2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
There are 40 user reviews for the Grand Touring 5-Door trim shown below
- Acceleration & Handling, Comfort, Good MPG, Stealth, Lots of Space/Utility
- Ride harshness/noise on rough pavement, Short 1st gear, Clutch abrupt, Premium fuel, No Sunroof
Purchased As Used
I bought this car used (Grand Touring model) when I had actually intended to buy either a Volvo, Subaru, or BMW wagon. I test drove everything and was underwhelmed. Then the salesman threw the keys at me to this Speed3 hidden over in the corner of the lot. I thought I'd just take it for a joy ride and get back to my used car shopping. However, I couldn't get that car out of my head over the next week and returned to drive/inspect it one more time and bought it on the spot. No regrets at all. This car is a superb value for the money.
This car is crazy fast. Now, the one I bought turned out to have a MazdaSpeed Cold Air Intake installed too, so that may account for some of the performace. The trip computer shows an average of 29 mpg, including some spirited driving. It remains to see what I'll average as I haven't manually checked the mpg's yet.
Here are some of the things I really like about the car, aside from the incredible acceleration and handling (btw, I love the bit of torque steer you get when really pushing it -- it keeps you alert!). It has a quality interior. With 90k miles, the interior is in perfect condition. The similar age Volvo/Subaru/BMW all had rougher condition interiors with similar age. The car is comfortable and roomy front & rear, though don't expect cushy. The back seat is easy to stay for extended periods and the front seats hug you close. There are many unexpected options for a non-luxury car that are nice, like pollen filter, HID headlamps, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, auto climate control, Bose sound system w/ 6-cd changer, steering wheel controls for radio. The aluminum pedals look/feel great. There are plenty of cup-holders if that's your thing and about the largest glove box I've ever seen. I seriously think a laptop could fit inside it. And I love the fact that everyone is bewildered by the fast little hatchback -- it is a stealth machine.
For the dislikes, yes there are a few, so you have to determine if these things are important to you. First, it is NOT a quiet little car. Remember mine has the cold air intake, so I think it's a little louder than completely stock models. But you will hear mostly road noise (much a factor of the tires you use), and engine noise when pushing it. That said, I love the gurgle of the engine and the whine of the turbo, so I can put up w/ a few extra decibils overall. Also, you will feel bumps on the road. Your coffee/water won't spill all over you (like it used to in my 4Runner), but nonetheless it's not what I'd call an overly "refined" ride, though I find it acceptable for all the positives you get with it. Also, it's a bummer that no sunroof is offered, as that is usually a requirement for any car I own, since I use it frequentlly. Only other thing I'm not crazy about is the touchy clutch in relation to the gear change from 1st to 2nd. It is kind of hard to master, yet sometimes I can do it flawlessly (but mostly not). 1st gear seems to be geared too short for my taste (was the same with my Protege5) and when you couple that with the touchy clutch, it can make for some embarassing stop light starts -- but then that's more of an ego thing I suppose and I find myself improving with it daily.
Overall I gush with this car. I feel like it is an extension of me when I'm driving it. We have this great relationship, but like any couple, we occasionally fight over some things (like road noise or the abrupt 1-2 shifts). However, that's a small price to pay though, since she is so perfect for me in so many other ways. Anyway, that's what keeps a relationship interesting, right? So yes, I give it a glowing recommendation IF you can live with the few shortcomings that this car has. This car will keep a smile plastered on your face every time you lay into that turbo and you'll look for excuses to drive it somewhere and taunt drivers in more expensive performance cars....read morehide
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- unreliable eats tires
Purchased As New
Ok i never give bad reviews but ive had it with this car. 25k miles turbo started smoking, had to wait 6 months for mazda to ship new 1 because they where on backorder. 60412 miles literaly 412 miles over the warranty period turbo starts smoking again and mazda will not warranty it. I have chaged oil every 3-4k miles and am 28 so i dont run this car very hard at all. And believe me this is not just a lemon. If you go to http://www.msprotege.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4957378#post4957378 you will see many many people just in this 1 forum that are having same issue. The car is a fun car but it eats tires, and to replace them cheapest tire i have found its 130$ a tire and you will be lucky to get 20k miles out of the soft rubber, and the body is made of recycled beer cans. (it dents super easy). The only reason i give it 2 stars is for the bose sound system has a clean sound. I like the cheap speed but you will get what you pay for....read morehide
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- Plenty of power, mechanical LSD, GT package provides good value
- Clutch is too abrupt, shift throws are vague and too long, lack of 17" wheel option
I bought the MS3 for the combination of power, sporty handling, utility and quality. The GT provides good value over the base Sport as it adds HID headlights, LED rear tail lights, a Bose stereo, leather, auto climate control, rain sensing wipers and an anti-theft system for less than $2k. It is also a favorite car amongst our local autocross crowd. The one big complaint I have is with clutch and shifter. The combination of the on/off nature of the clutch coupled with the long throws of the shifter makes it very hard to execute a smooth 1st to 2nd gear shift. From an autocrossing perspective I'd like to see a 17 inch wheel offered as an option. The 18 inchers basically leave us but one tire choice if we want a racing compound....read morehide
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- lots of power, handles well, brakes well, smooth ride
- gas mileage could be better, had to go to Austin to buy this car.
