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Mazda MX-3, Hatchback
Nov 05, 1999 (5:29 am)
I'm 18, had 3 convictions and 1 accident... I'm
not a bad driver, I was just stupid when I first
started driving. Anyways, I'm looking at a used 4
cyl MX-3, probably 93-95. I was wondering if
anyone had problems with them, or any other
constructive criticism about them. My 68 Bug isn't
fairing well during the winters, so I figured I
could use an upgrade.
Nov 06, 1999 (3:11 am)
Mx-3's are few and far between. Mainly because they never sold well, and were only produced from '92-'94. My stepfather owns a V6 model(translation: pocket rocket) and it has 140,000 miles on it, and drives like it's brand new. I don't know much about the 4 cylinder models, but they should be just as reliable. Also, a 4 Cylinder will be MUCH better on insurance. This is not the worlds safest car though, due to it's size. But it has been a great car during the winter, here in Rochester, NY last winter we got a huge storm, and the Mazda had no problem getting around(although it did have 4 snow tires on it).
Hopefully this will be of some help.
#3 of 31 horsepower
Nov 07, 1999 (1:51 am)
How many horses does have the mx-3 v-6? Does anyone knows its 0-60 and quarter mile times?
Nov 07, 1999 (5:13 am)
I don't know the numbers, I just know it's pretty impressive for 1.8 liters. (Thats right, it has 6 cylinders, and is only 1.8 liters in displacement.) I would guess somewhere around 145. But the kicker is it has tons of torque. It's too easy to break the front wheels free if your not carful with the clutch. I have been trying to find the specs on it, to no avail.
Dec 15, 1999 (1:46 am)
The mx-3 v6 has 130hp at 6500rpm and 115 torque at 4500. The 0-60 as I recall from Motortrend was 8.3 seconds. The car really does not have that much torque and could use more. It is a high revving powerplant.
#6 of 31 MX-3
Dec 26, 1999 (4:06 pm)
You're right on the HP and TQ numbers but I think you're a little optomistic on the 0-60 times. I was thinking it was 8.7. 1/4 time as around 16.1-16.3. I test drove one years ago and it didn't compare with the two pocket rockets I had about the same time, an 89 Mirage GT Turbo and a 89 Supercharged MR2. The engine, while smooth, is surprizingly gutless. Also, I doubt there's much difference on insurance between the 4 and the 6. Either way you're looking at an older car that wasn't very expensive when it was produced. I doubt the insurance company is going to kill you too bad for the extra 25 or 30 HP the 6 has.
#7 of 31 1995 Mazda MX-3
Dec 28, 1999 (4:23 am)
I have had no problems with my car. The only thing is, it is so low to the ground and many a times have I scraped. It's been a very reliable car for me and gets great gas milage. I'm actually selling mine now, It will be impossible to put a baby car-seat back there in those bucket seats!
#8 of 31 Reliable 4-cyl
Mar 29, 2000 (11:04 pm)
Got a '93 4-cyl with 120k miles on it. Repairs have been non-existant. Just the standard preventative maintenance, tires, belts, oil, filters, headlights. I'm shooting for 200k before considering a new car. We'll see.
Keeps going and going. Pretty good in the snow - has a slight understeer if you hit a corner too hard, easily controlled by letting off the gas and the front end whips back in line.
#9 of 31 Would KILL...
Apr 23, 2000 (6:49 am)
For a 1994 or newer MX-3 GS with automatic. Always LOVED them! Just my thoughts
Apr 27, 2000 (7:41 pm)
just saw one of these and thought I'd look it up. Can't believe it was not a more successful car. Great looking, and a hatch!! WoW