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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • I have an '07 Mazda3 with 12000 miles and the transmission fluid is brown! it already looks like dirty motor oil, dealer said this is normal and I should change the tran. fluid "whenever it looks like it needs it". The owners manual says nothing about changing transmission fluid, it's not even in the maitenance schedule! Am i the only mazda owner with this problem?
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    I have an '06 Mazda3 s 5-door that I purchased new in 12/05. It has 48k miles on it, mostly highway. Back around 5k at the first oil change, I realized that it was almost a quart low on oil. The oil 'consumption' continued and I had to add a quart around 2500-3000 miles after an oil change to get me to the 5k mark where I usually changed it. The dealership where I bought it assured me that one quart per 3k miles is considered normal. I just made a routine of checking the oil at each refueling and topped it off as needed. There was never a drop of oil in my garage, parking spot at work or anywhere in the engine compartment. No sign of oil leaking into the combustion chamber either (no exhaust smoke or smell).

    Then last week, as I merged onto the expressway heading home from work, I started hearing a rattling noise. It seemed to only be under very light acceleration and right around 3000rpm then it would subside. I dropped it off at the dealership near my office the next morning and got a call two hours later informing me that I needed a NEW ENGINE!!! They asked me to fax over all of my maintenance records so they could submit a 'request' for the repair under warranty. I was panicked to say the least, even though I had all my receipts and oil changes were done well within the 7500 mile intervals required in the owner's manual. I felt sure the process would be a living hell and I'd have to fight to get a new engine on their dime.

    I faxed my receipts to them the next afternoon and the following morning they called to tell me my engine had been ordered already! They also told me they had a loaner reserved in my name and were sending their courtesy van to pick me up so I could get it ASAP and keep it for 2-3 weeks until my car is ready.

    I'm very impressed by the way this has been handled. Prior to this car, I had only owned Honda/Acura vehicles. One of my Accords was out of commission for a full week (under warranty, waiting for parts) and the Honda dealer as well as the Regional American Honda representative refused me a loaner vehicle.

    Now I'm just wondering how the new engine will impact resale value?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Now I'm just wondering how the new engine will impact resale value?
    I would think a brand new engine should be a bonus on a car with 48K miles. By the way, what is included in the "new engine"? Is it the engine block? Does it include components like the water pump? In theory, the more new materials that are included the longer the vehicle should last.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    need a tool to tighten up the J hook part
    OK. I understand what you mean. I can see it loosening over time; sounds like time for the vice-grips. If that doesn't work, I'd call a scrap yard or the dealer for the part.

    RainX is a brand of wiper
    RainX http://www.rainx.com/ sells many products including wipers. I use their liquid treatment.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    Am i the only mazda owner with this problem?

    The problem is that your dealer's advice is essentially worthless. Does the fluid smell burnt? Put a drop on a clean paper towel and check to see if there are any particles in the fluid. If the fluid smells and looks OK I would change it at 30,000 mile intervals, which is what my dealer(Kings Mazda- Cincinnati) recommends for both manual and automatic transaxles.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Hey All,
    I have a 2004 Mazda 3, 2.3L with about 65K miles. Yesterday I was driving down the road and my tranny slipped from 4th gear to 3rd, the AT light came on along with a CEL. I pulled the code and looked at my freeze frame info (engine was at 2200 rpm, and 42MPH at the time) and the code thrown was "P0715 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction". After I pulled the code (I did NOT clear it) and restarted the car the CEL went off and all seems well. I put the car through its paces today and it is driving fine, so I am guessing there is a wire lead to that sensor that is grounding out, or it is just a flakey sensor.

    any ideas? I don't even know where the sensor is located or what the wiring harness looks like. Has anyone replaced a speed sensor on a Mazda 3? I don't want to pay mazda hundreds of dollars to install a little sensor, and I don't want to pay $100 for a code pull "diagnostic" that I have already done for myself...Thanks for the help fellas.
  • Is it the fuel filter? Is so, where is the fuel filter located? If not, any suggestions?
  • Out of curiosity mazdazoom, how did you pull the code? Is it something we can do without a machine? Does it display on the dashboard computer?

