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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I am new to this forum and will possibly be new to mazda. I would like to buy a MANUAL trans hatch from 04-07. with my price range I think the vehicle will have 80-120k miles. so I have a ton of questions that I know only guys on a specialty forum would know. So before I ask is there a link that'll take me to a website thatll tell me everything I need to know? if not could you answer all my questions?

how reliable is the car? how many miles do you have when you say that? ever have any major problems? clutch go out? how much was it? what is the difference between a regular mazda3 hatch and a mazdaspeed 3? can modifications be done to this vehicle and if so how hard and expensive is it? that's all I can think of as a starter for right now. any help is much appreciated. thanks.
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Check out the n00b thread link in my doobly doo down below! It has several links and lots of information to really get started to know these cars; could probably use a little bit of updating, but it's definitely a good place to start.

Car can be very reliable to not very reliable; depends a lot on the previous owner.
I've personally never had any major issues; my clutch was replaced earlier this year at 100k miles due to hard use over the life of it.

Speed3s are turbocharged, and produce well over 200hp which is pretty ridiculous. They're fun cars, but they are well known to have their own particular issues (that's what happens with turbo cars, they come with their problems). They aren't unreliable.. but.. they require far more attention and far more work to upkeep.

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Newb Thread, and Maintenance Compilation Thread are good starting points. At or near 100K, plan on a suspension refresh (forward LCA's, shocks, struts, mounts) and possibly rear brakes depending on how much city driving was done.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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eh those things aren't too bad. pretty routine for a lot of cars imo. I like the spin on conversion. seems like that's more of a convenience thing than a performance mod?
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I may be one of the handful of people that doesn't want to switch to the spin on conversion.

maybe one day.. in many many years lol
Convenience for some people.
I think it's less of a pain and cleaner for some people.

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Welcome to the site.. Looks like x got you covered

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http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/4792419696.html

heres one in my area for sale I would love to have. aside from it being in Spanish (lol), if its clean like that with those miles for that price should I go for it or stay away?
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First things first when living that far north CHECK RUST!
Rust is the lead issue with Mazdas up north; they eat them alive, so absolutely check underneath for any major issues.

Not much information is given other than everything is good.. which isn't very helpful lol, but then again trying to sell something.

From the pictures the exterior looks to be in fair (not great) shape (small pictures though), the drivers' side interior however looks a bit beat up.
Looks like the rear reflector is missing on the passenger side, not sure why the front license plate holder is crooked. Other than those minor issues from the pictures it looks to be in very good shape.

Things to consider however.
Although that price may seem low, things to be thinking of already:
May be time to have the clutch replaced which is a good $1k+ job
May need new tires $400-1k depending what you want
Passenger motor mount is likely to go out again shortly in ~5k, $80-200 part (200 if you're going aftermarket besides ROCA [OEM style aftermarket that is solid rubber instead of hydraulic filled rubber, they're very good]).
RUST RUST RUST. Seriously, that's 100% what matters most out of everything.
Some bushes such as the FSB may be worn out and time to replace, along with endlinks and steering rod ends.

Minus the clutch, tires, and rust; everything I can point my finger at this moment is minor, but is money.

That said.. I would definitely check it out. Nothing is blaring out at me that says "dont buy me" just minor details with the drivers' seat looking quite worn and what may or may not be going on underneath the car.

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Regarding the spin on conversion (this doesn't apply to Nuse, who's as anal retentive about his car as I am) a LOT of guys have found the plastic oil caps crack with age and ham-fisted mechanics cranking them down tighter than necessary. Some, and I mean a few, have had slow oil leaks as a result that went unchecked and ended up spinning rod bearings.

If that oil filter housing isn't neglected or mistreated, no reason to change it other than convenience and eliminating a possible failure point. When I got my car, some asshole siliconed the cap on (probably to stop an oil leak) and I nearly broke the housing trying to unscew it. Did the conversion, pitched the whole thing in the dumpster. Problem solved.

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I've just had no reason to.
no cracks, no leaks, no issues.

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