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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    Mazdaspeed 3, Ms3, Speedy... Whatever You Call It... You Should Get It!!! — My Mazdaspeed 3 (MS3, Speedy) makes me smile every time I drive it! <--- But that statement doesn't meet the 50 word minimum ;) The Mazdaspeed 3 is simply the best bang for your buck in the current series of turbocharged FWD sport compact cars under $25,000! "Speedy's" main competition comes from the Chevy Cobalt SS, the Chevy HHR SS, the Dodge Caliber SRT and the Volkswagen GTI. It can also hold its own with the Subaru Impreza WRX and the new Lancer Ralliart, but they exist in the AWD category. When compared to the FWD competition listed above it beats the HHR SS, the Caliber SRT and the GTI in practically every performance measurement, from 0-60 acceleration times to 60-0 braking times. That leaves the Cobalt SS with its new no-lift shifting and beefed up suspension bits. The Cobalt SS out-performs Speedy in a number of performance measurements, but not by much. What gives the Mazdaspeed 3 its edge IMO is it's a complete package. More than ample performance; a myriad of standard features; enough room to fit 5 adults comfortably; and the practicality of a five door hatchback. Hmm and lets not forget Mazda's world renowned handling characteristics. Check out Edmunds and Car and Driver for their comparo reports. Performance: Enough Torque Steer to annoy people who don't know how to drive. Enough Torque Steer to make people who know how to drive powerful FWD cars smile. 0-60 mph: ~ 6 secs. 1/4 mile: ~ 14 secs. @ 100 mph Top Speed: 155 mph One of the best braking vehicles at any price. Handles like if its on rails, ultra sharp responsive steering, better handling than a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX (Edmunds.com) Personal 0-60MPH - 6.2 sec. Build Quality: Solid feel, excellent safety features, dashboard does tend to rattle when the temperature is below 70oF. Appearance: Slightly bulgier than a regular Mazda 3, nice rear wing and stylish 18" rims. But it still remains a nice unassuming sleeper, i.e. no big, boy racer hood scoop so It blends in well with the regular population of hatchbacks. Cost of Ownership: Unfortunately with the current gas prices, having a car that requires Premium Fuel is a real pain in the wallet. However, the MS3 is capable of getting MPG greater than EPA estimates. Observe the posted speed limits, avoid speeding off at every stoplight and drive in the most fuel efficient gear. Save the speeding for those special occasions, when the "boy racers" in their souped up Civics want to test what they think is a regular Mazda 3 with a CAI and Cat-back exhaust system. You'll have much more fun enjoying Speedy's handling abilities rather that breaking the speed limits. Fun Factor: As mentioned above, this car is fun to drive. Really really fun to drive. The gear of choice for the majority of the fun is third gear, the intake and exhaust note in third is wonderful. While Speedy is capable of 155mph, I wouldn't advise you to find your fun above 100mph... Jail or the Morgue are probably not fun places. The best places to enjoy Speedy's handling is on Highway on and off ramps. I am not condoning driving above the posted ramp speed limits, but the MS3 is more than capable of doing so with great ease. In conclusion the Mazdaspeed 3 is just FUN FUN FUN to drive... the fact that you can get it for way less than $25,000 just makes it sweeter!!!

    Pros: Amazing value, Wonderous acceleration, Super Handling, Sleeper looks, Excellent Reliability

    Cons: Uses premium fuel, OEM performance tyres are pricy to replace, loses 0 - 60 and 1/4 mile to an ugly 2008 Colbalt SS

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    Too Nasty — pos - best sport compact two years running! wrx and evo jr cant touch this! stock 263hp 280 lb-ft tq and handling like a mofo! tighter than the STi in my opinion and smoother too. this car is a sleeper cuz you just got beat by a wagon! yeah sport bus!! neg - wheel hop = bad 60fts but quickly cured by the stiffer motor mount

    Pros: can hang with the STi for a fraction of the price

    Cons: FWD FTL!! and ugly 18's

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    Ms3 — Handles good for FWD, slower than the Z in the corners, but picks up quick. Stock options are ok, but needs some aftermarket items to really uncork the stock turbo. Cold air intake and FMIC are a must. Cobb Tuning Access Port is another must have. Best overall FWD fun to drive hatch around.

