Last post on Mar 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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Mazda MAZDA3, Performance Mods
#59 of 88 Re: Engine Block Heaters? [gretsch6120]
Nov 03, 2008 (12:15 pm)
looking at installing an engine block heater
Good idea. I bought mine from the dealer and had it installed by an independent shop. Consider where in the front you want the plug to hang. Also, a timer is a good idea as you only need to heat the block for an hour or so before departure.
#61 of 88 2010 Mazda 3i Sport vs. 3Speed
Sep 14, 2010 (3:59 pm)
Does anyone know if the 3Speed front grill can replace the 2010 3i Sport grill? I like the look of the 3Speed grill better and would like to swap ot out, if i can. But I'm not sure if it will affect the cooling system or anything else for that matter.... anyone?
Nov 07, 2010 (8:49 am)
I am looking for a 2009 or 2010 used Mazda3, but my preferences narrow the search quite a bit: I seek a hatchback and would kill for a 5-speed.
I'll settle for just the hatch...but am finding mostly S models. Therefore, I would like to know how feasible it is to pimp out an S were I to purchase one. Moonroof...Bluetooth...upgraded audio...center console power...automatic climate control. Are any of these available aftermarket?
#63 of 88 Re: Adding Options [rickaltman]
Nov 08, 2010 (5:13 am)
Without significant expense and major surgery to the car, no.
Said another way, buy the car that meets your requirements, even if that means buying new; it'll cost you a lot less that way.
#64 of 88 Modifcations I've made to my Mazda 3
Feb 09, 2011 (5:55 pm)
I purchased my 2006 Mazda 3i new in June 2006 and have made the following modifications:
factory cruise control, factory sat radio; seriously upgraded audio system, 600 watt Sony 4 channel amp, with proper crossovers for true 5 way stereo speaker system, sub woofers on rear package shelf, woofers in rear doors, low mid range in front doors, high midrange in front doors, tweeters in front doors, factory 15" alloy wheels, Michelin tires, K and N cold air intake system, synthetic transmission oil (5 speed manual), LED rear stop light, turn signal and center brake light, LED back up lights (these are bulbs only, retain factory lenses), factory rear spoiler, deep tint back windows (not driver or front passenger windows), E3 spark plugs, class 1 trailer hitch, Mazda 5 rear springs (cut 1 coil so that car sits level), Mazda 5 rear shocks, engine oil cooler, factory style fog lights, what else.... Garmin GPS . The car still looks stock except for the tweeter and subs, but the subs can't bee seen from outside the car because of the window tint. I did 90% of the work myself. The cruise control was pretty easy if you have good instructions, I purchased a factory service manual CD which is invaluable as well as doing research online. Now I'm thinking about a strut tower brace and maybe a little shot of nitrous. The main idea is to retain the stock appearance of the vehicle, avoiding the "tuner" or "boy racer look". The velocity red paint really pops, there's metal flakes? in it that only can be seen in bright sun light.
#65 of 88 Mazda 3 Accessories & Modifications
Mar 17, 2010 (5:56 pm)
#66 of 88 After market performance modifications
May 24, 2007 (4:39 am)
I am considering an after market perfomance product called "Next Level Performance - G-Box (Gold Series). I love the performance of my Mazda 3 GT, but I am being seduced by the possibility of adding more power to the car. Has anyone used this product on their Mazda 3 or 3 GT? If so what have been your results. Any drawbacks to this product?
In addition, I have also looked at a KN cold air intake system. Anyone had experience with this or a similar product on their Mazda 3. Does it help out fuel economy?
#67 of 88 Re: After market performance modifications [markflirt]
May 29, 2007 (6:01 am)
an intake usually does help your fuel economy...but it depending on the intake, can usually make your car sound very loud, without making it noticably faster; an intake is mostly a part of a greater upgrade, usually exhaust or other engine mods; it by itself wont really yield any noticable performance.
this product that you mentioned...what does it do/enhance exactly? The 3 has a very small aftermarket, and its usually limited to dealer installed bolt ons, or visual upgrades. Unfortunately this is true for the speed 3 as well, since its pushing so much boost, you'd do better buying a bigger turbo for it; and thus just getting a regular 3 and buying a turbo.
#68 of 88 Aftermarket roof rack / sport rack.
May 29, 2007 (1:08 pm)
Other than the obvious Yakima or Thule options, has anyone had success with addition of a slick permanent aftermarket roof rack or sport rack for the Mazda3 five door? Something made and available in the US would be great.