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Greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio!
I'm surprised it's taken me this long to join a Mazda 3 forum. I have been wanting one of these cars for over 10 years. Backstory: My mom bought a used, red 1973 RX-3 wagon when I was about 4 or 5 years old. She has always owned Mazdas ('73 RX-3, '79 and '78 GLCs, '83 and '85 RX-7s, '01 Tribute, '16 CX-5). I really liked the Protege5 when they were around as it reminded me of that old RX-3, but I've always owned GMs and driven a pickup for the last 20+ years. I was in a restaurant drive through line back in 2005 and was behind a 2004 or 2005 Mazda3 5-door/hatch and I fell in love with the car. I test drove one in 2005 and that sealed the deal, but with 3 kids under the age of 5 (at that time), it just wasn't a practical family car. I ended up getting a crew cab pickup in 2006. I test drove several others after that, a Gen 2 in 2012; A Gen 3 i in 2014; Was close to pulling the trigger on one of the last 2013 MS3s, but didn't.
Fast forward to 2017 and I've decided I REALLY want a Gen 1 Mazda3 S Sport 5 speed. It's got to be black, grey or red and have the black/red cloth. It has to be a 2.3L with a manual transmission. Essentially the car I wanted in 2006 when I got my 2006 Silverado crew cab. I've got a 2016 Sierra 2500HD crew cab SLT that I use for work, but I finally got the wife to agree that of all the mid-life crises to have, things could be a LOT worse than a $4-5K 3rd vehicle (4th if you count the 2016 CX-5 we got for my daughter to drive)! I'd love to find a good condition 2008 or 2009 version. I found a clean 2006 version <100 miles away yesterday, but someone beat me to it. Still searching....