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View Poll Results: What route you taking with the 3?
Daily driver and or bone stock car 448 85.66%
Track beast...because race car. 17 3.25%
Garage queen....its like that?! 27 5.16%
Show car/magazine pursuer. 31 5.93%
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post #81 of 93 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 10:33 PM
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Ours is my wife's daily driver. Before we got the Miata just before Christmas, we fought over it because both of us hate driving the Toyota Turd pickup.

She drove her 1983 240D for 25 years until I got her to come into the present age with a Jetta TDI. Well, story closed on that December 22nd.

I drove a VW Cabrio until we got the Jetta. Liked it so much that I sold my Cabrio.

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post #82 of 93 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 12:54 AM
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We are going to join the vast majority on this thread, creating a driver with mods that will work for us. It has not yet arrived, yet most of its already 30 planned mods will be aesthetic/personally pleasing. A few will be functional. We already have a rocketship and so it will be a car that's going to be fun to drive around town running errands, going on long road trips, yet carving country curvy corners whenever we want. Not going to touch anything that effects its power train nor its ECU (keeping its warranty intact). However, some pieces will be custom painted, remainder of lights converted to LED's, and some parts "cleaned up/debadged," and a few "upgrades" substituted. Will continue to create more mods over time. All the while, going to enjoy its factory amenities.

It will make us happy just to look at it and happy just plain driving it. Not going to be entered in shows, nor autocrossed, nor raced (will do that in our other car). It will become our personally-customized driver.
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Motor racing for me is too expensive considering the time you get to train/practice and take part in it. My sport is distance running. Training for my 5th marathon now. But if it's any consolation I use the Mz3's luggage area as a mobile drinks station!

I restore cars rather than modify them. I'm on my second classic car that I have restored (1981 Volvo 244) Takes up enough money! But my cars win the odd trophy, mainly for the period appropriate display I set up.

I paid a lot for my Mz3, so I am using it, dammit!! I put on about 1000km a month. But I take care with where I park it etc. I park parallel where possible (no door dings).

So yes it's a daily driver. I have all the brochures and invoices from when I bought it. I am not sure how long I will keep it but the Mazda3 I think in 20-30 yrs time has classic potential as it's a very popular car right now in Australia.

I'm leaving it stock as I am satisfied with the vehicle and I can't think of any mods that would really 'value add' to it. Sure I can pay $1000 for a sports exhaust and get 10 more hp; I could lower it with stiffer springs and 18 inch wheels but as it is it is well up to the task of what I put it through....

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post #84 of 93 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 04:39 AM
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Daily driver here! Ranking up those miles

Although, secretively I wished my Mazda was a racing car LOL, but don't we all
In the end of the day I realize this is a compact economic sedan, and it does a great job at it and it's fun as hell to drive it!
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post #85 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-08-2017, 03:47 PM
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Stock and going back to the dealer for a 2017 in April.

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daily driver and do some fun weekend drives.. I ride a bike (gsxr600) that does 0-60 in 3 seconds flat so I did not need to get my speed fix on 4 wheels, wanted a balance of value, luxury, performance and style. The M3 was the only one of few that fit the bill.

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post #87 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 03:03 PM
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Mine is the wife's daily, so except for some 16" BBS SR wheels with Blizzak WS80 winter tires, it's bone stock.

I figured I could use the car for instructing students at HPDE events, and since the performance aftermarket is practically non-existent compared to the BMWs I've run at the track in the past, I had Porterfield Brakes make me a set of Raybestos ST-43 race pads. But then I couldn't find camber plates. I sort of gave up at that point, realizing that trying to turn the MZ3 into even a very modest street/track car was going to be an exercise in frustration - at least for me.

Next up for street fun during the summer months will be 17X7˝ RPF1s with one of the following: RE-71R, ZII Star Spec, or R-S4. I'll wait to see some test results for the R-S4 at the Rack before pulling the trigger.

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Next up for street fun during the summer months will be 17X7˝ RPF1s with one of the following: RE-71R, ZII Star Spec, or R-S4. I'll wait to see some test results for the R-S4 at the Rack before pulling the trigger.

Nice. I'm going to get 17x9 ET45 RPF1's for my Mk5 GTI and have them redrilled for use on it (5x112) and run 245/40 RE-71R's or RS-4's. I'll probably end up testing them on the Mazda at some point. I cleared 18x8.5 ET38 wheels with 245/40 Conti DW's (Evo X wheels), so I think I'd be fine with a bit higher offset and .5" wider (not to mention a 245/40/17 being shorter than 245/40/18's.

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Daily driver with some increased "fun": intake, exhaust, tune, and suspension in the near future.
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my mazda is my daily car and it never disappoint me
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