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Hello everyone, my name is Mikhail, I've been on this forum about a month, figured I'd do an introduction.
I'm a owner of a 2014 Mazda 3 GS Manual in Aluminum Metallic that I bought brand new in August.

A little background for those who like to read. I'm 25 years old, recent university graduate. English is not my first language but I try to write as correctly as possible.
My previous cars include:
1993 Toyota Camry 4 cyl, which was my first car. Got it as a present from my father when I was 17. Owned it for 3 years.
1997 Toyota Camry V6. Wanted to have a little more power. Owned for 2.5 years.
1999 BMW 740i Sport Package. Wanted to have even more power and luxury at the same time. Owned for 3 years. Got fed up with maintenance, insurance and fuel costs. Will miss the heated steering though.
Sold the bimmer this year and decided to get myself a graduation present. Originally was planning to buy a used Lexus, but my father convinced me to buy something brand new. Only brand new cars I could afford were in the compact segment. Looked at Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, and obviously Mazda 3. Being somewhat on the tall side (6'4"), only Mazda 3 could fit me comfortably legroom wise so I picked it.
Decided to spice things up by getting a manual transmission since all previous cars were automatic. This car being my first brand new and first manual at the same time got me very nervous. I was afraid to do something wrong, like shift incorrectly, so first couple of weeks were quite scary. I even had a feeling of buyers remorse that I should have bought an automatic. Since then things have been gradually improving and hopefully I'll get better with time. Good thing the car's got hill assist.

If you haven't fallen asleep reading all that, here are some pictures.







Engine bay while it's still clean.




While I'm at it, my first quick question is: What are the dimensions of the stock rims?
Is it 16x7 or 16x6.5? Is offset 50mm and hub 67mm?
I'm thinking of getting separate rims and tires for winter and want to maintain same dimensions.

Thanks.
 

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Welcome to the forum Mikhail! You can never go wrong with a manual, especially in a Mazda.

Hub bore is 67.1
 

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Yay, more southern Saskatchewan people.

I'm fairly certain the stock wheels are 16"x7". I'm running sparcos at 16"x7" with stock tires and they work great.
 

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Thanks guys.
Are you also in Regina Deftmetal? What did you do with the stock rims?
 

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Thanks guys.
Are you also in Regina Deftmetal? What did you do with the stock rims?
I'll be going to siast in moosejaw for the next several weeks but I am from the swift current area. There are a few people from Regina on the forum and we have had a small meet.

My stock rims are in my garage waiting to have winter tires put on them. I may paint them first but can't find the time.
 

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I'll be going to siast in moosejaw for the next several weeks but I am from the swift current area. There are a few people from Regina on the forum and we have had a small meet.

My stock rims are in my garage waiting to have winter tires put on them. I may paint them first but can't find the time.
Cool, I've driven through Swift Current couple of times.
Since your rims are off the car, can you maybe take a look at the back of them? Are they 7 or 6.5 inches wide? And does it say offset 50mm? I just want to make sure.
Thanks.
 

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Great, now I know the exact measurements.
Thanks for your welcomes razerer, mazdaspeedmyk and tastic!
 

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Awesome Ride. The new Mazda 3 was only launched today in South Africa. Very delayed, but definately worth the wait.
 

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Welcome from another Calgarian!
 
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