We pointed out some of the problems with this engine's acceleration in our timed runs, above. What the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 has over both of these competitors is a roomier interior, hence, a note of practicality. We also had the Sirius satellite radio option. Remove battery hold-down bracket assembly by loosen- Socket ing both 10 mm nuts and pivoting lower retainers toward vehicle dashwall. Using fish wire, pull the hood safety switch wiring and tach wire through the main wire harness grommet: a.
Re-install the following components: a. This design permits more power to be produced at a lower rpm, creating a more linear acceleration curve comparable to one produced by a larger, normally-aspirated V6. The Good The 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 is the best handling front-wheel-drive car we've tested. The can be had for less money with an excellent navigation system and a decent stereo. The front is particularly interesting, with Mazda's new tiny grille above the bumper, and an extralarge honeycomb intake below. But wide gear ratios meant a significant rpm drop during the upshift to second, causing the acceleration to flatten out, then pick up as we overcame this second stage of turbo lag.
It works with my factory deck and steering wheel controls. Beyond the limited slip differential, the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 also gets a tightened suspension. We hooked up our performance computer and went out to our drag strip. But we found more to dislike about the stereo in the satellite radio interface. While we try to get a respectable time, we also want to see how the car handles under hard acceleration. Partially peel back the rubber weatherstip away from the A-pillar trim.
With our performance computer in place, we drive out to our testing ground. In our zero-to-60mph times, Wayne Cunningham received 7. Pull the A-pillar trim, then disengage clips A. Re-install the 3 phillips head screws. If that, you come to the right place. However, the drivetrains of these two cars are very different.
You won't notice these issues under normal use, once you learn to modulate the accelerator to overcome the first gear turbo lag. It was more difficult and time consuming removing my trim piece then installing this and running it to my glovebox. Please refer to the table below to find detailed comparison between these two products. Three knobs is one too many. Microphone has to be wired as close to the driver's mouth as possible preferably to A-pillar.
It was very simple to install and works exactly how I wanted it to. We found that, to get a fast launch, we needed to rev up the engine with the clutch in so the turbo would be engaged, which seemed to be at about 2,500rpm. A tasteful blend of textured black plastic and chrome surrounds make up the instrument cluster and center console, while the optional beige leather seating creates a striking contrast. The stereo has three knobs where most stereos can get away with two : one for channel selection, one for volume, and one for audio settings. You want to keep your children in the seat during long driving? We had a good, twisty mountain road complete with a few 15mph hairpins to drive the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 on, and it gripped the corners well. We ran the car through San Francisco city streets, down Bay Area freeways, and on twisty mountain roads during our week of driving. The Touring model gains leather seating, a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and a retractable cargo cover.
Assisting the smooth transfer of power is a six-speed Sport automatic transmission featuring a manual shift mode for a more spirited driving experience. Test the tech: Running to 60 After reviewing the , a reader e-mailed us that the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 is a worthy competitor. For the engine's fuel economy performance, we were pretty happy with the 24. But all isn't perfect in Mazdaspeed land--acceleration suffers from turbo lag, torque steer is a factor, and the stereo is a complete mess. But with its four doors and hatchback, it remains as practical of a car as the Mazda3 on which it is based.
If it's anything like what we saw in the , it's a worthwhile option. But in the Mazdaspeed Mazda3, it's been tuned to make a very pleasing growl, although one of our reviewers suggested that growl would get annoying in daily use. The Bottom Line Although the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda3 looks good and seems like a lot of fun at first, a few problems start to reveal themselves. The standard system in our Grand Touring trim level Mazdaspeed Mazda3 has a six-disc in-dash changer, an auxiliary input in the console, seven Bose speakers, and a 220-watt amp. As a daily commuter, the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 will take its toll on most drivers' enthusiasm. Re-program tachometer signal See Section 17. A less expensive Sun and Sound package includes just the moonroof and Bose audio system.
From inside of the vehicle, bend approximately three 3 inches of tach wire at wire end. Ensure that a complete and secure connection is made. In the cabin With its sport seats and metal pedals, there's no mistaking the Mazdaspeed Mazda3 for the regular old Mazda3 when you get behind the wheel. And you won't be upgrading the sound system, as the dashboard configuration isn't suitable for easy stereo replacement. The implementation also was generally poor, with a weak antenna that let the station cut out with minimal external interference.