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GREAT GUY FOR THE BUCK
By mustangleader4 on
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2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Review
Bought car new. Like most owners have written, lots of power for the buck. Surprise to get 30 mpg on highway driving 75. So far it's been very reliable which I was concern since this was the first year model which by the way quicker than the latest models due to weight. Much has been written about torque steer and touchy clutch. Haven't experience such problems because I don't floor the car from a dead stop or release the clutch out fast which the dumb car reviewers from Autoweek, Road and Track, etc.do when testing the car out. Can keep with BMWs, Porsches, etc. once you are rolling. Some say VW GTI is a better daily driver which isn't true if you drive the car like normal driver.
Favorite Features
Awesome power for highway and big turn mountain roads. Can't believe gas mileage due to the 6 spd transmission compared to the WRX which only has a 5 spd. Interior is quality whereas the WRX is plain cause Subaru puts its emphasis to the engine and AWD. Trunk is large 4 lots of cargo. Love seeing expression of faces of drivers of BMW and Porsche drivers when you can keep up with them. You will have more fun for the buck here than those expensive cars. Besides, Mazda drivers are lot nicer than those snobs owners. I had a Porsche before but never like the other owners. Sold it after 6 months. Great driving on the twisty roads with combo of power and nimbleness even for a heavy car.
Suggested Improvements
The engine is too strong for a front wheel drive. Mazda wanted to keep cost down which was a mistake because if it had AWD, it would outperform the 2011 WRX which is a great car in its ownright. All Speed 3 owners I know would have gladly paid a few more dollars to have AWD. This why the Speed 3 no longers is on the Best 10 list of Car and Driver as in the past. I think the days of the Speed 3 is limited unless they make such improvement. Speed 3 is no longer King of the Hill for Bang for The Buck!!
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