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I had the privilege :) to test drive the auto and the manual Maxx, and to me, the manual was so much more refined than the auto. The auto seemed to change gears too often, too many kick-downs and gear hunting which shouldn't occur in newer cars. I have a Honda Acoord 99 model and whiel it was new, it didnt gear hunt at all, but now going up hills and cruising, it happens more frequently.. :? But I guess the Activematic functionalilty gives it the edge for people to not mind the appropriateness of the gears changing.

What do u mean by starting the car? like accelerating from stand still or starting the engine 10 times? I hope the 10 times u start the engine aren't too close together... :twisted: Not given justice to the engine if you do..lol

Brake do make a harsh noise whenever you have new brake pads, since the pads are not making contact in the best way. Just take it easy on braking until the pads mould into the shape of the disc and hopefully then it should make less noise..If not, prolly ask at the next service or watever.

As for an amp, you will need to get the power from the car battery, which means you will have to put a power cable throuh the firewall and wherever you want the amp to go.
 

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2. Starting the car can sometimes be a pain.. in about 10 starts, it didn't kick in the first time about 3 times. Also generally sounds a little 'tinny'
That should not be the case. A new car should start straight away. Through previous experience through purchasing a new car, the car has started straight away(like split second) for 3 years, but eventually the delay of starting up increased. After 3 years(which is short for battery life, i have other cars that not needed change battery for 10yrs) i couldn't start a relatively new car. I went to a mechanic to get battery tested and told me it was fried. But the battery warranty was only 2 yrs.. :? So i bought a Century battery to replace it, and a year later, that battery died too. Went back to mechanic where i bought it..got me a replacement battery straight away cuz that was faulty too..

As for why your car isn't as smooth i have no clue..lol..but hopefully its just a small issue with the battery and not any engine components..or it will be ok after the 1000km service. Hope Mazda's customer loyalty during service is as good as their salesman.

Once you get it fixed or after your first service, let us know what happened. I wanna know whats wrong too..
 
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