2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 User Reviews

2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 28 reviews
"ride" 22 reviews
"handling" 16 reviews
"speed" 14 reviews
"interior" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"steering" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"fwd" 5 reviews
"gearbox" 3 reviews

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Great car, fast with good handling. Looks good too. Very reliable, owned for 5 years and never had any mechanical isues.

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Went through tires kind of fast  (could be a heavy foot too). Tires are not a common size and thus a bit pricey.Road noise

MBen
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Loved It — I loved this car. It was fast without being obtrusive or loud. Interior was nice, seats wer firm and comfortable. 6 speed manual gearbox and clutch had a great feel. Engine and transmission as tight as the day I bought it. Handled great and served me very well for the past 5+ years. I would have kept it indefinitely if my family was not expanding.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Corksport exhaust Mazda speed intake HKS SSQV bov Enkei rims CPE Elevate turbo Edge Programer

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Sound damping in the interior is poor alot of highway noise

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A Fun Car For Anyone — Over all its a really good car not for a first car owner though. The Acceleration is Awesome spools up to a good 18 psi real quick very boost happy motor. The Handling is amazing along with the ride quality.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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If you are looking for a sports car under 20,000 USD, test drive a speed3.... it will be worth your time.

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Once you start adding aftermarket parts you start hearing a lot more noise withing the car, nothing to worry about it something I personally don't mind and actually like. Fuel mileage isn't the greatest but its not terrible. Front/Rear seats could use changing as I'm a tall person.

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Daily Commuter — Performance: 4 cylinder turbo is all I have to say, with tuning capabilities. The Japanese just left it wide open for you to mess with it Build Quality: Pretty good for a sports car under 20K price range. Appearance: Stock, meh... looks sharp to me. Cost of ownership: Minimal maintenance so far, just 1 major engine recall/TSB that Mazda took care of under power train warranty (70k miles). Fun factor: Holy S#!t.... Never owned/driven a turbo'ed car and damn is the thing fun, especially when you start modifying it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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This Car is by far, my favorite car ever owned. not only does it look and drive amazing, (you must like the hatchback, its a hate it or love it kind of thing.) but the car is so convenient in many ways. For instance my girlfriend was moving out of her apartment and she insisted the we rent a truck...no no no, just fold down the back seat and fit around 10 large boxes at a time. second, all of my buddy who have fast cars get a highway average of around 15-20 mpg. i get more like 30ish and not to mention take your average mustang gt (not the new one) and put it up against my mazda.. and they will be eating dust for lunch. And also the interior is great. so much leg room front and back and such a nice looking front dash.

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there are no negatives for me with this car, but there are a couple of thing that may bother people looking for a calmer car. the suspension is stiff ( because its a sports car) if your are looking for a car that you wont feel every bump on the highway, this isnt it. and the torque steer is a little much for someone who is not used to alot of power to the front wheels.

liarspeed3
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Favorite All Around Car Best Bang For Your Buck. — I love this car. my mazda , personally is not stock, wich makes it even better for me but this car has easily enough power straight from the dealer. Gen 1 mazdaspeed 3 was the best investment i have made by far.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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The mazdaspeed 3 is a great hatchback with plenty of power, the seats are very comfortable, and the audio system is great. The car also has DSC (differential slip control) which is an awesome thing to have.

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Torque steer is horrible! When you take off it's going to go where it wants to go and you've got to fight it to stay straight. The suspension is okay could have some improvements, a little bit too rough.

mazdaturbo90
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I Love It, Just A Few Modifications And It's Amazing! — All and all i love this car, it has been the best car i've had so far. It's a lot of fun and gets a lot of attention. The turbo in it just makes the car so much more fun, but the top mount intercooler was a sorry thing to put on it. But definitely worth the buy!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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The speed is intense and matches almost any new car up to $35,000.  She loves to corner and can be decent on gas.

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Turbo steer... and limited first and second gear

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A Great Car For Speed Or Every Day ! — I love the feeling of this car, it is like she just wants to go. The car has awesome options and is pretty reliable. The car has turbo steer and is limited but in higher speeds will blow any other car out of the water. PUT ON AN INTAKE! she will instantly gain almost 30hp and torque. The styling is nice even though I wish there was a front mount or a hood scoop.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Quick

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Torque Steer.

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I Like It — Fun Factor: Fun to drive. It's quick, but the torque steer isn't that great. I like that not very many people have them so they are pretty unique. Oh my gosh. Wow. Hey did you know that the cost of ownership for this beast really isnt that costly? Glad I could be the one to tell you.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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weight to power ratio, stiffness, brakes, clutch, stereo

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tough steering under full power.  Darwin is waiting...

jimc219
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I Survived Crotch Rockets. And This Is Fine. Not For Your Wife Or Kids! — Love, love this car. Just what I wanted, light,quick, stable, not too gaudy, stealthy. Good looking too. I don't race, but just love to get to the slot that has just appeared ...first! Women really like it. They think it is an economy car! ;-)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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It's surprisingly fast and nimble.

