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Hello everyone! This may get lengthy, you've been warned.

A little about myself, my name is Jay. I have a 1999 Corvette as my weekend/summer car, and up until monday my daily has been a 2002 Mustang GT. I've been an automotive technician since 2006, I'm a musician (guitar mostly, playing and writing progressive rock/metal), and I just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Sedan Touring in 6 speed manual.

A few years ago my wife needed a car, I work at a Honda/Kia/Mazda dealership so we went to look at Civics. My service manager suggested a Mazda, which I had honestly not even really considered. We took a look at the 2014 Mazda 3's and my wife loved it. Before long I loved it too, so I planned on getting one when it was time for a new vehicle.

Recently the Mustang was really getting worse for wear. I was fixing something on it every month it seemed like until last monday the transmission finally went (i think a tooth broke off one of the gears). I could have replaced it fairly cheap but I've truly gotten sick of fixing it, so I headed on over to our Mazda showroom at work and hopped on the only manual 3 we had in stock, fortunately it was equipped just the way I wanted it.

If I was impressed with my wifes 2014 sport 2.0, I'm blown away by my 2018 Touring 2.5. Like I said, I've been driving a V8 mustang for the past 5 years and I honestly don't think the 3 is all that much slower than it. I don't have any complaints about acceleration and don't get me started on the handling. What an amazing car! And for so little money! I've been calling it the poor mans BMW 3 series because thats really what it feels like to me. I've never had a car this nice and I love it!

These cars are so impressive that its really a crime there aren't more of them on the road. At my dealership Mazdas are the slowest selling cars and the service shop does the least amount of business out of the three of our brands. Its like its a well kept secret or something, but now I'm in on it.

I have a few questions (yes, in the meantime I'll do a forum search). Has anyone tried a solid (non dual mass) flywheel in a stickshift 3? Also, I've seen a few different options for engine tuning (Orange Virus was one i think), whos gotten the best (and safest) results? Thanks in advance. I'll put up some pics of both of my cars shortly!
 

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Congratz on your new purchase! The Honda civic with the same features is thousands more. FYI OVT is only working on Toyota's Jan 2019
 

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I was driving a Honda Accord for the past 11 years. Loved the car but things started to break here and there.

I looked at the new Accord Sport and Civic Hatch. Honestly, the Accord Sport and Civic Hatch Sport were very basic. The Mazda 3 Touring, which I bought, has many more options and for thousands less.
 

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I have the same car as you (2018 Mazda3 Touring sedan 6MT). I'm also very impressed with the car. Alot of car for the money.

Has anyone tried a solid (non dual mass) flywheel in a stickshift 3?
What would this do? TMK, there are no flywheel mods available for the Gen3 (2014-2018) Mazda 3's.
 

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I was driving a Honda Accord for the past 11 years. Loved the car but things started to break here and there.

I looked at the new Accord Sport and Civic Hatch. Honestly, the Accord Sport and Civic Hatch Sport were very basic. The Mazda 3 Touring, which I bought, has many more options and for thousands less.
I'm in the same boat. Had a 2003 accord before. The standout to me was the 6 speed automatic (no CVT) and 2.5 NA engine (no turbo).

I have been pleased with the car, not happy with the customer service. But I already ran out my warranty except the 100k powertrain so I should be gotos from here on out. Can't wait to see how it hold up.:Racing 1:
 

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I have a few questions (yes, in the meantime I'll do a forum search). Has anyone tried a solid (non dual mass) flywheel in a stickshift 3? Also, I've seen a few different options for engine tuning (Orange Virus was one i think), whos gotten the best (and safest) results? Thanks in advance. I'll put up some pics of both of my cars shortly!
I would stick with Orange Virus. Been running a tune from them for well over 4 years with no problem on 93. I believe they are one of the oldest tuning shops for Mazda that has been around.
 

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I would stick with Orange Virus. Been running a tune from them for well over 4 years with no problem on 93. I believe they are one of the oldest tuning shops for Mazda that has been around.
I'd do the same if they can still serve.

