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Mazda questions and answers

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Jumping in here to be on top of the thread since the lockdown of the original due to new rules !!! No other purpose!

Oh actually. No. I got something. So today, in my Mazda 3, I'm turning at a busy intersection on an advance green when I feel like my steering wheel locks up. I look at the dash and I see a yellow steering wheel light come on. I have no power steering. I use both hands to force the car to turn as I am rolling through this intersection when I should be driving through it. Car is not even 2 years old. I've heard of the power steering pump going but thought I was one of the lucky ones to not have this issue. Wrong!!! Add this to my Mazda issues. Going to a dealer tomorrow to have it examined and insisting on having this quickly replaced with a new part under warranty. Not impressed!!!

Anyone else? This is a serious matter, I drove like this for a few km as there was no where to pull/stop to turn vehicle off and start it back up to get this issue to reset. It took me 3 restarts of the vehicle. Mazda and I know this is an issue, a safety issue at that but surprise surprise, where is the recall?
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We are looking at a new car and have a short list down to mazda 3 hatchback or nissan versa. Was thinking of trying to get something a couple of years old.

Are any years better or worse then others in terms of reliability for the mazda 3?

Is it better value to pay more and get a new car vs one that is a couple of years old given the current mazda incentives out there?

Ive never owned a mazda before - how are they in terms of costs of minor/major repairs (compared to honda or toyota?)
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Does Mazda offer a loyality discount for current Mazda owners?
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Owner Renewal Program

This program exists to provide repeat Mazda customers who wish to finance or lease a new or demonstrator vehicle, a rate reduction for their continued patronage.

Customer Eligibility:
The Mazda Customer Renewal Program is open to existing customers (or family members in their immediate household) who have purchased, leased, or financed a 2000 model year or newer Mazda vehicle from a Mazda dealer. The existing customer must be the original owner of the vehicle. If the applicant is a family member of the original purchaser, and applicant’s driver’s licence must be submitted as proof of common residency.

New Vehicle Eligibility:
Any new or demonstrator Mazda vehicle. See your Mazda dealer for full details.

Owner Renewal Discount:
Qualifying customers will receive a 0.5% rate discount (unless otherwise stated) off the published Mazda Canada subvened lease and APR finance program rates. This rate cannot fall below 0%.

A customer is eligible to receive the discount on an APR finance or Lease contract regardless of the previous vehicles purchase mode (APR, Lease, or Cash purchase).
Busybuyer888 wrote:
May 28th, 2010 12:28 am
Does Mazda offer a loyality discount for current Mazda owners?
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Busybuyer888 wrote:
May 28th, 2010 12:28 am
Does Mazda offer a loyality discount for current Mazda owners?
yes.

0.5% deduction on lease/finance rates IIRC
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Silv3r wrote:
May 25th, 2010 8:49 pm
Jumping in here to be on top of the thread since the lockdown of the original due to new rules !!! No other purpose!

Oh actually. No. I got something. So today, in my Mazda 3, I'm turning at a busy intersection on an advance green when I feel like my steering wheel locks up. I look at the dash and I see a yellow steering wheel light come on. I have no power steering. I use both hands to force the car to turn as I am rolling through this intersection when I should be driving through it. Car is not even 2 years old. I've heard of the power steering pump going but thought I was one of the lucky ones to not have this issue. Wrong!!! Add this to my Mazda issues. Going to a dealer tomorrow to have it examined and insisting on having this quickly replaced with a new part under warranty. Not impressed!!!

Anyone else? This is a serious matter, I drove like this for a few km as there was no where to pull/stop to turn vehicle off and start it back up to get this issue to reset. It took me 3 restarts of the vehicle. Mazda and I know this is an issue, a safety issue at that but surprise surprise, where is the recall?
You can go to Torontomazda3.ca for that info. Its not that common of an issue. I've heard a few members in that forum that had similar issues with you but not big enough for a TSB. My power steering pump was replaced but it was due to whining sound not as bad as yours.
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May 27th, 2010 11:53 pm
We are looking at a new car and have a short list down to mazda 3 hatchback or nissan versa. Was thinking of trying to get something a couple of years old.

Are any years better or worse then others in terms of reliability for the mazda 3?

Is it better value to pay more and get a new car vs one that is a couple of years old given the current mazda incentives out there?

