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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Road trips in your mazdaspeed

Hi all,
I bought my 09 mazdaspeed last year with30 000km on it. I had such a blast driving it last summer. During winter it has sat. Now that spring is around the corner I plan on doing a really long road trip from Alberta Canada to new Mexico in the states. My ms3 does have a few mods such as a front mounted inter cooler. My question is do you guys know how the turbo holds up on such trips. I've read that some people experienced overheating, mounts falling etc... Any advice would help. Even tell me what you thought of the car if you took any long trips. Road trip stories are always cool.
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Re: Road trips in your mazdaspeed

Sweet! I wish I could do that. Someday...

I don't have the MS3 but I've already racked 31K miles in 17 months owning my '10 MZ3. I've traveled to Denver, Phoenix, and L.A.(multiple times). Did not experience any issues with the car except the one time I slid on black ice from Gallup, NM onto the right shoulder bank. It rides swell on the snow but you have to have a good groove. I'd pass the right lane going 55 in snow while they're MAYBE at 30. I usually rode behind 18-wheelers since they make the best grip on the road. Once he bailed for gas, I only lasted 2 1/2 miles before the snow got me.

So be careful on your endeavor. I wish you the best! New Mexico is built to drive through and sight-see.

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Re: Road trips in your mazdaspeed

I have taken my ms3 from orlando florida to newburgh ny. I had absolutly no issues. I love the car on long drives


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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-01-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Road trips in your mazdaspeed

Thanks for your replies, I am really excited on going. I've read some good stuff on these cars and road trips. I absolutely love the power and handling. Have any of you had any problems with the turbo? Any mods on your speed's? Take care
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Well, I've had many SF <-> LA drives in my MS3, and a LOT of SF <-> Tahoe drives, here are my experiences...

1) Fuel economy, HELL NO. I don't gun it on the freeways, I almost always drive @ 70mph. If I'm going to LA then I'll go 80mph. Either way, the best I've gotten was 25mpg calculated at the tank. Driving up to Tahoe with the roof rack, I'm down to ~22-23mpg at best.

2) Comfort. The car has enough comfort features to keep people comfortable. So there's that.

3) Suspension. This is a toss up. We all know the stock suspension is stiff. So it'll either keep you awake, or rock you to sleep...
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wow... ummm... the MS3 doesn't sit well...

ur gonna wanna change out all ur fluids and make sure you warm it up extensively cause i'd hate to hear about a piston through the roof

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Re: Road trips in your mazdaspeed

Great advice, does anyone knows how to protect a front mounted intercooler from rocks and gravel?
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2011, 05:45 PM
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[quote author=Barcelona link=topic=186758.msg3960511#msg3960511 date=1299880738]
Great advice, does anyone knows how to protect a front mounted intercooler from rocks and gravel?

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It's easy, keep the top mount on the car.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-12-2011, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks lol
But considering I ve modified it and enjoying the extra horse power, the question still remains...anyone else? Any helpful suggestions in helping keep rocks and bugs away from the FMIC?
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I have seen some people put screens across their intercooler and it will prevent bugs from getting in it. I just got back from a 3000 km trip to Vancouver and Whistler in my 09 speed. Great trip and great car for it. I have a hypertech programmer, test pipe, Turbosmart bov and intake, I was getting probably up to 500 k to a tank in the mountains with a ski rack(decreases mileage a fair amount). I find once you drive over 125 k the mileage gets really bad but other then that not bad at all. Seats are awesome in this car! Drove for 13 hours from whistler in one day and only stopped 3 times and was still comfy in the car! Excellent car for road trips! As far as rock chips go, I think I may have got sprayed with some rocks from all the sanding in the winter but nothing serious, I have a 3m invisible bra on my hood, bumper and mirrors so that helps a lot. Hope this helps

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