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Old 01-04-2013, 01:20 PM   #19
unclebrud
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....you'll learn that, generally, Mazdas are very solid long-term. It is true that the 3 is pretty noisy, but the whole package is great. I have more (long-term) confidence in my 6-year-old gen 1 M3 than in my 1.5 year-old Focus. Plus, Mazdas are more driver-oriented (and are not so into electro-trickery). Before you guys get mad...I own 2 Mazdas and 2 Foci...

Don't get me wrong, I like the Mk3 Focus a lot, but I think that erato hit the nail on the head about U.S. assembly quality. I can't picture a European putting up with misaligned panels, DCT issues, average paint quality, etc.
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