Reliable, Cheap maintenance, motivating to drive....
By mikeetown on
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$)
The smooth pickup of the V6, the SOUND the V6 makes, the notchiness of the manual tranny is all good.
The pedals are perfectly placed.
The cars engine reliability at high rpm in my experience is exceptionally good.
If you use the stock P205/55/R15 tires it handles very nice.
The brakes are balanced as long as your use original equipment or better for replacements.
The headlights are horrible.
Definately get the brightest bulbs you can, get HID's or get foglights.
I ordered a telescopic set of headlights for 220$ and it makes the car look a lot better.
The lights are finally useful.
The power windows did on mine but only when it got to 250,000km.
It was 350$ to fix them both.
Both are really minor details though.