2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
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My favorite car... ever.

by from Gilbert, AZ on June 5, 2017

Just recently parted with my Mazdaspeed3.... after 10 tears and 100,000 miles it was time to move on. Hands down, this is the best car I ever owned. A cool looking little hatch, unassuming, ridiculous...
Just recently parted with my Mazdaspeed3.... after 10 tears and 100,000 miles it was time to move on. Hands down, this is the best car I ever owned. A cool looking little hatch, unassuming, ridiculously quick AND capable of taking the whole family on road trips (with the dog!). Just a great little car that was so fun to drive. I'll miss that exhaust note...
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Zoom Zoom

by from Ringgold, GA on May 2, 2017

Great little speeder and commuter! If you like something that'll get you to A to B and still get 24 MPG, but still want something that can zoom fast, this is a great alternative! If you're into car cu...
Great little speeder and commuter! If you like something that'll get you to A to B and still get 24 MPG, but still want something that can zoom fast, this is a great alternative! If you're into car culture and wish to tune, this is a living platform to mod. Wish Mazda would come out with a gen 3 or gen 4 speed, however, this is a great, reliable car until then. Head over to the Mazdaspeed forums for detailed things to check for before purchasing. Many are kept up very well, but there will always be some that care less about their property, and thus, an unkept speed.
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Best deal for the money.

by from Hayward on April 3, 2017

I loved my Mazdaspeed 3. My Mazda has over 90k miles and not one major problem. It handles very well with a nice set of tires and the interior quality is very comfortable. The car has a ton of power b...
I loved my Mazdaspeed 3. My Mazda has over 90k miles and not one major problem. It handles very well with a nice set of tires and the interior quality is very comfortable. The car has a ton of power but also if driven at low RPM's can save you some gas. Mazda really should bring this car back.
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Great sports car for the money!

by from Atlanta, GA on February 10, 2014

You'll love this car if you don't want to look like a racer yet you are a sports car enthusiast. 2 things to watch for if you are buying over 70,000 miles. 1 - cold start up rattles - search online fo...
You'll love this car if you don't want to look like a racer yet you are a sports car enthusiast. 2 things to watch for if you are buying over 70,000 miles. 1 - cold start up rattles - search online for videos of what that sounds like. Mazda fixes the issue at no cost if you have less than 70,000 miles. Issue results from a fail VVT actuator. Basically it's what tensions the valve timing chain. Costs approximately $1400.00. 2 - smoking turbo after idling for several minutes This too is fixed by Mazda if vehicle is under 70,000 miles. Research Mazdaspeed forums on the web.
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Most Fun Behind the Wheel less than $80,000

by from Naperville, IL on December 17, 2013

Perfect car for the value. At the price you can find these for you will not find a match to the power and responsiveness that the Mazdaspeed3 can provide. The clutch has great response times and is we...
Perfect car for the value. At the price you can find these for you will not find a match to the power and responsiveness that the Mazdaspeed3 can provide. The clutch has great response times and is well built. The only reason for reliability it gets 3 stars is that the KO4 turbo charger that comes stock likes to give out around 60,000 miles, which is notable by an oily smell and thick blue smoke at idle. Other than that, can be driven like a daily driver since the boost is limited until 3rd gear, and even then the upper ranges of the tach. Great on insurance since it's listed as a hatchback and not a sports car, but has all the feel and excitement of an EVO without all the money. Would buy again. Great as a first tuner as well. Lots of parts out there. Great Daily Driver, but when your foot hits the floor, its a thrill!
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Great allrounder

by from Bellvue WA on March 5, 2013

I'm thrilled with my 07 Speed3. It's the best sports hatch for the money. It may not be as refined as the VW GTI, but it offers excellent handling, more power and torque than you need, very good intri...
I'm thrilled with my 07 Speed3. It's the best sports hatch for the money. It may not be as refined as the VW GTI, but it offers excellent handling, more power and torque than you need, very good intrior and cargo space, and comfort for 2 adults and 3 kids. Gear change is a little notchy between 1st,2nd 3rd, and Bose stereo could offer more bass, it's no better than the standard system. Overall this is a fantastic and reliable car.
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Bang for your buck? Yes indeed

