Just got my 2007 Mazda 3 today. Its a silver 5 door , sport, with the black interior, 2.3L, 5 speed manual. I love it. It is smooth as silk. Very fun to drive. My wife had a nice MX-3 GS, V6, 5 speed manual, when we were dating and first married. Once she was pregnant we had to let it go. She had a beater 626 in high school that her dad had bought new and was pretty dated by the time she got it. She tried to kill it so she could get a new car, but no matter what she did, it wouldnt die!! He still had it while we dated. I finally sold it for him. I also used to dabble in buying/selling cars and motorcycles from about 97-2000. I had a nice 626 that was a loaded one owner, but my favorite was an 85 RX7. It was also a one owner with about 70K original miles and was in superb condition. It had leather, 5 speed, moonroof, and every option you could get. Very fun to drive. I was looking at many different styles of cars and trucks. I then took my favorite from each catagory, and did a lot of research, test driving, and thinking. The 3 had practicallity, fun factor, and alot for the money, while still serving as a good vehicle for my small family. The 3rd car garage will eventually be supplies with something more radical, such as a Mustang GT/Cobra. I had to join forums! Every car or motorcycle I get I join a good forum and learn a ton! Cant wait. Chat with you all soon!!