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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair



  • And when I returned my 3 to the dealer to solve my whining power steering pump problem, I was told "we don't hear anything unusual, you don't have a problem everything is working fine".
  • They're replacing the left front strut today but said the whining power steering pump was fine. If I decide to keep this machine, as soon as the warranty is up I'm gonna get me a couple cans of that expanding foam insulation from Home Depot and squirt that sucker down real good!
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    For those that have the $$$ they can buy and carry a error code reader in their car for their vehicle. So, when the engine light goes on, you just connect the reader to the interface so it reads the code.

    I am sure you can get a reader for our Mazda3 from Pepboys or other auto parts stores.
  • OK, so I bought this 2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.3L, 30,000 miles on the odo, still under warranty. Very nice, fun to drive. Now, reality sets in:

    * Gets bad gas mileage (estimate 14~15mpg, city driving, not leadfoot) No gas leaks, runs fine.
    * Has a steering noise, kind of a clicking when turning. Almost sounds like something is rubbing against a rubber boot. At first I thought this was inside dash noise, now not so sure.

    Anyone had similar problems, and possible solutions?

    From reading this forum, it seems like getting the oil changed at Jiffy Lube is a bad idea. A special tool is required to properly secure the oil filter.

    Also, it seems like folks generally have bad luck with warranty repairs from the dealers. However, everyone seems to agree this is fun car to drive.

    Thanks for any advice/comments.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    Newbie, it seems that some folk, myself being one of them bought a Mazda that just sucks gas. Nobody knows why.

    Apparently, there is a PCM (computer update) for some models (2005 for sure) to help with the lousy gas mileage but it is of no help. It's like the A/C issue in 2004-early 2006 models without auto climate control but the gas mileage is much more random than the A/C issue.

    The clickin noise should be looked at by the could be your CV joint or ???
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    What month was your Mazda built?

    You can look at the drivers side door frame it will give a month and year -just hope its not 10 2003.

    My local dealer raised the price on an oil change - they now want almost $30 - but I would never use Jiffy Lube. Not worth it.
  • how do u notice the dent? did the thieves actually drive off with your car or did they just dent it to get in? i know most cars have a sort of engine immobilizer (like the new truck), but something should be done about the system if thieves know their way in that easily. if they dont, i could just imagine how insurance prices are gonna sky rocket for M3s...not to mention they will knock off honda from the "most stollen car" title. im really starting to get discouraged with mazda! :(
  • Mine was built 06/04. What is so bad about one built 10/03?
  • No, not a CV joint. The noise occurs without the drive wheels moving, just when the steering wheel turns. There seems to be a TSB on this. I plan to go to the dealer with a list of TSBs that may be related to my complaints.

  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I own a 2004 Mazda3 with a 10 2003 build month. I have had many many problems - weak AC, hard shifty auto tranny, grinding rear brakes, thumping front suspension, check engine light that was always coming on, stalling / hard to start engine (defective fuel pump) - defective power window - from my Unscientific poll - many other owners with this build month also have had numerous problems.

    The real issue was not even all the defects - it was that Mazda would not fix them - I got so sick of the - its operating as designed - its normal - but then a year later a TSB would come out that was my EXACT problem. So I would take it in and get it fixed. I am glad I stuck with it now - all the defects (except the weak AC) have been resolved. I did some work on the AC system myself and it works somewhat better as long as the temp is below 90.

    We bought the car on my daughter's 15th B-day - she learned to drive in it - my wife and I drove it around town for the first couple years & when my daughter turned 17 she took it over as "her" car. She still lets me drive it once in a while - like to the gas station!

    Even though I had more than my share of problems with the Mazda3 - I still do not regret buying it - it is a good car for a young driver - GREAT brakes, side & side curtain air bags, very easy to drive & park, limited blind spots - and finally it is a car she really likes and its fun to drive.

