Car advice needed about Mazda 2

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Found 20th Feb 2010
Hi Guys,

I have started a few threads on here about getting my new car, and have had some good advice, so thought I would try my luck again.

Firstly, after my car was written off (not my fault btw) I am after a new one. I want a "super mini" as they are known, and am buying brand new.

After lots of careful research, I have started to settle on the Mazda 2 1.3 tamura special edition.

To me, it seemed like a good car with quite good reviews.

I was just wondering if anyone on this forum had one, and wanted to share their views on it?

If anyone has any other advice, please share! Rep given as always

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Have you looked at the New VW Polo ??

Is the Mazda 2, still built on the same platform as the Fiesta ?? If so, I guess the Fiesta would be a cheaper option.

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id have a look at the 1.6 diesel sport if its within budget

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I didn't like the Fiesta much TBH. It just seemed smaller, but it's not if that makes sense, lol.

I did like the Corsa but am now leaning more towards the 2

the sport model is a bit over budget, but a nice car.

Rep for both of you

BTW, my Dad saw a polo today and said it looked nice. Might go and have a look tomorrow

Girlfriends mum has the Mazda 2 in purple.

All i can say is - wow. What a car, stunning interior and a comfortable to drive.

Only thing I didnt like as much about the 2 is the small cramped footwell on the passenger side - if your usual front seat passenger has long legs you may find them complaining on long journeys !

The Fiesta and the 2 both handle well, are good to drive, comfortable, reliable, look good and come in some great funky colours :-) ! In comparison the Polo has a better reliability record but is much more bland and unexciting. Good luck with your choice :-) !

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Thanks guys...My girlfriend is normally in the passenger seat, and she is only about 5"5 so leg room shouldn't be a problem. If it is I will show her to the nearest bus stop, lol.

The car does drive very well. I originally didn't like the dash, and hated where the gear stick was. But, after about half an hour driving one, it seems the logical place to have the gear stick IMHO. Everything is laid out in a simple understated style, and it has really really grown on me.

The other thing I preferred about the 2 is that you don't see many around, whereas Fiestas and Corsas seem to be everywhere!

Thanks for everyones input. Rep has been given

Unless you drive mega miles avoid a diesel like the plague.

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Yeah I was tempted with the diesel but I don't think I do the mileage to justify the extra car cost.

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the diesel is faster, more economical and has a lot more torques for overtaking

downside is the initial outlay

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I like the look of the Alfa Romeo Mito, they are bringing out a fast one too

I had my brand new mazda 2 delivered just before christmas (went down the scrappage route) and I absolutely love it! I think the layout is very good and I actually prefer the gearstick mounted the way it is, seems a bit more comfortable. I would recommend it :thumbsup:

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foxxes;7905846

I had my brand new mazda 2 delivered just before christmas (went down the … I had my brand new mazda 2 delivered just before christmas (went down the scrappage route) and I absolutely love it! I think the layout is very good and I actually prefer the gearstick mounted the way it is, seems a bit more comfortable. I would recommend it :thumbsup:



Exactly what i wanted to hear! I love it to....Can't wait to get one :thumbsup:

BTW, what colour and model did you get if you don't mind me asking? I am looking at the dark grey TS2 1.3 Tamura special edition.

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goldmax;7904963

I like the look of the Alfa Romeo Mito, they are bringing out a fast one … I like the look of the Alfa Romeo Mito, they are bringing out a fast one too



The Alfa Mito and Fiat Punto Evo look great, but I don't want to have a car that I have to sweep up after.

From what I hear neither car (or dealer) can be relied upon

casparwhite;7904861

the diesel is faster, more economical and has a lot more torques for … the diesel is faster, more economical and has a lot more torques for overtakingdownside is the initial outlay



Why is it that diesel owners always rabitt on about torques? It really is quite tedious, they never seem to mention that they have a narrow power band with little or no mid range grunt. Are slow and smelly and have higher maintenance costs.

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TBH in a super mini, I found the Diesel to be too noisy. However, in my Dad's Vauxhall Signum, it's a great engine. You can barely hear it! Probably because of the size of the car, and level of insulation. I do think that Diesel's have their place, but not always in smaller cars IMHO

thearbiter65;7906846

Exactly what i wanted to hear! I love it to....Can't wait to get one … Exactly what i wanted to hear! I love it to....Can't wait to get one :thumbsup:BTW, what colour and model did you get if you don't mind me asking? I am looking at the dark grey TS2 1.3 Tamura special edition.



