Mazda MazdaSpeed3

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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  • (4.7) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,597$13,801
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 263-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

Our Take on the 2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

Mazda added a high-performance model to its compact Mazda3 range when it introduced the Mazdaspeed3 for 2007. Available in Sport and Grand Touring trims, the Mazdaspeed3 features a high-output turbocharged four-cylinder, a stiffened suspension setup and unique exterior and interior styling cues. ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No all-wheel drive

Notable Features

  • 263-hp turbocharged engine
  • Stiffened suspension
  • Six-speed manual

2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Reviews Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in September 2006 about the 2007 Mazdaspeed3. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.There's a new trend in the automotive world. It's called "cheap speed," and automakers are achieving it by loading up relatively aff... Read full review for the 2008 Mazda Mazda Speed 3

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 19 reviews

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Bye Bye GTI, make room for the Zoom Zoom!

by Walker72 from Ohio on September 19, 2007

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 ... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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