overall, I love this car! I own a silver one (bought it in May). looks nice, great car for the price! I almost bought a VW GTI, but, the Mazdaspeed 3, won out by a notch.
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- Intoxicating acceleration, superb features and options.
- I no longer able to keep myself from speeding
THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH that I would trade in my Mazdaspeed 3 for a GTI! For those who REALLY own a Mazdaspeed 3, there is nothing like it on earth when you consider how inexpensive it is. GTI and Civic SI owners are so scared of this thing (as they should be). The shifter is spot on in my opinion, and although it may not be design to be as light as the Honda, it reminds me of the positive shifting action of older memorable sports cars. It is right on. This thins has Herculean muscle at all speeds. It has so much power that you won't have to downshift nearly as much as GTI and SI drivers. The car is built in Japan, and after 20K, it has proven to be a reiliable and high quality machine....read morehide
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- Fantastic acceleration,great handling,generally a nice car
- clutch/shifter are not equal to the rest of the car
After driving a stick most of my driving life I finally found a shifter/clutch I could not get along with. Otherwise this is an absolutely fantastic car. I traded it for a VW GTI/DSG
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- Power, handling, great interior amenities for this price point, overall value, exclusivity
- No sunroof, abrupt clutch and vague shifter make it tough to drive smoothly, premium fuel only
I test drove all the competitors in this segment. The GTI was great, but got too expensive once I added the options I wanted. The Civic SI handled really well and has the best shifter I have ever used which is a good thing because with so little torque you need to shift this thing like crazy. The WRX (2007 model) was faster and has AWD, but its kind of ugly, more expensive and the interior was really cheap. Sentra Spec-V was much less expensive, but it was just very bland to look at and drive. I couldn't bring myself to even try a Cobalt SS Supercharged.
In the end, this car is really a no brainer. The engine is fantastic, there is always plenty of power whenever you need it. There is plenty of cargo and passenger room, the grand touring model has amenities like automatic headlights and windshield wipers, xenon headlights, automatic climate control and a Bose sound system which are usually only in cars priced much higher.
I do think the clutch is quite abrupt and the shifter sometimes is vague. Smooth shifting into first and second can be tricky. I wish the windows (at least the front two) were auto up and down. Only the drivers window has an auto feature and its only to go down. No sunroof option is a drag and I really wish it came as a sedan.
But overall, this is by far the best car you can get in this segment. It is even beating out the new WRX in comparisons, thats how good it is. You will not be disappointed....read morehide
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- good looks, nice interior, decent performance
- rough ride, rear seat room, poor rear visibility
Most people are comparing this car to STI's and Evo's. The truth of the matter is that this car is more of a competition for the WRX. Only recently in an issue of Car and Driver, they had a comparo that included a Mazdaspeed 3 and a 07 WRX. The WRX was faster to 60mph and in the 1/4 mile (not by much). When the entire field of comparo cars were stranded in a snow storm, the WRX was the shuttle car to get people to the hotel. This Mazda is a very nice car that has decent speed at a very good price. I drive a 04 STI and my wife has a 07 Mazdaspeed 3. I really enjoy both cars, but the Mazda is out of its league against the Subbie....read morehide
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- Great horsepower, Nice Looking, but not easy to get caught by cop, it's just a regular car to them!
- Tight Legroom, rough ride
My baby goes to 135mph easily on I-10 against a STI and lost it in no time.
Sometimes, it's not about what kind of car you drive, it's about finding that perfect match of yourself.
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- Another Anti Pacific Coast Rally Member
If you need assurance that the Mazdaspeed 3's superior performance, it actually beat out the new upcoming version of Subaru's 2008 WRX in the latest Edmunds review of both cars!
Here is the link to their review. Edmunds is regarded as an automotive authority, and they tend to give the nod to more performance oriented cars that stir up excitement.
I must say that it says alot about Mazda, who is able to build a car arouns a chasis that's been around since 2003, and it still eats up it's new rivals alive! It's a grat car. I won one. You can best believe the unfabricated comments that TRUE owners have about this car.
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