What made you buy an mx3

  • for me, i remember when my cuz brought a green one home on leave. she had on a tennis skirt and little white socks. so it kind of made an impression on me and it stuck. theres another one thats by my dads place and the guy has had it from new. still looks new too.
    so when i was in the market for a car at the right price the mx3 turned up on ebay. took it for a test ride and bought it there and then.

    so whats your story?

  • Similar sort of sotry for me.

    My uncle bought one after he had his 323 and I instantly fell in love with it, another green one too! (still prefer the thought of a girl in small tennis skirt though like you Tiny :lol: ) Anyways he took me out in it and the sound of the V6 and the speed of the thing got me hooked.

    I was always a fast Ford man, so when I got fed up of my Escort Si breaking all the time (wish bone bushes being replaced every 2 months, 3 gear boxes, electical trouble :evil: I did rag it though!) I went out and bought a 1998 MX-3 and never looked back!

    Had to get rid of that one when the Mrs got preggers with our second child, she was having trouble getting in and out and cos we only had the one car at the time it had to go for a more family car, 2002 Renault Laguna II, what a piece of shit that was, I thought my escort was bad, it was nothing compared to that French turd!

    When the Mrs passed her test, I quickly got shot of the Renault and got myself another MX-3, I aint getting rid of this one….... ever!

  • I'll be honest. I'd never really taken any notice of MX3's until the end of last year, I had no idea they existed (I knew of mx5's and 6's) and saw mine on auto trader for £400, I used the logic that if the mx5 was a 2 seat roadster and the 6 a large sports coupe that with the MX3 being a lower number, it would be smaller than the 5 (not that I wanted a small 2 seat car :roll: ).

    So when I went to see it I was quite surprised.

    I was looking for a small cheap car to get me to work and back until I could afford something better like an EK shape Civic again but when I looked at all the rusty euro boxes nothing slapped me in the face and said "you'll do". I think it was meant to be that I stumbled across mine on Auto Trader and I'm so glad I did. It's got my buzz back into cars and I can't help "mentally" spending money on it (just wish I could "physically").

    I've now gone from a Honda Nut to a MX3 Nut and now see the Civic as a posers car that EVERYONE has.

  • quite similar to nightstalker really, never heard of an MX3, but after I'd had enough of the rattly, harsh , skitty ride of the 205 I wanted something a bit more comfatable.

    Looked at honda CR-x's to begin with, and ek9's and integras, but they all seemed well overpriced, ( everyman and his dog has a mx-5 on the island, so wanted to stand out from the crowd also) needed something with 4 seats and decent size boot ideally though! so looked at 200sx's and some other jap slag turbo wagons but all too expensive, to buy and maintain….

    ... then someone on the 205GTI forum suggested an Mx-3, saying they were supposed to handle superbly, well once I had seen the price of them it was a no brainer for me really. I love the look of them, such a pretty car and really
    underated in my book, handles great has enough toys and does the job nicely
    ... heres to the turbo & coilovers :P

  • **My dad had one. Oddly, he'd swapped his Ford Explorer for it…

    Anyway, one day I was back home and he wanted it moved, so I hopped in. I adjusted the seat away from his old guy position (little harsh - he was an amateur rally driver in his younger days, so not the typical roadgoing pensioner, and his last two cars were an S-Type R and a Mondeo ST220...) into how I would have it. And at that instant I was sold on it and started looking.

    About 6 months later he had his first heart attack and decided to slow the pace of his life down a bit. He bought a diesel Focus estate (as you can see above, the slowdown didn't really happen for long), so I bought the MX-3 off him. That was in 2003…!

    Oddly, he always missed the MX-3, no matter what other car he had (though the Jaguar was a nicer drive over Sheffield's potholed suburbs) and it always cheered him up to see it again :D**

  • There was an MX3 parked outside my mums house for years, it must of been one of her neighbours i always remember thinking it looked damn cool.

