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I am looking to buy a new entry level compact car. I am considering a Toyota Corolla, a Honda Civic, a Mazda3 or a VW Jetta. Which of these is the best choice considering I need an inexpensive car that is reliable, easy to repair/order parts for, and can do a lot of mileage on as little gas as possible?
How much will a 2005 mazda3 be in 2010?
I have a 2004 mazda3 automatic with 67K miles. I am currently experiencing major transmission issues and I am approx. 10K out of warranty. I have discovered that this is an issue with this car in this year. Do you have an advice on negotiating with the company to at least meet me half way on the repairs? I feel that 67K is an awfully low number of miles to ...
My 2008 Mazda3 s GT 4 door is in a neighborhood auto shop for Strut replacement. The mechanic called and said he needs to charge $60 extra to reprogram the computer. Why would suspension work requirement resetting the computer?

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