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    Which Mazda 3 has more luggsge space?

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/2020-mazda-3-sedan-vs-140000363.html The results may surprise you (but not me).
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    July 2020 Consumer Reports magazine

    Not surprising!
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    In July 2020 Consumer Reports:

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    Baffling photo

    This photo was included in a Wall St. Journal article about GE and its light bulb business. Can anyone explain it?
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    Pirelli P Zero tires and suspension update/comparison to McLaren 570S Syder

    Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus Category: Ultra-High-Performance All-Season Tires Size: 225/45/18 Speed rating: Y Cost: $162.50 each Projected mileage as per Consumer Reports: 50,000 miles Miles since new: 1000+ Rating summary: These tires are far better than any other tires (even...
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    Mazda 3, MX5 among 10 best cars in the world

    The latest Car & Driver magazine, for the 3rd year in a row proclaimed Mazda as the only manufacturer in the world to make two different models of cars that made C&D's top 10 list for at least 2 years in a row. And while the list is limited to cars, only, it should be noted that virtually every...
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    Car & Driver magazine's long-term test of 2015 Mazda 3

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2015-mazda-3-25l-manual-hatchback-long-term-test-update-review Notable quotes: The calm, smooth quiet of the powertrain at freeway speeds is in the same league as a luxury car. This car is so calm-so relaxing and enjoyable to drive without much effort-it's...
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    Mazda3 pummels Civic, Elantra, Sentra, and Cruze in Car&Driver comparison

    Source: Car & Driver magazine's July 2016 issue Despite having a 3 year-old design, the Mazda3 I Grand Touring defeated 4 newly-designed sedans in grueling test of handling, sped, braking, and ride comparison. CD wrote, Final results: 1 Mazda3 2 Honda Civic 3 Chevy Cruze 4 Hyundai Elantra...
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    2002 ES Air hose split - Don't let this happen to you.

    I was changing the air filter in my daughter's ES and while holding the airbox lid, suddenly felt a release of lid pressure with my left hand as I was installing the filter. My advice: If your air hose that connects the air box to the intake is the original one, REPLACE IT, ASAP! Until you do...
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    Koni adjustables now available for 2014-2015 Mazda 3s

    I have these in my MX5 and not only are they excellent shocks, but they lowered the MX5 by another 1/2-inch (beyond the drop from the Progress springs). I'm not sure if the same drop would happen in a Mazda 3 but I can see myself getting these Konis some day. Lighter wheels are presently at the...
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    Wrench light, 2014 Mazda 3

    Has anyone gotten that wrench symbol (maintenance required) light to go out? I have reset the oil change interval using the screen menus but that doesn't turn off the wrench light on the dash. The owners manual mentions pressing and holding the trip button while turning on the ignition, but...
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    2 hours to change the oil.....

    Okay, it was the first oil change, so keep that in mind. Here are some of the highlights: 1. When you're rolling with Eibach springs, forget about using your Rhino ramps. I then broke out my custom low profile wooden ramps, just to get the car up high enough to use a floor jack. But wait...
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    Permanent oil filter?

    Has anyone seen this? http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?prod=SS-1008 If you change your disposable filter every 6 months at $15 each, it would take you 8 years to start saving money. You still have to clean the filter whenever you change the oil, so I'm not sure if it'd be worth...
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    ScanGauge II installed

    I don't know about you guys, but I really need to have information like coolant temperature, voltage, intake air temperature, and ignition timing or air/fuel ratio displayed. Ideally, that would include oil temperature and pressure. The ScanGauge II can display not only 4 of 16 different...
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    Does owner's manual contain oil capacity (2014 Mazda3)?

    I can't seem to find it, although I looked only in the main booklet. Still, it should be there. I'd guess it's about 4 quarts for the 2.5L engine.
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    Went with Eibach

    Although my preference was BC Racing coilovers and Swift springs, the $200 Eibach cost, along with a 10% rebate was just too tempting, especially when a Magnaflow catback is on the horizon. Installation and Alignment: BeeLine Alignment shop, which installed Prokits on my 89 MX6 GT and my son's...
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    Anyone notice..........

    That all of the 2014 Mazda 3s in ads look like they were "dropped" about an inch to 1.5 inches? Without a doubt, the 3 looks better when dropped, but really, why does Hyundai, Kia, and even Honda cars have smaller tire-to-fender gaps, right from the factory? Why do we have to spend extra...
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    Sedan 2.0 and 2.5 exhaust the same?

    It looks like Magnaflow has catback exhaust systems for: 2.0 Hatch 2.5 Hatch 2.0 Sedan Apparently, both hatch systems have the same part number. The 2.5 (S) sedan system number isn't listed in Magnaflow's site. When I asked one of their salespeople, he replied that they haven't had an S sedan...
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    Lowered height vs scraping on inclines

    I'm hoping to buy a set of coilovers and got to thinking about scraping. My 01 Corvette was lowered (about 1-inch) by adjusting OEM bolts (the cheapest ($0) lowering job I ever did), however, the flexible front spoiler scraped on EVERYTHING. I had to make a set of low profile ramps, just to get...
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    Radar dector + tech package.....

    Has anyone tried to use a radar detector with the tech package? I am wondering if there may be any conflict with, say, the cruise control or any other radar-related function when using a radar detector. Also, is the only way to turn off the radio sound, muting it? There is no "Off" button that...
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