Ive never owned a mazda before - how are they in terms of costs of minor/major repairs (compared to honda or toyota?)
Some years are better than others but I wouldn't rule it out for just Mazda. Its like that for all manufacturers. You never want to get the first year of any generation. Each year for the same gen gets better but very slightly.

I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 and its pretty solid car. I don't really have much complains. Dealers do a good job taking care of me and I haven't had any major issues pop up. And by the way, this is my first car and first Mazda in the family.

I don't think you can really compare Mazda with Honda or Toyota. All manufacturers have their pros and cons. If your looking strictly on maintainence, and want the least headaches, than your best bet is a Honda or Toyota but if you want to have more fun driving the car, than many other car brands may suit you better.
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BradT wrote:
May 28th, 2010 10:24 am
Owner Renewal Program

This program exists to provide repeat Mazda customers who wish to finance or lease a new or demonstrator vehicle, a rate reduction for their continued patronage.

Customer Eligibility:
The Mazda Customer Renewal Program is open to existing customers (or family members in their immediate household) who have purchased, leased, or financed a 2000 model year or newer Mazda vehicle from a Mazda dealer. The existing customer must be the original owner of the vehicle. If the applicant is a family member of the original purchaser, and applicant’s driver’s licence must be submitted as proof of common residency.

New Vehicle Eligibility:
Any new or demonstrator Mazda vehicle. See your Mazda dealer for full details.

Owner Renewal Discount:
Qualifying customers will receive a 0.5% rate discount (unless otherwise stated) off the published Mazda Canada subvened lease and APR finance program rates. This rate cannot fall below 0%.

A customer is eligible to receive the discount on an APR finance or Lease contract regardless of the previous vehicles purchase mode (APR, Lease, or Cash purchase).
The current finance promotion is 0% for 60m. That means for finacing, there is "effectively" no Mazda loyalty discount.
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Busybuyer888 wrote:
May 29th, 2010 12:47 pm
The current finance promotion is 0% for 60m. That means for finacing, there is "effectively" no Mazda loyalty discount.
If the car you are financing is currently being offered at 0% or you are paying cash, you will get a cash loyalty rebate.. depending on the car, a Mazda3 will get you $250 and $500 off almost everything else...
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Someone told me taller people should watch out for sunroof/moonroof options since they typically give you less vertical space. Is this something to worry about in a Mazda 3 (Sport) for someone around 6'2" ? (Yes I understand I could simply go test drive one and find out :) )
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Jeff-TheBiz wrote:
May 31st, 2010 2:22 pm
If the car you are financing is currently being offered at 0% or you are paying cash, you will get a cash loyalty rebate.. depending on the car, a Mazda3 will get you $250 and $500 off almost everything else...
Thank you.
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mrG wrote:
May 31st, 2010 2:33 pm
Someone told me taller people should watch out for sunroof/moonroof options since they typically give you less vertical space. Is this something to worry about in a Mazda 3 (Sport) for someone around 6'2" ? (Yes I understand I could simply go test drive one and find out :) )
You do gain a little bit of room not having the moonroof.

But yes.. test one.
Busybuyer888 wrote:
May 31st, 2010 2:47 pm
Thank you.
Should also mention that currently if you looking at the 3... currently the rate reduction for loyalty is 1% so for a 6 yr... you would be at 0.9%!
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mrG wrote:
May 31st, 2010 2:33 pm
Someone told me taller people should watch out for sunroof/moonroof options since they typically give you less vertical space.
no need to rely on second-hand knowledge - see for yourself on the mazda.ca webpage. look at the specifications for front and rear headroom and you'll see how much room a sunroof robs.

now whether that will impact your ability to fit in the car can only be tested out in person.
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mrG wrote:
May 31st, 2010 2:33 pm
Someone told me taller people should watch out for sunroof/moonroof options since they typically give you less vertical space. Is this something to worry about in a Mazda 3 (Sport) for someone around 6'2" ? (Yes I understand I could simply go test drive one and find out :) )
We bought a 2010 Sport GS late last year. I'm also 6'2" and decided against the comfort package solely because of the height issue. I really wanted the moonroof and ESC but my head brushed against the ceiling during the test drive. If you drive in a reclined position it probably will not be a problem. I have a few inches clearance with the seatback straight up without the moonroof.
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Wow, lots of responses. Thanks guys!
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