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Old 05-05-2004, 19:18   #1 (permalink)
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mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

Hi
Is there a way to get the sp23 grill to fit on the maxx sport?
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Old 05-06-2004, 03:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

Only if you put a SP23 front bar on aswell

It will leave a gap between the grill and front bar if you don't
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Old 05-06-2004, 05:52   #3 (permalink)
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and a front bar means new lights?....wonder if anyone will make aftermarket grills..
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Old 05-07-2004, 02:29   #4 (permalink)
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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

By front bar I mean front bumper.
I'm still not entirely sure about it though, I was told by someone on the Mazda 3 forums that is the case - something about the shape of the bottom part of the grill where it meets the bumper not matching up.


There are some aftermarket body kits around, but they're shockers IMO

http://www.body-kit.com/mazda3.html
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http://www.ms-design.com/carx1ms1_2....fec0794aabacc7

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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

Is your 3 a sedan or hatch?
We bought a Neo hatch a couple months ago - Titanium Grey, Tint, Alloys, Powerpack.
Great little car
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Old 05-07-2004, 14:37   #6 (permalink)
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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

My girlfriend bought the hatch, max sport with - winning blue, tint, cruise control. the only thing she didnt like about it was the grill, so the dealer said they could fit the sp23 grill onto the max sport..it wasnt till after delivery at the 1st service they told her that it wouldnt fit...if she had known that in the 1st place she probably would have got the sp23.
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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

But 4 grand is alot to pay for a better looking grill!
Even though she would have got the 2.3litre and all the other goodies on the SP23. Still, I guess she would have had the choice if she knew about the grill and that's the point of it.

Have you thought about colour coding the standard grill?
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yeah looked at colour coding it....not really sure if that would look any good....starting to get over it now..its such a good car, i wish ford australia would learn some quality control from mazda
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Yep have to agree they are a fantastic little car, excellent quality for a sub 30K vehicle. but you have to remember the 3 is for the world market so they have a lot more dollars to play with on developing and quality ect.., than Ford Australia does with the Falcon

We're going to colour code the top part of the grill on the Neo, so basically it will look like a Max Sport grill. But yeah, I think colour coding the whole thing might look a bit weird

Has yours had it's 10k service yet?
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Re: mazda3 sp23 grill backfitting to maxx sport

I thought there was a sports grill option for all non SP 3's, my wife and I have just ordered a Red SP23 Hatch with the chrome wing mirros, cruise, rear garnish, and mats. Can't wait to get it.
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