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Be prepared to get caught with the modification bug.

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This Is An Enthusiast's Car Who Wants Something Less Flashy. — Very subtle looking vehicle, not at all attention grabbing. Most people mistake it for base model Mazda3. However this is a much different car. Performance: Off the lot it's a very fast and quick car for a hot hatch. Simple bolt-on modifications make this thing an absolute beast. It's biggest limitation is that it's a FWD car and with that much torque it has a pretty strong Torque Steer. Build Quality: I have blown a turbo and it was replaced under warranty, this car should be running a thicker than recommended synthetic oil since it uses Direct Injection, the oil tends to get polluted with fuel. I would recommend getting an Oil Catch Can for this vehicle. Appearance: This car is subtle looking and not at all a heat score, however it's subtle differences from the base model make it stand out. 18" wheels, bigger rear wing and pronounced hood. Interior is a heavy rubberized plastic which does not feel or look cheap (however isn't Audi luxurious), leather steering wheel and all buttons are well laid out and smooth, as well it has buttons instead of toggle switches (which has been the latest trend). Lots of small race like interiors like bucket seats, and Mazdaspeed logos remind you that you bought the good one. That aside, I would have preferred a sunroof and maybe heated leather seats in the Canadian model (you would think heated seats would be a necessity for Canadian models). Cost of Ownership: Moderately priced care when compared to it's closest competitors. Maintenance costs are a little higher as I think the best synthetic oil is needed. As well this car requires Premium 91+ octane gasoline. It also runs better on Ethanol Free gas. That aside I call it my "smile tax". Fun Factor: This car never ceases to put a smile on my face. It has been everything I ever wanted out of this car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Performance.  0 to 60 in 5.7, STOCK.  And thats with boost limited in 1st and 2nd gears

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Mazdas direct injection spark ignition is real touchy to modding.  This car needs to be tuned if high power is your goal.

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Super Sleeper That Is Unstoppable On A Roll. — Had turbo replaced due to the K04 seals allowing oil to leak from the hot side to the downpipe, causing smoke to develop on extended idle. Turbo was replaced with a 3rd revised K04. No smoke now. Love the interior. Looks are settle. Very fun to drive!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

Its A Dd But Feels Like So Much More. By IamMattMoses

Yes! I love this car for its torque steer, its under-steer, the noise inside while driving, the ok...mpg, its grin. I love this car for what it is a Hot Hatch. A DD that when you want to can spool up ... Read More

Buy Buy Buy By Mike

for what it is, the few times i went off road it was fairly good at taking hits, but i feel the stock tires should never leave wet surfaces unless u want to lose traction. the TPMS malfunctions alik... Read More

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2012 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

Good Quality, High Performance. By nicholascudzilo

This car is extremely fun to drive. my wife and I have owned mazdas for years now and have never had a single problem with reliability or a break down. Would absolutely recommend this car to a friend.... Read More

Great Car For The Price With A Lot Of Potential. By SF2012MS3

This car is made to exhilarate the enthusiast on a budget. Best bang for the buck if you are looking for a turbo car that performs like nothing else in it's class. It's hard to keep your foot off the ... Read More

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2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

I Love It! By Mlove1982

Fun to drive looks great fun to modify. Comfortable sleek and sexy! Makes me smile as I drive it. Sounds great! Steering is tight, additions are great. Sporty but still practical. Gas mileage is still... Read More

An Awesome All Around Car!!! By Sean

it has refined interior compare than the old models. it has alot of power coming from a turbo charge 4 cylinder engine with an excellent gas mileage. its been reliable since i bought it brand new. nev... Read More

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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

Wow By 2k10speed3

Blast to drive. Head turner. very easy to maintain. FAST. I can honestly say since I have purchased her, I have not had any problems AT ALL. The only thing I dont like is it is so hard to keep the Hat... Read More

I Have Enjoyed The Dependability Of The Mazda 3 By steviek6

This car is a good transportation vehicle, used for local driving and occasional highway trips. The family can fit enough suitcases in the trunk and the back seat has always been great for the sonny t... Read More

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2009 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

One Bad Mazdaspeed. By Mazdaspeed3MZR

The Mazdaspeed 3 has got to be one of the best sport compact, performance out of the box vehicle ever made. It is hands down the best bang for the buck. If you're looking for a performance sport compa... Read More

Surprisingly Quick By smdavis91

Great car, fast fun to drive and reliable. Great looking car and has the performance to match. Best part is just driving with the windows down and listening to the turbo as your head flies into the ba... Read More

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