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MZ3 questions - got a minute?

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I've been a Mazda man a long time - I'm currently on my 3rd RX7 (1st gen) and am now shopping the MZ3 Sport (daily driver) and could use a little advice...

I've searched around this forum and found a ton of usefull stuff - now I'm getting ready to place my order - just a couple of questions:

1) What are your thoughts on the leather interior on this car - I found it to be very stiff and nowhere near the quality of the RX8 - anyone got it and is it breaking in to a softer feel (I know it's a new car and most may not have owned it long enough to comment) -

2) 17" wheels / tires - I assume they will be crap in the snow (even with the all-seasons) - any advice or experience? Can this thing be a daily driver in winter climates without winter rims/tires?

3) Color - I'm having a tough time with this one and I know color is a personal preference - but there are 2 or 3 that look awesome (Tit grey, Blue mica, and the silver) - I'm just loking for a few comments on what htis group prefers.

4) I love the sporty feel of this car - but has anyone taken it out for a long drive? How's the comfort and noise on the highway?

thanks all - BTW, great forum withs tons of good info :D
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Hi and Welcome to our board!

1) Not a leather guy, so I can't comment.

2) If you get the 17" tires and if you're in Toronto today, that wouldn't be much fun IMO. You would have to get 16" steelies+winter tires - this is an expensive size BTW!

3) I saw a dirty Tit grey and it didn't look so good. The silver's OK but there are lots of silver cars. So I would go with blue (or red for myself)
4) I've taken it to 100km/h on HWY 7 in TO and it's very quiet. Others have reported low RPMs (2200 or so with the 2.0 AT).

Please add your location (city) to your profile!

6) I think it does. You don't see a light coming on but on ALL cars I've driven (except the 89 Tercel that had no A/C and the 93 Civic where the A/C didn't work) it comes on for windshield defrost.
jintegra said:
9) Carseats :shock: : Yeah I know, this won't apply to most of you out there, but I think a *few* of you are married (& may possibly have kids). Anyway, the question is, would a standard car seat fit in the backseat, in rear-facing as well as forward facing directions? This is something that could possibly prevent me from getting a 3 :( , in which case I would have to look at something larger.

PS: Thanks to all who have replied to my questions. Much appreciated.
I would recommend you look at other websites (the Edmunds folks might know perhaps) for this and start a thread in this section re: child seats. I doubt you'll get many answers though...
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