Originally Posted by "serenity"
I am seriously thinking about buying a Mazda 3. Really like it. Yet, my friends keep telling me "Mazda" is not good (e.g. engine is not as good as Honda or Toyota) and resale value is really low.
Can someone share some views on this? So far, I get the idea that it is only worthwhile to buy if I am going to drive the same car for 10 yrs (not thinking about reselling later).
Thanks very much.
Hi you from SG also?
Maybe I can offer you some of my personal views.
You're the one buying the car, paying for the car, so dun care what your frens tell you whether the car is good or bad. If you like the car, go ahead and get it.
Maybe I can compare the current 1.6L models in SG for you now.
1) Toyota Altis OMV (15.9K)
-Pros - Good FC (13-14km/l)
-Cons - Made in Thailand. QC not as good?
- Exterior design and interior design not that appealing compared to MZ3
2) Honda Civic 1.6 OMV (18k+)
- pros - Honda engine, supposedly more powerful
- cons - facelifted 2004 model still looks almost the same as old model
3) Mazda 3 1.6 OMV (16.3K to 17K+)
- pros - nice exterior and interior design
- Made in Japan
- Continental feel
- Good handling
- cons - heavy car (1250kg)
- OK FC (9 - 12km/l depending on driving habits and route)
I'm a MZ3 owner so my views might be biased. But I feel that if you wanna get a car, first of all you MUST like the car. no point buying a car if you're gonna hate it's looks as you're gonna be stuck with it for the next few years.
If your main concern is Fuel Comsumption (FC) then can just get a Toyota as Honda's FC also not that good from what I understand. As for engine, I feel it's how the car owner takes care of the engine and driving habits. If you're gonna red line the car everytime you drive even if you get a toyota or honda the engine is also gonna fail you.
Anyway the waiting time for car delivery in SG is 6 months now. Book now delivery in Sept.
Lastly, I would urge you to take a day off from work and go to test out the different cars you have in mind all in one day before coming to a decision on which one to buy.