November 3rd, 2016 — Mazda3, Repaint
A parking lot crash led to a full respray of Blue Car, my 2008 Mazda3 hatch. Two weeks of work condensed into one blog post.
May 29th, 2013 — Mazda3
Mazda designed the cabin filter in a first gen Mazda 3 so well that it requires 1300 words and 19 photos to show how to replace. Come on in and see the insanity for yourself.
December 11th, 2010 — Mazda3
Time for another installment of Mazda3 maintenance! This time it’s the manual transmission fluid and the differential fluid. They are one in the same. Mazda calls this a “lifetime fluid” and never calls for it to be changed out. In my humble opinion, that’s not good. Nor is it right. So here’s how you change it.
January 18th, 2010 — Mazda3
Oil change time! Yup. Very exciting. But I’m always surprised when I encounter a “car guy” who doesn’t change his own oil. It’s such an enjoyable little ritual. Hit the jump for a full Mazda3 oil change guide. Cartridge filter and everything!
November 24th, 2009 — Mazda3
Just a single shot of Beep (my Mazda3) out on a dirt road under the stars. Well, it’s SIX shots of Beep all stitched together. Check it out.
August 16th, 2009 — Photos, Mazda3, Non-Miata Car Pix
Drive-in movies still exist. I have proof! Photos!!! If you can call digital pix “proof” of anything that is…. anyway, check out my small report on taking a Mazda3 to a drive-in.
March 24th, 2009 — Mazda3
When I change Beep’s oil again, I’m sure I’m gonna want these. Drain plug torque: 22-30 ft/lbs filter housing torque: 22 ft/lbs 6mm filter drain: 7.6 ft/lbs Each one of these seems to be on a separate page, hidden on the intarwebs. NO LONGER! Now they’re all in one place. For me.