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I never gave Mazda a thought. I thought they were Fords and it didnt fit my criteria at the time. I was looking for a luxury sports sedan, AWD, manual transmission.
So in 2005, the first year of the new B7 gen Audi A4 is released. Im and early adopter and Im driving around town in one of the first ones. A silver 6spd quattro with nav, great car but maintenance is steep. I trade in at the 5yr mark before some major maintenance is recommended. My next car is a 2011 6spd subaru legacy gt with nav etc, second year of the 5th gen. Another good experience, no complaints. I enjoyed the car and 265hp, fun to drive family car. I cant do small compacts (married with kid) plus that tail on the wrx sti kills it for me. It is a blast to drive though.
Fast forward to april, i break my collarbone in a sports activity. Im sitting around the computer quite a bit now. My legacy gt is going on 6yrs. I forecast a clutch, brakes, tires in the near future. Im at that mileage where i can get some trade in value but if i drive it another year or 2, i might as well drive it into the ground.
I look around for slightly used cars (im not going brand new again) with awd, manual tranny, and top level trims. The usual suspects appear, bmw, audi etc. I want to try something new (you only live once). I see the new gen mazda and it is a looker. i find out that mazda has separated from ford and this is a pure mazda made in japan. Im more intrigued and investigate further. No awd, i can live with that but i cant give up the clutch. One manual 2014 6 gt comes in at a dealership near me and i go see it. I bought it on the spot.
No significant driving done with it yet but so far im happy
it looks nice in the garage