Used 2009 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Consumer Reviews

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Rico, 11/12/2009
Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

You want a rig to massage your ego? Maybe make others look at you longingly in traffic? You never take you car to the redline, don't know that 'matching revs' means, but like to pretend that you could run a hot lap at a local track day? Well then, stop reading here, this isn't your ride...not by a mile. The Mazdaspeed 3 is a stealthy performance car, with a high build quality, that can embarrass a great many more pricy rigs. It doesn't have many interior 'toys' and it's looks don't say "I dipped into my 401K for this...worship me". But it does go, stop, and handle like it cost 50K. Need coddling? Look elsewhere. Want high speed-per-$? Then this is your ride.

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Bang For The Buck.

Rod, 04/10/2010
Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

No other car sold in America, in 2009, gave you more. Performance and Fun for the Money. Not Even Close!

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Amazing car - BE CAREFUL BEFORE YOU BUY THOUGH!

Stephen H, 11/23/2017
Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The good: This is just an amazing performance car. Great ride/handling balance, big power, super fun-to-drive. I think it looks great too. The bad: DO NOT buy one of these if you can't give it the attention it requires (ESPECIALLY a high-mileage one). This car has a few major parts that often have problems - mainly the turbo, the timing chain/ vvt tensioner, and various suspension components (all of which are time-consuming and VERY expensive to repair). BE SURE to read up extensively on mazdaspeed forums on these and other potential issues. If you do buy one, CHECK THE OIL WEEKLY (at the least). These cars tend to eat oil more than your average car. I would also have it thoroughly inspected by a reputable mechanic. Ideally, check for smoking exhaust after idling for 10+ minutes (sign of bad turbo) and do a compression test and oil pressure test if possible. Again, a great car, but if you're buy one, just know what you could be in for. It's like having a really beautiful, high maintenance girlfriend - you take the good with the bad : )

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Still impressed after 3 years

blinky1004, 07/27/2013
Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

On the advice of a car dealer/racer friend I purchased my Speed3 after first test driving the GTI, WRX sti, Mini S, Lancer RalleyArt and Cobalt SS. This car made me say "Holy cr@p!" more than any of the others. The Speed3 was an upgrade from my 2005 Pontiac GTO which was incredibly fast, but lacked cornering, braking, space, utility, and was extremely expensive to own. The Mazda is a much more complete performance car. After 36,000 miles it's still capable of shocking the bejeezus out of me with its acceleration, cornering, and braking. I've had no quality issues, rattles, squeaks. etc. We take this car on long trips instead of my wife's Maxima because it's more comfortable. I love this car!

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Great car for the Price.

Wayne, 09/19/2016
Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

This really is a great performing car. Its still surprise me what is can do. Its ultra stable on a open highway and loves to be pushed hard in turns. Reliability has been really good. But it needs a little more maintenance than your average car. I have replaced all the shocks with better aftermarket ones since the shocks when bad around 60K. Upgraded the sway bars front and rear, the linkages are know to go bad. Also make sure you change the transmission fluid every 40K since transmission can go bad on higher millage cars. Besides that there have been no major issues. If you want a car that is great fun, low repair cost and space for small kids can't go wrong with the speed3.

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