    Look forward to your reply,
    Andy
  • Hi Andy,
    You have to have an ODB II Code Scanner. Now, Autozone usually has these and they will pull a trouble code for you for free. I have a software program that I purchased from autoenginuity.com that comes with an ODB II adapter. You install the software on your laptop or palm, patch into the car and it will pull ALL KINDS of captured data from the computer. Everything from trouble codes, engine temp, speed, O2 sensor readings, everything. You can even run it REAL TIME and capture info as you drive to help troubleshoot problems.

    Considering most dealers charge you for pulling codes and clearing codes, this thing pays for it self after two or three uses. I have used a handful of times on my own cars, and on lots of friends and family. Any car built after 1996 has an ODB-II scan port, so the applications are many with this tool. Hope this helps, I highly recommend the software.
  • I think Mazda has a problem with their engines!! My 2004 Mazda3 only had 29000 miles on itwhen i discovered a rattling at around 3000 RPM. I took it to my local dealer and they said they would call me later that day to tell me it was finished and i could pick it up. NOT THAT EASY!!! I recieved a call telling me that they would have to keep my car and check it out further. They called the next morning to tell me that it was a lower rod bearing that had spun and they wanted to see my maintenance records. I do all maintenance regularly and personally. I save money and am sure that the job is done correctly. They were not happy with just the reciepts that i gave them for oil and filter purchases. They told me that i would have to buy a new engine and they would not cover it under warranty. What a mess!!!!!!!! I had the engine replaced, because what is a car worth without an engine. It cost me nearly $9,000 and i was shocked that i couldn't find anything cheaper out there, unless the engine had 80-90k on it, what good would those engines do me? I was never happy with the decision and they never offered me a car to use while mine was being repaired, making me very angry. What is the deal with the engines, and how do i keep this from happening again, short of selling my car and moving on? I now own a $34,000 mazda, pretty expensive for a mazda, could have bought an RX8 and went on vacation.
  • igozoomzoom, You mention you do your service regularly and personally. How did you void your warranty? What after market mods did you perform on your engine? - No matter how minor you may feel they were.

    I find it hard to believe a new engine wouldn't be covered under warranty unless they felt there had been unlicensed/hobiest tinkering -- hence the request for past maintenance records.

    Maybe this is going too far but your screen name has zoomzoom in it and you mention a sportscar, RX8. Come'on, what did you do to this car that didn't work out as planned. ;)
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    I'd like to hear the other side of this story...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • ER -- my mistake, avlmzda3 I'm replying to you. So my zoomzoom and RX8 comment is null.
  • I have also had a very bad experience with Honda. An 06 Pilot that I could not keep out of their shop. the service department was okay but the management at the dealership offered me to trade it back to them for $3k and the regional and national honda people refused to do anything beyond offering me an extended waranty (this car needed that and more)

    I am thinking of the mazda3 i touring. Where was that great dealer that you dealt with? I am in the boston area (south).

    Do you know if the marginal safety ratings of the 3 are with or without side curtain airbags?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    Do you know if the marginal safety ratings of the 3 are with or without side curtain airbags?

    Without.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Sorry, this might sound dumb but i wanted to know... Early this morning driving in a residential area (speed limit 35), a family member using my car, got a flat tire. The thing is that i know that they were not driving over speed limit (slow driver) so is it possible for the flat driving 35 mph to cause a split in a alloy wheel? Also, the side of my bumper "unhooked" from the body which of course caused the bottom of it to get scraped! :mad: The thing i don't get is (on my old Protege) when a tire blew driving on the freeway, it did not cause damage like this; my wheel just had some minor scratches and nothing happened to the body of the car.
    Also, several months ago, my TPMS light went on & i had Mazda check it & all 4 tires were below pressure; is that weird a thing to have all 4? I hope i don't have bad tires.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    Sounds like they hit a pothole doesn't it?

