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  1. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    I just bought a mazda3 and I noticed that the read suspension components have surface rust. I live in the UK so the car has been exposed to some harsh winters and salt, but I wanted to check if this is a normal amount of rust for the age and if I should worry about it. This are the worst parts...
  2. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Looking to add mudflaps to my car later during fall as the winters are harsh in Canada. I was wondering if anyone has owned JBR mudflaps. I was looking at RallyArmor and $200 is pretty price. My car is lowered so I was hoping to add some mudflaps that were flexible. I saw the RallyArmor...
  3. 2019+ Mazda 3 Wheels and Tires
    While I do love the looks of the 215/45/18 tires and 18X7 Charcoal color wheels that came on my AWD hatch, that's a pretty skinny sidewall for WV/PA Winter driving. I definitely want Michelin Ice-X snow tires, but not sure on wheels yet. I'm leaning towards aftermarket wheels, no TPMS sensors...
  4. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I have 2015 sport and 9 mi trip to work. I notice that my 3 doesn't warm up completely during this 9mi/25min trip. It is like 20F outside. It goes up to 150-155F. When idles at a stoplight the coolant temp drops to 140-145 while waiting for the green. On the highway it quickly goes to like 182F...
  5. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I was going through the manual the other day and I glanced over what it seemed to recommend winter tires to be filled +4.3psi over the recommended 36 psi inflation for all seasons/summer radials The science behind it is that the air is less dense on colder weather thus requiring more air. :grin2:
  6. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    So i know about cars getting a bit worse fuel mileage, but my auto seems to be quite bad at below freezing. Doing 120kmh on the colder days I'm sitting in the 7-7.5 l/100kmh range. For comparison, my gf's Pontiac g6 v6 gets about 8l/100km in same conditions. I've read car and drivers fuel...
  7. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Hi, My Corksport rear swaybar and a few other bits arrived today in the post. I'm pretty excited and getting them installed on Wednesday. I'm thinking the softer setting will be better for Winter driving. Just curious if anyone has any experience of driving in snow with this setup soft vs hard...
  8. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    My brother in law suggests I downsize new winter tires and rims from 18" to 16". I have a 2017 Mazda3 GT 4 door. Will there be any problem with sizing over the brakes? Tire rack does recommend a package of Michelins @ 16". Thanks in advance.
  9. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Winter is here, the snow is flying, and playful oversteer is great fun in an empty parking lot. Unfortunately I am having trouble finding playful oversteer from my Mazda 3 and want to try and pinpoint why. Yes FWD, understeer ect ect, but one of my previous cars an Acura RSX, never had issues...
  10. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Our 2015 Mazda 3 touring is our second car, but the only car my wife can drive. The car worked great as an all around driver in California. In NW Wyoming it's going to need some help. The 18 inch rims of the M3 sport makes it hard to find snow tires for it. What suggestions for snow tires...
  11. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I'm planning to swap my 18" wheels to 16" steelies with winter tires. Does anyone have recommendations on which winter tires I should get? I'm located in Canada. Thanks
  12. Buy / Sell / Trade
    Winter is right around the corner and for sale is a set of Generation 1 Mazdaspeed3 OEM 18 inch rims with Pirelli Sottozero tires and OEM TPMS sensors Wheels are 18 x 7.5 Tires are 215/45/18 and all 4 tires have 6/32nd tread left Asking $450. Prefer local pickup but may entertain shipping...
  13. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I have a 2017 GT and I've procured a set of Gen 1 17" wheels (free) for my winter set. I'm interested if anyone has run a 215/55-17 for their winters. The selection for 205/55 is very limited (perhaps due to time of year?) and 215/55 has a better selection. I would rather not run the 215/50...
  14. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Well I figure its time I spend some time looking into my options for rims. I have a 2017 Mazda 3 GT Hatch. The OEM 18's won't be sticking around forever and I need to look for cheap options, probably used. What Id like to do ideally, is oem Acura RSX 16's for winter and maybe RSX 17's or TSX...
  15. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I have been putting off changing them because I've been saving up to buy a set of rims for my summers. Didn't want to pay for the stock steel rims being changed back to summers, and then off again. Worried I've done some real wear on my brand new winters because of my stupidity.
  16. 2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Hello, According to tire rack, my 2014 Mazda 3 i Touring needs 205/60R16. I have a set of 205/55R-16 tires from my gen 1 Mazda 3. Will the 55R tires be compatible? Thank you!
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