New member intro
EDIT: Oops! Just saw there's a parked new owner intro thread. Moderator, please feel free to delete this (doesn't seem like I can do it) and I'll post my intro there. Sorry!
Hey guys! New SportCross owner here. My wife has been driving a sweet Mini Cooper for a few years but finally just wanted a car with more than 2 doors. I'm a die-hard Mazda guy so our default choice was a hatchback Mazda3 or Mazda6 wagon. The 3 is popular and resale value seems high, so it was hard finding one in our price range in the year/condition we want. The 6 is even harder to find, harder still after a perfect example slipped right thru our fingers. I've been a big fan of the Altezza ever since it first came out, and have always adored the SportCross. I toyed with the idea but they're so rare, plus I didn't think the wife would like it. I happened to find one, went to check it out, was in decent shape, and turned out she loves it. So we now own an '02 MSM SportX!
As I said I'm a Mazda guy. I drive an RX-8 right now, and used to have a '93 RX-7. So far (after a day!) both of us are loving the SportX. First off, it just looks so cool! Size is simply perfect for us. Driving-wise, very pleasant. It has enough of that user-friendliness and buttery smoothness of modern Toyotas to please the wife, yet the suspension feels tight and firm like in my RX-8. Steering also feels great. After we brought it home I was snooping around and found out that it has the LSD! From what I've been reading, these cars are also very reliable and well-built? This is like the perfect car.
Anyway, got a few minor questions.
-It came with a master key and a valet one. I tend to want to have a lot of keys just to feel safe. If we lose the master key, can the valet be used to program? How does the transponder work with Toyotas/Lexus? Is the chip in the key or the remote? (ie if I buy one of those remote key shells, is there a transponder in there?)
-Do these cars typically use synthetics? I don't have the records from the previous owner, so I don't know what kind of oil he's used all its life. If it's never used synthetics, I don't want to switch. Seems like it was serviced largely at the Lexus dealer.
-What should a new owner check on? It has just under 117k miles; timing belt was done around 96k. This will be our daily-driver, and we want to keep it for a long time. Any reliability items I should pay attention to?
Thanks! And here's a photo of it.
Last edited by roaduscarnivorous; 10-28-2012 at 07:16 AM.