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    Dare I say Iím one of the first 2010 Mazdaspeed3 to hit 300,000 kms? At least this quickly?
    Aside from a few wear and tear scars throughout the years, sheís been the same mildly-modified Speed from when I first had the tuning bug seven years agoÖ

    A few notes on this 2010 Mazdaspeed3:

    - Purchased as second owner in 2011 (with approx. 8000 kms on the odometer)
    - daily driven car in stop-and-go rush hour traffic, both highway and city roads
    - oil and filter change every 8000 kms (as outlined in owners manual) with Penzzoil Platinum full synthetic. Recently started changing every 5000 kms to help keep her alive longer.


    Mods installed in 2011-2012:

    - Eibach Pro-Kit springs
    - Koni Sport (Yellow) shocks
    - Full Míz Custom style kit from Nextmod (currently on 3rd front lip - previous two destroyed - one during winter and the other due to road debris)
    - K&N Cold-Air Intake (cleaned and re-oiled every year)
    - cp-e 65 duro rear motor mount
    - various matte black vinyl details
    - dark gunmetal powder coated 2010 MS3 OE rims (later replaced with 2012 MS3 OE rims)
    - spoiler add-on from Nextmod


    Maintenance & Issues:

    - 2011 - Headlight assemblies replaced under warranty (fogging under lens)

    The following was in order of replacement (most were around and beyond 200,000 kms)

    - replaced spark plugs (@ approx 175,000 kms - NGK Laser Iridium)
    - replaced cabin filter (aftermarket part)
    - replaced battery (PartSource battery)
    - replaced clutch master cylinder (was leaking brake fluid into the cabin after each release of the clutch pedal)
    - transmission fluid leak (Jimmy @ Street Performance found leaking area, but I have not yet repaired)
    - replaced alternator (died on me - had it rebuilt for cheap)
    - 2017 (approx. 250,000 kms) - CEL would come on every now and then, sometimes stay solid throughout a dayís drive. Jimmy diagnosed as a ďmisfireĒ error code. Car was a little rough and bogging on idle, black smoke from exhaust on WOT. One of the cylinders (#1 or #4, canít remember which one) also had a low compression reading, which was bad news for the engine. Jimmy suggested options to clean the possible carbon build-up in the engine, replace the engine, or buy a new car. Didnít choose to do any of those options (wasnít in the budget at the time). Interesting coincidence is Iíve been using Shell 91 octane gasoline since purchase, but after the code, switched to Petro Canada gasoline. Havenít had the CEL pop up since. Car isnít as rough on idle anymore, but still get the black smoke on WOT. Start-up sometimes takes a little longer. Code was also cleared after all of this.
    - replaced Eibach springs with new set due to broken front spring (springs were lifetime warranty!)
    - replaced front strut bearings and bump stop after changing springs (OEM parts)
    - replaced alternator (died - second replacement because rebuilt one lasted only 2 years, then purchased used one from a 1st gen Speed with low kms on Kijiji)
    - replaced serpentine belt (OEM part)
    - replaced battery (second time due to drain from dead, rebuilt alternator - purchased Kirkland battery from Costco)
    - fluids have been monitored and topped-up when necessary


    Other misc notes:

    - gas mileage on average is now only reaching around 450 kms per tank (used to reach over 500 kms)
    - have gone through two sets of used UHP summers and two sets of new HP all-season tires. Currently on budget-minded Nexen CP672, particularly because of its high treadwear rating. Also currently on second winter tire set on steelies.


    Feels like the engine will hold up a little longer (hopefully through this winter season) until I decide to buy something new next year. I know Iíve stretched some of the recommended maintenance intervals which could have kept her in better health, and sheís due for a few more maintenance upkeeps again. Iíve been granny-driving her now to avoid smoke-screening people behind me. I punch it sometimes when itís dark outside and no one is behind me .

    Here are a few of the original pics I posted a while backÖ






    [Q] 2010 CWP MAZDASPEED3

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    My 2013 Mazda 3 2.0L M5 nonsky is at 201,900kms

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    Great news! Always loved that last pic, I remember it from when I first joined

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    Congrats.

    imo, shorter oil change intervals is probably worse for the engine. Additives in the oil need time to be deposited, and 5k kms is not enough time. You might as well run dino oil at that interval
    Oh damn, that sucks. Oh well, I stopped reading the Speed section because according to certain people only speed owners are allowed to even look at that section.

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    Quote Originally Posted by G ~ MINI View Post
    My 2013 Mazda 3 2.0L M5 nonsky is at 201,900kms
    How's she doing? Any major maintenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakfasteatre View Post
    Congrats.

    imo, shorter oil change intervals is probably worse for the engine. Additives in the oil need time to be deposited, and 5k kms is not enough time. You might as well run dino oil at that interval
    Interesting point. And because I'm using synthetic, it shouldn't be as big of a worry either.

    Now that I'm finding my oil levels dipping quicker then before, I guess my mentality is to change the oil anyways instead of always topping it up.
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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    When is a good time to replace PCV ?

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    No brake maintenance? And still the original clutch! Congrats on the 300k!

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    Quote Originally Posted by breakfasteatre View Post
    shorter oil change intervals is probably worse for the engine. Additives in the oil need time to be deposited, and 5k kms is not enough time.
    This is wrong. Most additives do not deposit themselves... they help slow the degradation process but degrade over time because they become less reactive and become diluted by contaminants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G ~ MINI View Post
    When is a good time to replace PCV ?
    That sir, is a good question.... because I haven't yet. I know I probably should replace it, but I've read it's a pain to do without removing a lot to get to it.

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    Default Re: 300,000 kms 2010 MS3!

    Sorry, should have mentioned the typical rotors and pads replacement. Done only once. But as far as the clutch.... still the original!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManualMazda View Post
    No brake maintenance? And still the original clutch! Congrats on the 300k!
    Sorry, should have mentioned the typical rotors and pads replacement. Done only once. But as far as the clutch.... still the original!

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