Complete newbie to mx3's 1.8 V6 se on its way :)



  • Hey guys, just letting the world of mx3 owners know that i am purchasing one next week. i have been driving a ford mondeo for some time now and its kinda past its sell by date. took a mx3 from a garage for a spin and fell in love with it. its a stock V6 1.8 se and it will eat my mondeo 2.0 for breakfast and spit out the radiator. anyway, is there any easy mods to do to tune up the hp on this. how do they run on aftermarket induction kits, i know some cars dont do well with them. i will post a pic of the stock car as soon as i have bought it and keep you guys updated with mods i do :)
    Dan



  • I used to run a pod in the stock airbox, with the intake pipe into the quarter panel… but ditched the box altogether... so run an open pod with bigger exhaust...



  • Welcome. :D Get some pics up when you get her!

    There's a facebook group as well if you're on fb.



  • How do you post pics on here :?:



  • firstly welcome to the site and second MX's love induction kits ( not cheap ones tho') and then we can point you in the direction of a good exhaust and everyone will look at you as they roar with the right combo :D :D



  • @c8ba6d074d=djmarcopolo:

    firstly welcome to the site and second MX's love induction kits ( not cheap ones tho') and then we can point you in the direction of a good exhaust and everyone will look at you as they roar with the right combo :D :D

    you bet they do and they sound great! not like they shit honda's ripping about :evil:

    heres a 2.0 version of the v6 found in a 323f, its my old 1 with a K&N apollo induction kit with the plastic cover taking off and a cat back exhaust

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZGc7hbPebY



  • I have a Scorpion back box to go on it (budget is tight so i cant afford a full system yet) scorpion came off a mitsubishi carisma and looking at the fitments it should just bolt on fingers crossed :) I have a cheap induction air filter but no pipe, hense why i resorted to drilling the airbox on my mondeo. i really am looking forward to getting this car. so much potential. love the comment about the honda, its just a japanese rover :P. I was thinking about a green cotten filter and keeping the standard air box as it is "meant" to be the most efficiant air box you will find but i imagine a k&n or such like induction kits will be much more efficiant with a direct cold air infeed. maybe by removing one of the front fog lights? :)
    P.S that 323 sounds f*&king AWESOME!!



  • @25613dd2f0=daniel:

    I have a Scorpion back box to go on it (budget is tight so i cant afford a full system yet) scorpion came off a mitsubishi carisma and looking at the fitments it should just bolt on fingers crossed :) I have a cheap induction air filter but no pipe, hense why i resorted to drilling the airbox on my mondeo. i really am looking forward to getting this car. so much potential. love the comment about the honda, its just a japanese rover :P. I was thinking about a green cotten filter and keeping the standard air box as it is "meant" to be the most efficiant air box you will find but i imagine a k&n or such like induction kits will be much more efficiant with a direct cold air infeed. maybe by removing one of the front fog lights? :)
    P.S that 323 sounds f*&king AWESOME!!

    Your pretty much right a normal open induction wont help much it wll give it noise reduce ur petrol but no real gains and its right next to the engine sucking in warm air

    Enclosed induction kit with a cold air pipe coming from the fog light area would be an ideal place to put it as long as u mesh it. right at the front and the faster u go the more air will be going in and cold!!

    Thats why i chose the apollo, u can take the cover off and get sound like the video there for when u want to show off, then u can put the cover back on when u want performance just doesnt sound as loud

    so if ur on a budget just keep the original filter thats in it now a aftermarket panel filter is a waste if u want a propper induction later on, there only good because aparently u dont need to replace them, they give no sound and i have never noticed any gains.

    Cutting holes again warm air but u get some free noise :P

    Exhaust systems i think if ur not going to de-cat or upgrade the manifold why bother as most of the restrictions are they 2, again people do it for noise and build the exhaust system to full stainless over time



  • yeah basictly for me it would be just for noise possibly 1 or 2 hp with the air filter. can i ask though, would the air filter (cone) cause any harm to the engine other than heat soak from sucking in warm air. i dont really want to drill the air box as i would like to put it back in if i ever decide to sell. i know its only a baby V6 so i dont really want to cause any damage to it. also how often does the cam belt need changing. its got 89,000 on the clock. if its every 30,000 i will do it right away.

    by the way, cheaper insurance than a 2.0 mondeo :lol: unbelievable isnt it



  • Sorry one more thing, i was just looking through other peoples posts and i have seen that a V6 SE model is meant to be 1 of 100. could someone verify this. if it is then a previous owner has sold the half leather :evil: its a 1995/96 on a N plate. would love to know if i have a bargain here :P



  • @e7bb6111b9=daniel:

    Sorry one more thing, i was just looking through other peoples posts and i have seen that a V6 SE model is meant to be 1 of 100. could someone verify this. if it is then a previous owner has sold the half leather :evil: its a 1995/96 on a N plate. would love to know if i have a bargain here :P

    No, an SE would be one of a few hundred and it'd be a 93/94 L or M reg. They're Clear White and have half leather, half suede interiors. Like Marvin, my SE.



