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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair



  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34

    Are you aware of any 2009's that have had this P/S Pump failure or was it resolved on 09's? I have close to 13k on my 09 3i and so far it has been flawless. The Goodyear tires appear to be wearing well believe it or not too.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    No, I haven't heard of any 2009s going down yet due to the power steering issue, but then most 2009s don't have all that many miles on them at this point. My 2009 Mazda3 i Touring has almost 19,000 miles on it, however, the first 15,000 or so were nearly all highway, and there's been a reasonably high mix of highway usage since that time, so my car may not be the best example. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything.

    As for the tires, my Goodyears lasted 714 miles before I pulled them off, and the car is much more of a joy to drive since I did. :)

    Best regards,
  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34
    So far I have 19,000 miles between both the 09 3i and the 09 3s. Not a problem with either one. I do prefer driving the "i" more. Probably because the exhaust is more audible on the "i". My guess is that the shorter stroke engine is the cause. Same gear ratios on both cars so the rpms are the same. I did buy some OE 16" wheels off ebay so come time for tires I will be getting the General Altimax's. Hopefully that will reduce the road noise. I'd like to know why Mazda uses two different oil filters between the 2.0 and 2.3. I'm running 100 miles a day on the "i" so the miles are adding up quick. The A/C clutch and or compressor makes more noise on the "i" when engaging?
  • Even after the fix the A/C in the 08s was still poor in very hot weather. How is the A/C in hot weather in the 2010 Mazda3?
  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34
    I have read where a lot of Mazda 3 owners have complained about the performance of the air conditioning. I can honestly say that in the 2009 Mazda 3 it works great. I have never had to run the fan on full speed even with the high heat and humidity we have had in recent weeks. However, in our fleet at work we just got a 2009 Chevy Malibu Hybrid with terrible air conditioning. It works ok when you are driving but as soon as you stop with the car at idle it starts blowing warm air. There are several other very disappointing things about the car but I don't need to convince Mazda owners about how much better their cars are than most Chevy's.
  • I have a 2005 Mazda 3 that has developed a knock or clatter sound in the upper engine compartment. It sounds like it is coming from the passenger side upper end and only happens at idle speeds. When driving it has no noise at all. The car runs great it does have 120,000 miles on it all highway. I have a good mechanical background but am concerned about breaking open the top of the engine on a japanese car. I am short on money so any advice would help as I would rather not take it into the dealer.
  • Most likely your engine mount... easy fix. There's an issue with these on Mazda3...
  • My 2004mazda3 had defective butterfly valve(s) in the intake manifold. I was difficult for dealership to diagnose.
  • :mad: I just took my daughter's 2007 Mazda 3 in today with the same symptoms. The diagnosis was "warped rotors" reserfaced at a cost of $195.00.

    The service technician said, "this happens all the time, we see it frequently." Well if that's the case then I consider it a design defect and something that should be covered by warranty.

    He indicated that they may have addressed this in the 2010 redesign, but there were no plans to address any existing issues. No service bulletins were ever issued concerning warped rotors.

    Not the customer experience I would have expected from a culture that is supposed to incorporate Kaizen.
  • my advice to you is report the car as a "Lemon". I did with mine. Good Luck =)
  • CAN!!! anyone help me i've taken my car IN recently to mazada dealership...for a 30,000 mile checkup....everything was fine.... until the engine light is on and now they are telling me its the o2 sensor and a valve cleaning needs to be done...i just took my car to them on sept 1,2009..and now they are telling me its going to cost 660.00$ to fix this new issue...and i'm asking my self how can my car be running perfectly until...i brought to you guys...and now this is going on...they only gave me a sorry reason..."things like this can just happen"
    so can anyone give advice because i feel i am being scam/hoodwink...???
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    now the engine light is on and now they are telling me its the o2 sensor and a valve cleaning needs to be done...i feel i am being scam/hoodwink...???
    Sorry to hear that. Why not get a second opinion about the cause of the check engine light from an independent garage? The car is almost 6 years old, so a faulty O2 sensor is possible. You mention "valve cleaning", did you mean a fuel system cleaning? If so, I'd recommend having the fuel system cleaned if you have not had that done since 2004.
  • nsbio1nsbio1 Posts: 48
    Guess what - my rotors that had been resurfaced earlier this year are warped again! I am not driving the car super hard: I also drive my wife's corolla and the rotors there are just fine. Seems like my car's rotors are junk, but the dealer won't fix that for free because it is almost impossible to prove that rotor warping is not because of abuse...
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Please understand that when you have old rotors resurfaced, you are having a significant amount of metal removed from the rotors, and that makes them more susceptible to warping. That is the single reason why I NEVER have rotors resurfaced, they're cheap to buy (even top quality units should be less than $50 each), and easy to replace.

    Best regards,
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    old rotors resurfaced... makes them more susceptible to warping ... I NEVER have rotors resurfaced, they're cheap to buy
    Agreed on both fronts: 1) resurfacing is only a stop-gap before the inevitable and 2) the cost of rotors has dropped significantly over the years.
  • sawolfsawolf Posts: 1
    Would like to get recommendations for what services I should get for my Mazda that just hit 50,000 miles. It still runs great although it isnt whisper quiet anymore. Thanks
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Does your Owner's Manual spell out any special services for the 50,000 mile mark? If not then there's nothing you need to have done, errr, that is unless you've skipped some of the service events that were perscribed by Mazda for the pre-50,000 mile threshold.

    Best regards,
  • I had the same noise on mine diagnosed this week as a bad throtle butterfly. They took 3 weeks to figure it out and I still can't believe that's what it was; I was convinced the engine was about to throw a rod. at any rate, it was covered under warranty.
  • Hi light is on car is running fine what could it be? I just bought car and had it checked out by garage had to get a new battery and smog check but that is it. I am now freaking out! help :shades:
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