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Mazda MX-3... any good?

n299n299 Posts: 3
I'm 18, had 3 convictions and 1 accident... I'm
not a bad driver, I was just stupid when I first
started driving. Anyways, I'm looking at a used 4
cyl MX-3, probably 93-95. I was wondering if
anyone had problems with them, or any other
constructive criticism about them. My 68 Bug isn't
fairing well during the winters, so I figured I
could use an upgrade.

Thanks,

Brandon
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  • Mx-3's are few and far between. Mainly because they never sold well, and were only produced from '92-'94. My stepfather owns a V6 model(translation: pocket rocket) and it has 140,000 miles on it, and drives like it's brand new. I don't know much about the 4 cylinder models, but they should be just as reliable. Also, a 4 Cylinder will be MUCH better on insurance. This is not the worlds safest car though, due to it's size. But it has been a great car during the winter, here in Rochester, NY last winter we got a huge storm, and the Mazda had no problem getting around(although it did have 4 snow tires on it).

    Hopefully this will be of some help.

    -Ben
  • How many horses does have the mx-3 v-6? Does anyone knows its 0-60 and quarter mile times?
  • I don't know the numbers, I just know it's pretty impressive for 1.8 liters. (Thats right, it has 6 cylinders, and is only 1.8 liters in displacement.) I would guess somewhere around 145. But the kicker is it has tons of torque. It's too easy to break the front wheels free if your not carful with the clutch. I have been trying to find the specs on it, to no avail.
  • The mx-3 v6 has 130hp at 6500rpm and 115 torque at 4500. The 0-60 as I recall from Motortrend was 8.3 seconds. The car really does not have that much torque and could use more. It is a high revving powerplant.
  • judasjudas Posts: 217
    You're right on the HP and TQ numbers but I think you're a little optomistic on the 0-60 times. I was thinking it was 8.7. 1/4 time as around 16.1-16.3. I test drove one years ago and it didn't compare with the two pocket rockets I had about the same time, an 89 Mirage GT Turbo and a 89 Supercharged MR2. The engine, while smooth, is surprizingly gutless. Also, I doubt there's much difference on insurance between the 4 and the 6. Either way you're looking at an older car that wasn't very expensive when it was produced. I doubt the insurance company is going to kill you too bad for the extra 25 or 30 HP the 6 has.
  • I have had no problems with my car. The only thing is, it is so low to the ground and many a times have I scraped. It's been a very reliable car for me and gets great gas milage. I'm actually selling mine now, It will be impossible to put a baby car-seat back there in those bucket seats!
  • esimpsonesimpson Posts: 2
    Got a '93 4-cyl with 120k miles on it. Repairs have been non-existant. Just the standard preventative maintenance, tires, belts, oil, filters, headlights. I'm shooting for 200k before considering a new car. We'll see.

    Keeps going and going. Pretty good in the snow - has a slight understeer if you hit a corner too hard, easily controlled by letting off the gas and the front end whips back in line.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    For a 1994 or newer MX-3 GS with automatic. Always LOVED them! Just my thoughts :)
  • tickbittytickbitty Posts: 250
    just saw one of these and thought I'd look it up. Can't believe it was not a more successful car. Great looking, and a hatch!! WoW
  • photog0264photog0264 Posts: 314
    I recently purchased a Brand new Escort ZX2 and love it dearly. However it was involved in a serious accident and I am stuck with a rented @#@# Escort sedan till mine is repaired. Because of my loathing for this smelly abused under powered car. It got me thinking back to the days when I had two vehicles and the ease with which I could deal with these types of minor crisis. So I have begun a used car search to be concluded in the spring of next year.

    The car that keeps coming to mind is the 1993 Mazda MX3 GSi Hatchback. Despite it's age it for looks it can still hold it's own against most of todays more contemporary models and the same can be said for MX3 GSi's performance. What concerns me though is the mileage. Right off the mark despite it's past reliabilty it would end up being high maintence car due to the age. My late 1987 Acura Integra made it to 200,000 miles before the final bang from the transmision. With no disrespect intended to any of the owners of this little classic; I honestly can't see an MX3 making it much past 200,000 miles. In my case as the MX3 would be used as a back up and short zip run car the yearly mileage would be considerably less than normal. However it still makes me wonder just how much the maintence costs will be on plus 100,000 mile "pocket rocket" with a manual transmission. Certainly cheaper than if it had an auto trans. but even a manual trans can get expensive, this is to say nothing of the other repairs.
  • anonymousanonymous Posts: 314
    I recently purchased a Brand new Escort ZX2 and love it dearly. However it was involved in a serious accident and I am stuck with a rented @#@# Escort sedan till mine is repaired. Because of my loathing for this smelly abused under powered car. It got me thinking back to the days when I had two vehicles and the ease with which I could deal with these types of minor crisis. So I have begun a used car search to be concluded in the spring of next year.

