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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    pf:

    Thanx for the "welcome back." It was appreciated.

    igozoomzoom:

    I'm not sure that I completely understood your question concerning my post but.....
    yes, there is another style, i.e., the 4d sedan. Now then, if you were being sarcastic,
    my answer to your question would have been, "Not as far as I'm concerned."

    berbel
  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    Since I trade every 3 years (sometimes less) I've owned a lot of cars, the majority
    of which have had Japanese name plates. Until I bought the Mazda, I have NEVER
    had a problem outfitting my cars with such accessories as mud flaps, window
    visors, moon roof visors, aero kits, etc. Not only is my dealer telling me that
    a lot of these accessories are unavailable for my car but I can't even find a lot
    of this stuff in the after market either. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
    I mean, like who doesn't have basic stuff like mud flaps available for the cars they
    sell besides Mazda???

    Does anyone here have any insight on this?

    Thanks/berbel
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,378
    Have you checked the Mazda Accessories brochure? For some reason mud flaps are available for the 2010 sedan but not the hatch. I sympathize; Mazda never offered any mud flaps for the 2007-2009 MS3 either. I don't know what Mazda's logic is. I guess I'm spoiled; BMW offers a boat load of accessories for both their new and late model cars- including mud flaps. I can even get a few add-ons for my 1995 3 Series.

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

  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    for the reply.

    Oh yeah, I did check the brochure. Available for the sedan as you noted but
    not for the hatch. Living in east central Ohio with our winters, my doors and
    fenders are taking a beating and those flaps would go a long way to alleviating
    this.

    Incidentally, is this board usually this slow? The last time I spent any time on
    Edmund's boards was when I owned a Nissan Maxima and that board had numerous
    posts every day.

    I think I'm going to send an email to Mazda in CA and ask them why they are
    discriminating against h.b. owners with regard to accessories.....Take care.
  • Its slow because nothing ever goes wrong with our cars so we are all out driving,,,zoom zoom.
  • smitty2010smitty2010 Posts: 1
    edited February 2010
    saak,

    I've had exactly the same experience as you with the power steering on my 2010 i touring. The noise didn't start until a month or so into ownership, but has grown progressively worse. One person (with an extensive technical background) who heard it guessed that it might involve feedback between electrical sensors. Contrary to what some other posters here have to say, I'd be surprised if this problem isn't widespread.

    Aside from this and a few minor quibbles, I'm happy with the car. I chose it over a civic ex, and don't regret the decision.
  • I have a vibration from the passengers side when accelerating in my 2005 3. When cruising on the highway it's quiet. At stop lights, it will vibrate in drive, but not in N. The odd thing is that when the temperature outside (not that of the car) warms up above 60, the car is quiet at stop lights in drive, but vibrates in N. I prefer to work on my own Mazdas, but have spent almost $500 for mechanics to tell me they can't find it. Any ideas?
  • saaksaak Posts: 9
    Thank you, smitty2010.

    I have learned to tolerate the annoying whining sound from my 2010 3 i touring's power steering unit, which varies in intensity. (Note that the whine disappears when the parking brake is applied.) At my next oil change in a few months, I have scheduled a road test with a mechanic at the dealership to point out to him exactly what I'm talking about. So far, I've been told that there is nothing that can be done to reduce the whine. I have not given up, though. Thank you for your friend's suggestion about possible electrical sensor feedback.

    I agree, too, with your last sentence. I am happy with my purchase overall, and have no regrets.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Could you clarify the problem?

    Based on your post, the vibration seems to occur:
    a) when accelerating
    b) at a stop light when in drive but not in Neutral
    c) at a stop light when in Neutral but not in Drive when temp outside is 60+.

    Does "a" happen whenever you accelerate? For example, from a stop light?
    Has the car been warmed up (that is driven for at least 10 minutes) in the case of "b" and "c"?

    You mention the noise coming from the passenger side. Have you checked that it's not coming from inside the car interior, like the glove box?
  • The car is warmed up. I drive 50-100 miles a work day. It always happens when I press on the accelerator. I can be cruising (using the accelerator not cruise) on the highway at 70/2500rpm with no noise. The second I begin to speed up I hear the noise. It always happens from stop up until I get to a cruising speed. I had my wife drive the car with me in the passengers seat and I could feel the vibration coming from the floorboard.

