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New 2017 3S GT purchase

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I just recently purchased a 2017 3 S Grand Touring Sedan with Premium Equipment Package and i-Active Safety Package. Traded in my 2014 3 S Touring. If anyone is interested here are a few things I notice that are different in 3 years time.
-- Driver seat considerably more comfortable than 2014 driver seat. The real leather seat cushions just feel better overall and the bolstering is better
-- Love the new center console
-- The brown accent color is more subtle than what I have seen in pictures.
-- The full color HUD is considerable improvement over the green HUD - more information available when used with NAV
-- The gas pedal feels much lighter than the 2014. Don't know if anyone else felt like the earlier gas pedals had excessive resistance but the 2017 feels easier to push.
-- Steering feels a little lighter also - less effort at low speeds
-- Really like the LED headlights. Much brighter than the HID in the 2014.
-- Overall driving feel is about the same. I don't feel the G-Vectoring feature but then again I have pushed the car too hard yet.
-- Infotainment appears to respond faster, maybe a hardware improvement? Don't know how to verify. Version 59.00.033 installed
-- MOST Important - to me - Mazda finally included door storage. I missed that the whole time I drove my 2014.
-- Bluetooth pairing of my phone seemed faster also.

-- BOSE stereo - decent for what it is but no audible difference over 2014
-- I still use iPOD classic for music so the placement of USB hookups at front center console and exposed is a disappointment. In time I will find a way to hide the iPOD.
-- Wish there was mechanical cooling of the seats but am hoping the perforated leather will help better during the summer vs the leatherette in the 2014

Got any questions, feel free to ask. I'll try to answer em for you.
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Heyyy, I got a '17 not too long ago too~

have you decided on doing anything to it as of yet?
First things first is a clear bra to be installed this Friday. Those are worth every penny spent.
Second, remove the tint and have new tint installed. The window tint was dealer installed (luckily didn't pay for it) and they did a crappy install.
Third, look into changing the dash speakers.
Fourth, enjoy the hell out of the car. :)
I'm with you on exposed usb input on the center dash console, wish there was a usb in the hidden compartment of the center dash. Originally thought of getting a 3.5mm bluetooth adapter/transmitter that is auto on, but now I've gotten use to it.

You could always hide it in a sunglass case!
Great idea on the case, never occurred to me. I would like to use bluetooth or even multiple USB's for my music (6000 songs and growing) but I just don't like how the system handles bluetooth music or USB's.
I'm thinking of buying a UK 2.0 petrol Sport Nav model with the 18" wheels. How do you find the road & engine noise at 70mph compared to the pre-facelift model? Mazda claim to have reduced noise levels so I wonder how successful they have been.
It really depends on the road surface. In Arizona, I have driven on premium groomed rubberized asphalt and it is quieter but on sections that are concrete or really bad old asphalt I think it is just as noisy.
Did your extra package include the I-ELOOP? It wasn't available in the 2016 6M but is on the 2017.

I did not get the I-ELOOP package. 1. There wasn't any available in PHX, that I knew of. 2 For the price, the small increase in gas mileage wasn't worth it. Mazda specs a 1 MPG increase across the board with I-Eloop.
Mind if I ask how much that'll cost ya?
$695 is what I am paying.
$500 - $600 seems to be the going rate from a few local high end tint installers near where I work.
@phoenixdan How much did the car cost...i mean any discounts and stuff. just wondering if they give good discounts for the Manual transmission.
I got the car for invoice. You can find that info on websites like trucar, edmunds, or kbb. I also received $500 cash back for loyalty and they gave me $500 for financing through them. funny enough I didn't finance through them so their goof is was my benefit.
Just my opinion, if their is a manual on the lot somewhere you can probably get a good deal for one. Automatics are the most prevalent. If you have to order one you might have to pay at least MSRP, but that's just an opinion.
Why are you so keen on 'clear bras' in North America. In the UK I've never seen such products offered and we just touch up stone chips at they appear.
MY guess is the number of miles we put on cars or the amount of time spent on our freeways. In Phoenix, on the freeways, it's quite common to get rock chips from pebbles on the road or flinging out of tires rotating at high speed.
Instead of stone chips in paint, with a clear bra, wouldn't one end up with stone chips in the bra instead? And that wouldn't look great either! And it won't touch up, so to fix that, one would need to replace this enormous sticker, that then might peel the paint underneath? I dunno, I never had one.

I don't do bras,...bra!
Most clear bras are self healing or require a little bit of heat to soften the material and it corrects itself. You don't typically damage the clear bra unless a rock hits you so hard that it damages it all the way through to the paint. I had one for three years on my last 3 and it was flawless. I even had an abrasion repaired by the people who installed it. All they did was use a heat gun to massage the abrasion away.

Ultimately, if you don't want to spend the money, you don't have to. I prefer not to be applying little drops of paint to a car less than year old let alone 3 years.
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