I have a 2003 MPV with less than 70k on the clock, but get juddering from the engine in the no accelerate/no decelerate throttle zone, almost like its "missing"; there are no backfires so don't think its ignition. Also when pulling away, the car will suddenly accelerate, although the throttle position is static. It almost sounds like a stuck throttle cable, if it wasnt for the juddering when running. Its also more likely at a low speed than higher; anything beyond 55mph and its not that obvious. Below this (40-55) it shows up. Not sure if this engine is used on any other Mazdas, to determine if those owners have had the same problem or not? Its a great car, I use it as a van for work as well, as removing the seats gives lots of room and the car is 1/8th tonne under kerbside weight, meaning I can put that back in and its effectively at an empty weight. It has lots of room inside and what I carry isnt particularly heavy, so volumetrically fill the back up completely. Great to hear if anyone else has cured the same problem. Many thanks. Graham
Hello all. New member from U.S. here. Looks to be a cool place!
I have been given a very nice and clean 2017 Mazda3. I absolutely love its looks and want to use it as the basis for a project car. It’s not my daily driver.
I understand the predictable responses of “start from something else”, but say I couldn’t for one reason or another (I really like the looks of this car).
I want to run it in WRL and am wanting to know more about what aftermarket (or even cross market) motors might bolt in here to replace my current 2.0L PE motor? Maybe 230bhp? 300ftlbs torque?
I also think I’ll replace the auto trans with sequential shifting. So, it too would (hopefully bolt-in and to any motor you might suggest.
Of course, I will rebuild suspension appropriate for the track and will strip inside for safety elements and will weld rear doors. (Ha! I think I sound like I know what I’m talking about but I’m actually an idiot).
I'd buy one if they put as much passion as they did into pioneering and keeping the rotary going for as long as they did. That kind of build quality and philosophy is why I love the brand. Also I have read so much about the next gen rotaries being hybrid that maybe we will get the best of both platforms!