Great Manual Transmission - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Great Manual Transmission

August 23, 2010

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Myself and a few others here have griped about the abrupt clutch on our long-term 2010
Mazdaspeed 3. But the transmission is a different story: it's great.

The shift action is light, but with a positive engagement, and it has a very nice mechanical feeling.

The 6-speed MT has wider gear ratios than previous versions, but 1st gear is still a little low (numerically high) for me.

Triple-cone synchronizers are used for first, second and third gears, with a double-cone synchronizer for fourth gear. These help smooth the shift action. Also, low-viscosity transmission fluid reduces shift effort when the engine is cold.

Overall, a great transmission that makes up for the abrupt clutch.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 16,700 miles

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