    Then few years went by and alot of cars later and i saw it parked up there again did a bit of research and was convinced that was the car for me.

  • I was looking for a change, I had been driving dull cars for years and thought its about time I had a V6 motor, I was searching Ebay + autotrader for a Nissan 300 zx as its always been a dream car of mine when I first sat in a brand new one at a nissan dealer in 1991.
    While trawling through a lot of crap cars I found I was quite drawn to mitsubishi FTO's and drove one and quite enjoyed it and thought maybe the nissan would be a bit juicy to run so started looking at smaller V6 cars.
    I stumbled across MX3's by accident because I just typed in V6 into Ebay and 2 popped up, I emailed one close to me that was finishing soon that if he did not get a buyer please call me and I will come over and have a look at it.
    Meanwhile I looked through autotrader and found a EUNOS near me, went to test drive it that evening and found it had been in a major accident and even though it was automatic it just drove fantastic.
    Then just as I was leaving from the Eunos the other owner from Ebay called and I went straight over to that one, it was a 1991 V6 with every factory extra possible and full dealer service history with one woman owning it for 17 years, the guy who had it was desperate to sell it and he knocked £350 off the £850 asking price so I bought my first one for £500 and it was fantastic, it took me all over europe and I was sad to see it go when I bought another one, I did see it on ebay about 4 months ago for spares or repairs and it sold for £120 :cry:

  • My dad owned a mint black 94 se and I always loved the look of it, he wanted something bigger so asked if I wanted to buy it, so I borrowed it for a month and really liked the handling, but it was just too slow for me so I didn't buy it.

    Then I saw Garfy's KLZE at Japfest, and within few months I'd researched, bought one, then bought all the stuff and did the ZE conversion. Then seeing how few people knew about the swap in the UK I setup this website to let you all into the secret.

    The rest is history, I've owned 6 mx-3's, done 3 KLZE swaps, I still own 3 mx-3's.

    1 standard
    1 klze
    1 kitted up show car

    Sadly i'm moving soon and they will all be getting sold as there's only room for 1 car (the family car) :cry:

  • well my story is a custmer had one came in for an mot it had a broken exhaust so sounded lovly had to change the rear brake hoses and it was realy easy to service then i road tested it to maker shore brakes were ok and i fell in love with it this was a wensday so that night and thursday night i was looking in to them went friday to look at one and picked it up sunday night

  • I was looking for a cheap run around for work around 2k mark, was looking for a fto, ( too expensive to insure ) then like djmarcopolo typed in v6 into auto trader and looked through what came up. It narrowed down to a alfa 156 v6, mazda mx-3 v6, peugeot 205 1.9 gti ( mi16 pref ). Getting hold of a decent mi16 was near impossible, found a alfa but was worried about its reliability. Went to look at a mx-3. Wanted a black or silver one. Had to travel 100miles to look at the nearest silver one. Loved the noise and ride position, so brought it. After a few months the shock absorbers were leaking so looked on net for uprated suspension and discovered mx-3.com ( us site ) then after fitting bilstein suspension i loved it even more!. But it was getting beaten by the new craze of fabia Vrs which were everwhere at the time!. So back to mx-3.com and discovered the KLZE conversion!. And luck had it one owner in U.K had everything on a pallet ready but abondoned the conversion so i brought the lot pretty much!!. Then discovered mx6.com and hence the japfest showing where im glad ukmx3admin saw it! and inspired others to do the same. :D

  • the reason i got an mx was i was actually looking at nissan 300zx n/a and i was looking for a good one for about a month to start drag racing and in got talking to a mate how had a 300zx for racing and his wife had a mx 3 for a run about and she was wanted to change it for a mx 5. so i decided to buy it until i could find a 300zx but after driving it after a week i loved it and decided to keep it and gave up looking for a z

  • Well for me i love v6 engines and i was looking for something in the area of a jap motor, saw the mx3 and the fact it had a v6 so went on the hunt…

    Then Wes was discovered and i snapped him up and brought him home..

