Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: in a nightmare that won't end
Re: Looking at 07-09 Mazdaspeed 3, questions....
I'd say get a 2010 if you're buying used. Based solely on my own experience, I know I would not buy my current car again if I could go back in time.
Major issues you could face with the 07-09: smoking turbo, factory shocks being rubbish, purge valve going bad, stock engine mount being a piece of garbage... these things could be costly non-warranty repairs
Minor issues that might affect you depending on your OCD level: windshield cowl rattle when it's cold, front passenger foot duct rattle ...note that not everyone's car has these issues, but if interior noises bother you, you need to test drive the car on the shittiest road you can find to be sure it's quiet.
There are many posts on many forums to give you info on the good things as well as bad, but in the end you need to drive one and see if it fits your needs.
Mazda- the only car company that should put
"SQUEAKS AND RATTLES........... No Charge"
on the list of standard features