Originally Posted by Janster
You run it up to 3500rpms in 1st gear?? But yet you say you don't floor it?
Without knowing anymore about the car, I'd say ...you're gassing it pretty damn hard in 1st gear and that's gonna suck up gas BIG TIME.
Besides that - you openly admit of having engine modifications that aren't setup properly?
Ding, ding, ding..... I think you have your answer.
red line is 6500 and 3500 is just first gear, the tranny is so close knit that between 1 and 2 there's almost 1000 RPM of difference on acceleration no matter what. So 1 up to 3500 = 2500+/- in 2. It's about normal for Mazda acceleration.
I mean the only thing I have added to the engine is a drop-in Simota air filter
. Higher quality, a little thinner, re-useable. Much better than the pillow of a stock filter Mazda throws in it. Other than a drop-in, there is nothing else modded on anything that connects to the engine.
Also, the suspension is shot from god knows what, it just kinda started sagging in the back one day and then the fronts got all spongy. The rear brakes might grab the rotors - I'm not totally sure, they do have an intense burning smell coming form them after normal driving in certain mostly sunny conditions...Mazda has not been able to re-create this problem either. They have almost caught on fire once.