In case my post is overlooked in the recent Mazda 6 article, I figure I come here to inform as well. Also, the Mazda 3 is offered in AWD as well.
Even with the upgrades to the 5, 3 cars is a bit much. The Yaris is a great beater, but I’m not really certain I need a rallycross specific car either, although the highway mpgs are decent for road trips (33-35mpg @80, much less than its EPA rating though).
IF I were to get a brand-new car, it’d really be down to one hatchback or the other. What does Oppo think of the Mazda3 2.5 vs the Civic Sport hatchback? And which one is easier to find with a manual gearbox?
In pieces and parts.
Whatever is wrong with the front end of my 06 Mazda3 nearly has me at the end of my rope. Nothing seems to solve the problem; rather it seems to be getting progressively worse.
Got my Mazda3 back from the shop Monday. Having them press in the new bearings and hubs was a little pricey, but it seems to have solved my shake. It’s been an issue for so long that I still expect it to show back up every time I drive the car, but after a week of commuting everything seems good.
Finally managed to get my new lower control arms installed (as well as my half-axles because I damaged the left side axle when removing its companion control arm and spilled all of its gooey guts all over my driveway). After multiple weekends of struggling with this project, I was very excited to have my car back…
I’m sitting at the Mazda dealer with my wife’s Mazda3. Nav has been showing 0 satellites for a couple of months. Thought it would be a simple fix, but . . .
In the interests of full disclosure, I feel the need to warn you that I’ve just gone through a pound of rootbeer fudge and as such my mind is on a different plane of existence from yours. I’m not sure if communication is possible under these circumstances, but I have to try. My message must be heard!
Front right only took an hour. It put up more of a fight than the front left, so I just went straight for the Dremel. Ground off the old nuts, popped out the old shaft, popped in the new shaft, and torqued down the new nuts.
That’s how long it took me to replace my front left sway bar end link. Only three more to go…
Been having a problem with my 06 Mazda3 for a while. The front end started shaking last Summer and I’ve been chasing the problem when time and money allowed since then.
Finally ordered new wheels and tires for the Mazda. It wasn’t cheap, but the result is worth it.
Been chasing this one since I bought the car almost two years ago. I installed the middle one, from the Focus Electric/ST, today. It replaced the filled stock mount on the left, which had replaced the JBR on the right about a year ago.
...but my new rear transmission mount just showed up and now I can’t concentrate because I want to go install it.
There are times when you gaze upon your significant other and you think “I’ve done well”. I frequently have those moments with my beautiful girlfriend, but today was the first day I had one with my Mazda 3. It’s surprising since it’s my daily, that I bought to sip gas and be comfortable in while my Honda S2000 relaxes…
While looking fervently for a C30 Polestar 6 MT I came across this 2015 3 sport hatch. The color is exactly what I was looking for, 6 speed, 2.0L so better mileage, cloth interior, and some sort of cool wheels added.
Gave the CX-5 its new shoes on Saturday:
Can’t buy the ‘jackshaft’ bearing and seals for a 2004-2009 Mazda3, but mine is bad.