2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
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- TORQUE, acceleration, fun
Purchased As New
i've had this car for a week and it is a blast to drive. love the exhaust note and power. the six speed is a blast, especially with all the torque that the motor delivers. the cubbys could be a little bigger and more well placed and i would like to see the trip computer on the sport model. it is a real rocket ship though and is just fun to drive. the ride is a little rough through bumpy city streets, but that is expected with the sporty suspension. great bang for the buck!...read morehide
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- A great compromise of function and performance in an affordable sportscar.
- Need two separate sets of tires/wheels - for Summer and for Winter if in the midwest
Purchased As New
Sportscar performance - great roadholding powers with good steering feedback and accurate quick input; very little lean in corners with easily correctable understeer in hard cornering (just lift the throttle - and back on); very good brakes with straight line stops; very stable feel at high speeds; incredible passing power with high torque and barely noticeable turbo lag; torque steer only an issue in very quick off-the-line starts and is usually manageable; very nice holding and comfortable front seats; good driving position with very good vision at all sides. Only sportscar negatives to me are a very quick releasing clutch (takes getting used to); slightly sloppy shift linkage and the 6800rpm rev limiter (because it gets there so quick).
Functional performance - a useable rear seat especially for headroom for two addults; with the rear seats down - good hauling space (have transported a recliner in the back with the hatch closed); front seating positions roomy and comfortable; many storage bins (although the position of the two bins under the armrest are too far back to easily access when sitting in the front seats); a very controlled although slightly firm ride. Only functional negatives to me are the minimal fuel mileage and the inaccurate fuel mileage reading by the computer.
With about 6000 miles of driving in all seasons - the real fuel mileage has been as high as just over 28mpg on a 240-mile trip in the Summer usually averaging 70-75mph ... to as low as 17-18mpg in the winter with no highway driving - just short low speed stops continuously.
The only upsetting thing so far has been the trip computer - since it will show 10-15% greater mileage than I am actually getting. I think the same trip computer might be used on the MS3 as is used on the Mazda3 which will have either 16" or 17" wheels, whereas the MS3 has 18". It seems like the trip computer just was not re-calibrated to consider the 18" wheels .... so it's very inaccurate on the Mazdasped 3.
Summary ...... the positives of this car far outweigh the above negative or carelessly lost detail by the manufacturer. All other aspects of the MS3 show great attention to the design and detail of this "fun" car to drive.
For those who live in the snow belt, the Summer tires won't work in cold weather. A little pricey but great solution is to buy a second set of wheels and a set of all-weather or snow tires. My combo (purchased 30-days after buying the car last Spring) - install the stock 205/50 Bridgestone Summer Performance tires on new 18x7 Enkei Wheels (at only 18lbs/wheel to reduce unsprung weight for warm weather driving). Their 7-spoke wheel looks great on the MS3! Then install new 215/45 Bridgestone All-Season Performance tires on the stock 18x7 alloy rims (that are close to 30lbs/wheel) - and since the driving isn't quite as aggressive in the Winter, the unsprung weight has little meaning to me. After over 40" of snow so far this Winter with temps down to (-)24 degrees, the Bridgstone All-Season Performance tires have performed well....read morehide
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- Performance, handling and practicality of having a wagon/hatchback.
- Reliability, an Mazda's inability to stand behind their product.
The car is an absolute blast to drive...when it's running and not in the dealership. Unfortunately, I have a car that burned a qt. of oil every 550 miles. Mazda refused to acknowledge the problem and I was forced to return to the dealership every time the car needed oil to document the oil loss. After 8,000 miles and about 15 trips to the dealership, they finally responded t my complaints in writing. Their official advice to me about my "alleged engine oil loss" was to "please top off the oil level if you find it to be low." At 9,000 miles the engine light started to blink every other day. The car bucked and sputtered every time this happened. On the third trip to the dealership for this problem the engine blew. Three weeks later I picked up my Speed3 at the dealership with a new engine. The new engine does not burn oil (so far...) but has much less power. The engine oil compartment is dirty with black oil from the blown engine, but I am told that it cannot be steam cleaned or it would void the warranty. To say that I am extremely disattisfied with the car and Mazda is a gross understatement. I was thrilled the day I picked up the car from the dealership, but I am now completely exhausted from dealing with Mazda on the cars problems....read morehide
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I have this car for 5 months now, this is the 35th. car that i bought since 1985....from Dodge to Chevy,Ford,Toyota, Nissan,Isuzu,Hyundai,Chrysler and now Mazda......I had turbo charged, super charged, all you can think of, but i love this car and it's a keeper for a while!!!
