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Old 03-03-2006, 06:42 PM   #1
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Mazda3 Facelift - Enhanced Design, Quality, Comfort and Performance
Since its launch in 2003, Mazda3 has become Mazda's best-selling vehicle and the company has even had to increase production to meet global demand. To further enhance its global popularity, Mazda has refreshed its compact star's line-up in a 2006 version with enhanced design and comfort, optimized performance and even higher levels of interior quality feel. New exterior enhancements to both the modern and elegant sedan and the sporty hatchback further support a standard Mazda3 line up with two distinct models for customers to choose from. The Mazda3 face-lift's petrol engine line up features three MZR aggregates - a 2.0-litre, a 1.6-litre, and a base 1.4-litre (depending on market offer) - all of them further optimized so the model can continue to be one of the better driving cars in its segment and adds a new six-speed transmission for the top-end petrol. The Mazda3 facelift retains the two derivatives of the MZCD 1.6-litre common-rail turbo diesel engine for European customers (depending on market offer), both offering high torque and power with low diesel fuel consumption. Added to this are enhancements to the body shell along with improved damper performance and improved aerodynamics for even better handling, stability and driving fun. Overall comfort has also been improved with more insulation against road noise, revised tyres and reduced suspension vibration. Features newly added to the line up, like available advanced keyless entry and a 20 gigabyte hard disc drive audio system (depending on market offer), make the Mazda3 facelift even easier to use and enjoy on a daily basis.












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Old 03-03-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:56 PM   #4
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That is a good looking little car. In a departure from the norm, I like the sedan better than the wagon/hatch. Seeing the Mazda3 makes me want to take the design department of Subaru, shake them by the collective scruff and say "Why can't you make an Impreza look this good?"
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:06 PM   #5
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i very much dislike that prow. the whole car seems "thick", too. the designers were probably shooting for that look to make the car seem less like an econobox, but it still rubs me the wrong way.
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:07 PM   #6
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Always loved the loks of the Mazda3, but the facelift is hardly noticeable.
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:24 PM   #7
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i very much dislike that prow. the whole car seems "thick", too. the designers were probably shooting for that look to make the car seem less like an econobox, but it still rubs me the wrong way.
thick...???
well, in this age of suv, cars need to be as thick to be safe...
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:46 PM   #8
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looks like a 6 speed in that one shot (reverse looks to be up and to the left of first) is that the MS 3 in the pic?
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:54 PM   #9
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Glad to see that Mazda is already on version 2.0 of this generation of the Mazda3, yet Ford still hasn't brought over their version of it to the USDM.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:06 PM   #10
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not the big change.
one of my friends was telling me mazda wants to make a turbocharged version of that thingy to compete with my suby
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:10 PM   #11
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not the big change.
one of my friends was telling me mazda wants to make a turbocharged version of that thingy to compete with my suby
Yeah, it's the MS3, 250 Hp 280 TQ. BTW, I believe all 2.3 Mazda3's will come with a 6-speed.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:21 PM   #12
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very nice car..
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:22 PM   #13
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they will never compete with that fwd.. they need awd..


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Old 03-03-2006, 08:27 PM   #14
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thick...???
well, in this age of suv, cars need to be as thick to be safe...
or cars at least need to be made to look thick in order for sheeple to think it's safe...
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:03 PM   #15
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Always loved the loks of the Mazda3, but the facelift is hardly noticeable.
I agree on both parts of what you say. I mean, mazda3's are nice, but.. what, foglights? I can't really spy much else different.

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Features newly added to the line up, like available advanced keyless entry and a 20 gigabyte hard disc drive audio system (depending on market offer), make the Mazda3 facelift even easier to use and enjoy on a daily basis.
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:30 PM   #16
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I'll take a mazdaspeed tuned Mazda3 with AWD to go please!
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:31 PM   #17
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My friends got an 04 and it doesn't look much different to me. The looks of his car are nice, but overall performance sucks. Not much low end power, too much body roll, and it just feels like your cruising in a mini van.
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:51 PM   #18
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rear end just looks so ass-in-the-air high on the sedan.

squash the whole thing down a bit, then we'll talk.
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:53 PM   #19
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I really like the front bumper on the sedan...
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:33 PM   #20
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My friends got an 04 and it doesn't look much different to me. The looks of his car are nice, but overall performance sucks. Not much low end power, too much body roll, and it just feels like your cruising in a mini van.
I have a SP 2.3 Hatch and it's totally the opposite of what you wrote.. with the exception of being under powered; but then again, it's not a 'performance' vehicle... think Subaru's Impreza RS.
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Old 03-04-2006, 08:49 AM   #21
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The Mazda 3 was always a good looking car. Especially this new hatchback...which looks soo agressive from the rear. I just don't like the 3 sedan's low side skirts, because it makes the wheel wells look too small.


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Sadly awd is not available in that car..


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Sadly awd is not available in that car..
Yeah, I know. I was not happy with that revelation.
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Old 03-04-2006, 12:47 PM   #24
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I've seen TONS of Mazda3's around here, but I guess I don't know them well enough because I'm having a hard time telling the difference with that face-lift from the outside. It's a nice looking car, but maybe because I've seen so many of them, they just look regular (plain) to me.
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Old 03-04-2006, 12:48 PM   #25
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I really like the looks of the 3. Too bad it isn't parred with the Legacy interior. Has a very quality look to it overall, just not digging the tail lamps as much.

What is up with manufacturers and tail lamps these days?
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