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    Default Need to Sell 370Z - 2010 Mazda 3 MPS??

    Just want to say hi to everyone, looks like a good community you have going here.

    Long story short, I am currently driving a 370z and my girlfriend is now pregnant, So I need to sell the Z and get something with more than 2 seats. Previous Car was XR6T with 350rwkw, great performance and power, but usual ford reliability issues especially with driveline, like tailshaft, diff bushes, clunks etc. Only thing stopping me from getting a FG XR6T

    The Z is great little performer and love the instant power of the NA. Engine is harsh and a few dash rattles here and there and occasional clunk in gearbox/diff if you dont drive it right.

    I am looking for a new 2010 MPS 3 Lux. $40K would be my limit.
    1) Think thats possible? Im in sydney.
    2) And is it a solid reliable car? I want to avoid creaks, rattles and any clunks in driveline, is the MPS safe in this regard?
    3) Oh and it will of course become a daily drive for the girlfriend with the baby and then I get to drive it on weekends

    thanks everyone

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    Default Re: Need to Sell 370Z - 2010 Mazda 3 MPS??

    You may need to bump your budget up a little for a 10 lux. And changing gears is farelly noisy in the gen1s. Hope u find what your looking for. Congrats on the baby

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    Upgrade the misses?

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    Yeah I'd say the same as what Corey said, Upgrade the other half and keep the Z

    Hehe I'm mean, but seriously, 40k for a luxury model, no way laydee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by langer5489 View Post
    ... And changing gears is farelly noisy in the gen1s...
    Did some searching and looks like a few are reporting clunky gear noises on the gen 2. Can anyone advise more on this, I really dont like gearbox or driveline noises especially on new cars as they will only every get worse
    My 370z has a clunk from 1st to 2nd but only when its cold - warmed up its fine.

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    I do find the Gen2 first and second gears a bit clunky, and sometimes first is a bit stiff get engaged if I'm rolling to a stop...if a nice gearbox is one of your main criteria, take an XR5 for a drive, they have a very very nice gear shift feel.

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    I only have a clunk when I change to quickly.

    You might have issue with a Lux under $40k but a standard you should be able to do without any issues.

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    Default Re: Need to Sell 370Z - 2010 Mazda 3 MPS??

    Book a test drive and you will know for sure

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    not sure how pregnant your wife is but the MY11 WRX is looking pretty hot and could probably be had for around $40K ... not sure about inside build quality though if it will be impreved .... yes i know this is an MPS forum ...so now my MPS/Mazda hat ... have you considered a used MPS6

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    When i got car, i found it hard goin to 2-3 if i shifted too fast...but now i have no issues...
    as for the clunks.....its news to me...

    only clunk i hear is front suspension if i do a full lock

    but as above, 2011 wrx looks quite nice...and apparently the interior has been upgraded too....havent seen pics yet.

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    Shame you can't keep the 370Z, it was the car I was going to buy, but just couldn't do it coz it only had the 2 seats.

    The Gen 2 MPS is great, I love my car, but I have to say if I was driving the kids around all day I wouldn't buy one. It is great for me on my own and I take my kid around a bit on the weekend in my car, as she loves going fast, but it is not an easy car with a kid.

    And when they are rear facing in their car seats it will be a very tight fit for everyone. Plus having to bend down low to get them in and out of the car will do anyones back in. Everyone I know that has kids and a small or reasonably low car to the ground hate their cars and just want to buy a bigger car. Lots of them love the Dualis, coz it is not too big but is raised off the ground a bit. Or any similar car really.

    Oh and my gear box is great only clunks are when it is both cold and I change too quickly or do a poor change.

    I would have thought $40k for the luxury 2010 would have been pushing it a bit.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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    If you bargain hard you could get an 10 mps 3 for about $41-41500 in a lux.

    The prices on them seem to have dropped a bit.

    Hell, my replacement POV pack was only $38500

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    I don't see why you couldn't get a new lux for $40k. Will have to shop around though.

    But...check possible kid seat space in the back, it may be too cramped.

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    I Agree that back seat space in a 3 MPS would be tight for a rear-facing baby seat: essential and the law for the first 6 months or so.

    May want to check on the fit of that b4 worrying about clunky gear changes...

    Good luck with your car hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arden View Post
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    [/SIZE][/FONT]but as above, 2011 wrx looks quite nice...and apparently the interior has been upgraded too....havent seen pics yet.
    I've seen a picture of the 2011 STi and it looked exactly the same as the current model (i.e. boooooring), I'll try and find a link....
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    One of the things I would like to point out however, is that is you are looking at a smallish 4 door hatch, the Mazda 3 has the best interior space for length and headroom and boot space. But as I said before there are other alternatives (actually cheaper) such as the Dualis that for small families really are easier.

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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I am going to try and check out the MPS this weekend, my girlfriend and I really like the look of it, saw a grey one tonight and its looked awesome. Will take on board the comments regarding room for rear facing baby seat too

    Later

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    Id go for an RX8 if you want something with 4 seats and they handle better than the MPS. The engine and gear changes are smooth as butter :-) The back seats are easy to get kids in and out with the suicide doors and the corner better than the MPS as well. It I hadnt already have owned one back in NZ I would have gone for another one over the MPS I now have. For me the MPS is like a teenager on 20 cans of Red Bull, its fun but doesnt have the same poise and soul as the RX8. Both woudl eb fien for kids , I guess it depends if you want the Q-car look in the hatch or not.