    She turns 18 at the end of the month - the Mazda3 will have 1 year of warranty left - I am already thinking about getting rid of it before the warranty expires - but when I ask her what car she would like to have when she goes off to college - she says - I like my Mazda. So I am faced with keeping it past warranty (it only was 25.5K miles on it) or trading it in on another Mazda3 - something I have said many times I would never do (buy another Mazda). Only time will tell - if the next year is problem free I may just stick a new battery in it and let her take it to college.
  • I got my 3 back from the dealership yesterday. They replaced the left front strut and tweaked the alignment for me. Man, I had forgotten how much fun this thing is to drive. They also showed me the only fix for our power steering pump whine problem. There's this little knob in the center of the dash, just punch it in, twist it to the right and ...'voi la'... the pump whine is gone.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    Bill, you must remember that the 04 was the first new model. Like anything, it's always good to wait a few years before we buying an introductory new model. I [hoped] all the bugs and most of the kinks would be ironed out before I got my 05 but clearly that was not the case....Mazda is quite slow in that department.As you say, your outstanding and common issues have now been resolved, or at least most of them.

    If you recall, it took Mazda 2.5 years to more or less resolve the A/C issue by redesigning the HVAC ducts in our non auto climate controlled models.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    They also showed me the only fix for our power steering pump whine problem. There's this little knob in the center of the dash, just punch it in, twist it to the right and ...'voi la'... the pump whine is gone

    YOu mean the dimmer switch? That's the only knob in the centre of the dash? :confuse:
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I think he means the radio volume dial. Anyways, Mazda swapped out the rear pads & rotors on our S model today. Hopefully that noise will go away. They also put on the new alloy to replace the one the wife cracked while picking up a humongous piece of metal last month. Finally ended up going with the dealer as the 1st internet guy couldn't get us the wheel he promised & the 2nd guy couldn't guarantee that his wheel would be in perfectly round shape, like new shape. We figured we'd just have to go to the dealer, as we plan on keeping the car another 3 to 4 years, G-d willing!
    Thank G-d the dealer is within 2 miles from the house. A major reason why we bought there. They've been very accomodating to us these past 2 years.

    The Sandman :)
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    IC....a very very very dry attempt at humour, I guess I am not a mind reader. GONG!

    With any car, Mazda or whatever make, having a reliable and dependable dealer is a must. Glad to see you found one. I have one too, or I used to. I have to travel 20+ miles to go there. But, recently the service manager and head mechanic/shop foreman ditched the dealership. The new manager is ok, but the mechanics are so so...looks like I will go somewhere closer to home and probably get some anxiety prescription meds from the Costco Pharmacy to help me deal with the BS that I will have to put up with.

    The entire auto car service industry needs to change in how they handle customer complaints and concerns. The worst thing they can do is tell the customer that the vehicle is performing to factory specs when the customer is complaining about an issue. At least write something uncondescending like no anomolies were able to be found at this time if they can NOT replicate the problem, and if they do, they should write that down but indicate that no fix is available at this time.
  • Sorry about the lame attempt at humor. Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying. Besides, my volume control isn't a fix for every issue since I don't have the 8 speaker Bose system in my car.

    No doubt, every Mazda 3 made since 2004 has the same pump whine problem, yet Mazda continues putting the same damn pump on cars that are rolling off their assembly lines today. And every Mazda dealership in the world no doubt continue telling customers "we don't hear anything, the pump is working fine", rather than them coming together to slap Mazda engineers "up side the head" for a design change. Too bad!!
  • My son-in-law tried to install door sills on my daughter's 2005 Mazda 3 and has only touched the fuse box. He didn't get them installed though. He put everything back but the car never started again. When you put the key in the lights come blinking. The car is with a Mazda Dealer that seems to be lost. They said the computer is blank and they did not get to re-install the memory. They are doing a big deal of this. I don't know if I should take the car to another mechanic.
    Any clue?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    tried to install door sills on my daughter's 2005 Mazda 3 and has only touched the fuse box
    Sounds bizarre. What's the "connection" :P ?
  • What I meant was that he opened the fuse box (took some fuses out and put them back) and tried to have the door sills connected without success. I heard that if a lightining strucks a car thru the antenna, that could cause a big damage and the computer will go blank. However I don't believe any major damage has been caused by what he was trying to do.
  • autonomous, I see your doing a little dry humor yourself today. Whats the "connection" ... not bad!

    dinaura, can you give us a little more detail of what your son-in-law was attempting? Why would he "pull some fuses" to install door sills? Was he running wires under the door sills for some reason?
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