2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 consumer reviews

$22,340–$22,440 MSRP range
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95% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
4.7

Very reliable and a drivers first choice

This car met all my needs and made every ride enjoyable. It has lots of usable space and a power to weight ratio similar to a Vet!

4.1

Performance is great!

This vehicle is great if your looking for a car that has some get up to it!! It definitely is a performance car and very fun to work on and the parts are a reasonable price! Its comfy inside and has alot of cool features to it..

4.6

The Mazda speed 3

When it comes to the Mazda speed 3s. The car is a very powerful, yet very stylish and beautiful design in and out. With the sporty shape and interior looking like a jet cabin. The car is worth the money. With its turbo and 263 horsepower turbo engine the car delivers what a consumer might want for a sports car for the amount of money they offer. Now with the sports car not in production Any more, it sure is a great car to have and very hard to find. Very fun to drive and customize yo anyone needs. The car doesn't waste time on the track or on the road.

4.4

FAST - RELIABLE **IF you do your research!!

This car is everything you could want from a compact hatchback. 1. It's FAST - with minor modifications and a tune, it's beating most cars on the street 2. Do your research before modding - people will complain about it breaking down...that's because they don't know how to take care of a Mazdaspeed plain and simple 3. People have had their cars tuned for 100k + and reliable as a camry 4. SO much space

4.1

Fun daily driver

The Mazdaspeed3 is a great driving experience. The mischievous sounds of the blow-off valve and exhaust, the tight steering, and chirping 2nd gear all contribute to making the commute to work more enjoyable. I really wish this car came in RWD or AWD.

4.7

Zoom zoom

Really nice sporty car. It is up there with the subaru wrx and ford st. If youre looking to get a fun fast car this might be the one for you.

4.6

Sport Compact Champion

If you are at all serious about having a compact, performance hatchback, you need to seriously consider the Mazdaspeed3. I have had my car since it was new in 2008. First of all, this car has been dead reliable. It had a TCB repair done at 10,000 miles, but there has been absolutely nothing that has upset it after 65,000 miles. While just a little stiff on pockmarked roads, this car hauls butt. It is great for scooting around town and pulling on highways and steep grades. This car has a ton of power and a monstrous amount of torque which makes mundane passes fun and easy. The 6-speed manual is a little vague, but some aftermarket shifter-bushings can fix that up easily. Fuel economy has been just okay for me over the lifetime of the car. Do note that this little beast sips 93 octane. In mixed driving I will usually see 21-22mpg. On the highway, I have seen as high as 28mpg. Not terrible for the performance trade off, in my opinion. This car is perfectly usable. Tons of trunk space for a compact hatch. The back seats are a little snug, but two adults fit just fine. This car shines in the ergonomics department as well. Everything is laid out perfectly for the driver and nothing distracts you from the road. It doesn't have all the tech goodies of a current model, but everything is well laid out and easy to use. Bottom line; I love this car. It's proven to be equal parts dependable and raucous. It reminds me more than anything of a small hunting dog. A well trained and trim cocker-spaniel. I wouldn't trade the experience of owning this car for any other. There's a reason it was touted so highly when it came out in 2007. Believe the hype.

5.0

One of the best cars in its class

Purchasing this car is possibly the best decision I've ever made. This car was previously very well maintained and I have no problem with that . It is quick to impress your peers and underestimated by others who don't know about it. I prefer this car because if it's raw power and body style.

4.4

love my speed

Love my car. Drives perfectly. I've had for one year and it has 40k miles on it. Only had to replace battery because it was the original no other complaints. People usually assume it's slow. Love that it's a quick car that usually flies under the radar. Interior is much better than other cars in its class. Would buy again.

4.6

Zoom Zoom woosh

This car is a blast. I have had it for only 6 months now with 110k and its just so fun. Performance, best bang for you buck. Once that turbo kicks in you know you got the right car. Handles great even for a front wheel drive car, and torque steer shows up in 1st and 2nd (even though they are limited) but if you hold the car steady its fine. Prepare to surprise some people since most assuming its a standard 3 before they see the badge on the back. So far its been reliable with high mileage. 2 previous owners im assuming warranty work was taken care of since the smoking turbo and timing chain are known issues. Other than that if its taken care of and if modified intelligently it will easily reach 200k. Has a pretty big online community and you can easily join a local mazda group to hang out and have them help you out when you need it. Not even a month after owning the car I met up for an install day to learn how to change the oil properly on the car and regularly hang out. If you can find one of these lovely cars unmolested you are in for a treat.