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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • remleremle Posts: 1
    Hey I have a similar problem with my 2006 mazda3 2.0L. The last few times I started it I heard the engine turn but not as strongly as it used to before it actually started up. Then this morning, it wouldn't ever start up, but it sounded like it was trying. I had to hold the ignition for close to 30 seconds before the engine slowly gained rpms to the point where it finally was self sufficient to hold its idle rpm speed. Does this sound familiar? Then I brought it to an aftermarket place where they couldn't recreate the problem. Hopefully this is a unique problem that's not indicative of mazda's reliablity...I feel like it's already time to sell my car and move back with toyota.
  • If you see my other posts, I've had ongoing problems so the dealership ended up covering the cost of the replacement intake manifold. At first they thought my replacement engine was acting up but after two painful weeks of working on the engine and importing a Mazda tech from another dealership, they found the noise to be the butterfly valves in intake manifold. I'm coming up on my first 3K oil change and the car is very quiet. I guess, I would trust them. I've seen other postings referencing this issue. Good Luck! Let me know how you make out.
  • I can hear a ticking noise when idling that sounds similar to a baseball card in the spokes of a bicycle wheel. It increases in speed with revs. It's not what one would ordinarily consider a 'healthy' sound. The tech at the dealership says it's coming from the high pressure fuel injectors and that all the DISI engines make the same noise. After owning it for a year, I can't say I've noticed any real problem with the engine, but the noise seems louder than when I bought it. Anybody else with a Mazdaspeed 3, MS6 or CX7 hearing this same kind of noise?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    Anybody else with a Mazdaspeed 3, MS6 or CX7 hearing this same kind of noise?

    Only when I'm outside the car; my MS3 has @12.5K on it.

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

  • Thanx for the response. They didn't have another MS3 on the lot for me to listen to the day I had mine checked. I can only hear it outside the car or with the windows down too.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    I can only hear it outside the car or with the windows down too.

    Noises can drive you nuts. Several years ago at a HPDE I missed a shift in my 3 Series and saw the tach needle go @1000 rpm past the redline. I pulled into the pits and listened to the motor- I could swear it was making a loud ticking noise I hadn't heard before. Fortunately a friend was there with an identical car; she pulled it up next to mine and guess what? They sounded identical. And 105,000 miles later the car is still running strong...

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

  • With the exception of a warranty covered CEL, the car has been flawless. I'm just shy of 15,000 miles. The explanation given by the tech sounded plausible, considering the pressure at the injectors. It's just when I hear the phrase 'They all do that', it triggers the 'blowing me off' alarm. Since I'm the only one I know with this model, it's really nice to hear some confirmation from a fellow enthusiast who is not on Mazdas payroll ;). Thanx again.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    With the exception of a warranty covered CEL, the car has been flawless. I'm just shy of 15,000 miles.

    That's been my experience as well. I've had one CEL, and it went off on its own. I later had the shutter valve recall, so that probably fixed the problem for good. My biggest problem is deciding whether to get the Mazdaspeed CAI or the Cobb SRI... ;)
    In any event, I'm glad I was able to help.

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

  • I later had the shutter valve recall, so that probably fixed the problem for good.

    That's what they replaced on mine prior to issuing the recall. I'm thinking about the Mazda CAI. I'm too busy/lazy to pull out a 3rd party aftermarket part before a dealership service appointment. I was thinking about the cat back exhaust too, but I've heard the stock exhaust is actually pretty good.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    I'm too busy/lazy to pull out a 3rd party aftermarket part before a dealership service appointment.

    I'm going to check with my dealer and see if the Cobb will cause any warranty hassles. I like the Mazda CAI but for the fact that you have to pull the undertray and the wheelwell liner in order to access the filter for cleaning... :mad:

    I was thinking about the cat back exhaust too, but I've heard the stock exhaust is actually pretty good.

    Me too; based on what I've read on some of the Mazdaspeed forums the stock MS3 cat-back exhaust is more than adequate until you start cranking up the boost- which is something I don't plan to mess with.

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

  • mazdazoommazdazoom Posts: 43
    I realize I am responding to my own post, but I thought someone might find this useful. In regards to the 0715 error message Mazda agreed with me that it was the "speed sensor" located near the bottom of the tranny near the firewall, or the pulse generator located at the top of the tranny right under the battery box. Well I replaced the speed sensor myself and I still had the problem. So I went out and picked up a pulse generator (another sensor similar to the speed sensor) and replaced it myself. BINGO, that was the culprit, and the tranny is shifting better than it ever has. So just an update, if you get the P0715 error, it is either the speed sensor or the pulse generator sensor, I just replaced both sensors for good measure, $160 total. Save yourself the $200 in labor and swap it out, took me about an hour with test driving. ;)
  • What all did the recall entail about the shutter valve, and how do I go about finding out about having mine checked out? My CEL has been on for a few months now, and when I had the code read, I believe it said something about the shutter valve, and then once about the upper intake runner closed or something to that effect.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    What all did the recall entail about the shutter valve, and how do I go about finding out about having mine checked out?

    Check with you dealer and see if your VIN falls within the range affected by the recall. In most cases the valve is replaced and the PCM(engine computer) is reflashed.

