My New Mazda3 :)

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by psyshack, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    I felt the same way about my trusty Accord Wagon. Now every time you see a Civic the same color and model as yours was you'll wonder if that's the same one that you owned. I still do with Accord Wagons and it's been four years.
  2. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Don't know what happened to your Civic, but hope your Mazada 3 goes a lot better!
  3. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Congrats on the 3 Psy!! I got to drive one (hard, very hard...) a few months ago at a Mazda 'Zoom Zoom Live!' event and it was a ton of fun. Oh yeah it seemed like it would be a good fuel efficient car too:D
  4. pumaman

    pumaman Well-Known Member

    When I bought my Subaru in 00, I sold my 92 Voyager to a guy at work. It was for his wife to drive, but every so often she stops by work with it, and it's always a bit of a shock seeing it. Brings back a lot of memories. It's also a bit of a shock that's it's still going at all after 15 years on the road!
  5. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Today I push the tires to 50 psi. Will make a run into the country and see what the mpg is doing.... :)
  6. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    OK,,,,,,, Ive been ave. 41.3 mpg with the MZ3 since purchase. There has been some spirited driving. :)

    Today I have to make a trip to SE Oklahoma. So I'm going to see what I can do with this car. I don't expect spectacular results. But do expect to see a trend on the positive side.

    Changes to the car Ive made seen purchase:
    Turned on its internal mpg display.
    M1 0w-20 in the crank case and M1 75w-80 gear oil in the transmission.
    Ive installed the throttle body ground wire mod.
    Tires are as of this morning at 60 psi.

    I will be carrying two tools box's and a bucket with motor shims, grease gun and parts. I do have to make some time. After all I'm on company time.

    So heres to a good trip. Fill the coffee up... And we are off!!!!!

  7. johnf514

    johnf514 Zoom? Try Glide!

    Hmm. Some interesting results this morning.

    Had to fill up as I was at 1/4 tank and may be making a long drive tonight. Tank was at 42.3 MPG on the iFCD in the Mazda3. Filled up - 417 miles over 10.9 gallons = ~38.3 MPG.

    Not sure how the gauge got so far off - and I'm definitely not happy about the lower MPG. Psy - any comments?
  8. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Jeff, how did you determine your car is okay to run 0w-20? I'd love to move to that as I think the improvement would be noticeable over the 5w-30 dino I currently run, but don't know that it is safe?

    Good luck on the trip! P&G is your friend. ;)
  9. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Hello John

    I think the iFCD in our cars is kind of JUNK!!!! Mine has read low every tank. meaning 38 mpg shown and I calc. 40 mpg. Im very glad I didn't buy a GT to get this 5 cent adder. With that out of the way its still a tool. Even if a bad one. And worth having the way we got ours. I still haven't got my SG calibrated yet. But I'm on the right track. Taking a 4 mpg hit tho,,, does suck.

    I have noticed the tank ave. gets to a point then kind of sticks if you will. And I know the deeper you get into the tank the harder it is to move the tank ave. :) But my SG seems to understand a tenth or two better than the IFCD.

  10. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Hi RLC

    On new cars that spec 5w-20, 0w-20 is a no brainer. Be clear tho,,, Im not sold on the stuff like the hybrid and ubber hypermilers are. For me its more of a fall and winter oil. I just happened to find it on close out at Walmart. Ive ran it in the past and haven't seen diddlie squat mpg wise out of it verses 5w-20. The truth is if I could find M1 0w-30 in the local market I would run that as a summer oil.

    With the mpg numbers you have been getting of late. It seems you and the car are working good together. If you want to play with oil viscosity's. Try some Motorcraft 5w-20 in it. Its a syn blend. And honestly a good straight up oil by all accounts. If there is something about it you don't like then you don't have a lot invested in it. Its only 10 or 11 bucks for a jug. If you and the car like it. Then by all means move on to M1 5w-20 or Amsoil's offering.

  11. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Hm. Mine called for 10w-30 and I've been running 5w-30 the entire time I've owned the car. I don't know if I could put in 5w-20...

    Guess I'll stick with what I have since it seems to be working.

    Thanks for the info, Jeff!
  12. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Today was a chore. My high hope were smashed as soon as I walked out the door to leave. A wind out of the south meant doom.

    Right off the bat a head wind for 14 miles to I-40. A cross wind to Sallisaw. Then more of the same on south the Poteau. Then when I go to leave the wind switches to a southwest movement. This left me yet again with a cross wind or a,,, at best cross head wind. Not to mention the temps flirting with the 100f mark. My work today had me in a boiler room at 140f for 3 hours. Man did that make for a hot drive home. 50 miles out of Tulsa I had to turn the AC on. I ran it for 10 miles at 60 mph. Only tool used when AC used was load driving.

    Todays effort was good for 41 mpg for 270 miles total.

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2007
  13. EvlMinion

    EvlMinion Active Member


    Shame you had so much trouble out of the Civic. None so far from mine. Grats on the new car - it looks very nice. You're kicking the crap out of me with half a liter more displacement, too...

    Still, I managed 44.8 mpg on my trip home today. :)
  14. hohead

    hohead New Member

    Sorry for bringing this thread back from the dead, but I couldn't find any other recent Mazda 3 threads...

    I've been occasionally FAS'ing when I see a red light off in the distance, and I always restart the engine once the light turns green (using the starter).

    However, after reading these forums, I have tried doing a FAS, continue gliding, then starting the car using a "bump" (car is still moving).

    However, when doing a bump with the Mazda 3, it seems to have serious difficulties bring the PS (power steering) back to life. I experimented a few times today, and one time it took over 60 seconds (!) before PS came back.

    My Mazda 3 is fairly difficult to steer without PS, so if it takes longer than 5 seconds for the PS to come back after a bump, I don't feel safe doing this.

    Any comments from other Mazda 3 owners?

  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

  16. hohead

    hohead New Member

    Thanks dude, found my answer from your link:


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