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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    Thanks I'll Google Cosco now.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    I suppose I've never missed have the left foot rest because none of my previous cars have had them. They've all been manual transmissions, too...so I probably wouldn't use it much even if I had one. Although it might be useful on the highway when I go long period without putting my left foot on the clutch.

    The mention of wearing the carpet in the area where a left foot rest would be made me wonder- has anyone else worn a hole in the right-heel area of the driver's side floormat? Mine was starting to noticeably wear when the car was barely two months old. By the time it was 1-yr old, a whole (at least 1-inch diameter) had formed all the way through the carpet AND the backing of the floormat! I ignored it until the car was about 18 months old. That's when I realized that the hole wasn't just in the floormat, but the carpeting under the mat, too...all the way down to the metal/insulation underneath!

    Anyone else had similar issues with their mats or carpeting? It's the only complaint I have with the interior, which is otherwise made of very high quality materials.

    After I discovered how bad the worn spot had become, I ordered the All-Season Rubber Floormats AND the Premium Carpeted Floormats from the Mazda Accessories catalog. The Premium Carpet mats are worlds better than the standard ones- in quality, durability and looks. They come in black with red or blue accents to complement the interior. I just wish they had a heel pad on the driver's mat to take the bulk of the abuse that killed my original one.
  • redmazda3redmazda3 Posts: 28
    I am on my 3rd drivers side floor mat. Both of the previous ones were replaced under warranty. Apparently with my AT, I must keep my heel in the same spot as I drive. The motion of going from the accelerator to the brake pedal wears down the floor mat eventually making a hole. I did not make a hole in the carpet under this mat, but I do have a tear in the front passenger carpet right in front of the shelf that goes under the seat. People either place their foot there as they are getting in and out and twisting their feet as the slide along the carpet. Right now the dealer tried a stupid fix of putting velcro under the floor mat to cover the hole. That didn't work very well. I am going to see if there is anything else they can do. My 4 year warranty runs out in October, so I'll be doing something very soon with the carpet. I also have a shudder when the car shifts from 4th to 3rd when decelerating, coasting a bit and then accelerating. So far the dealer has been real accomodating about any problems in the past and hope this will continue.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,386
    I suppose I've never missed have the left foot rest because none of my previous cars have had them. They've all been manual transmissions, too...so I probably wouldn't use it much even if I had one. Although it might be useful on the highway when I go long period without putting my left foot on the clutch.

    If you do any serious performance/track driving you WILL miss the left foot rest as its purpose is to provide a place to brace your left foot. I'm glad that my MS3 has one.

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

  • ylzylz Posts: 45
    Hello all. Would someone who owns a 2008 Mazda 3 WITH Nav, please comment on this. It is an accurate navigation system? It is tedious to use with that controller next to the shifter? I know it may not be worth the price but I like the clean look of a nav system in a car but I need some feedback on THIS particular nav. Please help. Thanks.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    mine workswell. You have to upgrade it every year w. new mmc or as in wife's BMW a disc. I use mine alot using a pencils eraser end as it's faster more Accurate ,or easier to program.
    You're right it has a clean look but.cost too much.
    I have a Navi 240C in my RSX and it sits in a beanbag on dash you can't get it to slide . I like better than the in dash one too because it's portable and i can put it in a cup holder w/ mount.,and no one can see it. I don't look at them much .I just listen to it and if I screw up it reroutes me.
    I only have 900 miles on my Mazda 3,I doubt I'll have it next year. I think the car is cheaply made. I never saw felt floors and so much plastic. I bet the tires will barely be good for 25K.
    However , it's will be a good winter beater. I 'll sell it and go to a TSX. Good luck to you though and I hope you enjoy your'e ride Zoom Zoom :shades:
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    I bet when you tried the car out you never noticed the cheap felt carpeting,or velcroed floor mats.
    I think the car is made on the cheap to make it light for better MPG. Man it's all plastic. The floor wells are not deep enough to put cut pile in it or custom rubber floor mats from Auto sport. I've been reading the horror stories on how the tires wear. The car is a head turner to some,thats why it sells and the price is right.
    I'm going to buy rubber mats at wall mat and swap them out .
    I did put a Shark Fin antenna on itand sideways it looks like a Beamer. ,but it's history next year . I've had it 2 months and have only 900 miles on it 147 are dealer go get miles. You get what you pay for.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,386
    I did put a Shark Fin antenna on it and sideways it looks like a Beamer[sic]

    You mean it looks like a BMW motorcycle?

