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I need some advice on a used car. Someone is offering me a 2007 Mazda3 (automatic) for $2400 and he said that it only had its transmission fluid changed at 50k miles; it currently has 123k miles. I should add that he was adamant about not changing the transmission fluid on Japanese cars and that it was his brother (first owner) who had changed it at 50k miles before lending it to him. So I took it upon myself to do a bit of research and from what I could tell, he was false in saying you should not change transmission fluids in Japanese cars, being that they are not an exception. Regardless, from what I have seen online, an automatic transmission should have its fluid changed in intervals anywhere from 30k to even 100k miles. The car drove pretty well in a test drive, so if I were to take the car and do a transmission fluid change right away, would that be a safe fluid change interval (73k miles), such that the car's life span would not be compromised? Also, he mentioned that the wheel may need a realignment, is this just a minor issue?
Hello people, After realising that the Mazda3 sometimes gets forgotten when it comes to hatchbacks, we thought we would give it a review and a bit more coverage (which it rightly deserves). So, we got one and took it for a drive. We thought we would post it on here so that you can let us know what you think of it, and if you could, can you let us know what you think of our review as well, we are still in the learning process so any advice and feedback would be great. Cheers, Rich.
Besides being fun to drive and absolutely amazing to look at, Mazda 3 is considered to possess a perfect blend of performance and gas mileage. The car has impeccable handling, a new Sky- G engine with a horse power that amounts to a whopping 155 and a fuel economy that not many cars offer. The 2012 Mazda 3 has retained most of its look with only slight changes that have particularly been made to the front end. The front air-dam has been reshaped along with the fascia that transition nicely into the splayed anterior fenders. A new posterior fascia has also been incorporated into the design and the wheel layout has been altered to go seamlessly with the new look. Coming over to the overall performance of the 2012 Mazda 3, the aspect of fuel economy has been widely hailed as the most impressive feature that the car possesses. The SkyActiv technology has upgraded fuel economy by a striking thirty percent. With this wonderful enhancement, Mazda is said to have hopped on to the ‘eco-friendly’ bandwagon. The car’s electro-hydraulic power steering – a blend of an electric pump with a conventional hydraulic- boost finish – is deemed the best compared to all its rival small cars. It allows you to experience a feeling of sheer confidence while you are behind the wheel along with the perfect ‘road feel’. mazda 3