1.0 out of 5 stars
A total rip-off, 20 Nov 2012
Being the sort of person who likes to collect loads of (mostly) trivia information on the car he currently owns, I ordered this book (let's tentatively call it that) even though I knew it would not amount to much as it was advertised as being a mere collection of existing wikipedia articles on the subject. Still, I was totally unprepared for what I actually had the misfortune to receive.
This ridiculous booklet is in fact a slipshod pdf conversion of wikipedia articles done in a haste and with apparently no intention to spare even a single minute on putting it all together in an acceptable way. Not only is it primitively laid-out with only black-and-white thumbnail photos, but it is also teeming with pdf-conversion glitches such as the spurious text "unknown operator: u'strong'" which appears annoyingly too often (literally hundreds of times) throughout the "book" in places where important figures should stand in brackets - typically imperial-to-metric conversions.
To top it all, this slim 94-page volume is anything but focused on mazda-3, which purports to be its main subject, as it devotes only 8 (EIGHT!) pages, or less than 10 per cent of its space, to it. There is almost as much on mazda-6 (?), which was awarded 6 pages! But if its inclusion can perhaps be justified, what can one say about five pages on volvo S40 ??? Where did that come from?
The "inventiveness" of the book's authors did not stop at that either as they came up with other "ingenious" ways to artificially beef up this pathetic volume, which should obviously have fitted on an A4 handout if its creators had been decent enough to stick only to the booklet's main subject. Instead, they built up a curious assortment of all sorts of incredible supplementary articles, some of which are not even remotely related to automotive issues.
I'm talking here about 20 (twenty!) wiki-pages on Japan and its language, history and culture and numerous reference pages at the end of each article plus a section at the end called Articles Sources and Contributions that runs for 10 more pages!
In the end, what can I say about this charade of a book shamelessly advertised as having "HIGH QUALITY CONTENT"? I give it one star only because a no-star rating is not offered as an option. Give this joke of a book a wide berth at all costs.