I would rather have the 5 speed, but I didn't have a choice. I work for the local school district so THANK GOD I had all this week off because of Christmas break, so I had a week to find something, and the pool here is VERY limited as far as dealers go, and I don't have time to Craigslist it, so I was in a hurry. This little gem was sitting in front of my local bank, it's a repo, so I had no choice at all on options but I'm happy with it.
The Mazda was a little red 1994 3.0 auto, 67,000 miles. I'm keeping it, and I kind of fixed it so it's only leaking a little, and my car-less roommate who's kind of between a rock and a hard place is borrowing it until he gets the bank for something of his own, then I'm building a dune buggy out of the parts :)
As far as power, the 2007 2.3 I4 is actually a lot quicker than my old 3.0, both in top speed and acceleration, and gets me good mileage while doing it. The only thing is that going up hills or when I have stuff in the bed it's dead obvious that it has nowhere near the torque of the 3.0. The 2.3 vs the 4.0 is a different story, (my mother has a 4.0 that I've driven quite a bit) the 4.0 is hands down much, much quicker and goes a lot faster, boatloads of torque, but gets half the gas mileage.
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