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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • dsodso Posts: 14
    I've got a 2005 Mazda3s with the sport package (so, 17" wheels). I've done 24,000+ miles on the OEM Goodyear Eagle RS/As, and it's time to bid them good riddance and find something that does at least a little better on wet pavement and snow/ice.

    I've narrowed my choice down to:
    * Michelin Pilot Sport A/S (ultra high performance, Y-rated)
    or
    * Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S (high performance, V-rated).

    Anyone got advice to give? Consumer Reports loves the Exalto but doesn't mention the Sport; message boards at TireRack.com love the Sport.

    Price and durability aren't big issues for me. I want better wet/snow/ice traction without giving up much dry-pavement grippiness and fun.
  • Since I bought it new, I've always been a little unhappy with the way my 2007 3 handled on the Interstate. It's been great on curvy roads but tended to "wander" going down the Interstate, especially on a windy day. The dealer checked it and said it was aligned by the specs.

    Today, I added an additional quarter turn "toe in" myself, equally on each side. I had measured the tread width before the adjustment, and after I made the change I couldn't measure any difference in the tread width. But WOW, WHAT A DIFFERENCE ON THE ROAD!!! She's now rock solid!
  • Michelin also makes a "Hydro-Edge" tire that fits your car with a 90,000 mile warranty. It's designed to resist hydro-plaining and rides as smooth as silk. Both of my Daughters have them on their cars and they love them. Cost a little bit more than the Pilot, but not much.
  • dsodso Posts: 14
    Thanks for the suggestion, coosamtn. Unfortunately the Michelin site doesn't show the HydroEdge as coming in my size (205/50-17), & neither does the Tire Rack. Seems like an odd omission, if I'm right.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Put these on the wife's 3s in December and am very pleased with the ride in both wet & dry conditions. Sears even matched our local Mazda dealer on price when push came to shove. The tread is quite meaty and the sipes to remove rainwater are quite good. Also looked at the Michelin Exalto A/S but they were a bit more pricey and the tread didn't look as meaty to me. The salesman gave both tires good reviews also.
    So far a very happy camper with the Traction T/A's.

    The Sandman :)
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    I wouldn't know how to align myself but having the alignment "tweaked" makes the car drive better? I noticed today (windy day) that compared to my old Protege, the car gets pushed around more. When you said "wander" do you mean the car tends to not hold steady?
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    I have the 16" tires on my 3 and was wondering how wide of a tire would I be able to get w/ the stock wheels? (on my protege, I had wider tires and I had better handling.)
  • hey guys
    i just a mazda 3 s grand touring (17in wheels). i find it quite noisy. like if i drive on the highway or even the street the suspension makes some awful noises (especially on the highway). i mean i expect it to be a little bumpier ride due to shorter and narrower wheel base, but it just sounds like the shocks and struts are busted. does anyone experience this? can it be something wrong with the car? are the stock tires (goodyear eagle rs/a) the culprit? is there anything i can do to stop this? i am extremely inclined to go to the dealer. also, there is a lot of wind noise on the freeway. i can hear it even with the stereo loud.

    any help is appreciated. thank you

    jmecherul
  • coosamtncoosamtn Posts: 47
    "When you said "wander" do you mean the car tends to not hold steady?"

    Right, mine was also all over the road on a windy day. I added just a very small amount of "toe-in", which means the tires are now just a tad closer together in front than before. Now the car is a lot more steady, as you say. In addition, my steering wheel pretty much returns to center after a turn almost on its own, where before I had to "turn" it back to center.
  • mapper4mapper4 Posts: 4
    This is awesome though I feel bad for the people that paid the extra for the S-Grand Touring now I mean there were some other cool features like that self dimming mirror but this was one I really wanted and didn't have the funds for. Thanks so much whoever figured out how to unlock the travel comp. :):) :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    By tweeking the toe in would the tires wear unevenly, or even cause premature wear?
  • coosamtncoosamtn Posts: 47
    Possibly, if you push it too far. You can bet, I'm going to be watching my tread wear closely. On the other hand, I'd gladly give up a few miles on the tires for MUCH better handleing. The amount of toe I added was not measurable between the treadwidth.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Thanks for the reply. When I need to get my wheels aligned, i'll ask if they cold do this. We had some strong winds here couple days ago & it was hard to keep the car steady even driving slow.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    If you can, keep us posted on how your tires are wearing.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Many have reported loud road noise with the GoodYear RS-A tires. The RS-A's have good dry traction - and a very firm ride - but were scary on a wet road.

    The bad news is they get louder as the tread wears down. The "good" news is they don't last very long - I got 20K out of mine. I could have went a few thousand more - but my daughter was starting to drive the car more - so when I got the 3rd flat tire (same tire all 3 times) I went ahead and replaced them.

    I put on a set of Kumho ASX (215 50 17) - when I left Discount Tire with the Kumho's installed - I thought - WHAT is that strange noise coming from my engine - then I realized it was just the engine - I had so much tire noise before that I couldn't hear it!
  • Can anyone confirm if this are any problems / recalls on the '07 models as I am considering purchasing a Mazda3 5-door Hatchback Touring edition and want to check first with other owners.

    Also, are there any other recalls / problems prospective owners should know about on the '07's? Would you recommend the vehicle overall?

    Thanks!
  • I have an '07 5 dr sport and have 9k miles on it so far and have had no problems and recomend it. particularily if you enjoy driving and like a car that handles well for the money.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    No problems with noisy brakes?
  • I'm just went through the same situation as 'zurri', but at the 30,000 mile mark. I'm in Orlando, and the Classic Mazda quoted $400 for a 30,000 mile service. This includes replacing ALL the fluids in the vehicle, even though the owner's manual only states to replace the oil and 'inspect' the other fluids.

    I was suspicious after reading the owner's manual, and looking the maintenance schedule on Edmunds.com.

    I called Mazda USA and asked the customer rep, if we followed the manual, and didn't replace all the fluids, would it be detrimental to the car. He said he would follow the manual, and inspect the fluids; if they needed changing, change it. I told him about the $400 for the service, and he was surprised that they would automatically replace the fluids without checking to see if they needed it.

    He suggested calling other dealers and seeing what they offered. I called the 2 other dealerships in the Orlando area; one was exactly the same (I believe they are both owned by the same company), and the other was $325 for replacing all the fluids.

    I'm a believer of having the dealership do the service work while the vehicle is under warranty (just in case something goes wrong), but the cost of their minor service, and now the major service is getting out of hand.

    Now, you'd think that I would have gone with the $325 deal, but I didn't. Classic Mazda had a 10% off coupoon, they are a lot closer, AND the arranged for a rental for the day.

    I have to keep telling myself that I did the right thing, but in my gut, I feel like I was taken advantage of.

    I'm thinking that maybe every 60,000 have all the fluids changed, not every 30,000.

    I guess I'm looking for feedback from everyone telling me I did the right thing.

    As per Zurri's situation, I wouldn't pay the $3XX for the 15,000 mile service.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Check out the Mazda cx7 forum here. Owners have had numerous CEL coming often . The engine is the 2.3 with turbo..
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