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Old 05-01-2008, 02:59 PM   #21
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i'm with ya, dude. i came to the same conclusion and traded my POS daily in for a vanilla '08 mazda3. i test drove and thought about spending some extra dough for a ms3, but realized there's not really a reason to, if all i need out of it is comfort, mileage, and reliability.
I hear that.. I had a fun time driving my ex's Maz3. The 2.3 really gets up compared to the civics of the world, and it gets decent gas mileage.
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As much as i like Mazdas i'd have to go with a WRX over the MS3. My brother has a wagon and it's the **** for a daily.
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when it comes to gas mileage
FWD>AWD...but other than that, not so much!
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:48 PM   #24
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when it comes to gas mileage
FWD>AWD...but other than that, not so much!
WRX and MS3 have almost the exact same MPG ratings with the better going to the WRX around town and the MS3 on the highway..
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What about actual gas mileage? I don't look at ratings too much, they are more of a referrence point to me.
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What about actual gas mileage? I don't look at ratings too much, they are more of a referrence point to me.
That's going to vary depending on the driver it's not a very good way to judge. The EPA MPG reports are done by the manufactor per EPA specs meaning a fairly even playing field of course they are not exact.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:16 PM   #27
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I like the MS3. Easy upgrade path to 300+whp. I've got a Mazdaspeed intake for it you might want. I'll hook you up.


Like he'd actually install it.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:37 PM   #28
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Lay of the ***...
say what?
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:55 PM   #29
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i've always liked those, and this particular one looks sick
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if i bought a wrx i'd be too tempted to mod it out...buy a old corolla or camry. toyotas run forever.
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:35 PM   #31
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What about actual gas mileage? I don't look at ratings too much, they are more of a referrence point to me.
I don't know about the MS3, but my 04 WRX returned 27-28 consistently on the hwy/interstate, where it spent most of it's life. It was a good car for a salesman/DD. Fast enough, AWD FTW.
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There was an MS3 last week at a BMW lapping day. Had the noisiest tires on the track. They were howling every time he just thought about turning the wheel. It was a FWD car in a RWD world being a Bimmer meet. It was whoopin up on most of the Beemer brigade though. Never got to talk to him to see what mods had been done if any.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #33
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if i bought a wrx i'd be too tempted to mod it out...buy a old corolla or camry. toyotas run forever.
you dont even mod your miata
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Old 05-02-2008, 12:17 AM   #34
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Like he'd actually install it.
when I get home, its on. My motor is finsihed. I just found out that i'm leaving again though.
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As much as i like Mazdas i'd have to go with a WRX over the MS3. My brother has a wagon and it's the **** for a daily.
as far as feel/power curve/traction and overall ease and smoothness with which it behaves during daily driving i would go hands down wrx....gas mileage? not so much
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when it comes to gas mileage
FWD>AWD...but other than that, not so much!
true that, i agree but you would be VERY surprised at how much these fwd turbo cars eat too..my buddy has a srt4 and he BARELY gets better gas mileage than me
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What about actual gas mileage? I don't look at ratings too much, they are more of a referrence point to me.
im sad to report taht you are correct :( while i dont drive like a jackass or anything, i still have yet to consistantly get posted gas mileage figures. of course not now that im modded but even when i was stock
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I don't know about the MS3, but my 04 WRX returned 27-28 consistently on the hwy/interstate, where it spent most of it's life. It was a good car for a salesman/DD. Fast enough, AWD FTW.
27-28mpg???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 DUDE that is insane.......srsly, unless you ******* drive 30mph on the freeway i am amazed at those numbers
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27-28mpg???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 DUDE that is insane.......srsly, unless you ******* drive 30mph on the freeway i am amazed at those numbers
dude thats what I got city in the neon driving like a 19yo....before I you know....grenaded it....
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**** that, I got 20mpg highway in the outback.
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You lot are just like my buddies here. The trick is to have a r-e-a-s-o-n-a-b-l-e car for a daily driver. Once you have that, you do one very critical thing: You "Leave it alone!" I know this is hard for many of us here, but believe me, it is for the best. I keep a very strict line between my Miata (just for fun) and my BMW (keep bone stock). I strongly recommend this setup.
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You lot are just like my buddies here. The trick is to have a r-e-a-s-o-n-a-b-l-e car for a daily driver. Once you have that, you do one very critical thing: You "Leave it alone!" I know this is hard for many of us here, but believe me, it is for the best. I keep a very strict line between my Miata (just for fun) and my BMW (keep bone stock). I strongly recommend this setup.
I hate ******* with cars all the god damn time. I don't have the time or money to **** with the miata, def. no another car...and why even **** with FWD gaydom? I'm still thinking about a base model hatch, but I would enjoy the ms3 a lot more even though its another $10k. I might still consider a used one, but I won't find a white car.
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I hate ******* with cars all the god damn time. I don't have the time or money to **** with the miata, def. no another car...and why even **** with FWD gaydom? I'm still thinking about a base model hatch, but I would enjoy the ms3 a lot more even though its another $10k. I might still consider a used one, but I won't find a white car.
My point exactly, since I am in the same position. I was more giving a jab to the guys that wants to help you speed that car up.
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