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  1. I am a big fan of Pirellis as you can see from my...

    I am a big fan of Pirellis as you can see from my signature. My son has a 2012 Mazda 3 hatch with the Centurado P7s and he loves them. They are quiet, wear well, and handle well. The cost is very...
  2. All of my car's generation had turbos from the...

    All of my car's generation had turbos from the factory, as did the Ford Probe equivalent.221500

    This looks almost exactly like the one I had.
  3. It was OEM, not aftermarket. In fact, when they...

    It was OEM, not aftermarket. In fact, when they started wear out enough to be noticeable, I found out that the replacement cost was about $1200 at set + installation, so I went with KYB shocks.
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  4. Almost inevitably, lowering springs will increase...

    Almost inevitably, lowering springs will increase ride stiffness, depending upon the spring rate. I did this with both my cars and because the MX5 springs dropped the car less than did the Eibachs in...
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    When I had my 2001 Corvette, I could plug a...

    When I had my 2001 Corvette, I could plug a 9-volt battery adapter cable into the cigarette lighter receptacle before disconnecting the old battery. This would preserve the radio and other settings....
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    And.....never drive behind a vehicle that has...

    And.....never drive behind a vehicle that has giant knobby off-road-type tires. Large stones tend to get stuck in between the treads until you pull in behind the vehicle. That's when they let loose...
  7. Since your car is so new and under warranty, I...

    Since your car is so new and under warranty, I agree that you should schedule a return trip to the dealership. Mazda 3s in the US have only 2.0 and 2.5 liter engines (new ones have only 2.5L...
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    I would have the battery charged and load-tested...

    I would have the battery charged and load-tested to see if it is good. If it is, at least you can rule that out as a possible culprit.
  9. Check this page: ...

    Check this page:
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    Yes, that's exactly what it is. It gets to a...

    Yes, that's exactly what it is. It gets to a point where we have no choice - We WILL pay more to have 12 airbags, 30 sensors, and get at least 55 MPG whether we want to or not.
  11. If you drive on the highway for extended periods...

    If you drive on the highway for extended periods of time and intend to keep the car for at least 8 years, the either the 2019 3 or a used Mazda 6 or Lexus may be justifiable.
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    Have you checked with Crutchfield? They can...

    Have you checked with Crutchfield? They can typically answer all of those questions. I've had great luck with them over the years.
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    My iEloop battery lasted a bit more than 4 years....

    My iEloop battery lasted a bit more than 4 years. I think it would've lasted longer if the car were driven more often while I was working in Malaysia for one month. But hey, it was only $600 to have...
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    This happened to me, once. I had left the car...

    This happened to me, once. I had left the car outside in full sun on a Summer day with no windshield, dash, or car cover to protect the electronics in the display and under the dash. Once I started...
  15. Welcome. You can see what I did by looking at my...

    Welcome.
    You can see what I did by looking at my signature, below this reply. My 2008 MX5 is more heavily modified, Although because the MX5 has a true Cold Air Intake, I avoid driving it in the...
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    2017~2019 Agreed. My wife has been driving her Lexus hybrid...

    Agreed. My wife has been driving her Lexus hybrid with CVT for more than 14 years now and I'd say that these transmissions are among the most reliable out there. Many of their vehicles have 250,000+...
  17. I owned an 89 MX6 GT for 14 years and one of the...

    I owned an 89 MX6 GT for 14 years and one of the reasons I sold it was because of engine and transmission oil leaks. The cost to fix some of them was well north of the car's value. That is typical of...
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    FS: Very nice! I am curious as to how much those...

    Very nice! I am curious as to how much those houses sell for in your area.
  19. What year is your car?

    What year is your car?
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    I agree that the 2.5 (which is the same engine my...

    I agree that the 2.5 (which is the same engine my 3 has) has plenty of power. However, after driving a rented McLaren 570S (0-60 MPH in 2.7 seconds), my 3 seems to be a bit slower. :)
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    I drive to work, very early (6:00) in the...

    I drive to work, very early (6:00) in the morning. Closer to work, there's a mile long, super wide road that has two lanes per side. I was driving my MX5 with the top down on one of those mornings...
  22. Did your CX have the deep cycle battery for the...

    Did your CX have the deep cycle battery for the super capacitor? If so, what kind of battery did you buy? I had my battery swapped at the dealership, this time. Doing so requires a specific sequence...
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    If handling is your priority, consider the...

    If handling is your priority, consider the Porsche Macan. It is certainly a step up from your CX5.:)
  24. I wonder what putting your gear selector in...

    I wonder what putting your gear selector in neutral has to do with the backup lights. Traditionally, there would be a dedicated backup light switch. Perhaps the neutral safety switch does double...
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    I rented a McLaren 570S twin turbo V8 in April....

    I rented a McLaren 570S twin turbo V8 in April. It's 0-60 is in 2.7 seconds. Needless to say, not many cars would impress me after that rocket ship ride. :)
    Of course, you can get a 3 year-old...
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