Recent content by J.R.

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    Time to say goodbye?

    Amen to that (rolleyes)
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    Genuine Mazda Hitch/Tow Bar Part # ?

    I just ended up with the Draw-Tite (which I've been pretty happy with thus far). Too many hurdles to jump through (importing, the issue with bike racks etc) with the OEM unit from Australia. I've been using it frequently for our Thule bike rack but it finally got it's inaugural tow of our...
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    2019 CX-5 Diesel

    Diesel is also cheaper in some US states FYI.
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    Difference between base Mazda 3 & 6 is now only $900 for '19

    They will pull a manual transmission from my cold, dead, right hand.
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    2019 CX-5 Diesel

    Not that I'm not disappointed with the cost, mileage or performance figures I'm seeing here but I keep seeing people posting about how diesel is 'more expensive'. It may be where you live but it's currently 25-30 per liter (or ~ $1.20/gallon) LESS than 87 octane where I live. So perhaps stop...
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    3 is a nice ride

    Welcome to the dark side (at least temporarily) (hi) I was pretty set to buy a CX5 but no manual in anything but a base model, worse mileage, worse power to weight, worse handling, higher purchase cost.... The extra trunk space is nice when you need it, but otherwise, I couldn't be happier with...
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    Car & Driver has always been team Mazda

    Sadly, we're the minority. Most people seem to view their vehicles as little more than appliances that get them from A to B, hold their super size big gulp and obnoxious kids and whichever brand/vehicle type is their chosen fashion accessory for impressing their neighbours.
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    No More Manual Transmission in the 2019 Mazda3 Sedan?

    Hopefully that changes MY 20 but I'm sure glad I didn't wait (as nice as the new one looks/interior/sound upgrades etc).
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    No More Manual Transmission in the 2019 Mazda3 Sedan?

    Is that the AWD spec. Far as I've heard, we can't get AWD + manual up here in Canada (at least for 2019).
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    What new Mazda is coming?

    Awe look, it's their very own Aztek! (puke)
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    2019 Mazda3 Spotted in Japan

    INFURIATING (argh)
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    What new Mazda is coming?

    An 'Outbacked' 6 wagon would be nice IMO....
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    Live 2019 Mazda3 Reveal

    My wife and I each bought one in 2017 and 2018.
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    Car and Driver 2019 CX5 article.

    They were always simply trumped up Honda's. Right from the start.
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    Live 2019 Mazda3 Reveal

    Veloster no. Too small. Drove the Entra GT Sport. It was faster than the 3 but that was about the only thing I liked better. And I'm always wary of drastically smaller but more powerful turbo motors. Doesn't seem a recipe for longevity.