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Old 04-07-2004, 03:35 PM   #1
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Any SVT owners driven a Mazda3?

The Mazda3s 5-door has some impressive numbers: 160hp, 150 ft-lbs, skidpad numbers on par with the SVTF. I test drove one a few weeks ago and was surprised with the handling and the engine.

Just based on the numbers, the Focus has more hp but less torque. That should translate to a little less power at low rpm but increased pull at the top. Can anyone who has driven both cars provide input on this?


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Old 04-07-2004, 05:14 PM   #2
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I was going to buy a 3 before I test drove my SVT, the SVT has way more power despite the lack of TQ, merging onto the same highway onramp (uphill) the SVT smoked the 3 IMO, plus they were the same price for my zx5 svt euro and a 3 hatchback with moonroof/HID/airbag , so I went with the SVT since they are limited production vehicles I figured it may hold a bit more value than the 3 and has alot more options and nice stuff for the same price as the 3...ps i paid 20k out the door for my car, the 3 was like 18600 before tax/lisc so they would have been the same price (3400 rebate from ford, 500 from mazda, both at Ford X-plan price)
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Old 04-07-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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ps drive an SVt around a corner fast and floor it, then try it in the 3, I'm sure you will end up driving home in your new SVT =)
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Old 04-07-2004, 05:17 PM   #4
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Hey 04, I like that yellow. :thumbup: Too bad I don't want to pay the extra $ for the Euro pkg, because it's pretty sweet. :)
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I test drove the Mazda 3 as well...and yes...the SVT walks all over it. I have an 03 SVT and hands down it has better manuverability and acceleration. But I was talking to one my friends from ford that said there might be a recall soon on the clutches :( So we will see what that does if it happens.
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I haven't driven a 3 yet, but I like the looks of it, and on paper at least it sounds like a great car. I'm just now starting to see them driving around on the streets. If I can talk my parents into getting a new car for my mom, and they refuse to get something expensive (my dad likes the idea of a Jaguar but my mom doesn't want a "status" car ), I'm going to try to get them interested in the 3.
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:33 AM   #7
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I like the Mazda 3 it is sharp Looking I wouldn't mind taking one for a test drive ^^^ my dad is the same way he wants to get my mom a BMW suv or a Jaguar when she is happy with her Escape
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Ha, yeah my mom is weird. She'll drive my dad's company car (03 Jeep Liberty) because it's newer than her car, but when we suggest a new car for her she insists there's nothing wrong with what she's got. But we all know there is! Her car is just my old Escort GT that I bought as a stop-gap solution between my MR2 and the Focus - it looks great and runs great but sheesh it has 200,000 miles on it, and she deserves something a little nicer than an ESCORT! Moms are weird sometimes...
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I test drove a 3 right before I bought my SVT. It was nice but not very appealing inside. I love driving the SVT and for me, everything just seems to work well. I felt like I was stuck in a family wanna be car with the 3 and even though it was nice, I just wasnt feeling it. You just gotta try it out for yourself but I like the SVT just for the sheer fun of driving this little bastard.
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I like the looks and the #'s of the the Mazda, I would not have a problem owning one. My sister is looking into getting something new, I'm trying to talk her into a 2.3 Focus or a Mazda 3, I think she would be well pleased with both.
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