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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback

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Zoom Zoom = Fun Fun
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By mattli
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Bought this car not long after our first child. Compromise (it's like a wagon, right honey). Engine sold me. Car is fast, handles great and gets pretty good mileage for the performance. Brakes and clutch are just right in the amount of firmness and travel. Interior is slick, though a bit cramped in the back seat. Holds a ton of stuff in the hatch and can still look cool. My wife loves it now, though we may have to trade for something a bit bigger. We have another child on the way and while it will hold both car seats, we may still want some additional company once in a while. Overall a great car and value.


Best Features

Power is almost instant. Turbo kicks in right around 3000 rpm. Sticks to the road almost as well as an all-wheel drive.


Worst Features

Don't care for the stock tires. good traction, but only lasted about 16,000 miles and were loud. Definitely could do better. Only complaint.


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Couldn't ask for more
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By Daniel Jobe
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This car is really great. You get so much more for the price. I bought my ms3 gt used about 5 months ago for $18k. It has a ridiculous amount of mid-range torque and can handle high speed corners extremely well. It is also great to live with everyday. I was smiling the whole test drive. I drove gti's and g35's and they both felt slow compared to the ms3. Everyone complains about the "vague" shifter. It's fine really. I've missed shifts before but it is never hard to find a gear.


Best Features

so much torque, bose does a pretty good job, interior lights, versatility, comfortable for the sporty suspension it has, 155 mph, nuff said


Worst Features

a few rattles in the cold weather, but I think just about every car has this problem. Bose should add a small sub to compliment the mids/highs.


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The all-purpose sportscar!
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By Rob
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Outside of a 2009/2010 Subaru WRX, nothing comes close to an all-purpose sports car than this little 2008 MS3 rocket ... and it looks so innocent! When it was purchased in 2008, the 2008 Subaru was not a performance match to this car, and it was over $2000. more than the Mazdaspeed 3 GT. Easy decision then and I'm glad I made it. It performs well in interior space for moderate hauling of things while having decent space for two adults in the back seat and loads of headroom in the front seat. All of this with great road-holding, good steering feel, great brakes and lot's and lot's of power ... almost too much torque for the front wheel drive ... but much fun to drive in spite of it.


Best Features

A pure sleeper with the looks of a (gulp) small station wagon - but with the tire grip, handling and power of a good $40K sportscar. Virtually no turbo lag so it feels like a small potent V8 in a 3200 pound car while the cornering power and brakes are better than my old 2004 RSX Type-S ... sweet!


Worst Features

Use the power after the car is rolling or you'll find the biggest gripe - the torque steer and (if it's wet out) the wheel hop. Anywhere it gets below 50 degrees, you do need all-weather tires as a cold weather tire. Otherwise, my only complaint is the inaccuracy of the trip computer for mileage.


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Reliability and Performance
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By Grogers
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Best driving front wheel drive auto period. Great handling, performance and braking. Two years without the first problem. Have comfortably driven 600 mile days and mileage has ranged between 18mpg city and 31 highway. Ride is firm but not uncomfortable for this 70 plus senior. Traded the car in Feb10 due to lack of luggage space for 3 or more.


Best Features

Performance, styling, 6 speed transmission and reliability.


Worst Features

Adjustable headlights (as on 2010 Mazda5). Different OEM tires. Didn"t like the Bridgstones due to noise and rapid wear. Car is great for two but lacks luggage space for 3 or 4.


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Definately Faster than my 350Z
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By UHATEIT
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I purchased this car used to replace my 2005 Nissan 350Z. I got it because I test drove one and people had recommended it. I enjoy tricking out cars and have added many upgrades to this vehicle. It responds very well to mods and it ridiculously fast. People will talk trash and compare speed to a 350Z. Having had modded versions of this car and modded 350Z this car is definitely faster, the turbo is what seals the deal and sounds great when you open it up and mod it with a louder intake system and bypass valve. The 350Z is of course more sporty looking and RWD and a coupe, but having upgraded to this being my first 4-door car, I was pleasantly happy with my purchase.


Best Features

The turbo sounds great when you add a few mods to the motor. It is very responsive to mods. It is very fast and can hang with the best of them. The interior and build quality is top notch and does not appear to be cheap in any way. This car is a great deal for the price it costs to buy one.


Worst Features

I would love to have seen a 2-door coupe option. Also a stock front-mount intercooler would have been aesthetically pleasing compared to the hidden top mounted one. Also a hood scoup would have been better for added looks if they were to keep the top mount intercooler, which they added in 2010.


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