  • My story…........ Me and my best mate are petrolheads and wanted to start doing track days so we started to look for some cheap track cars, after a few weeks (march 09) my mate rung me and said he had found a V6 MX3 on pistonheads. At first I thought nah! Then he said about the 2.5 litre engine conversion we could do, he said it was a straightforward transplant, did not need to think about it anymore, we got on the ferry and drove up to reading, the car we were looking at was a red 1992 uk one. The bloke selling it was a mechanic, was getting married and did not want to sell it, but he needed the dosh! After haggling with him we got £0 knocked off! But it was still the best £1000 (£500 each) we had ever spent. The car had 75000 miles and was already track ready (stripped out, buckets, harnesses etc etc...) Then me and my mate got on the net, found an engine, found this site and US one and completed the 2.5 litre (KLDE) swap over easter. We was chuffed to bits with the power increase, sadly this lasted about 200 miles until the big end bearing decided to go. Luckily during the swap, I made contact with Stu, AKA 'the hamster' told him about our bad luck with the KLDE, (ford probe, fucking fords!), he said he was breaking a MX6 KLZE,
    so it was back on the ferry, drive up to lincolnshire and pick up a KLZE engine, take KLDE out and put in KLZE and here we are now with a near 200bhp track car!! :D

  • All very nice stories. So here is what happened for me:

    My car history is my my mums daewoo matiz, a crappy old fiesta and a crappy old 205.

    I got a decent job so decided to save about a grand to buy something that didnt look old and was more than a 1.6 preferably japanese and reliable hence looking at mazdas, looked around saw a black mx3, I have never noticed seen or heard of one before but i just had to have it, I know the 1.8 isnt that fast but it was faster than any of my other cars by a mile and with a decent induction kit and exhaust the V6 sounds awesome!

    About 3 months after getting that i found this site and learned of the KLZE conversion and desperatly wanted it. I started saving not really knowing where to even begin by swapping an engine but god damn i wanted it.

    Luckily for me not too long after this mechanic put his car up for sale and i bought it, BEST THING I EVER DID….. BAR NOTHING!!!!!

  • my wife ALWAYS wanted an MX3 but when the kids were young it wasn't very practical (daft as it sounds i had a uno turbo back then) anyway, a couple of years ago we were shopping in Driffield when there it was for sale outside a tyre garage in unbelievable condition bright red MX3 V6 so i bought my wife it there and then. unfortunatly though she may have to go soon (the MX3 that is not the wife) but thats another story
    fantastic cars and the V6 sounds well good :D

  • keep the car its cheaper :lol:

  • HAha ha you may be right matey :lol:

  • Passd test and wanted the 323F, mate said about the MX3, didn't even see one until I googled it and the second I saw the rear lights I want one.

    Another car I WILL own at some point is the Jap MR2 Turbo.

  • I've been crazy about cars since I can remember and my Dad always had a few interesting cars knocking around when I was young(er), Classic Fords, Pontiac Firebird, MG Midget, Citroen BX GTi etc. so over last summer when I was turning 17 I got a job and saved up every penny I could get for a car, and after a while I'd whitled my list down to a Nissan 100nx or an MX-3….

    I went for a 100nx, and really enjoyed it tbh, I really don't know why I chose it over the 3 at first, but I did...was a nice enough car really, marmite styling and being based on a Sunny it didn't really set the world on fire, but I liked it a lot, and still want to own an SR20DE powered one!

    But in December the nx was stolen from outside my house and burnt out with most of my sh1te in it, so 2 months later I had my Insurance money in my hand and was adamant about getting an MX-3, and did, haven't looked back since :D

    I've only the 1.6 one, but it pulls well, looks great, handles brilliantly and I love it! Can't see myself changing it for a while, but I'd like to sample a V6 MX-3!

  • some great stories here. keep um coming :)


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