Agincourt Mazda and the new Mazda3 
I recently had an issue with my car. The passenger side headlight seems to have let moisture into it. There was a load of condensation on the inside of the housing and the low beam stopped working.

I brought it to Agincourt Mazda, and couldn't be happier with the service.

They took a look at it and told me they'd replace the housing under warranty, which was great. They said to bring it back in a few days when the new housing came in, and they'd take care of it.

That was all well and good, except when I brought it back and they did the work, they found out that the ballast was also bad, and they didn't have one in stock. This is where their level of service became exceptional, and why I'd recommend them for anyone for service.

Rather than just have me come back a 3rd time to finish the job, they gave me the option of leaving the car there, taking a loaner, and picking it up in a couple days when they could finish it.

Now, if this was a GM dealer, I'd expect this sort of thing as GM will pay for a rental when your car needs warranty service that's going to take more than a day. Mazda doesn't do any such thing, however, so giving me a rental was entirely on the dealership's tab. That was above and beyond, and I appreciated it. On top of that, they went the extra mile and cleaned the interior as well, just as a little something extra for my troubles.

So that's that. I highly recommend them.

Now... for the rental. As a loaner, they gave me the new Mazda3, which I haven't much cared for since it came out. Now I've changed my mind.

My history with rental cars usually involves me hating them with a passion by the time I have to give them back. They're always base models of whatever car they are, and they're always crap.

This one was different though.

Sure, it was still a base model. I'm sure the only options were A/C and the automatic transmission, but it didn't drive like garbage. I was completely surprised by the fact that it actually drove very well! The base engine had plenty of power to move it so I wasn't planting the pedal on the floor and swearing at it. The handling didn't feel like a boat ready to capsize. All in all, it just wasn't crap!

As I said, I didn't much care for the new Mazda3 when it came out. I'm not a fan of the new front-end styling. If you're in the market for a compact car though, I strongly suggest you ignore the looks of it and take one out for a test drive. You just may like it enough to buy it!





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GM Annoys Me 
General Motors is currently running an ad campaign that annoys me every time I see it.

Their commercial starts out with big text.

"It's our time to talk."

It then blasts a whole series of text at you about whatever their current promotion is.

At no point do they ever actually do any talking. None. It's all just text.

Not only is it annoying, but they've completely discarded what is probably a vast market of illiterate drivers. Smart move!


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Reserved Parking for Tree Huggers 
Apparently Ikea is going to start setting aside parking spaces reserved for hybrid or fuel efficient cars. How they determine who qualifies is yet to be disclosed. Perhaps the same idiot who determined which cars or "trucks" qualified for the government rebates will make a list for them.

It pisses me off when people misuse handicap parking spaces, and I'm more than happy to give up spots reserved for knocked up chicks, but I'll be damned if I think I should park farther way so tree huggers can be closer to the doors!!!

Will they be able to give out tickets? Will they have cars towed? Or will tree huggers just key your car if you're parked in one of these spaces?

This is something I just can't respect or get behind.

If they want to be environmentally conscious, they should reserve spaces for gas guzzlers so they don't have to drive up and down the aisles looking for a spot. If the hybrids make a couple extra laps trying to find one, it's of far less impact to the environment.



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Car Stuff Should Involve People Who Know Cars 
This blog hasn't been abandoned. I just haven't had much to bitch about lately.

I've generally been in a great mood as my wife and I are waiting on a new car to show up.

Of course, on that topic, the government has just introduced a new plan to give rebates on what they deem to be energy efficient vehicles and a levy on those that are very much not.

This is all well and good in theory, but they've done such a piss poor implementation that it just saddens me to read about it.

I've been happy with Stephen Harper's Conservative government all this time and didn't really expect this sort of bonehead move out of them.

As it stands, they've taken pretty much everything on the road (except pickup trucks, which are exempt because businesses need them) and they've divided them all up into two groups. Cars, and trucks.

Then they gave some target mileage figures that they had to meet in order to pay levies or get rebates.

I'd just love to find the person who decided that all vehicles fit conveniently into those to categories and just smack them upside the head.

As if to prove just how stupid it is, they've even gone and put the same car into BOTH categories!

If you buy a Dodge Caliber, then it's just a car with mediocre fuel mileage.

If, however, DCX puts a Jeep badge on your Caliber, then you've just bought a Jeep Compass and it's a truck with great fuel mileage and you get a grand back from the government.

It's just plain stupid.

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It's not my fault. 
After driving for nearly 4 hours to get home on Thursday because so many people were getting stuck and were unable to drive in the snow, I came across the best excuse on an online forum.

First he posted this, admitting his stupidity, though with no apology for the countless people he was holding up with his selfishness and inconsideration:

Just tonite as you all know I thankfully braved the storm and managed to inch myself up the massive Yonge St. south hill just after York Mills. So as I finally came home, I realized that the tread pattern was next to nothing, and by nothing, I mean like a few mm's higher than the bottom of a coin sitting inside the tread. Yes it's VERY stupid of me, but I know that already


What really irks me though is that he followed it up with this:

I'm sorry I did that, but blame the city more than I, because the city should've cleaned up the white crap before drivers set foot in their car..


Now I know we live in a world where everyone tries to blame everything they do on someone else, but this just seemed flat-out ridiculous to me. I imagine that's the same sort of person who will drive into a parked car and then blame the owner for parking his car there.

It baffles me how people can be so openly inconsiderate. People really need to beat some sense into their kids and teach them a few things about personal responsibility.

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