    The car that keeps coming to mind is the 1993 Mazda MX3 GSi Hatchback. Despite it's age it for looks it can still hold it's own against most of todays more contemporary models and the same can be said for MX3 GSi's performance. What concerns me though is the mileage. Right off the mark despite it's past reliabilty it would end up being high maintence car due to the age. My late 1987 Acura Integra made it to 200,000 miles before the final bang from the transmision. With no disrespect intended to any of the owners of this little classic; I honestly can't see an MX3 making it much past 200,000 miles. In my case as the MX3 would be used as a back up and short zip run car the yearly mileage would be considerably less than normal. However it still makes me wonder just how much the maintence costs will be on plus 100,000 mile "pocket rocket" with a manual transmission. Certainly cheaper than if it had an auto trans. but even a manual trans can get expensive, this is to say nothing of the other repairs.

    Your
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    I traded my '94 escort GT with a friends V6 MX3 for one full day. I was very happy to give it back to him. The escort was quicker and seemed more agile, and I found it all around more fun too drive.
  • I have a 92 with the V6 5-speed. You have to let it rev past 4 grand to feel the pull otherwise remember it is only 1.8 liters. I'm up to 170,000
    kilometers and the car has only needed the usual stuff and one CV joint. Still, it is time to move on to something a little more comfortable - like a Millenia S!

    How about swapping the engine with the 2.5 from the 626 or Mx6. It is a bolt-in job!

    Check out www.mx-3.com for alot of info!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    This discussion has just been moved back from our Archived discussions and re-opened. If anyone has any experience or knowledge of the MX3, we'd appreciate hearing your thoughts. Thanks for your participation.

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  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I will be buying one of these cars in Late May/Early June 2002 and I want to start my search. I want something reliable and fun to drive. I won't be doing any mods. Please help me decide.

    Thanx,Dinu
  • I have a '93 MX3 and would like to replace the 4cyl engine with the 6cyl from the same model. Anyone have any advice on this (where to go for the engine, other parts necessary like intake and exhaust manifolds, etc.)? I love the car and don't want to get rid of it, but the 4cyl is a bit weak for my taste. Thanks all.
  • TupTup Posts: 200
    We had a base MX3 here in Canada for 9 1/2 yrs. We just sold it and bought a Matrix(have a family now). The MX3 was a terrific little car. It was totally reliable. It was fun to drive and always looked good. Over the 9 1/2 yrs it depreciated 9,000.00 so I can't complain. The only things that seemed to go with it were wheel bearings and air seeping around the alloy wheels. The wheels did last extremely well for alloys in our salt soaked winter roads though it was mostly driven in the summer with the Subaru taking winter duty.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    If you don't mind me asking, was it a 4 or 6 cyl and how many kms did you have on it? I will be looking for one in mid May in Toronto.

    Thanx, Dinu
  • TupTup Posts: 200
    We had a red 4 cyl with alloy wheels. It had 189,000Km's and worked extremely well. It was starting to seep a little oil around the head gasket but not too much...I put in some of that gasket swelling stuff into the oil about 2 thousand Km's before we sold it. Actually, I had also just replaced the original battery a month before we sold it. My wife did not drive it hard though.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    My friend recently bought a 93 MX-3 with the 1.6 four cylinder. It has 107k on it. It runs good, revs smoothly and doesn't smoke any. However, it has a slight stalling problem. The engine will stay running fine when it is cold. Once it warms up, it will stall periodically when you stop at lights unless you keep your foot on the gas. It doesn't matter whether the AC is running or not. It just suddenly cuts off without warning. We changed the plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor and checked the air filter. It still didn't get rid of the stalling. I artifically increased the idle rpms to keep it running as a stop gap measure. What could be the problem?
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