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Old 06-10-2011, 03:15 PM   #21
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Anyone know where I can grab some dove grey BMW E36 M3 seats? (Sedan)
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:20 PM   #22
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I second this. The difference between a turbo Mazda 3 and a non turbo Mazda 3 is like night and day. The only drawback is it sucks up a bit more fuel, but that's a small price to pay (IMO of course).
Am I wrong in thinking it's sucking up more premium fuel?
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:23 PM   #23
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I have a question for mazda 3 owners. I have a 2006 gt hb and I believe I have tire problems that are causing it to shake. I am getting them checked out on monday. I did some googling and it seems that there were some engine mount recall problems from 06-08 that causes vibrating steering wheels from 85 kph plus has anyone had any problems with shaking?
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:25 PM   #24
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Am I wrong in thinking it's sucking up more premium fuel?
Oh yah, totally forgot about that. So yah, if you factor that in as well, it's actually quite a bit higher in gas prices. I guess it depends on what you want. The regular Mazda 3's are pretty good too, just noticably slower.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:30 PM   #25
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So I have a 2008 sierra and when I turn the steering wheel it makes a whining sound (not whining but almost like a rubber rubbing rubber sound ya ya I get the jokes) it sounds like it's in the steering column. Cause for concern?
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Oh yah, totally forgot about that. So yah, if you factor that in as well, it's actually quite a bit higher in gas prices. I guess it depends on what you want. The regular Mazda 3's are pretty good too, just noticably slower.
That would be some sticker shock the first time filling up at the pump

I've been wanting a Mazda 3 h/b as well and I've seen some tempting deals on the speeds, but since I commute to work I'd be poor in a hurry.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:45 PM   #27
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Anyone know where I can grab some dove grey BMW E36 M3 seats? (Sedan)
Check the BMW forums.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:47 PM   #28
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I am looking at getting a mazda 3 h/b GS or GT, preferably a 2010. does anyone here have any stories to share about mazdas?
I have a 2010 HB GT fully loaded, I upgraded from the 2006 HB. It has all the electronic toys that I use alot - nav, bluetooth music/phone and sirius radio built in.

I love my car, super fun to drive and isn't terrible on gas - I get around 500km a tank on a 45 litre fill up in the city.

Speed 3 would be fun but way less practical. I drive it around for work and gas mileage is king.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:58 PM   #29
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So I have a 2008 sierra and when I turn the steering wheel it makes a whining sound (not whining but almost like a rubber rubbing rubber sound ya ya I get the jokes) it sounds like it's in the steering column. Cause for concern?
Check the power steering fluid, also could be the rubber bushing above the intermediate steering shaft. Mine has a clunk from the ISS, I just ignore it, doesnt harm anything just makes a bit of noise.
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yea I looked at mazdaspeed 3 but the premium fuel and that it burns more would not be a good combo for commuting, a super fun car though. the speeds are awesome and i would get one if it was just a for fun second car etc, but that much hp is wasted sitting in city traffic everyday.
the rust is definitely a concern, but overall the mazda3 h/b seems to be better then the competitors in most categories. A lot of good cars out there though
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:03 PM   #31
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here's one...

the 'ceiling fabric' in my truck is letting go... does anyone know of a good product to use to 're-stick' it to the roof of the cab?

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I had the same thing happen in my car a number of years ago - it can be a tricky thing to fix. Try finding an auto upholstery place.

I tried several cans of spray glue without any success- the cardboard part of the headliner was made with perforations in it so I sewed the headliner in.....the quilted roof it was cool.
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Opinions please - I've found a Escape which is priced reasonably and decent KMs. However, the CarProof report the dealer sent to me indicates an accident claim of Front Centre damage at $5000. I figure I can use this to possibly bargain the price lower, but I'd like some thoughts on whether I should avoid this vehicle or not. Any feedback on this would be appreciated and if you think it may be worth some consideration, what should I be looking for as a result of this collision?

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Really all the matters is frame damage and you would want to make sure there isn't any. My wife took out a snowbank this winter and it cost us 5000 to repair it. This was in a parking lot only going 15 kph. It does not take much for a repair to cost 5k with cars now a days since everything is plastic
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So I was looking at buying a new car from the States but they won't sell to Canadians if they do not have a US garage address.

I was on autotrader.ca and found a few dealerships in Manitoba that seems to import used US cars and sell them for decently cheap. I would only buy if there was cross boarder warranty (Nissan, Toyota, for example) and if it was a 2009 or newer. Has anyone ever done this before?

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Opinions please - I've found a Escape which is priced reasonably and decent KMs. However, the CarProof report the dealer sent to me indicates an accident claim of Front Centre damage at $5000.
Keep looking. Unless you can absolutely be sure that the damage was fixed correctly, it's not worth it. Find one that was not crashed. Yes there are vehicles that are perfectly fine after being repaired, but there are also others that end up giving you annoying and even expensive headaches down the road.

Things that can or are wrong can be, peeling paint (poor prep work) bad suspension or bad alignment (wears tires out faster) paint that fades at different rates, cracked radiator that shows up later, leaking A/C system, electrical problems, poor resale value etc.
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When buying a used car from a dealership, is it necessary to have an inspection done on it?
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When buying a used car from a dealership, is it necessary to have an inspection done on it?
i would not say it is necessary, but i would recommend it - if you are serious about the vehicle.

we recently bought a 2008 ford edge from a dealer in strathmore - paid $100 to have it looked at by a blaskin and lane here in calgary. did it more for peace of mind and if something major had come up i would have considered using it as leverage or called it a show stopper and walked away.

it is not like they tore the car apart though so there could be something wrong interally that it not showing up just yet.
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When buying a used car from a dealership, is it necessary to have an inspection done on it?
Unless the car you're buying is not worth much, always get it inspected. Always. Especially from a dealer. You can also learn a great deal from the seller by judging their reaction to your request that you'd like a mechanic to look at the car before you buy.
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Unless the car you're buying is not worth much, always get it inspected. Always. Especially from a dealer. You can also learn a great deal from the seller by judging their reaction to your request that you'd like a mechanic to look at the car before you buy.
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I guess there is no harm (besides the moola). So what is the best place to determine the book value? I tried Canadian Black Book but it was kind of a joke IMO. Any other free sites out there?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:22 PM   #40
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I guess there is no harm (besides the moola). So what is the best place to determine the book value? I tried Canadian Black Book but it was kind of a joke IMO. Any other free sites out there?
Comparing it against similar cars for sale is a good start. What kind of car and what year? Maybe somebody on here could help.
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