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Old 08-21-2006, 09:37 PM
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The answer is probably, no BUT can you get a MazdaSpeed 3 in auto? My girlfriend is going to be looking at cars in the near future and doesn't know how to drive stick. I offered to teach her, but she doesn't want to learn on my Mustang.
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Great alternative to the Subaru Outback or WRX?
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This would turn me off from any Mazda product> LINK

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Originally Posted by Maximized
The answer is probably, no BUT can you get a MazdaSpeed 3 in auto? My girlfriend is going to be looking at cars in the near future and doesn't know how to drive stick. I offered to teach her, but she doesn't want to learn on my Mustang.
No, no auto. 6-speed manual only.
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This would turn me off from any Mazda product> LINK

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How exactly does this affect me as a consumer? I don't read the dealership service "award" ratings from Mazda. I ask people where they take their cars and if they've had a good experience there. I go by word of mouth, not some stupid survey system.

I'm going to get a MS3 to replace my Mazda 3s and gladly do it because my Mazda is the best built car I've ever had.
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Wow, that is a great alternative to the dodge caliber. If it comes in under the price or at the same price as the SRT-4, then Dodge has something to worry about.
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I was checking Mazda3's crash test ratings and they were not so hot.
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Originally Posted by charliemike
How exactly does this affect me as a consumer? I don't read the dealership service "award" ratings from Mazda. I ask people where they take their cars and if they've had a good experience there. I go by word of mouth, not some stupid survey system.

I'm going to get a MS3 to replace my Mazda 3s and gladly do it because my Mazda is the best built car I've ever had.

<---- best friend owns the 8 and is included in that afflicted demographic. Consider this word of mouth..er...fingers!!
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<---- best friend owns the 8 and is included in that afflicted demographic. Consider this word of mouth..er...fingers!!
Understood but I would NEVER buy that car because I think rotary is shit technology.
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Originally Posted by Ruski
I was checking Mazda3's crash test ratings and they were not so hot.
Unless the airbags are standard, IIHS won't test with them. If the manufacturer wants to give them a free car with airbags to test, then IIHS will re-test.

Most small cars without side curtains and airbags don't fare too well.

I think they should be standard but I would never buy another car w/o them.
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Hmm...would definitely look at is as a second car if I end up trading my TSX for something less practical...
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Understood but I would NEVER buy that car because I think rotary is shit technology.

....our could just be Mazda's ineffectiveness in execution when it comes to the rotary engine.
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$30,995 Canadian MSRP.

More than I expected.
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Looks like a fun little machine.
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Oh, and with 263hp/280lb ft on tap, there's no way I'd come anywhere near the 20/28mpg mark.
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Martin
Oh, and with 263hp/280lb ft on tap, there's no way I'd come anywhere near the 20/28mpg mark.


I'd like to see/feel how the ECU limits Tq steer. It apparently dials back the Tq in the first 3 gears.
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Old 09-01-2006, 05:29 PM
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I wanna drive one!!!
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I cant wait to try it out! I loved the mazdaspeed6 except for the clutch, so I hope they did as good of a job on this one.
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Looks like a very nice ride. I can't wait for a comparo between this and the Caliber.
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Originally Posted by driver centric
Looks like a very nice ride. I can't wait for a comparo between this and the Caliber.

Homey say ?

Not even close! I'd throw it in a camparo w/ the VW GTI and watch the Speed3 run circles around it.
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i think he meant caliber srt4.
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Originally Posted by cheepung
i think he meant caliber srt4.
man I cant wait to see this thing... I may go down to a dealership and test drive one sometime...
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this little thing rocks i think i'd take one over the civic si
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I was in my friend's '05 3s and it was ok, not great. I HATE all the glaring RED guages and controls....they hurt my eyes and it's just too much bright red. I really prefer softer colors for lights in my car. I guess for the power, the speed3 would be great, but I couldn't spend much time on the inside of it.
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this little thing rocks i think i'd take one over the civic si
....what if Honda offered a K23A1 powered Civic Si/Type R?
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Originally Posted by Fibonacci
Homey say ?

Not even close! I'd throw it in a camparo w/ the VW GTI and watch the Speed3 run circles around it.
Not even close? How is a comparison between the MZ3 and the GTI any closer?

I'm no Dodge fanboy but I think it would be interesting to see if the SRT-4's extra hp would be enough to overcome the Mazdaspeed's obvious suspension/chassis tuning advantage. These two are going to be the most powerful front wheel drive sport compacts and I'd love to see them go at it.
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AutoMobile mag dyno tests

I have no idea how old this might be, but it's a good write up, I pasted only their conclusions, but it's not a really long read for each individual engine. And maybe it's just me, but the order listed seems to correspond with their ranking (even though they don't really rank them) of how satisfying each engine is.

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2007 Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si, and Mazdaspeed 3 Dyno Tests: The Truth in Numbers

GTI: Castrated or not, cheating or not, this engine is immensely satisfying at all times. It sounds great, revs willingly, gets great gas mileage, and makes boatloads of power. It's a beautifully executed engine that makes good on VW's heritage of fine motors. You don't even have to hate the computer weenie.

Si:Regardless of its relative disadvantage to the cheaters, the Civic Si has s a truly entertaining engine that's filled with tech features that (other than the throttle calibration) do nothing to detract from the feeling that someone poured their whole soul into its development. It takes only one trip to the redline to envision that mad scientist thrashing this car mercilessly, laughing all the way.

MazdaSpeed 3:Punch the accelerator at 3000 rpm in a Mazdaspeed 3 and you'll probably smile, too. But if you compare it to the more sophisticated engines of the other cars here, you may find it lacking the linearity and broad-range power delivery that set apart the merely powerful engines from the truly magnificent.
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Looks like Hondata has some work to do on that Civic powerband.

I love the 2.0T in the GTI. So much potential.
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Originally Posted by phile
I have no idea how old this might be, but it's a good write up, I pasted only their conclusions, but it's not a really long read for each individual engine. And maybe it's just me, but the order listed seems to correspond with their ranking (even though they don't really rank them) of how satisfying each engine is.

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Lots of speculation that the hood up and fan placement didn't utilize the TMIC in the Mazdaspeed 3. The GTI's FMIC was thought to benefit more from the test setup.

No one knows for sure ....
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Looks like Hondata has some work to do on that Civic powerband.

I love the 2.0T in the GTI. So much potential.
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Lots of speculation that the hood up and fan placement didn't utilize the TMIC in the Mazdaspeed 3. The GTI's FMIC was thought to benefit more from the test setup.

No one knows for sure ....
Ahhh....intersting...
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From Leftlanenews...

Mazda has unveiled its Mazda3 MPS Extreme at the Sydney Motor Show. Based on the popular Mazda3, the MPS has been tuned by Mazda's Australia Motorsport manager, Allan Horsley, to produce 281 horsepower and 313 lb-ft of torque from the car's 2.3-liter DISI turbo engine. Mazda didn't release any updated performance stats but did say that the upgrades should be good for about a 20% improvement in performance.

The Mazda3 MPS also includes a free-flowing two-inch exhaust system and a revised suspension that sits 25 mm lower than the standard model. Wheels are upgraded from 18 inch alloys to 19 inch BBS Motorsport wheels.

The exterior of the Mazda3 MPS is finished in red paint with black stripes along the hood and rear fenders, as well as a black roof.
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...and still a station wagon. Sedan version gets no love.
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sweet looking car..never thought i'd like the Mazda 3 that much
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