by from Minneapolis mn on September 22, 2012

Just picked up a grand touring great value for 9k. Interior is so-so good for what I paid. Navigation needs its ui updated not very accurate. Bose stereo is nice deep sound no distortion. Performance...
Just picked up a grand touring great value for 9k. Interior is so-so good for what I paid. Navigation needs its ui updated not very accurate. Bose stereo is nice deep sound no distortion. Performance for the money can't be beat I average 29.4 mpg in a 270hp car. Will add more as time goes on
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breedspeed3

by from kansas city, MO on July 11, 2011

I did some initial research on hot hatches before buying my 2007 speed3 in Sept 2010. Tipping the odometer at a sub 32,000 miles it was hard to pass up. Not may speed3 surface for sale regularly, espe...
I did some initial research on hot hatches before buying my 2007 speed3 in Sept 2010. Tipping the odometer at a sub 32,000 miles it was hard to pass up. Not may speed3 surface for sale regularly, especially for an 07 (1/5000). In the midwest, a 07 speed3 is like finding and chasing a unicorn. Yes the non aspirated Mazda 3 is as common as an house sparrow. While the speed3 is a top apex predator waiting for a challenge. It is true, most independent magazine testers and reviewers contest that there is no contest when it comes to the speed 3. It's a breed of its own. 263 hp at the reigns of a 6speed tranny is incredible power. Torque steer? Really? 280 lbs of torque is what makes the speed3 a different breed. However, the speed3 is quick and nimble considering all those impressive stats. You cant say the speed3 is like mazda 3 on steroids. Why? because the speed3 is a non aspirated turbo beast.
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Sensible exhilaration

by from Chicago, IL on June 6, 2011

Four doors, decent mileage, and as much fun to drive as a go-kart or Corvette. More prestige than a go-kart, a little less than a Corvette, but much more utilitarian. I can put a bicycle in the back w...
Four doors, decent mileage, and as much fun to drive as a go-kart or Corvette. More prestige than a go-kart, a little less than a Corvette, but much more utilitarian. I can put a bicycle in the back with the seats folded down and don't even have to take the front wheel off my bike. I can put a kid's seat in the back seat - try that in a Corvette, and I still get people complimenting me on the looks of the car. I commute on interstate in the Chicago metro area. Normal speeds are between 70-80 and it's so much fun to just touch the accelerator and jump 10 mph to scoot into a lane or around someone putt-putting at 65 in the left lane. On and off ramps have become a blast - I can take them 15-20mph faster than the posted speed with a silly grin that blossoms into a hugh smile if I get on it to jump ahead of traffic as I exit the ramp. The ONLY disappointment has been the auto-sensing headlights. They don't come on during the rain (state law) because it doesn't get dark enough to trigger them. So I have to manually turn them on and off. What a chore - life is so tough. So, if you don't mind turning the lights on and off, I'd buy this car in a heartbeat. It's capable, versitile, good looking, and a blast to drive. Besides, how many cars can a guy in his 50's buy that his kids would love to drive (while paying under $20K)???
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great fun

by from Charlotte on April 18, 2011

The mazdaspeed3 is a great fun car. I think the looks are absolutely awesome(which I can't say about the gen2 Mazdaspeed3. The performance is great. acceleration is typical small turbo/low end torque ...
The mazdaspeed3 is a great fun car. I think the looks are absolutely awesome(which I can't say about the gen2 Mazdaspeed3. The performance is great. acceleration is typical small turbo/low end torque design but you can't argue with the numbers 0-60etc. The ride is just the right amount of sportiness without being harsh, and the entire car feels solid. For my money I think it is hard to find more smiles per dollar.
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