow... We've had posts about this for along time...

And this belongs on the Off-Topic forum!

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Old 05-08-2001, 01:51 AM   #9
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Old 05-08-2001, 01:51 AM   #10
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I felt I had to stand up for Mazda. Although I have always been a Suby fan (owned 4 so far) I don't think it is right to knock other manufacturers. All of them have designs that are different and unique unto themselves. But eventually trends emerge & they all begin to look the same. For example, how all early 90' mid-sized sedans all looked the same.

Try searching for the Mazda 626MPS. I will look for a pic. It's 280HP w/ AWD & turbo'd. Now we all can appreciate that even if it is not a Subaru. Cheers all.
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Old 05-08-2001, 01:57 AM   #11
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I'm with him ^. If the Rex had headlights like that, I would have been thinking of trying to trade up. On top of that, the MP3 seems to have a lower profile.

If you compare a RS and a WRX side by side you can see a big difference. And I thought the RS sat high.
But I believe the engine is weak. Although I can't remember for sure. *shrug*

Oh, and IBTM <IMG SRC="http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/move.gif" border=0>
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Old 05-08-2001, 02:00 AM   #12
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Hmmm.... four doors, big fog lights, same weird-ass wing, double five-spoke wheels, even the same notorious blue color...

I'd say that mazda has been doing a bit of tracing in art class...

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Old 05-08-2001, 03:44 AM   #13
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Mizen, don't take this the wrong way but, you can stay in your small world if you want to. Try not to slander other ppl's vehicles. This is the wrong place for it. It's about car appreciation & enjoyment.

FYI: The Protege has always/only been a sedan, never available as a 2-door.
Big fogs are only new to N.Am. They have been available for the same car everywhere else in the world.
The wing mimicks the spec spoilers that will be allowed next year for SCCA Showroom Stock class where Mazda plans to field a full team.
The car has had 7 different styles of rims at different shows to guage public opinion. you found an old pic.
As for the color, it is NOT metallic. It is irridencent blue, (flat base, blue coat, tinted blue clear) much more expensive process. The other available color will be Solar Yellow. And if memory serves, didn't RBP only come on the RS coupes from 94-99?
I intend no ill will.
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Old 05-08-2001, 04:20 AM   #14
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No worries man... I was just making an observation - one that you have argued is not based on research.

This is fine with me, I consider myself an openminded individual - with absolutely no desire to stay in any small world.

Cool.

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Old 05-08-2001, 06:25 AM   #15
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MP3 is gay, now take a look at the new Nissan SE-R Spec V. now that is a head turner and performs, and that yellow is very nice $20k or under for that performance is a very good deal. if it wasnt for the WRX i would be considering one most definately.

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Old 05-08-2001, 06:53 AM   #16
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Put your hand over the front of the car and tell me that this would fool anyone into thinking it's a WRX.
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Old 05-08-2001, 07:21 AM   #17
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We're cool then Mizen? Good.
FYI: I used do work/research for Mazda & RS-R doing performance/appearance enhancements for public reaction. Why in Canada? Our dollar has been so weak that it's more cost effiecient to make mistakes up here. I'm pretty sure I have all the info I need.

Pssst, joostin420, you'd like the version that is coming out. Shhh. 180hp, 185lbs/ft, 8500rpm redline, 17's, independent suspension (unlike the solid axle of the Sentra) and available financing(unlike SE-R) from Mazda (not a bank). Oh did I mention for UNDER $20K. Shhh... I'd still get the WRX anyday.
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Old 05-08-2001, 07:34 AM   #18
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Mazda ripped of the WRX like you ripped off my name!
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Old 05-08-2001, 07:37 AM   #19
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thats a weak car. oh and zoom zoom zoom, zoom zoom zoom zoom, zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
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Old 05-08-2001, 08:59 AM   #20
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I got dibs on the NAPSTER licence place!

I like the look though, seems like a nice tight package. Needs clear lenses.

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Old 05-08-2001, 09:28 AM   #21
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you mean like this?

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eek

edit: btw, all I did was ad the headlights, hood scoop, and paint over the old lights/extend blue around the grille.

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Old 05-08-2001, 09:45 AM   #22
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Good gravy. No matter how much anyon defends the MP3, it DOES look like a WRX!
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Old 05-08-2001, 09:46 AM   #23
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I've got no problems with Mazda, I had a Protege the first year it came out (1990 323/Protege SE). I loved it, Only major problem was a tranny replacement, ended up with 177k before I got rid of it for the WRX.

Ironically, the one accident I had in that car was when I rear ended an elderly woman who was trying to make a right hand turn into a shopping center from the middle lane of a three lane road. I was only going 40 and swerved to avoid her but ended up crumpling my hood, taking out my headlight, and bent my frame. What's the point?

She was driving a Legacy and had NO damage on her car except for a 2 inch scratch on her bumper.

They might look alike, and the MP3 might be less expensive, but I wanted AWD and the turbo is nice too

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Old 05-08-2001, 09:53 AM   #24
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All show and no go!
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Old 05-08-2001, 10:06 AM   #25
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I believe in, "Don't knock it 'til you try it."
You might be surprised. I was 1st time I drove a WRX Sti back in 1994. I've been hooked since.

Damian, I have never met anyone with the same spelling, always -ien, -ion, etc. So you were the MY name, huh?
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