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

  • :( Hello all MazdaSpeed3 and Mazda3 owners.

    I own a 2007 Speed3 with only 6500 miles which began belching blue smoke. A trip to the dealer resulted in the dealer being instructed by Mazda Tech to hold my car and order a new Turbo. The replacment Turbo is on national backorder at this time. I've since learned that my car is among a number of Speed3s which are requiring replacment of the Turbo.

    I have not seen any postings of this problem here, so unfortunately I guess I'm the first to report this here at Edmunds.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,648
    You could drive the car this way I think. Sounds like the bearings are loose in the turbine or the compressor side. This is often caused by poor lubrication or very dirty oil--but rarely at this low mileage.

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  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Hi, i need your guys help again. This tire blowout incident is becoming a costly headache!!! After a week i got my car back & was recommended to do a alignment. The impact of whatever the tire struck (or vice versa) was so hard they said there was a hole in the tire (explains the bent rim & bumper damage). The front where it happens makes a pop, "boing" noise when the wheel is turned lock to lock. Also on that side, when i drive & go over certain bumps, you hear & feel a knock.
    I had a alignment done today but still noticed some things and wondered if someone could tell me if i might be so i can have it checked & hopefully fixed...

    1. steering wheel still not centered, turned slightly to right & hear a "rubbing sound when i turn it.
    2. when i drive & go over certain bumps, you hear & feel a knock.
    3. makes a pop, "boing" noise when the wheel is turned lock to lock (something in strut, suspension?).
    Much appreciation & Thanks in advance!!
  • Ok. Thanks for the info. I called the Mazda dealer that is around here, and they ran my VIN, and they said there are no current recalls for my car, and that the only one they have on file that was for my car was back in 2004, and that was for an air bag sensor that they fixed already. So everything checks out I guess. I just need to find out what is going on with the stinkin CEL now!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    I had a alignment done today but still noticed some things and wondered if someone could tell me if i might be so i can have it checked & hopefully fixed...

    I'd suspect ball joints, tie rod ends, control arm bushings, bent strut(s), or strut bearings- in that order.

    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: 6,766
    I have not seen any postings of this problem here, so unfortunately I guess I'm the first to report this here at Edmunds.

    As you probably know, the problem has been discussed on some of the more technical oriented Mazdaspeed boards since mid December. It's appears to occur with greater frequency on modded cars which have had one or both cats removed. Stock MS3s have been affected as well, but less frequently. I figure that if mine is bad it will likely fail before the powertrain warranty runs out...

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

  • gcolunigcoluni Posts: 2
    Did you see a decrease in your gas millage before you had the work done on your car?
  • Have not seen anything crazy in gas usage. The only symptoms for me was noise. Pre Engine replacement in the Spring '07: never tracked gas mileage. Pre Intake Manifold replacement in January '08: tracked highway mileage was pretty close to 30MPG - 27MPG highway. I have my first 3K oil change tomorrow. Want them to check engine a 2,500 rpm - seems rough but I could be paranoid now.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Okay, i got my wheel alignment done & all tires are properly inflated; i'm still experiencing increased fuel consumption. What else could be the cause?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    See message 4252 for some structural problems.
    When you say increased fuel consumption what exactly does that mean (i.e. what were you expecting to see and what do you get).
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    I wrote all that down for when i get the chance to take my car in again...
    I just noticed that since the incident, my car is eating more gas than normal. I just filled up the other day and didn't drive much afterward and a quarter tank was already gone. Usually it takes more driving for it to go down that much. :confuse:
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I just filled up the other day and didn't drive much afterward and a quarter tank was already gone. Usually it takes more driving for it to go down that much

    Interesting. Yesterday, I was listening to a mechanic on TV explain how the colder air in winter requires the engine to consume more gas.

    I believe fuel efficiency should be measured over a long period (e.g. one year) to get a realistic reading. My Protege5 has been averaging 25mpg for several years until one week it plummeted to under 20; it was quickly evident that I had a problem, turned out to be the EGR valve. I agree with you that the next time you have your car serviced that you mention your fuel consumption concerns to your mechanic.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Thanks for your input! I will it mention next time my car goes in...

    At least i know it's not the weather, where i am, we've been in the 70's & yesterday almost 80. :blush:
  • :) Hello Roadburner and other Speed3 and Mazda3 owners. I am happy to report that I've just returned from the dealer with my repaired car. To recap, I own a 2007 Mazdaspeed3 in stock condition which began smoking with only 5000 miles and progressively got worse until I took it to the dealer for repairs @ 6500 miles. The dealer replaced the turbo and all associated parts under warranty. All I can say is " WOW, this car never felt like this before".
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,766
    The dealer replaced the turbo and all associated parts under warranty. All I can say is " WOW, this car never felt like this before".

    Glad to hear it. Mine is still good at 13K.

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

  • The problem is I did the same thing and no matter what style RainX you get they all will not fit. I don't know why. The ones I reccomend are the Anco Contuors. They work great and look great.
  • nocentsnocents Posts: 1
    Mazdazoom, I just have a question as to where you got your ''speed sensor'' or the pulse generator from. I'm having a hard time finding either. Maybe from a dealership? :confuse:
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