2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 User Reviews
Grand Touring 5-Door shown
- $10,301 - $10,530
- 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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- Very fast for the buck
- Soccer mom styling, 4 door only
This car is fast. Interior looks cheap and from the 80's, reminds me of a 1986 CRX SI. Styling for the speed3 should be bolder than its wimpy little brother mazda 3. The hatch should be offered in 2 door like the SI and the GTI then it would be the ultimate pocket rocket- right now it looks too big w/the 4 doors(Soccer anyone?). It may be fast but is not as fun to drive as the Mini, SI or the GTI....read morehide
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- Close to endless power and fun-factor. A bit of a sleeper
- only FWD
I have this car and have been nothing but pleased with its performance and value. The extremely high amount of torque make this car more fun to drive than small high-revving cars, also a delight in highway traffic to buzz through traffic at 90mph and pull away from cars like they are standing still
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- No trim specified for this review
- Awesome car for the price
- completely obliterates everything in it's class
I bought this car fully loaded from the dealer with the Mazdaspeed CAI, Mazdaspeed exhaust, and the Factory coilovers and camber kit. I recently raced a last gen WRX STI, and completely destroyed it on a 3 mile strech of freeway that included a couple of hairpin connectors. All wheel drive might be good in inclimate weather conditions, but most normal and everyday people don't race in the rain, snow, gravel. Besides, that's what my Ford Bronco is for, and I can tell you that I probably have more fun frolicing in my all whell drive, fully lifted pickup truck in the mud than any old subie any day. Point is, this car costs thousands less than these all wheel drive mitsus and subies, and it still manages to be completely more engaging than any of these cars. The transmission is terrfic in my opinion....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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- The car has plenty of speed, and nice boost.
- The transmission is way to rigid, and that takes the around town appeal out of it.
The car has a very generic appeal to it. It is a real value for a entry level sport car, but there is one car I found that was better. The 2008 Impreza WRX. Although the reviews from Motor Trend speak highly of the Maza over the WRX, its all about the All wheel drive.If you live in a climate where you want a sports car to drive in all seasons of the year it sure is not the Mazda. And really for all of the city driving most people do, the extra horse power the MS3 gives you its not worth it....read morehide
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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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