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Yep, Mazda cured me from Accords as well.
 

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Yep, Mazda cured me from Accords as well.
What accord did you have? I was very happy with mine, only got rid because it was totaled. I wanted same one but couldn't find a good one. New ones i didn't like as stated above.

Mazda fit my bill at the time but i see the new ones adding the same tech I don't want.
 

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What accord did you have? I was very happy with mine, only got rid because it was totaled. I wanted same one but couldn't find a good one. New ones i didn't like as stated above.

Mazda fit my bill at the time but i see the new ones adding the same tech I don't want.
85 & 06 EXs.
3 Drives so much better.
 
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What would this do? TMK, there are no flywheel mods available for the Gen3 (2014-201<img src="http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" /> Mazda 3's.
Ordinarily its going to give you more feedback from the clutch pedal, make for quicker shifts. All around its usually better for a "drivers" car but I'm noticing more and more that its not really a problem with this car. I had a 2006 eclipse years ago that felt completely numb because of the DMF but it feels ok on the 3.

I WOULD however be interested in knowing if anyone has bypassed the hydraulic dampener in the clutch line. Thats the only real gripe I have with the car, and unfortunately just about every MT car made nowadays has them.

Sorry for the delayed response. Christmas time was crazy. I'd love to post up the pics of my cars but the forum won't let me yet.
 

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I WOULD however be interested in knowing if anyone has bypassed the hydraulic dampener in the clutch line. Thats the only real gripe I have with the car, and unfortunately just about every MT car made nowadays has them.
From the little bit of research I have done....The car does not have a mechanical clutch delay valve, its controlled by the ecu. I have tried using spacers on the clutch switch, but I could not find a spot I liked better then stock. I wish car manufactures would leave stick shifts/clutch engagement alone. There is no need for any assistance or wizardry. Good luck with the Mazda!
I had 2 02 Mustang GT's, one was all bolt ons/ gears, the other had a vortech and gears. I loved those cars.
 

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From the little bit of research I have done....The car does not have a mechanical clutch delay valve, its controlled by the ecu. I have tried using spacers on the clutch switch, but I could not find a spot I liked better then stock. I wish car manufactures would leave stick shifts/clutch engagement alone. There is no need for any assistance or wizardry. Good luck with the Mazda!
I had 2 02 Mustang GT's, one was all bolt ons/ gears, the other had a vortech and gears. I loved those cars.
You're right, as a driver thats very frustrating, but as a mechanic thats kind of interesting. I have noticed the engine punching it on its own a little if it thinks the rpms are too low. Shame really, but its not bad enough to take away from the overall driving experience. Thanks for the info ?
 

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The Mazda3 with the 2.5L engine is very fun to drive. I purchased a 2018 3 Sport GT (as it is called in Canada). Basically the fully loaded hatch. I have been driving manual transmissions for 20 years and finally decided to get my first automatic (the wife always bitched). Mazda3 cars have very good automatics compared to any other auto I have driven, and the sport mode really makes a difference when you want more pep (paddle shifters are fun also). I now often think I should have at least test drove the manual with the 2.5. I did drive a manual 2.0 once and it was more peppy than my wifes 2015 Mazda3. All in all, I can't say a regret getting the auto though as it does drive amazing. My last car was a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with manual and the new 3 blows it out of the water with auto. I agree about the poor mans BMW, but slowly Mazda is gaining credit for what they do. The 2019 version of our car comes with Skyactive G engine and AWD. That's top notch if you ask me. Enjoy your Mazda and let others know how great of a car it is. To be honest I am glad not every car on the road is a Mazda 3. As the new Honda Civic came out, I watched as my neighborhood filled up with new Civics, but for Mazdas, there are very few (my driveway has 2).
 

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I wouldn't compare a Mazda "poor man's BMW". A top M3 GT is still better, than a base BMW model (without a lot of features)
 
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