« Last post by BrotherJim on Today at 11:27:49 AM »
If it is any consolation, I have an '04 Mazda3 with around 90K miles and electric power steering assist and it has given me no issues. I kind of felt the way you do about it when I bought it new back then, and what I've got may be a completely different system than what is used today. Theory was that it reduces parasitic power loss from the belt-driven unit, which also benefits fuel economy. Darn near everybody is doing it these days. With the 5-speed, I've always enjoyed driving this little car and think it handles better than most people are capable of enjoying. The 6 may be my next car, although I will miss the manual.