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The Mazda MX-3 is a four-seater sports coupe manufactured by the Japanese marque Mazda. It was sold between 1992 and 1998, lasting only one generation. This sports car is also known by other names such as Eunos 30X (Australia) or Autozam AZ-3, which was Mazda’s brand of small vehicles.

The MX-3 shares its platform, called ‘EC’, with the Mazda 323‘s BG platform. Originally, this car was available with either a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) or the 1.8-liter V6 with dual overhead camshafts. As development continued, a few more engines were offered.

Shortly thereafter, the MX-3 received a V6 engine with an even smaller displacement (1.6 liters). This was done to comply with Japanese environmental regulations.

In 1998, with the state of regulations and market, this model no longer made sense. The Mazda MX-5 was selling better, while users who wanted a more interesting vehicle still had the RX-7 as an option, even though it was already reaching the end of its cycle.

Among the competitors of this vehicle we can find cars such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Nissan 240X or the Toyota Celica.

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Mazda MX-3. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Mazda MX-3 models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Mazda MX-3.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Mazda MX-3 I – First Generation (EC) (1992)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Mazda MX-3 Gen 1.

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • B5-ZE 1.5 i (EC5SA) 120 CV (1991 – 1997)
  • B69 1.6 i 88 CV (1991 – 1997)
  • B6D 1.6 i 107 CV (1994 – 1997)
  • B6D 1.6 i 110 CV (1994 – 1998)
  • 1.8 132 CV (1991 – 1995)
  • K8Y1 1.8 i V6 129 CV (1994 – 1997)
  • K819 1.8 i V6 133 CV (1992 – 1994)
  • K8-ZE 1.8 i V6 135 CV (1996 – 1997)

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