2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 consumer reviews

$22,340–$22,440 MSRP range
side view of 2008 MazdaSpeed3 Mazda
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

Best Bang for your buck

Ive owned this about 2 months now.Great handling car while still being confortable. Alot of power for the money.Nothing in its price range can give you this kind of power.And the midly sporty look still manages to fly under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. The only think you will be doing this car is leaving other drivers confused how a little grocery getter blew their doors off on the on ramp.Love the seats on this car.extremely confortable and very supportive and since they have cloth inserts in the center you dont slide around when you drive hard.Easy to use and accesible audio controls on the steering wheel. Ive always loved modifying my cars but this one is tough one because the car come pretty well balanced out of the box.This car handles like a mini cooper without having the cramped feeling of driving a tiny car.Overal very happy with my purchase



Excellent performance, great gas mileage at least 30mpg when driving conservatively. The only thing I don't like is the noisy transmission. Handles like it is on a rail.


Lots of zoom zoom

If you're into fast cars this little power house will get your blood pumping. I was surprised to feel how fast this car is. Alot of fun to drive. Lots of aftermarket parts out there. Gas mileage could be better. Your going to need high octane premium fuel. Pricing was a bit high. I bought it brand new. Nice black leather interior with red stitching complement it well. Over all I'm very satisfied. No complaints.



Nice performance car for the money. I would have more grip on the road when its wet but I am enjoying it other wise.


Great for what it is

I've owned my Mazdaspeed3 for just over two years and 48,000 miles. I've really enjoyed the car. I've had one reliability issue, which was covered under warranty by Mazda. It has been excellent compared to my last car, a VW GTI, which was increasingly unreliable. The car is exactly what you'd expect - front-wheel drive does have a little torque steer, best looking hatchback I've seen, interior is nice (especially the seats), and the performance is incredible. I think that part of the reason it's been so great for me is that I have maintained the car meticulously - the turbocharged motor and transmission that handle it need to be maintained well. I've put some money into modifying it, which has bumped up the power AND reduced the torque steer. Overall, this car is perfect for me. I've scanned the market multiple times for a better choice and have yet to find one. The only reason I would get rid of it is if I need something less 'wild'.


Honest Review of my Speed3

I've owned my speed3 since July 2008, I purchased it with 10 miles on it and currently have 37,000 miles on it. The car constantly smokes, the transmission makes noise when shifting, the suspension clunks over bumps, and the interior is noisy (lots of rattles). Mazda won't fix the smoking problem that most of these cars have - even though they have maintained the vehicle for me (oil changes and all scheduled maintenance). Mazda?s factory warranty is worthless and the car is low quality overall. It has decent performance, but nothing special. The torque steer is terrible and if you drive it even slightly aggressively you will go through at least one set of tires per year. Overall, I would recommend looking at a higher quality competitor such as Subaru or VW.


Its Good!

I had researched MS3s for quite some time and finally decided that it was indeed the right car for me. I use this vehicle on a daily basis with a 120 mile round trip commute. gas mileage ranges from 20 - 24 mpg. MS3 is an amazing mix of performance, style, and comfort. shifting and clutching is rather smooth for a performance vehicle that has the "get up and go" that this car has. Bottom line is, if you are in the market for a vehicle like this, you owe it to yourself to take one of these for a test drive. you will not be disappointed...it'll probably end up in your driveway : ) spring for the grand touring, the leather , bose, and navi just add to this awesome vehicle. Zoom Zoom


Wild Child

A fun and practical car. The low-end torque is awesome & feels like a high-powered V8 engine. Braking and handling are just as awesome. It looks very sporty (bright red, 18" sport wheels, large spoiler, ground effects, large exhaust). The ride's a bit rough, but tolerable. It has as much cargo space as a small SUV plus 4 doors and the hatch. Best car I've ever owned.


Beats my Corvette

I thought I was strange trading a C6 Corvette Z51 for this car but the day I bought this car (May '08) another guy did exactly the same thing. It's had great reviews by all the experts and I agree. It hasn't got the power of the 'vette but it's FAR more reliable, and frankly more fun, not to mention alot more practical. I've had alot of sports cars and this is one of the better ones. If they'd just make it AWD it would be unbeatable. As it is, the best $23k I've spent. What's best is I lend it to my mother sometimes and she can drive it gently and it gets 30mpg. Of course I generally get 17 or so, living in the twisty mountains. It will eat tires and insurance is up there so if you've had any tickets or you're under 30 I'd get a quote first. Overall, it's a real winner.


Best value in a long time

I bought this car after having owned a Corvette for two-plus years, so I know what power and handling are. The Corvette ceased being really practical due to a few changes in my life, but this thing is a hoot! It has great power with very little turbo lag; the handling is much like a rear-wheel drive car (up to about seven- or eight-tenths) and the gas mileage is very reasonable (21 average) I really feel like I got a great deal on the whole package every time I drive it. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Once Cobb comes out with their Accessport, it will be a whole new ballgame!