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Old 05-23-2008, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newb here, 2004 Mazda 3 2.3l

So I'm interested in squeezing some more MPGs out of my car, it should be fun. I'm not going to do anything crazy, but I did pump my psi on my tires to 40! woo hooo. I'm also driving more economy-ish and logging my MPG, so i'm excited to see what I come up with. I figure anything 30 or higher is good for my car.

Does anyone here have a mazda 3 and have any particular tips with it?

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Old 05-23-2008, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. That is a great platform for FE.You should easily be able to make you goal.

Here's a good place to start if you have not seen it yet.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to ecomodder! How'd you find us, if I might ask?

How's the mazda 3? It looks like it could do well for fuel economy, but I've heard mixed reviews.
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Welcome to EM!

By the way, great car. I test drove a few with the intention of buying one a couple years ago and also rented a 2.0 auto. Fun and efficient.

The benefit your vehicle has is the manual transmission. Review the suggested link, take a look around the site, have some fun, and...

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Welcome to the site Krunko. Getting 30 mpg out of your car will be a breeze. I do know of one owner who gets better than 40.
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Krunko -

Welcome to EM! The 3 hatch is a great design. I am thinking that you can pull up to 40 MPG with driving technique. But, I also think the Mazda sips a bit more gas because I think Mazda tunes their US drivetrains for performance, so I am guessing you'll have to find it's sweet spot.

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Old 05-25-2008, 04:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey I have the same car with the 2.3.

My mpg is in my sig & keep in mind that's MIXED driving. I seem to pull 37-ish on the highway.

Here are some mods I have that helped me listed here:

http://www.ecomodder.com/forum/emgar...&vehicleid=414
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I am a also newbie here with a mazda 3 (2.3 auto), i think i'm getting about 29 mpg with my current driving habits, but i hope to bump that up a bit, i haven't inflated my tires yet past 32 psi
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Welcome to ecomodder! How'd you find us, if I might ask?

How's the mazda 3? It looks like it could do well for fuel economy, but I've heard mixed reviews.
I really like the car, it has a lot of luxuries of nicer cars but still only cost 21k new back in 2004.

I've been getting about 27mpg combined, which is about right. I'm wondering what mods I can do to up my fuel economy...maybe lighter freer flowing exhuast ?
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site Krunko. Getting 30 mpg out of your car will be a breeze. I do know of one owner who gets better than 40.
Can you direct me to this owner? I'm really curious on how he does it, that's pretty crazy. I havn't been able to get over 30 on a tank of gas yet.

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