2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Owner Reviews
- Exterior Styling
- Interior Comfort
- Quality & Durability
ALL SPEED 3 MODELS 2007-2010
I have 44,000 miles on the car. I'm tired of reading the so called expert auto reviewers who complain about torque steer. One so called expert said there is two ways to drive the car: the high school taught way, releasing the clutch out slowly and put the gas to the pedal or rev the engine to 25-2800 rpm and punch it. Any Dumbo Dinzo from NCIS would know torque steer is going to exist if drive the later way due to the powerful engine. But really, who drives that way unless you don't expect to own the car long because you're going to rip it up.Com'on let's get serious. I have never experienced the type of torque steer all the auto mags like to refer to. Once on the roll from say 5mph you can full throttle it and you are not going have any torque steer unless the wheels are not straight. One moment these "experts" can't stand the car ("one better served with a 2011 WRX but then the WRX ride is too soft and the interior is cheap") but the Speed 3 gives the driver a better feel for the road. It goes on and on if one read all the reviews as I have. Bottom line: You want a librarian car with a bit of excitement ,refinement but no power, get the VW GTI. If you drive in areas where AWD is helpful for the road elements, you want a car for 0-60/quarter mile drags, below average mpg, so so interior layout, soft handling, get the WRX . If you don't need the AWD, you like a 6 speed for better mpg, you want t a more lively feel, and power on the roll to keep up with any car, buy the Speed 3. I have driven all these cars and each has its pros and cons. I would say the WRX and the Speed 3 are the best bang of the buck. Forget the STI. Too expensive for what you can get. Dealers told me they are selling way more WRXs. Now, if Mazda would step to the plate and just put a FWD, that would be the best of all worlds. No TS discussion. Speed 3 is more powerful than the WRX and the handling of the Speed 3 is very close to the STI but would still be cheaper.
<p>The Mazdaspeed3 is real "sport car". Its handling is excellant. Acceleration is unbelievable. It easily achieves the 100 mph + range in 5th gear. (it has a manual 6 speed)</p> <p>At any speed it sits on the road rock solid, no unusual vibrations, no sign of lightness, or drift. This car gives you a feeling of confidence in any situation.</p> <p>I do not want to advocate unsafe or illegal driving,but this car can carry you there. It is necessary to exersize a great deal of self control. The faster it is going the better it feels. enough about its performance, suffice it to say ,It is a real thrill to drive.</p> <p>Its fit and finish in and out is very good.</p> <p>I have had the car for 8000 miles, our "city" driving averages 29.1, on longer trips we get 32.2. I do not drive to achieve high economy, as I said the car is fun and I drive it that way.</p>
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