  • ok cool. it is white in colour but like i said no half leather and according to the insurance company it is an SE. guess ill wait for the log book lol. white does seem to be a rare colour for these cars. there isnt a single one on ebay



  • @aa4bd4d733=daniel:

    ok cool. it is white in colour but like i said no half leather and according to the insurance company it is an SE. guess ill wait for the log book lol. white does seem to be a rare colour for these cars. there isnt a single one on ebay

    There's a Eunos Presso on ebay in white, quite good condition too



  • There was a second run of SEs - though I've no idea of the spec - at the same time as the Equipe (Noble Green) came out, which would be 1995/6. If I recall right, they were all either Clear White or that bluey-green colour (Sparkle Green on the MX-5/323… had a different name for the MX-3 I can never remember) but I don't recall what else they had that made them different to normal V6s.



  • i have bought one and its a uk model. love the sound of the engine



  • yeah mine must be from the second run. i looked on wiki and apparently they made 100 SE's in '96 only in white. i will paste below

    In 1996, Mazda Europe produced 100 Mazda MX-3 V6 SEs. These had a leather and suede interior, and all had the clear White body colour. There were also a limited number of Mazda MX-3 V6 Equipes, with Sparkle Green Metallic or Noble Green exteriors.

    doesnt say what else was different but never mind. :) im just happy to have one



  • **Yeah, that's not even close to true.

    The original SE - 93/4 in Clear White - was a limited run, but I don't recall how many of them there were. They had the half leather, half light grey suede interior and a unique set of wheels (gunmetal, polished lip, five spokes, made to look like split rims, 15x7).

    The Equipe - 95/6 in Noble Green - wasn't limited run, but was the range-topper. Came with all leather and some other interior I don't recall well (I have the idea in my head it was half leather, half suede with body-colour stitching), unique wheels (silver five spokes, similar, but not same, fake split rim look, 15x7).

    The second SE was, I think, a trim level like the Equipe. No limited numbers beyond how they sold and I recall they came with the stock V6 5-spokes (15x6) rather than the 6-spokes and were white or the sparkle green colour.

    Nonetheless, an MX-3 is an MX-3 is an MX-3. My SE is still an SE in name only as his interior is in my V6 (soon to be joined by his wheels) - and likely there's very few MX-3s left as they were when they left the factory, so whether yours is an SE or not, go enjoy it :D**



  • i will enjoy it when i pick it up. :) the garage i bought it off was kind enough to MOT it and it failed on all breaks and a fuel leak, all of which is being done for me at no cost :D I really cant wait to pick it up. will post a few pics up when i get it. gotta be honest i have never owned a white car before so gotta learn to keep it clean lol. and it does have the 5 spoke alloys the same as these:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1998-Mazda-MX-3-Coupe-1845cc-Petrol-/220639949269?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item335f2a71d5
    its so nice to drive. what mods have you done to yours?



  • Red - my V6 - has only had an interior upgrade to SE (borrowed from Marvin, my SE) and slightly tweaked braking system (Mintex pads, Black Diamond grooved discs). Marvin - my SE - is in the middle of a slightly more stern package of changes which, for now, we'll gloss over, but they're well on the way and most of the parts are now in this country at least, if not on him.



  • lol marvin… making me laugh. i cant wait to start modding. might go for a spray job before i do anything. something similar to this:
    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.kgsengineering.com/images/92_mx3aggressivecomplete.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.kgsengineering.com/vh238/c1_19/1992-1995%20Mazda%20MX-3-Full%20Body%20Kits.html&usg=__lNj528V9cobKGTV0S7oP1OVW28Y=&h=341&w=600&sz=31&hl=en&start=93&zoom=1&tbnid=y_vjG5es4nhcNM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=179&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmx3%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D573%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=370&ei=XfaHTJyULNC6jAfcoOSQCA&oei=TPaHTP3zK4PIswat7L2TCg&esq=6&page=6&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:93&tx=76&ty=77
    sorry didnt realise the link was that long haha. this will be my first V6. i am hoping its economical. how much did you pay for your V6? double checked insurance and its defo an SE. like you said must be a later one. :)


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