Just got a 2010 MS3!
Hey all, glad to be a part of this community (as of today )
I just purchased a 78k mile 2010 MS3 in Silver with the Red / Black interior.
I've done a fair bit of research pre-purchase and usually do as much of my own work as my apartment complex will allow, and I even know how to search forums instead of asking the same question for the millionth time.
I must say - I enjoy the car a lot, it's my first true hot hatch. Prior cars include:
1987 RX-7 FC NA (AutoX car, very fun)
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally + Turbo kit (Stage 2)
1994 Nissan 300zx TT (Stage 3.5, all WolfTech, 450whp)
2006 Honda Accord V6 w/ various bolt ons
And now, a 2010 Mazda MS3!
Looking forward to being a part of this community, though one thing I HAVE to say as it was a bit of a surprise - the torque pours on quick but seems to peter out about 5500.
Plans for this car over the next 6 months (in as close an order to reality as possible):
Cobb HPFP internals
SRI of some variety
CBE of some flavor
I'm unsure whether (/when) I should look into suspension parts i.e. sway bar / anti roll bar / strut tower brace etc, as I'm guessing at 78k miles it likely just needs new springs and struts anyway, but cost of the above 'stuff' is cheaper. Then again, upping engine performance without doing anything to the suspension is usually a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, thanks in advance and glad to be here! My first full drive with it will be next Friday, 300 miles up to Northern PA through the twisties. That said, I have an issue / noise from the front right wheel / well that I'll post about in the relevant section for advice. Thanks all!