2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Great Manual Transmission
August 23, 2010
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