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"my little Beast" by Pakal111 on 07/23/2009. Trim: 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door (New), Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: This little guy is fast.........too fast sometimes, good for everyday drive, it handles well on the curves, the breaks as just as good as the acceleration... cops don't usually pay attention to you, and insurance is relative cheaper than other turbo vehicles. it never gets old, i always wanna drive it
Cons: the shifter is a little tricky at the beginning... better MPG..but is a turbo engine.. is not an AWD, but the torque sterring is not as bad as some people think.
Overall review: If you are in a budget, but still a performance car that delivers... then this is the car for you.... if 8 hours at work feel like a slow death sentence....... the MS3 would bring you back to life...... I love it!!!
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best BANG for the buck by An MSN Autos Consumer on 07/22/2012. Trim: 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: suprising acceleration, excellent handling
Cons: a little hard to exit the front seats
Overall review: it is the definition of a "sleeper". nice styling without being an eye popping attention getter.
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Big Performance in a Small (Yet Practical) Package by Andrew from Armonk on 11/23/2011. Trim: 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Excellent engine; great power and torque; slick 6-speed; xlnt handling; good gas mileage (30.2 mpg over the last yr); zero problems in 3 yrs of ownership; powerful HID headlights; just-right exhaust note; comfortable and supportive seats; good audio system (Bose); practical (lots of room w/ the rear seats down); dual cigarette lighter plugs; not a cop-magnet
Cons: Though summer tires have xlnt grip in warm weather, they are unusable in any cold & damp (under 40 degrees F) conditions -- MUST switch to snow tires before it gets cold; heated seats would be nice if they were available; clutch is a bit abrupt in actuation; a taller 6th gear would be nice for highway driving; the car would be near-perfect it was rear-wheel drive
Overall review: The car is a performance bargain; serious turbo power when needed, but good gas mileage when trundling along; xlnt handling; very well made - no problems encountered in 3 yrs of driving; very practical yet capable of surprising/blasting past sports cars w/ much more horsepower/cachet (previous victims: Ferraris, Ford GTs, Porsche Turbos, Corvette Z06s, Audi R8s :o)
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Best in Class by Titanz55 from Portland on 03/05/2008. Trim: 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 5-Door, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Having the ability to beat most cars on the road. It drives like its on rails. For the price you won't find an all around better vechicle.
Cons: Requires premium fuel. 18 mpg on average but I drive hard. Car has a little too much torque for a FWD vehicle. Poor taking off traction on wet pavement.
Overall review: Superb vechicle
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GO BABY by LOW MILAGE on 01/05/2014. Trim: 2008 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Grand Touring 5-Door, Owned 6 years.
Pros: PERFORMANCE,SPEED,HANDLING AND THE 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION.
Overall review: GREATCAR!!! , I AM IN MY MID TO LATE 60'S AND ITS A BLAST TO DRIVE...,I LOVE THE HANDLING AND THE USE OF THE GEARS ESPECIALLY ON BACK ROADS. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING SINCE 2008 AND I STILL LOVE DRIVING IT. GREAT DRIVING EXPERIENCE.
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