It’s been one year and a half driving my Mazda, one of the first batch import of CBU Mazda3 sport 2.0 hatchback. Comes with 1,999cc MZR engine, Max power: 145hp @ 6500rpm. Max torque: 182Nm @ 4500rpm.
Currently mileage record at more than than 30,000KM. Gearbox is smooth, stock TOYO tyre still good to go, engine stay quiet as usual, handling remain responsive and seems everything is still in good condition.
What i think and discover about this car so far,
i) Driver seat, the closer to steering wheel, handle feels more better, but in exchange of less space for legs
ii) From 2nd gear to 3rd gear, there are a small gap. While floor the pedal fully down, there will be moment of “empty”, then the power will come right after that.
iii) Comforts zone on 105km/h – 140km/h. Less or more than it just normal or bored
iv) Little Shelf in the rear of Glove compartment which enough to store books or foods
v) Have to place gear in “P”, parking mode to open Hatchback boot
vi) Superb fun driving around east coast with mountains roads and lots of corners
vii) NVH(Noise, vibration, and harshness ) level consider satisfied after year and a half
NVH level, Speed alarm at 170 KM/H
Since 4th quarter of 2010, ckd version of mazda3 was manufacture locally, handled by Inokom’s plant in kulim. Last batch of cbu mazda3 import arrived on april according to MyMazda club forum.
Differences between CBU and CKD that i discovered:
– Slightly different material and weight on rim
– Different brand of tyres, CBU comes with Toyo
– Two variants: GL and GLS variants
– The word “Sport” is not stick on sedan GL version
– Colors and Prices: http://mazda.com.my/mazda3/prices.aspx
CBU Wheel Rim
CKD Wheel Rim
Maybe you are considering this car now? Go for it if:
– don’t mind around 450km per tank
– doesn’t mind a little overprice than its competitors
– doesn’t mind facelift is coming, Mazda3 facelift with skyactiv
– okay with it’s unique shape
– expecting a nice handling car
– need for speed sometimes
For new Mazda driver, you can obtain more knowledge and ask for advice from Mazda Club malaysia or Facebook. Experienced Mazda drivers will try their best to answer your doubts. Furthermore, from time to time they will organize convoy, trips and gatherings.
Convoy for Mazda8 Launch at Mid valley