189.1 HP
166.8 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2991 LB
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.0L L
Transmission Type
5 speed manual
MPG (City/Highway)
24 MPG

When I went to the dealership I had fully intended on buying a Mazdaspeed3. However I was a dumb kid with no money, bad credit, and less than a month at my first full time job. The base model was what I could afford. While I wish it made more power, I am not disappointed at all with this purchase. It's a great car. Excellent handling, reliability and fuel economy. I still wish I had a turbo or at the very least the 2.5L engine, but both of those are fairly simple upgrades that I will do to this car in due time. Until then I'm going to continue enjoying what I do with a pretty basic car. I've managed to do a bit of drag racing with it and with some decent success. My second competitive event for bracket racing I managed to win the class with a 16.0 dial in running within .1 seconds of that time throughout the entire day. A few more modifications since and my current personal best 1/4 mile of 15.595 which caused me to break out by just .005 seconds on my 15.6 second dial time. This coming season I will continue to drag race while also trying my hand at autocross for the first time. I hope to do well but realize there will be quite a learning curve(no pun intended).

Discuss this build

[]Michael B. Gonzales

Tim, that story is freakin awesome man! You got a great ride and setting aside trying to just get everything you can, you're enjoying what you have!! Stay with it, and later when you have the finances, you'll be ready for that next level of car. Thanks for sharing your ride and your story with us!

[]Tim Artwohl

Thanks Michael. I just hope other people can enjoy their vehicles as much as I enjoy mine and know that you don’t have to have the factory built racecar to have a racecar. All you need is a car and a passion and the willingness to always keep learning.

[]Michael B. Gonzales

Well said Tim!

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