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Mazda3 Hatchback



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    If they can find another 50 or so BHP in the MZR turbo and keep the average fuel economy above 22 mpg or so I'm in.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    offering a 50-state legal Duratoq turbodiesel in the 1.8-1.9 liter size with a 5AT or 6AT transmission for the USA market

    Agreed, turbodiesels should be part of Mazda's North American strategy. The risk in this strategy seems to be the novelty of diesels in the NA car market.

    A five speed automatic transmission sounds like it's becoming the bar separating the higher end compacts from the lower end ones. A model with a six speed automatic would leap to the top of the pack.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    We just got our Mazda3 last weekend and are hoping that we can get our comfort bikes (one at a time of course) into the back. I am also pretty sure that my road bike (56cm) will fit in there, but there's no doubt that the front wheel has to come off.

    Unfortunately, the weather has been so lousy that my bike is still on the work stand in the basement and I'll be gone for the next couple of weeks. But I'll try to remember to post back here when I have the results.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    We picked up our 2008.5 GT last weekend, in the dazzling Copper Red color (a 2008.5 change, along with a power seat and a few other goodies). This is mainly my wife's car, but I have to admit that I am very impressed with all of the features that they have packed into this vehicle. It seems to have most of what my BMW 325i has, at less than 2/3 the cost! Granted, it's no BMW, but then what else is?

    I haven't had much chance to drive it myself since I'm still trying to pry it away from my wife, but it certainly looks like we made a good choice!
  • sevaseva Posts: 5
    I always put my road bike with back seats down without taking off the front
    Here are 2 differences:
    1. My bike is 49 cm -- Lemond Reno 2005
    2. My car is Mazda Protege 5 Wagon. but I suspect, Mazda 3 is a little bit longer.
  • marscatmarscat Posts: 7
    Driving in a city full of potholes, I regret having my low profile touring tires. This might not be an issue for others, though.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Driving in a city full of potholes, I regret having my low profile touring tires.

    I was thinking of this as I walked by a stunning VW Golf GT with what looked like 40's. The car may be superb and the tires may provide great control but, oh, the pain when hitting one of those cracks/crevices/canyons in the road after the ravages of winter. The nature of our roads is a limitation on automobile design/set-up; sports (or, sporty) cars need great roads (or, better still, race tracks).
  • vrodriguezvrodriguez Posts: 9
    Does anyone knows where I could find ALL of the engine compartment/bay hoses diameter for my 04 MZ3 H/B, 2/3L automatic (i.e. radiator, fuel lines, vacum, etc.) ?
    Will like to replace them all with aftermarket ones.

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    According to Edmunds Inside Line, the latest issue of CR has the VW Rabbit beating out the Mazda3 hatchback!
  • percussionistpercussionist Posts: 204
    I had a Rabbit - and while I'm sure the times have changed since then, it was enough to make me not even consider another VeeDub. I drove my friend's Passat (after spending 15 minutes figuring out where all the controls are) and really liked it - it's too bad he doesn't get to drive it more often due to all the shop time it requires.

    But just out of curiosity, in what areas does CR claim the Rabbit is better?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    The Volkswagen Rabbit got top marks from the notoriously picky Consumer Reports, which praised the hatchback's "agile handling" and "versatile, well-finished interior."
    Here's the link to the article in Edmunds:
  • shikemshikem Posts: 7
    My 56 cm bike fits easily without taking off the front wheel.
    Takes out the cargo cover and fold down the seats.
    Put the bike in back wheel 1st.
    Turn the handle bars so the front wheel is vertical and there you have it.
  • peddler3peddler3 Posts: 10
    I'm in the market for a new car and I've been looking at the Mazda 3 hatch, manual trans. What's up with the key removal button? That is really irritating. Is there anyway around this thing? I hope the 2010 doesnt have it.

    Also, is there any aftermarket replacement for the cargo cover that is smaller than the stock and easier to stow away than the big plastic monster that comes stock?

  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    Where can I get a black rubber or plastic dead pedal? I 'll have a hole in the cheap carpeting soon.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    The Mazdaspeed3 has a stainless one but it would cost about $130 for all the parts to install it in your Mazda3.
  • Has anyone tried one of the fuel savers chip with an positive results? Also, how can it be determined if my '08 hatch has traction/stability control? I've misplaced the window sticker.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    4&5 dr 2.3L Touring and GT have TCS/DSC.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    Ditto to what maltb said in the last post- it's standard on Touring and Grand Touring trim levels of all Mazda3 s models. Unless your 5-door is the base 'Sport', it is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

    Every reputable source that I know of has the same thing to say about fuel saving devices including chips- they simply don't work and often do more damage than anything. The greatest risk in your case would be voiding the warranty on your '08 model.

    Modifying driving habits, where and when safe and reasonable, is the most effective way to increase your fuel economy. I made some fairly simple changes in how I drive- shifting a bit sooner and accelerating more gradually when possible, using cruise control when driving on the highway, etc. have significantly improved my fuel economy. My overall average average fuel economy was barely 25mpg (24.8, to be exact) before I made these changes. I am now seeing at least 27mpg overall and 29-30mpg cruising at 75mph on the interstate.

    If you have an automatic transmission, there isn't as much potential as in a manual because most automatics already operate as efficiently as possible. Minimizing hard acceleration and avoiding making the transmission downshift are about it. If you're are an 80+mph highway driver like me, you may be surprised at the fuel economy benefit from reducing speed by 5-10 miles per hour.
  • ylzylz Posts: 45
    Hello all. Would someone who owns a 2008 Mazda 3 WITH Nav, please comment on this. It is an accurate navigation system? It is tedious to use with that controller next to the shifter? I know it may not be worth the price but I like the clean look of a nav system in a car but I need some feedback on THIS particular nav. Please help. Thanks.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    I'm dumping them.
    Tire Rack reccomends Michelin Exalto's 205 55 17 v rated ..My car has 205 50 17 V rated.
    Whats the diff a higher profile ,or they won't fit? :confuse:
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