    Something I noticed yesterday: While on the highway (65mph) there were slight dips in the road. When I went over them, the car made the sound, but intermittently.

    This has been going on for 2 months and has not gotten worse. Thanks for responding.
  • eoghan1eoghan1 Posts: 57
    A while back it was possible to pull a Mazda 3 shop manual on line. I believe it was through the midwest car club.com. I bookmarked it and found it useful. Now it seems they have gone commercial and the manual is not available on line but one is offered for sale. Did I miss something? Did anyone down load it when it was free and have it available? BTW I am approaching 50k on my 2004 3S hatch 5spd without any problems. Mobil 1 every 5K and she keeps on humming.
  • Hey everyone, This is the first Mazda I have owned. Its an 2005 Mazda3i manual. I have always loved mazdas and wanted one so now i finally have one. But here the thing I'm in the Air Force and i want this car to last me. Right now it has 78,xxx miles on it.

    The only thing i can think of right now is when i turn the heat or A/C on the fan in the engine will "pulsate" go one for a few seconds then cut off then turn back on. Does anyone know why it does this? and what can i do to fix it or is it normal.

    Also whats the life span on these transmissions?

    If you could answer this that would be awesome and any other maintenance i should do before its to late. Thanks Alot!

    Jason
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,378
    Can't help you on the fan problem except to suggest it might be a bad relay.
    The transaxle should easily last the life of the car if maintained properly and not abused. I'd change the oil in it every 50K at a minimum. As for other preventative maintenance, I'd change the coolant every three years and the brake fluid every two years. Run a good synthetic 5W-20 and you can get away with changing the engine oil every 7,500 miles.

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

  • Alright do they do that when they do an oil change or is that something different? Who do you think i should bring it to for a bad relay?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,378
    Alright do they do that when they do an oil change or is that something different?

    No, you have to ask for those services separately.

    Who do you think i should bring it to for a bad relay?

    The relay is just a guess on my part. You need to find a shop that employs mechanics- not just some joker who throws parts at a problem. As for where to go, all I can suggest is checking out some of the regional boards on the Mazda forums; you should be able to find recommendations for good dealers or independent shops.

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

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I'd change the coolant every three years and the brake fluid every two years.
    Curious, I thought the coolant was to be changed every two years.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Assuming it is the same as my Mazda, the maintenance schedule actually says 10 years or 120K mi for the first coolant change and 5 years/60K mi for subsequent changes.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Assuming it is the same as my Mazda, the maintenance schedule actually says 10 years or 120K mi for the first coolant change ...

    I checked the Edmunds Maintenance page for the 2010 Mazda3 and you're right! I was quoting the coolant replacement service for my 2002 Mazda Protege5. That is an amazing difference! On the other hand, I suspect that the coolant inspection results in changes more frequent than once in the first decade.

    p.s. Another important difference between the Mazda Protege and its successor, the Mazda3, is the replacement of the rubber timing belt by the timing chain; the longer lasting timing chain is a significant saving in maintenance for most drivers. Kudos to Mazda for making these types of improvements to the maintenance of their vehicles!
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    I have my 2009 Mazda 3 just over a year, and I experienced power steering failure while driving on the highway. The steering wheel gets tightened and you have to use some muscle to turn it, I got it off the road, turned off and restarted the engine and everything was fine, but that was dangerous.

    I took it to the dealer and it is power steering motor/pump failure. I read that this is a common problem and apparently there is a recall on it.
    My car is still under the warranty and the part is backordered. Due to safety issue, dealer gave me a rental car to drive until it is fixed.