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    go and test drive a 2nd hand MPS6 .. you wont be sorry and more than enough room for kids ... handling is supurb

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzjono View Post
    Id go for an RX8 if you want something with 4 seats and they handle better than the MPS. The engine and gear changes are smooth as butter :-) The back seats are easy to get kids in and out with the suicide doors and the corner better than the MPS as well. It I hadnt already have owned one back in NZ I would have gone for another one over the MPS I now have. For me the MPS is like a teenager on 20 cans of Red Bull, its fun but doesnt have the same poise and soul as the RX8. Both woudl eb fien for kids , I guess it depends if you want the Q-car look in the hatch or not.
    Ditto on this.

    While grip levels are no doubt comparable in both cars, there's no comparison in the handling; the Rx8 is much better, further; the gearbox in the Rx8 is one of the best you'll find. Don't expect the same power as the 370Z, nor the delivery of it. Having said that, it's one of those cars you feeling amazingly connected too.. a true drivers car. Only downside to the 8 (and this is a guess on my part), but I wouldn't imagine the rear seats nor the access to them would be great for a baby seat down the track. I could be wrong, but I could see i being a problem. Either MPS 3 or 6 would be far more practical down the track when bubs is born.

    Also, how will you survive going from FR layout to FF???
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    if it doesn't strictly have to be an 2010 plate, BL lux pack can it can be easy done for under 40k.. 2009 MAZDA 3 MPS LUXURY BL Series 1 Cars For Sale in SA - CarPoint Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by langer5489 View Post
    ... And changing gears is farelly noisy in the gen1s
    Huh? I dont think so! Gen2 has the same box, just different ratios... If you have a clunky trans, replace the stock Rear Engine mount for a stronger one (eg. add bushes, or replace with a Street Unit or CPE mount). Its proven to improve the gear changes 200%

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallDan View Post
    ..But...check possible kid seat space in the back, it may be too cramped.
    A rear facing capsule fits, but your front passenger then becomes a behind the driver passenger, unless you're a 4 foot midget with no legs. Another reason I upgraded to the STi - tonnes more room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perth Andy View Post
    One of the things I would like to point out however, is that is you are looking at a smallish 4 door hatch, the Mazda 3 has the best interior space for length and headroom and boot space. But as I said before there are other alternatives (actually cheaper) such as the Dualis that for small families really are easier.
    No... The WRX has more room (My STi has way more passenger space - but the boot space is reduced (the catch)... Thats a fact, especially with the rear facing capsule. The Dualis!! The Dualis is a frigging cramped POS and worse than a Mazda 3. If you're a "small" family (small as in short), this one is definately for you! Perth Andy, suggest you go test drive a few of these before you post any more IMO if you want an SUV for around 40k, then go a new Hyundai Santafe SX base model with manual trans. I have the Elite, and its a damn good gutsy roomy family SUV, with loads of space and lots of goodies inside.
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    Thanks for the suggestion Wardski! I DID!!!!!! In fact did it twice, once for myself and once for a friend. Whilst I didn't test drive the STI, I did the WRX and we all agreed, that the Mazda had much more and better room for dealing with kids. My mate who is a midget even complains about the room of the STI, and I am 6"3 and I don't complain about the room of the MPS 3.

    But this is just my opinion based on my research. Wardski obviously has a different opinion. Wouldn't know about the Hyundai, never had any interest looking at a Hyundai.

    But also for the record, the friends of mine who did go with the Dualis are very happy with it. More than enough room for rear facing car seat and 4 adults, not sure you can do that in an STI!

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    Just as a further post, it seems people on here are more than happy to try and cut down peoples opinions. But maybe a few of you can remember that an opinion is just that, an opinion. It is based on that persons experience of the event. So me being 6"3 needs space, and I have kids too, so space is important and it was one of the key criteria when I looked at a car. And based on my research, that spanned several months and literally just about every suitable car out there, I came up with my opinion, which I shared for the originator of this post. So based on my opinion, I will continue to post my opinion. Getting the picture Wardski?

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    Noted about the opinions.. sorry - I am very passoinate about this, because our Mazda 3 was a POS for space after Mazda told us that it would be all fine n dandy with a rear facing capsule.....

    BTW, I've had 4 adults + the capsule in the STi. Had myself, the wife, parents and Stig Jnr no problems. We tried our capsule in the Dualis, and it didnt fit with enough space in the front passenger seat, but the Santafe and STi are perfect, and easily have a person about 6'1" in the front passenger seat.

    I think the issue here is not that a the capsule will fit - because it will fit all of these cars - its whether there's enough front passenger space afterwards. Comparing the MPS3 to my STI, it was a no brainer - theres waaaaaay more room in the STi.

    Where the Santafe works best is that the rear 60/40 seat has 4 settings that you can recline it to, and still be ANCAP 5 star compliant with a rear facing capsule. The Dualis, Xtrail, CX-7 and even the Subaru Exige did not have this feature. The reclining option gives you more front passenger space - mind you, I didnt need to do this in the STi at all...

    PS, I dont know how a midget would complain about the space in the STi. The Recaros are a tight fit (as are the ones in the Evo X) but he would have known about that before buying it wouldnt he? I'm 180cm and 95kg, chunky around the waist, but not overly fat. I have no probs what so ever, even TallDan (6'4") has been in the STi and without any issues.....
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    My suggestion for the actual guy looking to buy a car, is to buy your car seat first. And take it with you and install it in every car you want to test drive. It is what we did when we chose my wifes car (Nissan Murano) and my last two cars.

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