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ADVICE NEEDED ON UK SPEC MAZDA 3
Hello I'm new on this forum and would like your advice.
So I have a Toyota avensis 2003 1.8 petrol it has been faultless for the last 7yrs but I am looking to down size slightly but nothing in the Toyota range interests me but want something of similar reputation and reliability this would be the family car so the Mazda 3 generation 2 got my attention it ticks most the boxed on my list but the engines on offer maybe an issue, for my price range I'm looking at a 2012/13 Mazda 3 in tamura or venture trim, the 1.6petrol engine seems the right way to go but I am concerned it will be underpowered as a lot of report suggest I'm not looking for blistering performance but don't want every overtaking move I make to become 2 gear change floor it and hope process , the 1.6 diesel (euro5 spec introduced around 2011 I think) seems on paper performance and economy wise to be perfect but I am concerned about the usual egr and dpf issues related to modern diesels so really would like peoples advice on both engines please, the 2.2 diesel doesn't interest me. I was in the motor trader with Toyota and Vauxhall for 18yrs in total before starting a new career a few yrs ago so feel free to talk technical jargon.
A little info of driving habits to help build a picture, my partner would drive it the most,5 days a week it will basically do about 1 mile to work and that's with a stop in the middle at the school and 1 mile home with a stop in the afternoon with the odd 3 or 4 mile run to shop or local town and about 3 or 4 medium runs (10 plus miles)over a 1 month period which amounts to about 8-10,000 miles a year, can you see my concerns, now I work 30 miles away and have my own cheap run about for this but i could take the mazda to work a few times a month but I don't really want to buy a car and have to steel it every other week to drive to work. Can I just state I have not even looked or test driven a mazda 3 yet as there is none anywhere within a 30 mile distance to even look at.
Your advice would be great