    For all Mazda 3 owner, please watch out for the power steering warning light. If it comes on and your steering wheel tightens, don't panic. Use your muscle to pull it to the side of the road, restart it and see if it works. If it does, drive it to the dealer right away!!!
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    okay, I read some earlier posts....so now we know that the 2009 cars have the same problem as the 2008s. When I was in the shop, there was another car brought back for the same problem. Now that the 2009s are over a year old, I suspect that we will see more power steering issues....
  • katieloukatielou Posts: 1
    OMG! My power steering failed on me yesterday. I was turning into a parking lot and my car just stopped since I was already going slow. So frustrating. My AC is not working properly either and I already had to replace a window motor right off the lot, along with tires. All before 20,000 miles.
  • I have an 05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K and is overall in great running condition. My check engie light has come on and gone off a few times, but now it is on for good. We had new s. plugs installed, but that did not help with the light. The "symptoms" my car displays: sitting still it will idle very low from time to time, like it is going to shut off-it doesnt though. Also, it has misfired twice (1X that happened "AT" lit up beside my D on the dash - but then went off). Lastly, it will completely hesistate once I start to accelerate to the point it feels as if I am hitting the brakes and as fast as that begins, it catches and takes off fine. I have noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said after hooking it up, it seems to run rich in idle. Our personal mechanic said the check engine light gives 8 different issues/parts (codes) it could be??!! Anyone have any insight? We dont want to take it to Mazda....
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K ... misfired twice ... hesistate once I start to accelerate ... feels as if I am hitting the brakes ... noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said ... seems to run rich in idle.

    This may be related to your car's emissions control system, including your EGR valve. If it's dirty, the car will be "gasping" for air, consuming additional fuel and hesitating.
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    the only problem I had was just the power steering. It is under warranty, they fixed it and gave me a rental car for 4 days. All is good.
  • zippy12zippy12 Posts: 2
    My check engine light was on. Sometimes my car died at a stop light. Sometimes it died on short trips. I took to my mechanic and it was the EGR valve that needed replacement and it had something to do with the emmisions also. So apparently this is a problem on our cars. It cost a bit-but since it was in for a 60k service they only charged for the part which if i remember was around $100-but I am not sure. Good luck-these cars are GREAT!!!! :P
  • I think that might be the problem in mine sometimes it will be great on gas sometimes its sucking it up and the hesitation is a thing my car keeps doing. where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
    Mazda dealerships should be aware of this problem, but, also any good garage can check it out. I would tell the garage what you are experiencing; see what they suggest could be the cause. If they don't mention your emissions control systems, then you might want to suggest it to them. Or, you might want to check another garage.

    By the way, this may be a good time to mention that the fuel you use can affect the engine components, including the emissions systems. So, the bargain gasoline that is a few cents cheaper may not really be a bargain.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,378
    By the way, this may be a good time to mention that the fuel you use can affect the engine components, including the emissions systems. So, the bargain gasoline that is a few cents cheaper may not really be a bargain.

    My 2007 MS3 was throwing the P0401(EGR flow insufficient) code on a regular basis. I switched from Kroger 93 fuel to BP 93 and after a few tanks the problem has not reappeared. I've always run BP, Chevron, or Shell in my BMWs as I know they can be temperamental with regards to fuel quality, but I am surprised that fuel quality would have any significant effect on the function of the EGR system. Live and learn...

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

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I am surprised that fuel quality would have any significant effect on the function of the EGR system. Live and learn...

    "Cheap gasoline frequently contain more undesirable sulfur compounds and may increase combustion chamber carbon deposits. Such compounds contribute to higher exhaust emissions and catalytic converter problems ... The EGR valve re-circulates carbon dioxide from your vehicle's exhaust back through your engine. EGR valve symptoms are as of: experiencing reduced power, detonation (pinging), rough idle, or stalling and hesitation when accelerating."
    From partsource.ca
  • eineejeineej Posts: 2
    Hello:

    I am experiencing the same problem you have just described. Although I couldn't stand looking at the check engine light on all the time. I took it to Mazda and had them run a diagnostic test on the car, and yes paid the $129.95 they charge just to get the codes off the computer. The problem is caused by the EGR valve ,that is constantly failing . If you have also gotten the AT light to tun on ,it's because the TSS Sensor is getting caught up in the problem. Although the AT light turned on I ws told the transmission is fine, but advised not to run the car for long distance until I get the part fixed. Overall Mazda wants to charge $595 to fix both the EGR valve and the TSS sensor. However. I checked with Advanced auto and they have the valve for $60.00. I will definitely take the car in this week to get fixed ,but it won;t be to mazda. I read that not replacing the EGR valve will cause damage to your engine in the long run. Hope this helps.... :)
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