Sebastian Trujillo - 2016 mazda 3
I’ve always had a love for Mazdas, but the Mazda 3 in particular. I love hatchbacks in general but the 3 always stood out to me. I didn't get into cars until after I had bought them so I didn't plan on modifying them.
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2016 mazda 3
I'm from a small town on the border of Washington and Oregon, USA called Umatilla. I work for Amazon web services and if I'm not in the gym or driving around in my car you can catch me outdoors fishing or hiking.
I first really got introduced to cars because I grew up watching street outlaws with my dad on Saturday mornings. I loved American muscle but as I grew older I can’t say I was “Into” cars. For sure I appreciated them but it wasn't until my senior year or a little after high school. My best friend had a lot to do with that when he put me onto Tj hunt or when he'd let me come over and help him work on his EG civic. He’s the one who taught me how to change my first exhaust. I owe a lot to my dad and my friend because if it weren't for those Saturday mornings or those Sunday afternoons working on the civic I don’t think I would have gotten into cars at all.
I’ve always had a love for Mazdas, but the Mazda 3 in particular. I love hatchbacks in general but the 3 always stood out to me. I didn't get into cars until after I had bought them so I didn't plan on modifying them. I bought it back when I didn’t know any better or else I would have gotten a speed3 but I don’t regret buying it whatsoever. The more I got into cars the more I wanted to modify my car. I started to discover more and more people who had my car and it turns out there is a tight-knit community of Mazda 3 lovers. I was inspired by so many builds I had to be part of this little community. I did start out with a few tasteless mods, but I grew to know better.
It feels great owning and driving this car, I get a lot of looks. People always want to say I should have gotten a faster car, but I don’t really care what they have to say. I have plans for the future when it comes to building a fast car. I’ll get there at my own pace. I love this car for everything that it is. Every time I get out to go into a store or restaurant I always take a second look at it because honestly if your car isn't breaking your own neck. You're doing something wrong. The best feeling is airing out in a parking lot and watching everyone turn around in confusion, or watching random kids or adults taking pictures of my car at meets. I built this car to express my own individuality and to show my own vision of what this car can be and look like.
I think the fact that I'm on bags is unique enough at least for my car in my area. There are really only a few modded gen 3, 3’s in my area that I know of, there are a few more but they’re a good 3 or 4-hour drive from me. So when I’m driving around people know that it’s me most of the time, not to mention Mazda’s hatchbacks do a good job standing out on their body style alone.
- Injen cold air intake
- Corksport Mid-pipe to Borla axle-back exhaust.
- Wrenchmonkee air struts with airlift 3p management.
- Aodhan DS01 wheels
- Front lip
- 10 inch Memphis subwoofer.
Still, a lot more to come.
For the most part, I did everything myself except my bag installation. I had those professionally done by @Wrenchmonkee in Kennewick, WA. I try to do everything myself so I can learn for future builds, I virtually taught myself but I did have some help from friends.
There's a lot I want to do with the car from wide-body and forced induction, but those I put off just because I want to do a lot more research before I decide to pull the trigger. Unless I get a new car then I’ll just go full send. I’ve been looking at the new AWD turbo Mazda 3. I wouldn’t mind at all staying on the platform.
People are going to make fun of you for being slow, but the car is fun to drive and there
Are a lot of performance parts coming out for it? Don’t mind someone who has someone negative to say. Envy is a sign of admiration. remember there are quite a few forums and Facebook groups based on Mazda 3 enthusiasts. As I said, it's a small community and we always help each other out. Even reach out to me on Instagram and I'd be glad to answer any questions im pretty familiar with the platform. If you don’t connect with the car. Don’t buy it is all I can say
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A huge shout out to the Facebook group Mazda Skyactiv Tuning and modifying. It’s filled with a bunch of chill people who are always ready to answer your questions. I’ve always felt the Mazda 3 community be a small family.
I can say that the car scene has brought me many new friends whether local or people who just follow me on Instagram, but I'd like to say one of the biggest things is it gave me a small sense of identity, and gave me an escape. I know it's a cliche but the car scene and my car really did get me through a lot.
Where do I start? The first iJap import I fell in love with was the NSX so that's always been my number one second and the third I’d have to say would be a Porsche gt3 RS or a 1986 Toyota Cressida with a 2jz swap.
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