Rally Ready: 1992 Mazda MX-3

The MX-3 was a small sporty hatch from Mazda launched in 1991 as a competitor to the Honda CRX and Volkswagen GTi.  The MX-3 borrowed many of its components from the 6th gen Familia/323/Protege platform but added hatchback usability and sporty looks.  The real kicker was the addition of an optional high revving small displacement V6 that put the MX-3 into a category of its own…and today’s next example has been transformed into a dirt throwing rally machine. Find this 1992 Mazda MX-3 offered for $7,500 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1992 Mazda MX-3

condition: excellent

cylinders: 6 cylinders

drive: fwd

fuel: gas

paint color: custom

size: compact

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: hatchback

Log booked and 100% ready to race. Legal to race with NASA and ARA. Or take it to any rallycross, OHV park, or desert area!

Last raced at the end of August

Very easy to drive car, rotates effortlessly, tons of power, sounds amazing!

Drivetrain / Enginebay

2.5L KLZE V6 (200HP, 8500RPM redline)

G4 intake / KL47 ported throttle body

OBD2 conversion

MAF/IAT conversion (with custom brace)

External coil / HEI ignition conversion

Long tube headers

Wideband O2

Holly Hydromat fuel pickup

Walbro 255 external fuel pump

5-speed with Mazdaspeed LSD

Oversized Griffin aluminum radiator

Dual electric fans with temp switch and override switches

Battery jumper / distribution posts

Hella Horns

Poly motor mount

Oversized power steering reservoir


LED headlights in projector housings

OEM GT500 hood vent

Quick removable lightbar with 2x yellow halogen projectors, 2x HID corner lights, 1x LED lightbar

Rallyarmor mudflaps


HotBits with external reservoirs (fully rebuilt 1 race ago)

Fully adjustable camber and caster front top mounts, camber only in the rear

1/8 steel plated front shock towers

Plated rear shock towers

Adjustable limiting straps

Fully custom rear suspension

All 1.5″ DOM, 1/4″ wall tubing

1/8″ double sheer plates

Greaseable joints

Adjustable toe


Manual brake conversion

Upgraded rear brakes to disc

Rear lines routed through interior

Porterfield racing pads all around

Wilwood hydraulic handbrake

Rear brake line shut-off valve


Cobra Monaco Pro seats

Bluetooth tablet gauge cluster

Relocated windshield wiper fluid reservoir

Relocated battery behind seats

Powersport AGM battery

Custom impact gun mount

Custom scissor jack mount

Ammocan toolbox

Front red LED cab lighting

Rear white LED trunk lighting

LED adjustable co-driver light

Dual USB ports for tablet or GoPro charging

Fuel pump, fan, acc, USB override switches

Wideband O2 gauge

Power windows

Front electric windshield defroster

Custom bluetooth tablet gauge cluster with multiple modes (race, recce, street)

Battery cutoff switch


First aid kit

Helmet hammock

Fire extinguishers with aluminum quick release

Driver / co-driver bags for storage

Window breakers / belt cutters

NRG quick release hub

Sparco steering wheel

Roof scoop with adjustable vents

Reduced and removed all unneeded factory wiring, rear wiper motor, etc.

Cup holder


New paint a couple months ago

15″ Protege wheels with Federal rally tires

Spare MX-3 wheels with spare rally tires

Full-size 1/4″ aluminum skid plate

Quick plug for battery charger

Spare parts

Fan shroud and fans


Brake pads


Engine (for parts or rebuild)


Bumpers (front and rear)

Rear hatch (with glass intact)

Fuse boxes, wire harness

Factory gauge clusters

Original ECU and VAF setup

Brake master and reservoir

New tie rods, ball joints, wheel spacers

New steering rack

Drivers side door

It does need an exhaust. It got ripped off from the headers back during the last race. I will put on an exhaust before selling it. Or, if you want to do your own exhaust, I will sell it as is and knock a little off the price.

It was rolled in 2017, but as you can see, it was fully rebuilt better than it was before. The roll, rebuild, and tons of other pictures and video are available on the team Facebook page www.facebook.com/tsurally