by mikeetown on Jan 31, 2013 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
The 1.8 V6 isn't very powerful but it has a very smooth and steady climb in the RPM's all the way to its 7000rpm redline.
When it comes to windy roads, this car is very fast!!
The engines small displacement and smooth feel all the way to the redline gives the driver the confidence that the engine can surely take a beating.
Mine has 289,000km of hitting the redline every day and no problems.
I change the oil evry 5 months or 5000kms though using the reccomended 10w30.
The only Mazda MX-3 V6 I would avoid is an automatic one.
The auto could not handle the power of the V6 and usually doesnt last.
The 5 speed lasts forever provided u change the gear oil every 2 years (only costs 45$)
by GGCAN on Sep 26, 2010 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 2dr Hatchback
I purchased this car used in 1999 with 104,000 km and it was the 4 cyl. At that time I didn't have a lot of money for a car as I had just taken out a mortgage and needed a car. I am not sorry for this purchase, as the car has lasted me until now September 2010 and is now showing it's age and I am replacing it. I've pretty much driven it into the ground and other than maintenance, had not put money into any repairs...it's been very dependable.
by RJR on Nov 12, 2008 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 2dr Hatchback
I can't say enough about this car. It might not be the coolest car on the road but I owned this car for over 12 years, put over 110,000 miles on it, and it saved me a ton of cash. The reliability of this car is off the charts. I might have put $3k into it the entire time I owned it, and that's replacing consumables like brakes, exhaust, etc. The car never failed me once and is probably still on the road somewhere. I sold the car with 139,000 miles on it and it was still on the original clutch!
by haycraft on Mar 12, 2008 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 2dr Hatchback
this is a great car I have had mine for a little less than 6 months but i love it i had a little electrical trouble but that was because whoever i bought it from could nt put in a stereo. my car has 190000+ miles on it and still runs like a charm, mazda did great.
by synefx on Dec 29, 2007 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
this car is, as all mazdas, is a great car. its reliable and takes a lot of abuse. i bought mine used from an individual who kept up with it pretty well. but since i've had it, i've had to replace the distributor (135$ at the junkyard) and spark plug wires (40$ at autozone). unfortunately, i let it run too hot trying to get it home after running out of coolant - the motor still runs strong, but it knocks like crazy. i'll be taking it to the mazda dealership for a diagnostic. so far they are guessing that is may be the lifters, if so, i will swap the motor with a KLZE for more horsepower, that is my only complaint on this car, why they put a 1.8L V6 and not a 2.5L V
by mitmaks on Dec 5, 2007 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 Special 2dr Hatchback
I have owned this car for more than 6 years and I'm very pleased with it. It's really hard to move onto something newer. It has one of the best handling abilities compared to all FWD cars even being 15 yr old car. I'm not even talking about how much more positive difference it makes when you start adding upgrades and engine swaps are easy and inexpensive (200hp J-spec kl-ze) will waste much more expensive cars such as Integra type R, S2000's, etc.