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Hey guys. I'm considering both of these cars right now. I'm sure some of you also considered the WRX before you got your Mazda or know people with a WRX, so I'd like to hear a little about how the two cars compare. Obviously this is a Mazda forum, but you can at least try to be a little bit objective ;-) From what I've read, the WRX is way faster than the Speed 3 (mainly due to AWD). But the Speed3 is more reliable? A year ago I'd have gone with the MS3, but the WRX is apparently much improved from its 2008 incarnation. Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
 

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1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
2) WRX's get pwned and don't stand a chance..was playing with a Evo X at 7am this morning :p


here comes another VS thread...HIDE!
 

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[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
2) WRX's get pwned and don't stand a chance..was playing with a Evo X at 7am this morning :p


here comes another VS thread...HIDE!
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[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
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I was under the impression that the 09 Speed3 was an exact carryover of the 2008.5 model....Why should I look for the 08 model? I don't think there are very many of those still on dealer lots...
 

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[quote author=krazyk86cu link=topic=139791.msg3012864#msg3012864 date=1237857761]
[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
2) WRX's get pwned and don't stand a chance..was playing with a Evo X at 7am this morning :p


here comes another VS thread...HIDE!
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FAIL.
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+1.

Anyways, imo, speed3 looks nicer, while the WRX will probably have better performance due to its AWD nature. I heard there's an issue regarding the new WRX265's engine breaking down.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1648372

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[quote author=CrashDummy11 link=topic=139791.msg3012869#msg3012869 date=1237857888]
[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
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I was under the impression that the 09 Speed3 was an exact carryover of the 2008.5 model....Why should I look for the 08 model? I don't think there are very many of those still on dealer lots...
[/quote]He was trying to tell you to avoid the 2010.
 

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[quote author=CrashDummy11 link=topic=139791.msg3012869#msg3012869 date=1237857888]
[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
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I was under the impression that the 09 Speed3 was an exact carryover of the 2008.5 model....Why should I look for the 08 model? I don't think there are very many of those still on dealer lots...
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err I thought the new look was out with the 09 speed3's
I meant the 2010 vs 09's.

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayUpcomingMazdaspeed3.action

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[quote author=CrashDummy11 link=topic=139791.msg3012869#msg3012869 date=1237857888]
[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
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I was under the impression that the 09 Speed3 was an exact carryover of the 2008.5 model....Why should I look for the 08 model? I don't think there are very many of those still on dealer lots...
[/quote]He was trying to tell you to avoid the 2010.
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^ thanks :)
 

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[quote author=xxguitarist link=topic=139791.msg3012891#msg3012891 date=1237858339]
[quote author=CrashDummy11 link=topic=139791.msg3012869#msg3012869 date=1237857888]
[quote author=NoobInACan link=topic=139791.msg3012855#msg3012855 date=1237857569]
1) 09 MS3 looks terrible...looks for a 08 model.
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I was under the impression that the 09 Speed3 was an exact carryover of the 2008.5 model....Why should I look for the 08 model? I don't think there are very many of those still on dealer lots...
[/quote]He was trying to tell you to avoid the 2010.
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Yeah, no way I am getting one of those. The smile just makes the car looks stupid.
 

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Me personally, I love the look of the new 3's. Just got a hatch in at my local dealer. I LOVE IT!!! I can't wait to see the Speed. And I also like the new Imprezas. I'd love to have either the WRX hatch or sedan.
 

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09 wrx alot faster then 08 wrx.
09 wrx>ms3 from a dig
09 wrx<ms3 from a roll (stock vs stock)
wrx>ms3 when modded
the wrx community is huge
dont know too much about their engine but it looks like modding a wrx would be alot easier then a ms3
i would buy the 09 wrx even tho its really ugly compared to ms3, because of the huge community
 

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I would love to have any year of the STi.
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The STI's are sweet, but are out of my price range. Apparently the 09 WRX is just as fast as the 08 STI was though...
 

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they might be a PITA to work on but what i meant is that there are so many companies and parts and their engines are quite solid
 

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lol +1 to that edmunds video, hands down the ms3 UNLESS you need awd. I live in minnesota and just got snow tires for my car. I actually drove up a steep hill in a blizzard just as good as this subaru next to me. I would never consider a wrx or ralliart over a ms3. Only a evo or sti. the ms3 gets better gas mileage too. After doing road tours with wrx's, leg gt's, evo's they actually dont offer much for handling over the ms3 or cobalt ss. wrx's and lgt's brakes started to fade super quick on the tour too.
 

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I own an 08 ms3 and my bro has an 09 wrx. The only thing the wrx has that I like better is a tall 1st gear. Otherwise, it had loose steering and feels very big and boat like. They are also alot easier to mod since they are highly supported in the aftermarket community. I still wouldn't trade my ms3 for one ever. My goal is to get to about 285-300whp in this car with bolt-ons and be done.
 
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