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Old 05-02-2013, 10:39 AM   #21
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The Mazdaspeed 3 is fun. It's like driving a tiny diesel or something. All the power is from like 2,000 to 5,000 then shift.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by fiddlesticks View Post
What makes you wish for a 5 spd? Meaning, is the auto lacking? I ask because one of the Foci will go to a new driver. He wants an auto. I, however, grew up driving manuals until kiddos came along. I know there is a learning curve but I have also read more favorable reviews on the manuals.
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Firstly, the manual will be more fun and engaging. Second, I feel its more reliable and would be easier to replace or get work done on it. Third, you will be able to eek out an extra mpg or two when driving modestly, probably even cost a few bucks less to buy manual vs auto.

Teach that youngin how to drive stick, it will make them a better driver in the long run. Plus, it seems its always easier to learn something new the younger you are
All of that, lol. The auto just isn't fun. And it robs a few mpg. I don't care about that too much. I still get good mpg. I'd like to do a 5-speed swap at some point. If the auto goes out, that's what I plan on. But I'm at 151k and it works fine.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:25 PM   #23
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I've driven the Mazda and didn't really fall in love.

We did however just drive a 2004 SVT and it was a great experience. Now to compare I'll find a ZX3 manual and auto - just to have tried all 3.

Funny thing though - might be looking for 3 now. The 21 year old had a bit too much fun.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #24
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Focuses for everyone, hooray!

We recently became a two Focus family when my wife bought the SES. Kinda seems like there's a Focus out there that suits everyone.
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