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  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Possibly but the funny thing is that i drove the same route earlier in the day & don't ever remember seeing any potholes. it's a newer area so the road is nice. ???
    All i can say is that this is a expensive flat tire!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    Also, several months ago, my TPMS light went on & i had Mazda check it & all 4 tires were below pressure; is that weird a thing to have all 4? I hope i don't have bad tires.

    The tire pressures were probably adjusted while the ambient air temperature was very warm. As the ambient temperature drops so does the tire pressure- which is what I suspect happened in your case.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,456
    Possibly but the funny thing is that i drove the same route earlier in the day & don't ever remember seeing any potholes. it's a newer area so the road is nice. ???

    Are there any high curbs?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Has anyone out there done maintenace @ the 48,000 mile mark. just curious what was done and the approx cost. I have a '06 Mazda 3 sedan 2.5l Grand touring. Also, need new tires soon, anu ideas? thanks. Joe
  • I live in Nj. there are some places that put Nitrogen in the tires. Nitrogen supposedly does not expand or contract with ambient temp. Just once in Nov, it went from 60 deg to less then 30 in 24 hours.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    No high curbs either. Just nice smooth, wide roads.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    I've heard about nitrogen too. The Toyota near me uses nitrogen & Costco.
    What happens if your tire blows out, will it explode? :D
    I was thinking of getting nitrogen put into my tires.

    *Thank you guys for the replies! (I guess i have a slight case of bad luck!)
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,871
    I've been doing nitrogen in my tires for about 9 months now. I'll have to do a follow up to this blog entry, but it about covers my thoughts on it...

    Nitrogen: A Noble Gas?

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  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Great blog! Please keep us updated. It'll be great info to have!

    *Okay, thanks again to everyone who replied to my post! :)
    I found out today how all the damage happened. Even though she was driving at a low speed, it happened while taking a turn...
    I need to replace the rim (which got bent, not split; i saw it at night) & tire. Then have to go to the body shop to repair the bumper & paint; a piece of it came off so can't "pop it back in". Oh well... sh** happens.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    Ah, so she did hit something. That's what I thought. Probably a curb.

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  • A dealer is telling me that I have an issue with loose butterflies in my intake. I am not sure that I believe them. Should an engine light go on? On my 2004 Mazda 3 there is a clicking noise when I am idling and you can hear it up until 1500 rpm. When you rev the engine above that there is no noticable difference. Do you think this could be the issue? How much did and should it cost you to get the intake manifold replaced (they quoted me 850)? Is there anyway to test this before having someone work on the car?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,806
    check this out: (it's for 2003 but maybe also 2004)

    (from Wikipedia)

    "the 2003 Mazda Protege had a critical recall involving loose screws in the intake manifold entering the combustion chamber and damaging the engine, sometimes irrecoverably. The culprit screws come from the two butterfly valve systems housed in the intake manifolds of almost all 2.0 litre third-gen Proteges. Not all 2003 models were affected, a dealership can check based on your VIN. The recall issue has been reported to happen to some outside of the recall range, with limited success obtaining repairs from the dealership."

    If I were you I'd mention the recall and stamp your feet up and down. Are you the original owner? Maybe you could call Mazda and ask for repair assistance on their goof-up, even though you are probably out of warranty by now.

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  • m3fan3m3fan3 Posts: 27
    hi i have a 2006 mazda 3 s grand touring with the bose cd changer. the cd changer is acting but working. and the car's warranty is done. so i was planning on replacing the changer myself since i have replaced a changer on a mazda mpv before. now my qeustion is does the mazda 3 have a code i gotta enter on the unit after i install it to unlock it??? i heard some cars like the honda accord for instance have a code you gotta enter to get the unit working. the mpv did not have code to enter but i was just wondering if the mazda 3 does.

    thanks
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