    Pros: Fast

    Cons: needs to be AWD or RWD

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    Very Good Bang For The Buck! — This car has great handling and power. The turbo has almost no noticeable lag and gives solid power throw the power curve. It also has a nice interior. Lots of room for 4 adults. The bucket seats are very comfortable and hold you in under hard cornering. also the close ratio 6 speed transmission is very quick and solid go for fast pulls or spirited canyon driving.

    Pros: Fast, comfotable, good price

    Cons: could use a little more flair as far a styleing

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    Great Car — I believe that it is the best car that you can get at its price. It may not be the best car in the luxury department, but it makes up for in speed and handling. It is a very fun car to drive and hits 125 mph in 5th gear.

    Pros: Fast, great handling and braking

    Cons: Needs better shocks

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    Bye Bye Gti, Make Room For The Zoom Zoom! — Well, hard to imagine, but I chose the Speed3 over the Mk5 GTI. Yes, it was a close call... Call it silly, but one of the tipping points for me is that the Speed3 is a good looking, but subtly styled car. The GTI blasts you with its Speed Boy front end styling. No thanks. The Speed3 is, as you must know, fast. Almost too fast, if there is such a thing. The shifter is a tad notchy, so you will need practice, but once you master it, you'll appreciate the well bolstered seats because you will be pushed back into them on take off. Zoom Zoom! It really is amazing how Mazda minimized the torque steer. Its so minimal in first and second, I wish they did not tame it so much (aftermarket calling...). Lets not be OCD about this. This is a fun, little car that you can still drive daily. You can get almost four Speed3s for the cost of a nicely equipped Audi RS4. So, high end leather, radio, and sound dampening, you don't get. Then again, you may still be able to afford to drive the Speed3 and keep your house. The interior of the Speed is nice, not great but good for the range. A bit too much plastic on the dash, but I can live with it. Its that much fun. Sure, watch out for tire spin, its true. But really, unless you are sticking the throttle through the floor at every stop light, you will be fine. What Mazda needs to do is offer more factory options (GTI anyone?). You are right if you think 18" rims on a car this size is overkill. I seriously doubt you will lose any performance on 17" with higher profile tires. You might want to look into this if you live in snow belts or with many potholes. Yes the exhaust drones, but its not overwhelming . My advice is to spring for the Grand Touring version. The leather seats, climate control, and better audio are worth it and will help resale value, if you care. The WRX just got tamed this year, the EVO X is frankly overpriced and thirsty, the GTI? Nice, but is dressed like a teenager. Plan ahead though... the Speed3 is a limited build car so you may have to wait a few months to get your hands on this pocket rocket of a hot hatch. Did I mention it was fun

    Pros: Powerful engine, Versatile interior, Comfortable bucket seats, Many safety features standard

    Cons: No all-wheel drive

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    Yus — Real fun car. Good in the mountains ("Touge"), though we haven't pushed it. Gets to 100mph+ in short order. Excellent response. nice and stable (or isolated?). Real nice. Practical, too. Pretty much a sleeper here in the USA, as hatchbacks aren't so common. Fun to drive. i'd say more, but my friend just purchased it this July, so no track time or anything yet.

    Pros: Cheap to insure, very quick, comfy, great car damnit.

    Cons: FWD (not really a negative, jsut in comparison to competition, Subaru), not free, not mine. :-)

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    I'm Gonna Get This Car — Very fun to drive. I'm surprised the dealer let me drive it as fast as i did. Very nicely put together. The engine is bloody awesome.

    Pros: awesome engine, nice interior, factory mods available

    Cons: i don't have one...yet!

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    The Wild Child — Premium fuel, higher insurance, higher chance of drowning in speeding tickets...this car is worth all that hassle. And it can take a full road bike without removing any wheels.

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    Awsome Car — I love this car, I thought it would be the same as my Focus but I was wrong, it is so much better, great power, smooth, great interior, comfortable, roomy, and a blast to drive

    Pros: POWER, ROOM, HANDLING, LOOKS

    Cons: TORQUE STEER!!!

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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