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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback

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The best commuter
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By briannutter
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback New Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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We looked at a replacement for our '03 wrx wagon. List of must haves: boosted 4, room for the dog, sporty handling, good reliability, and not much over $20k. After a lot of research, it was the best decision even if we're not "in love". The '09 model WRX-GT isn't available yet and the present is a boring compared to our old one. The HHR SS was a player, but not as available on the lots and prices are higher because of it. Mini Cooper S looks dated and could be only worse in 5 years. The is the one left standing. See my likes and dislikes below, but it's a real shame that more manufacturers don't "get it" when it comes to fast efficient commuters. Upscale doesn't need to mean BIG.


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2008.5 has great interior, great engine, pretty good looks with a surprising amount of room inside. Really the best bang for the buck out there.


Worst Features

The shifter needs work. The car wallows some in high speed maneuvers (hopefully Hotchkiss sway bars to alleviate that). The Electronic throttle blade doesn't do what I ask it to and smooth driving is harder to achieve. It hits a wall at 5800rpm due to the ecm pulling boost for warranty reasons.


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1900 miles down and loving it.
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By J San Francisco
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback New Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I did a ton of research and found a deal I could not pass up. The power for the money is amazing plus the convenience of 4 door with room it was hard to not to buy one. If you've read ALL of the reviews and research of this vehicle, you have heard it's a blast to drive. And it is. The suspension will greatly exaggerate any small pothole or bump. Especially at high speeds. I do love the power and getting it out on the freeway. In 3rd it really lets loose with the turbo and before you know your doing 90mph in 5th! One complaint - I have noticed a few rattles near the windshield area. Power, convenience of 4 doors and decent mpg was everything I was looking for.


Best Features

Power. Handling. Leather/alcantera seats. Large center console. Unassuming exterior. Leather wrap steering wheel. Room for 4. 18" wheels.


Worst Features

Bose stereo with the grand touring was a bit of a let down. few rattles and harsh ride when the are small potholes and or bumps. exhaust noise is a bit too much for me.


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Buy One!
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By Eric
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I have had the speed3 for five months now and just love the car. For the money you are not going to find a better performance bargain. And whats best about it is its a Japanese car made in Japan which is a rare find today.


Best Features

The power is great as well its a 5 door so it can be a primary auto.


Worst Features

Needs a sunroof!


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One fast Pocket Rocket!
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By Cando
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback New Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I just bought this car in may of this year. I had the Mazda 3 GT before this one but wanted to get the Turbo version. This car is very fast, and you have to get used to the torque steer when you are shifting. For some reason it always pulls me to the left. Again the car is great, you got your 4 doors with a hatch and seats that fold down. I had a problem with the stereo (volume) had to take it back to get it changed for a new one.


Best Features

Turbo, dash, seats, radio controls on the steering wheel, and rims.


Worst Features

6 speed shifter is very notchy. Very hard to put in gear especially going from 2nd to 3rd and from 5th to 6th. Should add paddle shifters like on the Mazda RX8. Heated seats and mirrors plus wider tires and a sunroof.


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Great Toy!
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By Mike
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2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback New Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Wanted one since they came out. Was going to wait 'til spring '09, but this is the last year, so I jumped early. This car is phenomenal! Great power and handling. Not sorry I bought it. Acceptable mileage (it's not a sipper, but it does very well if driven gently). Very comfortable on a recent weekend trip, and the throttle response is amazing!


Best Features

Power and handling, auto HID headlights. Rain-sensing wipers. Great fit and finish. Especially like the subdued leather interior. The six-disk MP3 changer is a plus, as well.


Worst Features

Auto-up windows all 'round. Auto locking. A bit more driver leg room would be good, too.


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