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- Great car for the money
- Dash Rattle
I see people complaining about not being able to get a good price on these cars. They are right, but there is a reason. This car is 100% made in Japan unlike the Regular Mazda 3s. There are only 2400 made per year that are shipped to the US, they make more, but they only send 2400 here. If anyone knows about Japanese Manufacturing they know that the bottom line is they are perfectionist in everything they do, thats just the culture they live in. This a quality car unlike the American, I mean Mexican and Canadian, built big three cars. Kaizen for life!!!...read morehide
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- Fast as H#!!, Turn off the DSC to get the most out of it
- Hard to go the speed limit LOL!! Makes pepl cry when they lose
I can't praise this car enough, the most satisfying car I've ever owned. I got rid of my SUV, because of gas :(, and havn't regreted it once. I get 350 mi. out of 12.5 gals. of premium, do the math. Thats not bad numbers for a car I have beaten a 300 Z TT, a G35, and the new Lexus 350 IS with. I drive 65 on the interstate to get the best MPG, have gotten 33 all interstate be4, and break hearts when the times right. My child loves this car, yes i'm a family man, plus my wife can't drive a stick LOL!!! I really can't say enough about this car, fun to drive, easy on the pocket, good looking, and also very useful. You can't go wrong here, I can't stop smiling, THANK YOU MAZDA :)...read morehide
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- FAST! Good Comfort & Excellent Handling
- Shifting patern is awkward at first, clutch is a bit jumpy with a size 13 shoe
I cannot say in 4000 characters how much i love this car! It looks Great! It rides well for having a sporty suspension. The only problem i have is trying to go the speed limit, the car just wants to go. praise aside first and third are very easy to confuse at first, as is the clutch jumpy but give it time and you will adjust. Third gear is a bottomless pit of power. soo you know its fast by now. the interrior appointments are nice. everyhting is easy to reach from the drivers seat. climate control is very nice and requires very little attention or tweaking. i purchased the base model and the only marginal area i would say is the radio. it is adequate, but i would appreciate the 6 disc changer and a little more umph from the speakers. WELL DONE MAZDA. also if you had too you could accomidate a small family.....read morehide
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- Turbo 4cyl pulls like a small V8, deep exhaust note, surprisingly good ride/handling balance.
- Vague shifter, standard summer-only tires not practical in climates where it snows.
Fun is the key word. The Speed3 doesn't have the biggest back seat on earth, some passengers may complain about how loud the exhaust is etc., but once you drop the hammer the passengers always seem to stop complaining. I'm not sure if they stop complaining out of enjoyment of the acceleration or just out of fear, and frankly I really don't care why because I have tons of fun being in the driver's seat!
Comparing the Speed 3 to cars of similar performance and similar price (keeping in mind that everything available that can keep up with the Speed3 costs $1000s more), the Mazda's 5 door setup is very useful in daily life, whether carrying passengers or larger objects with the seats folded down. The Speed3 gives you most of the performance of something like a Mustang GT while still being able to actually carry passengers without folding them into pretzel shapes in the back seat.
For the money, I couldn't find anything remotely close to as fun as the Speed3 - cars like the Civic Si and even the Subaru WRX seemed way too "tame" in comparison. If I could have afforded it, I would have bought 2 of them - I like it that much....read morehide
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- Looks awesome inside and out. Great performace car for the money.
- Gas Mileage is a bit low. Speedometer isn't spaced out enough for low speeds.
I've had this car for a month now and I absolutely love it. The ride is smooth, acceleration is amazing (especially after the turbo charger kicks in), and the handling is great. It comes with some great standard features such as automatic climate control, premium sound system, and 18 in rims.
My only complaints are that the speedometer is so closely spaced that it can be hard to tell how fast your going. Just to give you an idea, the 60 mph tick is where the 30 mph tick was on my old car. I also think they could have done a little bit better with the gas mileage for this car....read morehide
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- Great little car, love that 3rd gear punch.
- Rides a bit ruff, but with the power you need it.
Hear so much about poor mileage, boy thats not what I get, at 55 mph I get 33 MPG, at 70 mph I get 30 MPG and at 80 to 85 mph I get 26 MPH, now thats not bad, yes if your foot is in it around town at every light 18 to 22 MPG, MosI think its great and get nice comments from paaser bys at just about every parking lot. My in town milage is usually 25 MPG. Solid not a rattle. Cannot say enuff about the car after 15000 miles....read morehide
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