Yes no probs I just went for the regular ts2 1.3 in red :thumbsup:

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Good choice. The 1.3 TS2 is a great engine, and great level of kit for the money! I liked the ipod connection, and little space to rest your phone and ipod in. Unfortunately, I am told that the space next to the hand brake is actually for a hand bag!!!! lol. I will just forget that I heard that!!

Plus, its the first small car that I actually prefer in 5 door! The Corsa and Fiesta looked a bit naff with 5.

It felt quite comfy too, which is important and difficult for me at 6" 1...

Time to get some insurance quotes I think, rep left for you

thearbiter65;7908253

Good choice. The 1.3 TS2 is a great engine, and great level of kit for … Good choice. The 1.3 TS2 is a great engine, and great level of kit for the money! I liked the ipod connection, and little space to rest your phone and ipod in. Unfortunately, I am told that the space next to the hand brake is actually for a hand bag!!!! lol. I will just forget that I heard that!!Plus, its the first small car that I actually prefer in 5 door! The Corsa and Fiesta looked a bit naff with 5.It felt quite comfy too, which is important and difficult for me at 6" 1...Time to get some insurance quotes I think, rep left for you




Lol yes I heard that about the hand bag, I also heard that the seperate compartment in the glove box was for magazines :? lol. But yes the ipod connection is great, works perfectly with my iphone :thumbsup:

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lovely....lol at least the gf will have something to read on long journeys

DKLS;7908012

Why is it that diesel owners always rabitt on about torques? It really is … Why is it that diesel owners always rabitt on about torques? It really is quite tedious, they never seem to mention that they have a narrow power band with little or no mid range grunt. Are slow and smelly and have higher maintenance costs.



Um.... how long is it since you've driven a diesel ?????

My Renault has superb power right through the range from initial start off, through every gear and doesnt even start to struggle for power at any speed I've tried it at whether on the flat or up steep hills - it has to be the quietest, most powerful and smoothest engined car I have ever owned :-D.

On top of that, what smell ?? Lol the only smell you'll get from a diesel is if you tip the fuel over your feet when you're trying to fill up !! And to top it all, the servicing gaps are longer than a petrol resulting in less time wasted and less money spent on servicing - result :thumbsup:

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I agree with that. Some Diesels are quite good, but I don't think it works so well in a smaller car. Plus you are forgetting that the initial cost of the diesel (as in the case of the Mazda 2) the difference in price is over £1000 so it would take me a while to get that investment back. I would save about 5 - 10 mpg and around £60 on tax. Based on those figures, it would take years to get my money back

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thearbiter65;7910504

I agree with that. Some Diesels are quite good, but I don't think it … I agree with that. Some Diesels are quite good, but I don't think it works so well in a smaller car. Plus you are forgetting that the initial cost of the diesel (as in the case of the Mazda 2) the difference in price is over £1000 so it would take me a while to get that investment back. I would save about 5 - 10 mpg and around £60 on tax. Based on those figures, it would take years to get my money back



its actually more like 13 mpg difference, so it wouldnt actually take that long to make up the differnce, plus the diesel is actually quicker than the 1.3 more to the point and would hold its residual value more than the 1.3 when it comes to resell

the diesel engine isnt the same as it was 15/.20 years ago you know

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I still prefer petrol, for performance and the engine noise.

I have just ordered a Mazda Tamura 1.3 (basically the same as the TS2 but with a cool body kit and alloys)

Also got Alloy pedals (I know they don't make much difference but I thought they looked cool) the arm rest, and fog lights!

Hopefully I will be picking it up on 1st march! I can't wait. Thanks to everyone for the advice. I am yet to meet an owner of the Mazda 2 who doesn't like it!!

@@ casparwhite.....yes I know Diesel (and general car technology for that matter) has advanced a very long way. But because I am 25 I wasn't allowed to drive a diesel 15/20 years ago so have no base for comparison. I am talking about the diesel Fiesta and Corsa that i tried. Both brand new! Too much noise, and it didn't feel that powerful. It is just a personal preference. My Dad won't buy anything but a diesel. I think it is just down to the individual
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