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  1. Is the Mazda 3 engine the same as in the BMW 3 series?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    My girlfriend claims the Mazda 3 engine and the BMW 3 engine are the same, I don't believe her, as I know Mazda is owned (partially owned?) by Ford, and to my knowledge Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2, neither has anything to do with BMW, but she is absolutely adamant that the Mazda 3 engine is made...
  2. VW, BMW guy with a Mazda?

    New Member Introduction & Forum News/Guide
    Well, I wanted at least one reliable car for the wife. So, picked up a 15 2.5 GT with the almond interior. Nice car. Of course, 6 manual, wife would not have anything else. I do my own work, so hope to learn what I need to know here. Place for parts? What oil filters and oil do you use...
  3. Greetings - Coming from BMW

    New Member Introduction & Forum News/Guide
    Hi all! I'm considering a Mazda3 again. I was VERY close to pulling the trigger on a 2014 Mazda3 S Grand Touring late last year but I just knew I wouldn't be happy with the automatic on the 2.5L, and I didn't like the lack of power and gauge cluster layout of the 2.0L. Now, a year later, I've...
  4. BMW taking design cues from Mazda?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    we all know the 2014 Mazda3 took a lot of interior design cues from Germany's best. but, i guess one of new upcoming ultimate driving machines liked the new HUD on the mazda3 enough to add one to their 2 series active tourer. in the past, all the HUDs in BMWs were projected onto the windshield...
  5. 2006 BMW M3 to 2012 Mazda 3s GT, how to make it more fun?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    I am currently divorcing and bought my wife a 2012 Mazda 3s GT fully loaded last December. As such it's about $3400 upside down right now so doesn't make sense to sell. At the same time my M3 is VERY EXPENSIVE to drive. Payment and gas-wise I'd save $450 per month keeping the Mazda 3 over the...
  6. My mazda 3 2.0 stock vs BMW i325 and i won? how?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Ok as you know my cars engine is stock, no mods. I decided to race this BMW i325 idk the year but it was older maybe like 04 or sum. really nice n kept up tints and shiny as hell. the guy actually wanted to race, so we did. we Started from second gear and i shifted at around 6k rpms each time...