What does this car say about you?
I like a car with a bit of power, that's practical and not common like a Focus.
What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Everybody loves it.
Would you buy this car again and why?
The MPS beast mine if I win the lottery. My 2 litre version is great for 5 more years. I love this car and I am happy.
What are you likely to buy next?
Realistically a hybrid. Or a fully electric or hydrogen powered car. I want 200mpg, zero road tax and low insurance! Otherwise I'm not changing.
Type of dealer you bought from?
Did you buy this car new?
What price did you pay?
When did you buy the car?
Did you get a good deal and why?
Quite pricey but a main dealer is always going to be more than a private sale. I got a good price part exchanging my new shape 3 door Audi A3 that wasn't very reliable. I wanted a sunroof and these are very rare on this model. I received new 3 year warranty for peace of mind.
Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Wanted a reliable car.
What was the dealer like?
Friendly staff, good long test drive and not pushy at all.
What's it like to drive?
It's a dream to drive. Economical around town, even better on the motorway. It has power to pull away from middle-laners. I can't fault it.
What's it like to park?
Visibility isn't great, but you get used to it.
Living with it
Have you had any problems with the car?
As a 2007 model it has LED lights. A rear bulb went and had to change the whole cluster £300 wear-and-tear, so not warranty! I had a recent Abs traction module fault- this 'common' Mazda fault was covered under warranty... If I had bought the car privately I would have to pay £700-1000 for repairs!
What's most practical about your car?
5 door, good load space- like an estate car.
Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The sunroof Is superb! With the Bose sound system, 6 gears and cruise control, I have everything I have always wanted.