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$)
by synefx on Dec 29, 2007 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
this car is, as all mazdas, is a great car. its reliable and takes a lot of abuse. i bought mine used from an individual who kept up with it pretty well. but since i've had it, i've had to replace the distributor (135$ 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 HondaKiller on Jan 2, 2007 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
This is my third MX-3, and my first V-6. I haven't had it long, but so far everything is great. I was able to grab one with under 100K on the ODO so that was definitely a plus. It's definitely a sleeper, as most would even expect a V-6 in such a small car. Beats most other cars its size and and even some bigger ones. Hopefully I can keep this one for a while :). P.S. My first one was in totaled in an accident...and continued to run even after the accident and the second one was bought from a shady guy that sold me one with a defective head. Third time's a charm right?
by Rod on Aug 3, 2006 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
This is my second MX3. First one was a 4 cylinder. The 4 cylinder just wasn't powerful enough...stick with the GS V6 with manual tranny (trust me). Worst case, stick with manual tranny in either model. The exterior of the MX3 does hold it's age well, very well actually. I still feel pretty cool driving it around after all these years. However, mechanically, the age of the car is starting to show. Common problems on this car include, power windows, automatic shoulder belts (recall), tons of front axle problems (front). Best bet is to buy from a dependable source or someone who keeps good records. Look for repairs in the areas listed prior. All in all, I would buy it again...It's that cool.;)
by MX3 Fan on Oct 31, 2005 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
This is my first car, and it is SO MUCH FUN! It doesn't seem it, but it's quite tough (it survived my horrible beginners driving). Handles very well, and is easy to drive as well. With an exterior design that looks much newer than its year, and a roomy interior able to hold everything a teenager needs with ease, I will always love this little car!
by rl88 on Oct 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS 2dr Hatchback
I have all power options, the pw broke
on me, i also had to change the
tranny, the engine is still strong, I
can't seem to beat other v6 cars off
the line but then when around 40 KM
you feel that you are flying and it
doesn't stop accelerating, it's an
OKAY car. If you are looking for a
nice 2 door V6, get a accord or
solara, it's the same on gas, actually
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