New Jersey Giant: 2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3

I’m going to post this next car with a caveat that Brooklyn isn’t a good place to buy a car…or probably much of anything.  The Big Apple is notorious for crappy roads, sketchy parking, bad weather, and well…New Yorkers.  Everybody who isn’t trying to actually pick your pocket is probably trying to muscle something outta your bank account…not that there is anything wrong with that…but this next car seems to be a good deal and I have to admit that I would look past the zip code and consider this…wait…why does it have Jersey plates?  Is this the New York Giants of the car world? Find this 2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 offered for $4995 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.

From the seller:

2008 mazda mazdaspeed3

condition: excellent

cylinders: 4 cylinders

drive: fwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 69000

paint color: black

size: compact

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: hatchback

You know why you’re here. You like to be in control and row your own gears. You appreciate function and are not a fan of conspicuous peacockery. In the words of John Milton, you don’t ever let them see you coming. But come you can and do, taking in the sweet sound of your (newly replaced) turbo spooling as it blows into a nearly 300HP 2.3L DISI engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. But I digress.

This exceptionally maintained 2008 Mazdaspeed3 GT specimen with 169,9xx highway miles on its odo is being offered by its second owner. The interior sports factory BOSE radio and NAVI, comfortable bucket seats with Mazdaspeed embroidery, custom plastic weatherguard mats, front-facing smartly installed always-on dashcam, Bluetooth audio & phone connection, and a hardwire for Valentine One radar detector (not included). 40/60 foldable seats provide ample storage (easily fits a set of 4 wheels with room to spare). Currently dressed with a set of winter wheels (tires/rims), with an extra summer set included.

The car runs well and the list of parts replaced in the recent past is noted below. Most recently, a new (actual new OEM not a Chinese knock off) turbo has been replaced (over a thousand dollars between the turbo, labor, and gaskets). The old one felt less spunky and the oil consumption went up some so I did not want to risk it blowing up. The gearbox shifts like butter and the engine purs. The suspension has been continuously updated (see below), the rotors and brakes recently replaced, and spark plugs replaced in the fall. The battery is new and both sets of tires have plenty of tread left.

The car is used as a daily driver, averaging about 100 miles a day of highway driving (with MPG in the high 20s), hence none of the stop-and-go stress on the engine or brakes. There’s a small dent on the lower rear quarter of the rear right door (as shown) but most people don’t notice it unless pointed out.

Feel free to reach out and ask questions. I work in Jersey so can meet there as well. Serious offers will be entertained but please no low-balling.

Ran a compression test before replacing the turbo – all 4 cylinders were in the 185-190 psi range.

OEM cold air intake

New OEM K04 turbo (2/2020) – still have the old turbo, if you want it.

New AutoCraft Automotive Battery, Group Size 26R, 510 CCA (12/2019)

New AC compressor (warranty thru 11/20) and new serpentine belts (11/2019) – still have the old compressor, if you want it.

New KONI rear shocks (2/2019 and one replaced 2/2020) and springs sometime in 2017

New rotors and brakes (2/2019)

New spark plugs (9/2019)

New driver side Xenon HID Headlight Ballast (2/2020)

New xenon low beam headlight bulbs (both sides) (2/2020)

New rear sway bar bushings (10/2019)

New rear sway bar stabilizer links (3/2019)

New rear control arms (2/2019)

New rear lateral arms (2/2019)

New slave master cylinder (winter 2019)

New front stabilizer links (2/2019)

New trailing arm bushings (2/2019)

New engine mount (7/2018)

New front control arm and ball joint assembly (2/2017)

WeatherTech Custom Fit Front FloorLiner for Mazda 3 (Black)

New Bilstein (I think) front struts in 2017 if my memory serves me right

New air filter summer of 2018

Dedicated sets of summer tires (spring 2018) and winter tires (fall 2017)

2 Blackstone oil reports (9/2018 and 2/2019) – chemical analysis of used oil to monitor engine condition.

See a better way to drive something Mazdaspeedy?