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  1. FWD vs AWD thoughts

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    I am coming off a lease (AWD Subaru Legacy) and will be buying/leasing my next car by the end of August. The current contenders are a preferred trim automatic FWD Mazda3 hatch or a preferred trim AWD sedan (not a bad second choice). So that brings in the debate, a FWD hatch is about the same...
  2. Preferred Sedan FWD thoughts?

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    Interested in the 3, coming from an older civic. I don't need a sunroof living in Seattle. I liked the idea of cylinder deactivation-- but the rocker arm issues makes me want to choose the Preferred engine-- which is the equivalent of the prior 3. Are Preferred users OK with the...
  3. OEM Wireless Charger Thoughts

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    We got our fully loaded Mazda3 hatchback w/ AWD a couple of weeks ago; we had also added the OEM wireless charger at the time of purchase. While I can say the charger is convenient, especially since I don't always use Apple CarPlay (especially on shorter trips), I quickly found out that the...
  4. Considering to buy Mazda 3 2011, any thoughts?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello guys. So I have decided to buy Mazda 3. Considering my budget, I probably can't afford more than 2011 model. In my country(Georgia), Mazda 3 2011 GT Hatchback costs around 5.5k to 6k. But the problem is that with that price, I can buy Toyota Prius 2011 model, which is much more fuel...
  5. Thoughts on Yokohama Advan Sport A/S?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    These seem to get great reviews on Tire Rack with good treadwear and noise.
  6. Wider, thicker wheels, diameter downsize. Thoughts?

    Wheels / Tires
    Hi all I am considering putting 15 or 16 inch Steel (or may be alloy, something like Dots Dakar) on my 3 Sport. I am thinking 215s instead of stock 205s on a 7inch rim. Going for a wider to improve the grip and lower diameter of rim to soften the ride a bit due to extremely bad roads in the...
  7. Thoughts on Machine Grey vs Liquid Silver

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I have had practically nothing but silver cars because of the lack of swirl marks, not looking dirty, visible at night etc etc but there is something about that machine grey. Does it show many swirl marks at night under lights. Do rock chips show etc? any info is appreciated over which to...
  8. Thoughts on Headlight Flicker

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    This will be a pretty long post, so I'll go ahead and put this: TL ; DR - Would installing LED headlights or headlight load resistors possibly help with flicker issue. I know there's a TSB for the headlight flicker issue, but since my 2012 has 122k miles and is well out of warranty, I'm not...
  9. Thoughts on the Corksport Oil Catch Canister?

    2012-2013 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    At corksport DOT com/corksport-skyactiv-aluminum-oil-catch-can.html (can't post links yet) I see that this would grab anything heavier than air blowing through the PCV valve. Has anybody used this? Have they noticed any improvement in their oil after a change? Why have I never seen anything...
  10. CorkSport steering wheel thoughts?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I'm thinking of getting a new steering wheel because the OEM one is too skinny for my hands and I'm noticing it more and more. I could go with a wrap, but I'd rather replace the whole thing and get something quality. How is the quality of CorkSport's offering?
  11. Buying used 2014 - thoughts on mileage.

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hi all, I'm looking at used 2014 M3s and wondering about mileage / longevity - budget is 12k. Looking at 1 owner with good service records. How are 3s once they're over 40k? Anything to watch out for? General advice welcome - thanks!
  12. Thoughts on Fuel Cleaners!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I understand that this is a highly debated and over-posted topic on my forums, but I haven't seen it on here so I thought I might ask you all how you feel about fuel cleaners. I use both oil and fuel additives but after hearing some opinions from some of you on the oil additives I have decided...
  13. Hatch Aero kit color-keyed, examples and your thoughts...

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    A couple of weeks ago I took my car to the dealer (John Hine) for an oil change and tire rotation, it was returned to me with damage to the front passenger side bumper skin. Seen here: They are now repairing the damage they caused with the in-house CarStar body shop, 1st round they did a...
  14. iTouring 2016 vs 2017, my thoughts...

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I have a 2016 iTouring 5-Door. Recently have been provided a courtesy car from Mazda, a 2017 iTouring 4-door. Let me say that I am grateful to have a 2016 instead. The GOOD There are things I like about the 2017 model, such as the appearance of the center console is an improvement...
  15. Thoughts on painting OEM wheels

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello guys, so currently I have my wheels plasti dipped, but man they are a pain in the ass keeping them clean. I've had them for about 7 months and break dust make them look so shty even though I wash my car every other 5-7 days or so. I am a college student so I am really on a budget to buy...
  16. Any Thoughts On Goodyear Eagle A/S Sport?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Since I'm not happy with the stock Dunlop SP Sport 5000 wear, I contacted Dunlop and they said, based on a tire inspection at Goodyear, they might be able to work some kind of credit for any other Goodyear-branded tire. Based on the tire size needed for the 2014 s Touring, my only real choice...
  17. Anyone go from 18" oem to 16"? Thoughts?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I am a fan of lightness and i honestly like the large sidewall look on cars to a thin one (though i think sidewall size looks fine with 18s honestly). Has anyone done this and been happy? I think i would prefer the increased comfort of a larger sidewall but im curious to peoples thoughts on...
  18. Thoughts about carbon fiber hood?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Mazdaspeed_style Hood (CF) ZestJDM has quite a bit of body mods for the Gen 3's and they recently updated with some pictures of this hood. :surprise: I am in love even if its not offered in normal painted. It is nearly $900 after shipping being about $200.... But it seems pretty legit and...
  19. HKS Hi-Power Spec-L Exhaust Thoughts?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Hello everyone, I was considering my exhaust options: RB, UR, CS.... and I ran into this: HKS Hi-Power Spec-L Exhaust - Import Replacement Parts, LLC Has anybody installed it before? Any thoughts on it regarding sound and drones (if any)? Thank you!
  20. Tein Lowering springs 1.6in Thoughts?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Im looking for peoples thoughts on the 1.6in drop from tein lowering springs. Will i need to do any camber adjustments or fender adjustments? Im only sitting on 16in tires and i think there will be enough room, i just really hate the tire gap.