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a LOT of car for the money by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/16/2008. Trim: 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Awesome bang-for-the-buck and quality-for-the-buck. Incredibly fun to drive. Very nice fit and finish -- belies the price. GT stereo has great sound. Great styling, but close enough to the standard Mazda 3 that it doesn't draw unwanted attention.
Cons: Minor things only: Shifter could be more precise. Red light on the gauges can strain the eyes sometimes. Rear LED lights look chintzy IMHO. Manual says 14.5-gallon fuel capacity, but I've never been able to put in more than 12.5 (!?!). Mute button on stereo does not pause CD. Torque steer occasionally rears its ugly head.
Overall review: Wonderful car -- a LOT of performance, style, and quality for the money.
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Bailing from a performance V8? Look no further! by Speed3GT from Midwest on 01/15/2008. Trim: 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 1 year.
Pros: This car re-wrote the book on bang-for-the-buck. Being a V8 rear wheel horsepower-type person, this car was a "concession" to $3.00+ gallon gas (my daily work loop is 105 miles.) I did my homework prior to the test drive, but I was sold in the first block. Torque is amazing. In most cases you have to spin these things to the moon to get any oomph, not so here! 3rd gear is definately the one you love to be in; will pin you back from 30mph to redline. This is a sports wagon, so handling and exhaust lean that way. No regrets here, they are within the limits you'd expect in this catagory. Creature comforts are exceptional for this pricerange. Get the GT pkg if you can, Lotsa content for the $!
Cons: Shifter is mushy; especially 2-3. A couple of recalls, but kudos to the dealer for handling them expertly. Wish GT pkg had heated seats (spoiled from other vehicles I own with them).
Overall review: As I stated earlier, I come from a long line of V8, rear wheel drive performance/track cars. This being my 1st 4cyl performance car, I was a bit apprehensive about this...until I drove it. It's an absolute ROCKET in 3rd gear from 30mph to redline. For a street car it will put a smile on any long time V8 driver's face. Even a short 3rd gear burst to clear some traffic will get at least one from the pack who will catch up afterwards and pace your rear qtr to see what the H*** this is. Handling is firm but not bone-jarring. Same for the exhaust. Even at full song it hasn't kept me from carrying on a conversation. Yes, there is some torque steer Edna. Look at the spec sheet, what do you expect? Its not as excessive as some would like you to believe; I've driven much worse. Overall, the car has a bit of an 'untamed' attitude, powertrain-wise. Personally, coming from hi-horsepower V8 vehicles, that puts a LARGE GRIN on my face. Catch a ride in one. Oh yeah, in my 95% hiway loop; 30mpg
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2007 Mazdaspeed3 Sport Review by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/16/2012. Trim: 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 5-Door, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Performance/value. Very practical as it is a hatchback.
Cons: Insurance is a little high, but that's the cost of performance. Ride/interior sound quality could be better. Fuel economy isn't great for a car of this performance level. Your paint will chip easily on these cars (but the primer is tough).
Overall review: Great car for the money. Powerful, handles well, and a good hauler. In over 5 years and over 50K miles ownership, the only issues I've had with the car were created by me.
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Mazdabeast 3 by Alejandro on 10/03/2012. Trim: 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Bought at 58k miles. Now at 65k. Car is an absolute blast to drive. Handles great. Car came with Blizzak LM-60 performance winter tires, and I tailed my buddy's Z06 (with performance summer tires) around the interstate on-ramp several times. Interior is nice. Everyone I know loves the car. This is not a straight-shooter performance rocket, but an overall great car. Very spacious and convenient. Torque steer is evident but in a way I find it fun. MPG can range from 15-30mpg depending on driving style. Car FEELS like it's reliable as well. Everything is smooth and precise. Tranny could use some tweaking from 2-3.
Cons: The Bose stereo doesn't play MP3 CDs. WTF? This is 2007. There is an aux input in the center console but you can't have both satellite radio and the aux input hooked up at the same time without an adapter from the dealer. Also the CD player has a hard time fast forwarding CDs sometimes (will fast forward, then skip back again. Not from scratched CDs either.) Ride can be a little rough. Struts need replacing at 60k already. Car doesn't like aftermarket parts. If you wanna mod it, you need a Cobb AP or you'll run rich. Want an aftermarket stereo? say goodbye to the climate control readouts/steering wheel buttons.
Overall review: Overall, a great car for the money. Reliable, fun, good looking, sleeper, and just simply a blast to drive. This is what true car enthusiasts will have in their garage for a while. Not for people who want ONE thing out of a car, but for someone who wants a well designed overall package.
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The Ultimate Sleeper by Speedy on 03/16/2012. Trim: 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Well this year model is THE sleeper, unless you know how to identify it you'll think its the little 150hp model. 41,000 miles and not a sign of any trouble whatsoever, had a couple of recalls for very minor stuff but since this is the first MS3 we can forgive Mazda, at least they care! Handling and acceleration are breathtaking, put the MazdaSpeed cold air intake on and get a sizable increase in hp and torque. There is no noticeable torque steer under normal driving conditions but flooring it in lower gears, especially on uneven surfaces, can have you fighting hard. The Grand Touring seats are very comfortable, great Bose audio system but no Bluetooth or USB
Cons: I wish it was 4 wheel drive like the MS6, its tough to put all that horsepower down on two front wheels. A few minor squeaks and rattles after 41,000 miles but nothing too bad. The 60 / 40 split works best for a right hand drive car because in the USA the 60 split is behind the driver. If your aren't very careful you'll pick up speeding tickets, it so fast you can be breaking any speed limit in about 7 seconds!
Overall review: I love my MazdaSpeed3! It's coming up to five years old and there isn't anything else out there in its class that I'd exchange it for, looks like I'll be driving it for some time to come. If you drive the way I do, you'll eat tires in about 20,000 miles and brakes in about 40,000 but that's the price you pay for having fun in this ultimate hot hatch!
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