Join Date: May 2019
Location: Central FL
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: Mazda 3 S 5dr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Test drove a '19 Premium, liked it, but...
Hello all, I am new to the forum and while I've spent yesterday evening and this morning perusing past threads, I am hoping to get help with some questions. Yesterday, I had opportunity to drive a Crosstrek (okay, but felt sloppy), and Outback (fun, except the acceleration was dismal), and Forester (slightly better accel than Outback), and the Forester seems to fit all of my needs except one: I need a car that will stand at attention, salute, and beat feet when I push the accelerator. No, it's not about speed or thrills, it's that the car seems to "think" too much when the pedal is pressed before finally accelerating. I currently drive a 2006 Mazda 3 S and while it's certainly not fast per 0-60 benchmarks, it will quickly put on a few when asked.
First question: are there any reasonable aftermarket modifications that could be done to improve responsiveness such as parts or computer mods? Instead of what the forums and sites list as a 0-60 of about 8.5s or so, will there be anything that could help a 2019 Forester get to about 7.5s or so or is this unreasonable? Links to forum threads or outside sources are appreciated.
Second, I've found a dealer in Orlando that seemed to be straightforward. They do not tack on dealer fees which I've seen member securityguy say is typically atrocious in Florida. He gave a price of about $29k or so for a Premier with Popular Package 1 and Option Pkg 13, about $30k for pkg 14. That's before warranties. Are the ballpark prices reasonable given no dealer fees?
Third, I've seen securityguy mention something about a man named Luke who sells warranties at invoice. Would I be better off declining extended warranties at our local dealer and instead reaching out to Luke? I'd prefer the 10/100/0 GPP, if that helps.
Finally, is there any way to increase the volume on the turn signal? It sounds like a cricket on its deathbed.
Any other suggestions/recommendations/advice are welcome and appreciated, thank you.