2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Consumer Review: Japanese Quality that's precis

2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Japanese Quality that's precision-engineered to implode at 36,000 miles
By mollari_2261 on


2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Never abused, raced, modified, or wrecked, and serviced only my Mazda dealerships, yet it still began self-destructing within 100 miles of the end of the warranty. From 36K to 55K:

· silly-putty factory rear motor mount began eating itself
· steering began clicking and popping, dealer could not diagnose
· pot-metal shift knob attachment rod sheared off while driving
· toy-car-plastic shift cable end broke off of gear knob
· BlOSE radio died
· engine developed incurable throttle lag
· 2nd gear (and no other) would either (a) engage smoothly (b) engage with notchiness (c) grind (d) not engage at all; dealer could not diagnose
· 1 passenger window failed
· power lock in driver's door failed

Best Features

It seemed like an amazing value at the time I bought it (new), however a lower price in this case just means a more cheaply made car. Also, it was good fun to drive - when it ran.

Worst Features

To customers: Get a VW instead. Or even a Yugo. If you already bought a new Mazda, start saving up for a new car, you'll need one in about 3 years. To Mazda: 1) Find out if the Japanese language has words for "refinement," "durability," and "reliablity." Learn them. 2) Spend an extra $0.05 on paint and glass that don't chip in so much as a stiff breeze. 3) Nobody blessed with the gift of good hearing likes BlOSE. You shouldn't, either. 4) Fire the special-ed employee that designs your iPod interfaces and "automatic" (sic) headlights. 5) It isn't a "powertrain" warranty if it excludes most of the actual powertrain.
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