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Mazda 3 Sport GX/GS/GT

VEHICLE: 4-dr., 5-pass. Hatchback, FWD

ENGINE: 2.0L 14 DOHC HP (@RPM): 148@6500/^/156@6500

TORQUE @ RPM: 135@4500/^/150@4000 TRANS 5M


TIRES: 195/65R15 / 205/55R16 /205/5017

SPECIFICATIONS (mm): WB: 2639 L: 4491 W: 1755 CURB WEIGHT (kg): 1272

We see a 3 Wagon. And apparently there’s nothing sporty about wagons. But naming this hatchback ‘Sport’ has helped it find favour with many drivers around the world, and really, the more wagons the better. Great practicality mixed with unbeatable driving pleasure.

Willies Antique Tires

Willies claims to have the largest inventory of antique and classic tires in the country, and who would doubt them. They list among their manufacturers BFGoodrich, Commander, Goodyear, Firestone, Mickey Thompson, Supreme Classic and Uniroyal. So numerous is it that there is not enough room to list all the sizes and styles they offer.

So, the following is an overview by size: 695/14 – Firestone, Commander, BFGoodrich, Goodyear; 700/14 – BF – Goodrich; 750/14 – Firestone, Goodyear, BFGoodrich; 775/14 – Firestone; 800/14 – Supreme Classic, BF Goodrich; 850/14 and 900/14 – BFGoodrich; 670/15 – BFGoodrich and Goodyear; 775/15 BFGoodrich.

For later muscle, Willies has the Firestone Wide Oval in sizes D70/14, E70/14, F70/14, G70/14, G60/14, F70/15 and G60/15 – in addition to the full line of Indy Profile and Indy Profile S/S RWL tires.


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Mickey Thompson Performance Tires

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires offers redline performance tires in both 70-series and 60-series sizes. They have an aggressive tread design and a bright red stripe making them a perfect addition to any muscle car. They are DOT approved and are well constructed. The tire compound used provides excellent traction for the people who want to exercise their muscle-car. For more information contact: Mickey Thompson Performance Tires, P.O. Box, 227, Dept. MCC, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222; 800/222-9092.


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Lucas Automotive

Antique and classic tire seller, Lucas Automotive, provides the enthusiast with several brands including Firestone, Wide Trac and Goodyear. For late- ’50s/early- ’60s automobiles, it has the Firestone 670/15 (1- and 2 1/4-inch WW), 775/14 Firestone redline and 775/15 and goldline. They also offer the F70/14 and G70/14 Wide Trac redline. Headlining its list of early- ’60s Goodyear tires are the 670/15 (with 1- and 2 1/4-inch whitewalls), 695/14 with 7/8-inch WW, and 800/14 (with 1- and 2 1/4-inch WW). And the kings of the lineup: the E70/14, F70/14, F60/15 and F70/15 whiteline. Lucas Automotive, 2141 W. Main, Springfield, Dept. MCC, OH 45504; 513/324-1773, and 2850 Temple Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806; 213/595-6721.


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Musclecar Tires: Coker Tire

Operating out of a historic landmark building (of their own restoration) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Coker Tire produces the complete line of 4-ply polyester BF Goodrich Silvertowns, and an authentic line of their own tires, created out of a combination of new and reclaimed molds. Many of the Silverton line were original on late- ’50s/early- 60′s high-performance cars, like the 670/15 with 1- or 2 1/2 inch whitewalls (WW), original on ’55-’ 64 Corvettes.The list follows like so: 750/14 (1- and 2 1/4 -inch WW, and 3/8-inch redline), 800/14 and 850/14 (with 1-and 2 1/4-inch WW), F70/14 (3/8-inch redline), 670/15 (1- and 2 1/2-inch WW), 775/15 (5/8- and 1-inch WW, and 3/8-inch redline or goldline), and 710/15 (2 1/2- and 3-inch WW).

They also sell a variety of Coker brand tires for musclecars, in sizes and styles that follow: 775/14 (3/8-inch red and goldline), E70/14 (3/8-inch redline), G70/14 (3/8-inch redline), 815/15 (1-inch WW, and 1-inch WW with 3/8-inch redline), F70/15 (3/8-inch WW). And for 1967-1974 musclecars, they sell the Firestone Wide Oval: D70/15, with raised white lettering (RWL), pinstripe or redline. In addition, they sell the F60/15 with RWL only.

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10 Steps to Buying a New Car: Starting Out

The following steps will tell you how to locate, price and negotiate to buy the car you want. Remember to consult our glossary if you find words here you don’t understand.

These steps will help you to find the exact car you want, and at a price that is fair to both you and the dealer. In the previous steps, you did plenty of research to find the best car for your needs, and you got a good idea of what you should expect to pay for it. Now you need to narrow the search even more. You will soon be finding the exact car you want to buy – with the options you have chosen – and you will be setting a target price to pay. If you have done your homework, this will be a fairly easy process with no unexpected surprises. Buying a car is a big investment, but it can be exciting and rewarding, especially if you feel like you got the right car at a fair price.

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Should you buy a new or used car?

Now that you know how much you can spend, your finances will be pointing you toward a new or used car. It might not be clear if you should buy, lease or buy used yet. That’s OK. For example, you might have enough money to buy a new car but want to save money by getting a used car bargain. Or, you might find yourself deciding between an inexpensive new car or a high-end used car. How are you going to decide? Here are a few points to consider.

  • With a new car you can: Pay more, but save money on financing, get rebates and get a warranty
  • With a used car you can: Pay less, but spend time searching for a good deal and researching the history of the car

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The 20-Percent Rule

If you want to avoid an IRS-caliber review of your finances, consider this alternative: Your car payment should be only 20 percent of your take-home pay. Same goes if you have two cars; the total monthly payments for both should still be 20 percent of your available household income.

This 20-percent rule may seem rather restrictive. You might be wailing in despair and saying, “I need a car, but 20 percent of my take-home pay won’t buy anything!” At least you are confronting that situation now, rather than sitting in a dealership with your pen poised over a contract that will drive you into bankruptcy. But don’t fret…there are many, many methods for stretching your car-buying dollar. Leasing is a popular way to make seemingly expensive cars more affordable. Better yet, used cars offer tremendous savings over new, often without sacrificing quality. We’ll cover all those options in later sections of this book.

Chandler Phillips Says:

The 20% rule tells you how much to spend on your next car. Remember to figure this out long before you are overwhelmed by new car smell on the test drive.

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How much can you afford?

This is a good place to start your car-shopping adventure. If you put a high priority on look and style, you might decide to allocate a larger portion of your paycheck toward a new car. If you think of a car as transportation only, you’ll want to spend as little as possible on your next set of wheels.

Financial experts recommend that, before you buy a car, you should review your budget because the cost of a car goes far beyond the monthly payment dealerships advertise. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much “take-home pay” do you bring in each month?
  • How much is your rent or mortgage payment?
  • What is the total of your other bills: food, utilities, debts and savings?
  • Will you have two cars and two car payments?
  • How much will insurance cost for a new car?
  • How much will the car cost to fuel and repair?

If you total all your expenses and deduct them from your take-home pay, you will have a clear view of how much wiggle room there is in your budget for a new car. If you can truly afford one, the figure should be more than enough to cover your car payment. We say “car payment” since most buyers will finance a new car, meaning they will take out a loan and pay it off over time. Still other people will lease their new car  and make smaller monthly payments. More to come on all that…but back to the finance questions for now.

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