The Mazda MX-3 was a sporty 2+2 hatch that used much of the BG platform (Familia/323/Protegé) functional parts. The thing that set Mazda’s little CRX/GTI hunter apart was the the
addition of an optional high revving (7,800 rpm) 1.8 liter V6. That is not a typo, it came with a V6 that was smaller than most inline-4 cylinder engines at the time — and this particular MX-3 is not the average ridden hard and put away wet example. Find this 1993 Mazda MX-3 offered for $3,300 in Carlisle, PA
Most of the MX-3s on the market are total pieces of junk, but this one is a surprising 40k mile find in the heart of the rust belt. For a 20 year old car from Pennsylvania, this thing looks really nice under the hood and the seller does not mention any rust — it was probably in a garage (or Florida) during the winter.
The revv happy motor under the hood Mazda’s K8-DE, a 1.8 liter DOHC 24 Valve 60 degree V6 that pushes 130 horsepower at 6,500 rpm into the front wheels. Unfortunately this particular car uses the option 4-speed automatic gearbox instead of the 5-speed manual. It seems that most 5-speed examples are being turned into race cars or canoe stands.
The interior on the kammback 4 seater is decently spacious for the total vehicle footprint, but is filled with mostly low rent hard plastics and cheap cloth. The huge rear glass hatch adds a ton of usability while maintaining agreeable visibility.
See a MX-3 with low miles AND a 5-speed? firstname.lastname@example.org