    Bimmer= BMW Automobile
    Beemer= BMW Motorcycle

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

  • whilstwhilst Posts: 19
    Hi. I too have an '06 3i Touring w/5spd Auto.(daughters').
    I drained her fluid yesterday, and w/only 45K on it, the fluid was as black as any I've ever seen!
    I added 3.5 qts of Mobil1 ATF.
    However,this is NOT approved fluid for Mazda!-It's up to par,just not approved.
    Exxon/Mobil emailed a response to me yesterday stating a NEW re-formulation of Mobil1 Universal Import ATF is due to hit shelves anytime after August 1.
    That is approved by Mazda and other mfg.s'
    HTH.
  • hey man i got the same problem with my mazda 3 2004 model. every time i accelerate to 1500 revs i hear a ticking noise coming from the intake manifold. i thought it was the lifters at first and i also thought it was the timing chain but it seems to be this bufferfly thing in the manifold.How much would it cost me to get it done? is this a common problem with my car?? plz get back to me asap b4 i decide wot to do. thank you..
  • My issues started at approx 52k mi. What's your mileage? When the intake manifold was replaced in Jan 08 it didn't cost me any $. BUT it was part of an ongoing issue: the engine had been replaced in Feb 07(guessing time frame). I paid labor. It started ticking again in Jan 08, spent two weeks in shop, tearing down engine and putting it back together and it stilled ticked. Finally they found the noise in the manifold. Mazda hasn't had a recall but should. I know that my dealership has seen it in other Mazda3's since my problems. tech said that it's happening in 04, 05 and 06 years. All my service has been done at dealership so they were a little kinder $wise.
  • I'm a new owner of a Mazda 3 - 5 dr - 2.3. I just got under the car for the first time to change the oil, and I'm rather confused. The belly pan has a hole in it where I can see the oil filter housing, and it looks like it should have been an easy job to change the element. Except that the opening in the pan is about 4" off center from the filter. Is there no other way to get to the filter other than to remove the pan. Have I got the wrong cover, or is this just incredibly bad design?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,386
    Except that the opening in the pan is about 4" off center from the filter. Is there no other way to get to the filter other than to remove the pan. Have I got the wrong cover, or is this just incredibly bad design?

    Yep, you have to pull the pan. One of the many reasons I'm flipping my Mazdaspeed 3 for an E46 M3.

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

  • Yeah, you have to take the whole "skid plate" off. As I understand, the hole was something to do with the assembly process and inspection, it was was not meant to pull the filter out of. Also, if you are going to do it yourself be sure to have the right tool. You want an oil filter socket that has all of the sides of the oil filter cap. If you use a regular oil filter wrench you can break the plastic, if it does not break, it will over time warp and cause a large leak. If that happens, after a fresh oil change you will find yourself having to drain your fresh oil and then make a trip up to the dealership to get another oil filter cap because it has warped. I would buy something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/OTC-6903-Filter-Socket-Engines/dp/B000NBYDWW

    just be sure to be very easy taking it on and off, that plastic is sensitive...

    Good Luck.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,386
    just be sure to be very easy taking it on and off, that plastic is sensitive...


    I'd recommend using an accurate torque wrench to install the cap. Far too many bozos have cracked the filter cap by cranking it down "good and tight".

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

  • Got a question. I have an 04' Mazda 3s Automatic When it goes from 1st to second gear, it sticks for a brief second. Has anyone else had this happen or know what might be the culprit?

    Thanks!
  • Right you are, I usually just hand tighten the cap and that seems to work fine for me. I am not sure what the spec is for the proper amount of torque to apply, any idea what mazda calls for?
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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,386
    any idea what mazda calls for?

    I think that it's 30 nm- it should be stamped on the cap. BMW uses a similar set-up and calls for 25 nm.

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

  • cheymancheyman Posts: 2
    Hi All,

    I just bought my 04 Maxda 3 2.3 3 months ago. It had roughly 45000 miles on it, now I have 50700. I drive about 100 miles a day. I have noticed over the last couple of days a rattle everytime I accelerate. This moring driving in, the rattle got worse and something blew from the engine. I pulled over and checked my engine; oil was leaking very badly. I had it towed to my dealership where they said (before official diagonstic) looks like a hole in the block.

    I have not changed the oil yet, last oil changed at 44500 so i'm under 7500 and I've only had it for three months. After reading through the forum, I am now very worried what Mazda is going to say. Does anyone have any advice with dealing with them? or any thoughts?
  • cheymancheyman Posts: 2
    UPDATE:

    It was the lower connecting rod bearing. Four holes in the engine block. Car had oil & the oil was clean.

    May look as if I'm getting a new engine
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    last oil changed at 44500 so i'm under 7500
    In many cases, it is better to change the oil every 5000 miles or 4 months, so you're likely due. The 7,500 miles is if you drive in ideal circumstances. Check the owner's manual under Maintenance and compare Schedules 1 and 2.

    p.s. did the previous owner provide you with the maintenance records of the car?
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 472
    The 7,500 miles is if you drive in ideal circumstances.

    I agree, but I still don't think it has anything to do with his engine trouble. I don't think you're implying that either, but just to be clear.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I agree, but I still don't think it has anything to do with his engine trouble. I don't think you're implying that ...
    Right on both counts. Let us know what happens next and good luck.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    Whats a e46 M3 :confuse:
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    An e46 M3 refers to a BMW M3 from model year 2002-2006.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    I thought the Mazda 3 in order to change oil you just unscrew filter and the drain plug.
    My wife bought a new I value Mazda 3 she has an BMW 5 Series and uses the Mazda for parking at the hospital. She has owned it 3 months and has 986 miles on it. Last year the concrete washed on her 5 Series
    and the Medical Center detailed her and 52 more docs cars. This Mazda is her anti ding car too.
    She goes to dealers on all the cars she owns ,doesn't watch money like me.So does it cost extra for removing the pan to change oil.
    My Type S is twice the Mazda. That Mazda has felt carpeting,and built out of recycle plastic,not to mention when she got home she noticed an ash tray and cigarette lighter with a cigarette painted on lighter lit up. I had to run down to the Subie parts and get a cap that had 12v/120 watts on it for her to plug phone charger in it,. The Matts are velcroed to floor . She thought it was carpet.
    Well thanksfor the heads up. :)
    .
  • I know your post is old. I am hoping you still check the boards. I have the same issue and hear from my tire guy that this is a frequent issue with the tires and this "package". Did you come up with a solution?
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