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Old 02-03-2014, 09:22 PM
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Question Carpet vs. Rubber floor mats for your Mazda 3?

Carpet vs. rubber, which do you prefer and why?

I prefer rubber and these are reasons why:

1. Easier to clean off dirt, dust, etc. (although I do check my feet every time before entering the car)

2. Handles the rainy/wet season much better...no damp carpet.

3. Looks sportier/nicer (subjective)

4. More foot feel/grip when driving.

Away goes my minty OEM carpet mats:



In with the OEM all weather mats:



Which do you prefer? Post up your set up!
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I did the same. I immediately ordered the oem all-weather floor mats and I love them more than the oem carpet mats. The carpet seems so flimsy when I took them out. I also got the rear trunk all-weather mat. I also like how it matches the color scheme of the interior.
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OEM Rubber mats, Why? They came on the car already installed and I just haven't changed them lol.
They do look better so I will be keeping them installed for now.
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I did the same. I immediately ordered the oem all-weather floor mats and I love them more than the oem carpet mats. The carpet seems so flimsy when I took them out. I also got the rear trunk all-weather mat. I also like how it matches the color scheme of the interior.
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OEM Rubber mats, Why? They came on the car already installed and I just haven't changed them lol.
They do look better so I will be keeping them installed for now.
1. Nice, now you have me wanting the rear trunk mat.

2. Cool, so did you also get the carpet mats too? I should have told the salesman to throw in the all weather mats. I bought em today for $80 at the stealership I mean dealership...no regrets.
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2. Cool, so did you also get the carpet mats too? I should have told the salesman to throw in the all weather mats. I bought em today for $80 at the stealership I mean dealership...no regrets.
Yeah,
When I took final delivery of the car my salesman was all "Cool, you got the last all weather floor mats and wheel lock nut package." My carpet mats were in the back, in a sealed bag. I don't think the carpet mats were ever installed in the car.

I figured it was a small sign, I didn't get a smoking deal on my car since it was the only MT and HB on the lot or in the area, so this was a small victory lol.
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the all weather mats and cargo tray completely finish the interior design of the car (IMO) the red accent of the 3 and design lines accentuate the details of the interior perfectly and add that little extra bit of 'coolness' to the car... I've purchased the weather tech mats before but the oem mats for this car just rock...
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I actually like having carpeted mats, they make the interior feel more cozy for some reason lol However, I am using the rubber mats right now and I like them, definitely a lot easier to clean. This is the first time I've ever gotten all weather floor mats
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Yeah,
When I took final delivery of the car my salesman was all "Cool, you got the last all weather floor mats and wheel lock nut package." My carpet mats were in the back, in a sealed bag. I don't think the carpet mats were ever installed in the car.

I figured it was a small sign, I didn't get a smoking deal on my car since it was the only MT and HB on the lot or in the area, so this was a small victory lol.
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the all weather mats and cargo tray completely finish the interior design of the car (IMO) the red accent of the 3 and design lines accentuate the details of the interior perfectly and add that little extra bit of 'coolness' to the car... I've purchased the weather tech mats before but the oem mats for this car just rock...
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I actually like having carpeted mats, they make the interior feel more cozy for some reason lol However, I am using the rubber mats right now and I like them, definitely a lot easier to clean. This is the first time I've ever gotten all weather floor mats
1. Ha well any freebie is good...especially the OEM mats and wheel locks (pretty significant compared to say a keychain or some other low cost item)

2. Got any pictures of your mats?

3. Looks good, even better in yours because you have all that red stitching in there.

4. Oh yeah they do have that cozy feeling but I always felt my car was like my house. I always remove shoes before entering my home but in a car...that is not the most practical thing to be doing and unsafe for driving (also terrible pedal when its bare socked feet) so for lack of a better description I felt icky when stepping on my carpet mats....its like a cringe feeling that wont go away. I like my mats looking immaculate but with the carpet I feel its getting soiled. I can vacuum but eventually they will need to be shampooed.

Now with the rubber I know the same happens but it just feels so much easier to keep clean. I wipe em down after every driving session with a damp mf cloth and if it should get bad then I will wash em with car wash shampoo. (Yes I am pretty anal....I even QD my car after parking)
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the all weather mats and cargo tray completely finish the interior design of the car (IMO) the red accent of the 3 and design lines accentuate the details of the interior perfectly and add that little extra bit of 'coolness' to the car... I've purchased the weather tech mats before but the oem mats for this car just rock...
Totally off-topic, but I really like your pedals. Where did you find them?

Oh, and I'm all about carpet. I prefer the plush look and feel of it.
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