Mazda Sucks

I bought a 2008 Mazda 3i sedan in 11/2007 as a replacement for my totaled 1999 Toyota Corolla. I've hated it and regretted my decision within a week of purchasing it. (Mostly my mistake, given that I rented it for a weekend before purchasing, although I don't know how I could have handled it differently because I never had another car with the instrument visibility problem, and that includes a number of rental cars in addition to my previous Sentra and Corolla.)

In 8/2010, I gave up and replaced the Mazda3 with a 2010 Hyundai Elantra SE.

Despite my anger and annoyance, the Mazda3 actually is a pretty good car that handles well and has been reliable (which is why I wasn't in a huge hurry to replace it), I just have a lot of little problems with it plus one very big problem that makes me feel unsafe. Because I never got any response from Mazda, I figure I might as well vent my spleen in public, listing my issues roughly in descending order of irritation:


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