2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 User Reviews

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    The Best Car In The World — its the hottest hatch out there. theres nothing bad to say about this car. its reliable, fast, attractive, and a true sleeper. its got the room of a sedan but the speed of a coupe.

    Pros: its quick as hell. has a ton of potenial. with around 2,300 dollars u can be at the 300-320 whp. its tight handling and crisp  6 speed transimision is awesome

    Cons: the sound system could be a little better, it does produce a good amount of bass though.

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    N/a — What won me over was quite defenatly the interior 5 stars for comfort. This car is a blast to drive.

    Pros: Sleek, Fast, comfortable,

    Cons: Everyone else keeps asking to drive it and I keep having to tell them to bugger off. MPG is kinda low for a new car about 26

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    Hatch Makes It Sleeper, But The Power And Handling Will Grab Anyones Attention — Living and driving in Colorado with some of the country's most respected twisties, is where this car feels at home. Take a recomended 30 near twice the speed and feel the sure footed P215/45's practically rip the asphalt off. No tire scrub, just a thrill seekers dream of apex glory. This car handles at a rate far higher than most have in the way of God given skill. A closed course track is where all of the potential of this car should be unleashed. The 2.3L direct injected inline four with an astonishing 15.3 lbs. of turbo boost quickly throws the car in to the 3500 RPM powerband marker despite the tourqe management system, and keeps you grinning all the way up to six grand. The great part is... You've got five more gears, and a hell of a lot of speedo left before the electronic governor kicks in and spoils the fun. Leather bolstered seats lock you in during the spirited, potentially licence revoking blast through the twisties, but are also surprisingly comfortable over a long period of time. The interior features are both ergonomic and stylish. Road noise is apearant, but with the suspension and tires this car sports, the noise is surprisingly minimal. The Bose sound system is impressive for a stocker, and the storage space is more than adequite. I am 6' 3" tall and have two car seats in the back of mine, prooving that there is actually some decent leg room in both the front and rear seats. I could go on and on about this little "hot-hatch". Over all, I'd say the difficult line of practical daily usability mixed with performance was masterfully conquored by the folks at Mazda with their "wild child" known as the Speed3

    Pros: Power, handling, practical usability and one of the best looking hatch's ever.

    Cons: The car doesn't feel like its going 90 when it actually is.  Potential ticket hazard!

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Review
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    Zoom Zoom Zoom! — Fantastic little hotrod. 265 bhp out of the box, 280 lb/ft torque.

    Pros: Power, handling, comfort, appearance, value... I could keep going!

    Cons: Little bit thirsty when driven hard.

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring Review
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    Zoom-zoom — 0-60...5.5 seconds 263 HP and 280 FT/LBS Torque sitting on 18"s what more d i need to say

    Pros: ALL

    Cons: None

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    My New Car, Friggin Awesome! — So far it has been great, pulls great, takes corners like a go cart, lots of room, just awesome!

    Pros: looks, performance, comfort, options, need i say more?

    Cons: It doesn't come with my name on it?

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    Amazing — After I test drove this car, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It has so much power- 263 hp and 260 lbft of torque... it's truly a beast. I read in several car magazines that torque-steer is an issue because of all of that torque going to the front wheels, but it's really not that bad if you are used to driving front drive cars. It's also a practical car because of all of the space, and once you put it into 6th on the highway it just becomes a cruiser and quiet. It's good stuff

    Pros: Huge power, practical, handles turns like a champ

    Cons: If you aren't used to front-wheel drive, you might be complaining about torque steer

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    Fast Speed — I liked the style and performance from it being stock. Makes power really easy, and turns heads everywhere I go from the sound of the exhaust to the sound of the turbo. Shifts really smooth and needs nothing. I like this car

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Makes power easy.

    Cons: Performance stuff is expensive but worth it

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    Wish I Never Got Rid Of This Car.... — I loved this car for the 77,000 miles that I owned it. I installed a Cobb Accessport and Cobb Downpipe, along with their intake and a front mount intercooler and the car made around 290 wheel horsepower and 330 torque on a conservative dyno. I also averaged about 28 mpg per tank on my commute, I could get 30+ if it was all highway. It was lots of fun, decent space inside, and I would buy another.... Currently waiting to see what "Mazdaspeed" comes out next for 2015+, along with the Subaru STi, & Mitsubishi EVO.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great power, great price, great handling, and even good MPG when you are out of the throttle (I averaged 30 mpg highway).

    Cons: If you are into modding, be aware of the PCV/vacuum issue - a downpipe install could cause a smoking turbo.  The only issues I had was the fuel pump wasn't up to par around 65,000 miles (for my boost levels), and the shocks/struts went around 50,000 (but I sometimes had a hitch with 3 bikes on it which probably didn't help).

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    2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport Review
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    Nearly Perfect — Best Bang for the Buck. First in class overall in performance. Acceleration, braking , handling make this a fun car. It is also a practical car with the hatchback design. Ride is firm but not uncomfortable, MPG is good for performance car (18 to 31MPG) depending on how heavy you foot is. No problems in over a year. Needed more room so no longer own. Two years and no problems with the Speed3. Great car.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Speed, handling, practical and economical considering the performance.

    Cons: Torque steer (fairly well controlled), transmission shift gate and action could be better.

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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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