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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Review
Guru1DYB3 writes:
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Car was ABSOLUTELY NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. The car has an axle that’s can come off any minute which had some type of belt wrapped around the axle, the two front tires are 18s and the rear tires are 16s, the tires are more than 10 years old, the ac only blows hot air because the condenser is hanging by zip ties only. I would NOT recommend this car nor the dealership to anybody

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Review
Guru95MZS3 writes:
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The car itself is a great buy. If you like tuners and want to mess around and learn how to work on cars this would be a great car to start with. Very forgiving car. The car is amazing when it comes to handling and quick get up for you speedsters out there. Always have a watchful eye of what kind of smoke comes out your exhaust. Also keep an eye out fir any leaks in the hoses because these cars are older most people havent replaced a lot of the hoses and they will leak fluid. Watch your head gaskets as well these cars have a common issue of busting head gaskets if you start tuning them. This was my ted talk god bless and have a wonderful day.

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand TouringReview
liarspeed3 writes:
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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. ***update*** Since I have have made this review I no longer own my Mazdaspeed3, I traded it in for a Chrysler 300srt8 and then that for a 13' cts-v. I can't say that I would trade my caddy back for a Mazdaspeed3 again but I do say that I still miss my Mazda. And it still was my all around best daily driver.

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

Pros: 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 buddys 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.

Cons: 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 sporty 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.

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand TouringReview
MBen writes:
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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

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

Cons: 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

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 SportReview
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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

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

Cons: Sound damping in the interior is poor alot of highway noise

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 SportReview
Ryan writes:
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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

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

Cons: 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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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 SportReview
mazdaturbo90 writes:
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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.)

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 SportReview
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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

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

Cons: Turbo steer... and limited first and second gear

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand TouringReview
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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

Pros: Quick

Cons: Torque Steer.

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2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand TouringReview
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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

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

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

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2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

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Suspension problems , and some plastic parts in the truck that don’t know where they go. Read More

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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Reviews

Review By trevor

I think the dash should be warrentied regardless, its a hazard. Other then that the car is great. Read More

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Great car at a great price! Love that 6-speed. Read More

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