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2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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Performance bargain of the decade!

by from Calgary, AB, Canada on May 22, 2008

I just bought an '08 model Speed 3, and it is a truly fabulous car! As a performance enthusiast, I have owned a few cars and driven quite a few more, and this is honestly one of the nicest cars I have...
I just bought an '08 model Speed 3, and it is a truly fabulous car! As a performance enthusiast, I have owned a few cars and driven quite a few more, and this is honestly one of the nicest cars I have driven on a daily basis. Although I am still young, I am extremely particular about many aspects my cars, and about the driving experience, and the Speed 3 performs like a true sports car but still costs thousands of dollars less. Performance - This car is completely fast enough for everyday, and will scare most drivers into backing off before it decides to let go, period (coming from a driver who has spent the majority of his youth, and his money, at the track)! The ride is a liitle stiff, but is to be expected and benefits the car anyway, so is not unbearable. I love the looks this car gets, not because it is the greatest looking car on the planet, but because the looks speak to a sense of confusion more than anything (Why/how is that Mazda 3 going so bloody FAST?!)! Car has relatively minimal turbo lag, and the LSD, DSC, Traction Control, and torque mgmt software do simply amazing things to keep this FWD monster in check if you may have a heavier right hoof than most! If you are looking for a $25000-$30000 "Porsche" than you can put all your stuff in the back of, this is THE Car! Truly Great machine. Don't know what else to say other than, buy one before Mazda stops selling them!
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Car of a Lifetime!

by from San Antonio, TX on March 23, 2010

Bought this car used. Handling is so good, turns are imperceptible, even at high speeds. Turbo makes me smile every time the car roars to life. Get the engine mounts checked out before buying, especi...
Bought this car used. Handling is so good, turns are imperceptible, even at high speeds. Turbo makes me smile every time the car roars to life. Get the engine mounts checked out before buying, especially on a used one. The weight of the engine plus the light frame sometimes causes issues. AWESOME vehicle, stoked every time I drive it.
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STEALTHY FAST YET SUBTLE GOOD LOOKS

by from PORT ST LUCIE, FL on July 27, 2007

FOR THE MONEY SPENT, RETURNS AWESOME PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING, BRAKES ARE TERRIFIC. HAVE RESTRAIN MYSELF COMING ONTO TURNPIKES, EASY TO HIT 100 MPH BY BOTTOM OF RAMP!! SEATS ARE QUITE NICE, THEY HOLD ...
FOR THE MONEY SPENT, RETURNS AWESOME PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING, BRAKES ARE TERRIFIC. HAVE RESTRAIN MYSELF COMING ONTO TURNPIKES, EASY TO HIT 100 MPH BY BOTTOM OF RAMP!! SEATS ARE QUITE NICE, THEY HOLD MY 5'7" 175LB FRAME SECURELY. TALLER PEOPLE, BUY A CAR TO FIT YOURSELF. I HAVEN'T FOUND THE EXHAUST NOTE TO BE OVERWHELMING AT ANY SPEED OR RPM. OVERALL I'M IN LOVE AGAIN AT 58. AND 25 MPG IS ICING ON THE CAKE.
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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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Every drive is exciting

by from Toronto, ON. on October 5, 2007

The car is amazing. My car had some problems after couple of months. It felt like it lost power and each shift gagged the car. We to the dealership and they fixed that problem. Since then, it has been...
The car is amazing. My car had some problems after couple of months. It felt like it lost power and each shift gagged the car. We to the dealership and they fixed that problem. Since then, it has been great and back to normal.
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Overall Great Car

by from Michigan on February 26, 2008

I love this vehicle! its quick, Awesome handling, and overall an amazing ride. really good on Gas (considering its a sporty car I get 25-27 MPG with a good mix of 50/50 highway/city ). does nicely on ...
I love this vehicle! its quick, Awesome handling, and overall an amazing ride. really good on Gas (considering its a sporty car I get 25-27 MPG with a good mix of 50/50 highway/city ). does nicely on long trips for both comfort and room. If you get in one you will be really suprised how big it is inside considering it looks about the size of a matchbox. I've had the car for about a year and still love to drive it. If you want a sporty car that still has some practicality this is the car for you!
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BUY IT

by from Charlotte NC on June 4, 2009

This is the best car I ever owned. It has speed, uility, curb appeal, and is cheap as dirt. The only cons are thin paint and the interior scratches too easily. Overall it supplies the necessary right ...
This is the best car I ever owned. It has speed, uility, curb appeal, and is cheap as dirt. The only cons are thin paint and the interior scratches too easily. Overall it supplies the necessary right foot thrust and mustang embarrising stoplight launches. Stock it was incredible with my less than 2k in mods its a beast. Could use a sunroof though.
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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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Hard to beat

by from upstate NY on April 25, 2007

There is really only one slight drawback to the initial purchase of a Speed3. Upstate NY is not a good place for summer-only tires, and replacing them with all-seasons is pretty much mandatory. That ...
There is really only one slight drawback to the initial purchase of a Speed3. Upstate NY is not a good place for summer-only tires, and replacing them with all-seasons is pretty much mandatory. That said, the handling and performance are outstanding, and the car is a joy to drive. With the available features, the car is a real bargain.
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FASTEST FWD Car on the Market

by from Phoenix, AZ on February 10, 2008

Pros: FAST, good gas mileage (when cruising), many features found on more expensive cars, practical bodystyle, great overall performance Cons: Shifter is notchy, Clutch is touchy, gas mileage (when t...
Pros: FAST, good gas mileage (when cruising), many features found on more expensive cars, practical bodystyle, great overall performance Cons: Shifter is notchy, Clutch is touchy, gas mileage (when the turbo kicks in), paint is very thin For 25k, it's hard to find another car that is faster or has a better overall package than the Mazdaspeed3. The interior is great, with a 6cd changer and Bose stereo system. Seats are perfect. Outisde, it looks like a sleeper. Only car enthusiasts can tell between the Mazdaspeed3 and the Mazda 3s. The storage capacity is huge with the back seats folded down. I can fit 2 guitar cases and a huge guitar amp easily. Performance: The turbo on this car defines the vehicle. Give the throttle a push, and the turbo spools up. In first and second gear the boost can easily break the front tires free. Some people don't like this kind of understeer, but its very addicting. The biggest complaint I have is the transmission. It can be difficult to drive smoothly if you want to go at a usual pace. When the turbo kicks in you have to be careful unless you want your passengers to get sick while you shift through the gears. The ride is a little bit stiff at times. It hates speed bumps. But it can get fun when carving twisties. Get the Grand Touring version. Better stereo and really nice HID lights. There are more features, but my favorite is the computer that shows average mileage, instant mileage, average speed, and remaining miles.
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