2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Consumer Review: Red Rocket

2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By Dano on


2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 New Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


I'm an admitted car nut and have had the opportunity to drive quite a few performance vehicles over the years. With all things considered, the Mazdaspeed3 comes out at the top of the heap when it comes to performance, cost and comfort. I just knew I had to have one when the car salesman punched the accelerator for the first time during my test drive! ZOOM, ZOOM!

Best Features

The turbo-charged engine, silly! Accommodates a family of four, exhaust note, seats, 18-inch wheels, Solo Cup red paint, limited production. The exterior styling is not too much nor too little. Anyone who knows cars can tell that the MS3 is something special. I could go on.

Worst Features

Mazda scaled back their warranty coverage. I traded a 2003 Mazda Protege 5 which had, I think, a 4- or 5-year 50,000-mile warranty. Then again, 3 year, 36K is fairly standard.
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