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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • Best of luck and hope they find the solution for you and the rest of us rattle noise-weary owners!
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    #2627 all I was trying to say is don't believe everything you read on this or any other message board. Facts could be exaggerated for some personal reason. A local newspaper has a Car Section and has a Your Beef column where people would right in and complain about a problem they are having with their car and not getting any satisfaction from the dealer to get it fixed. The paper would try and help the complainers and investigate on their behalf. Guess what the paper no longer does it, why, too many people giving wrong info and not giving all the TRUE facts. The paper just found it too time consuming chasing and not resolving anything working with false info. Get over yourself..not sure what that means...but I am not offended. As another poster mentioned that being from a different country than the U.S. has nothing to do with anyones opinion. So keep your comments on the facts not where someone lives.
  • First off, so glad to know that I am not the only one having problems with my Mazda3...so far I needed a tranny, fuel pump, starter (so they say), that valve thing, a "shift shock" update, and now a MAF sensor (car is still bad idle and stalling). My car is actually still at the dealer for that last repair.

    My current question is about how poorly my car turns on and off, since the pump was replaced, it seems to shake and studder for a few seconds before it turns off. I was told the starter would end this...but post-starter replacement, and the dealer is just trying to ignore it. I don't want to pick it up, if there is still an issue. Too many bad breakdowns this year!!

    Any feedback would be great.
    thanks :)
    BTW- Those of you who posted links to the Service Bulletins rock... I can finalyy make them fix my brakes.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    My first year of Mazda3 ownership was a real "House of Pain" - during the first 12 months of ownership (10,000 miles) - 12 trips to the dealer - AC, brakes, CEL, air bag sensor, Emissions defects, fuel pump, front suspension defects - so from my experience (first hand experience BTW - not what I read in CR) I would say what you are having is a normal Mazda3 ownership experience.

    Can you post any details about the shift shock - I can't seem to find a TSB on it - I plan to go in for an oil change on Monday - and like you have experienced - have much better luck if I have a copy of the TSB to back up my complaint.
  • gcar3gcar3 Posts: 2
    OK, my mistake in my first post was to include the irrelevant fact that my teenage son was driving the car. Would anyone have any constructive information for me regarding power steering problems with the Mazda 3 or any car for that matter? My husband has spoken with someone at a local car dealership (not Mazda) and said that such a scenario with an electronically controlled steering system is not unheard of or implausible. We need feedback from people who may have experienced such difficulties (power steering suddenly failing while driving and resetting upon turning off the ignition and restarting) in order to negotiate with Mazda. In doing the repairs caused by the car accident, the body shop (owned by the dealership where we bought our car) wiped out any memory of problem codes on the computer so that they now can't trace the problem. Any help out there?
  • Consumer Reports - maybe they were rating the Mazda3's ability to make toast - the dash does get pretty hot! ""

    Are you saying that CR doesn't have good reliability data for automobiles?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I am saying that MY FIRST HAND experience with Mazda- which is based on 667 days of ownership (Mazda3) has been a house of pain!

    When I HAVE DIRECT personal experience about how (good or bad) a company treats its customers I go by what I know is a fact not by what CR says.

    What good is CR if they don't highlight the common problems that a car has - all they would need to do is go look at all the TSB's that the 2004 Mazda3 has - how could anyone rate a car with this many defects as having good reliability?
  • I am saying that MY FIRST HAND experience with Mazda- which is based on 667 days of ownership (Mazda3) has been a house of pain!

    When I HAVE DIRECT personal experience about how (good or bad) a company treats its customers I go by what I know is a fact not by what CR says. "

    It's a fact for YOU, as unfotunate as that is. But it's one sample.

    "What good is CR if they don't highlight the common problems that a car has - all they would need to do is go look at all the TSB's that the 2004 Mazda3 has - how could anyone rate a car with this many defects as having good reliability? "

    They are just reporting what the owners in their survey have said - and that is a much larger sample.

    There are problems with SOME cars in every model on the planet. Look at some of the Honda problems, and they consistently are rated very high. Because most people don't have problems
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273

    Might want to get that spell checker working before your mom or one of your relatives complains.

    p.s. Consumer Reports posts information about automobiles on their website for everyone to see; the Mazda3 is listed as "recommended".


    Yeah, yeah, yeah :)

    I didn't see that Consumer Reports currently "recommended" the 2005 Mazda3. I also looked at MSN's car site and they have CR info. For the 2005, they indicate that "no reliability data" is available.

    Nobody has provided a link to say that it is reliable(2004 doesnt cut it). OTOH, I provided links where it is not. I also believe that the JD Powers info is the most accurate. ;) 'Nuff said on the subject.
  • thanks for the reply.
    As far as the "shift shock" issue, my dealer actually told me about it...then i saw it mentioned many times on other forums. I did see it on a TSB for the mazda6???? But your dealer should be familiar with it...every mazda 3 seems to have this problem. Hope this helps...

    So do/did you have problems turning on off your car? It is really the shaking and not-cutting off of the engine that i am worried about. My car feels 15 years old!!
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    MY FIRST HAND experience with Mazda- which is based on 667 days of ownership (Mazda3) has been a house of pain!
    We share your pain. Really. :cry:

    p.s. it's been 1268 days of pain-free ownership of my Mazda :)
  • x5918x5918 Posts: 30
    Previously I complained about the cupholder in Mazda3 HB, with stick shift. The other pevee is the parking brake. Sure, there is a light in the dashboard - but many cars have a beeper, to warn you of driving with parking brake on. The rear disc brakes are monsters. Driving 5 minutes on highway, before discovering the handbrake, is major mistake. The discs already turned blue'ish because of the heat, and smelled burned. :sick: Discs and brake pads ruined?

    The seatbelt warning beep can be fooled with various buckle, unbuckle tricks, but it is turned on again when the car is driven (picks up speed), and belts are unfastened. Somesort of double checking, by the car computer? I whish the car computer would warn about the parking brake, as well, while it's at it.

    The brake light is useless, because the Mazda3 dashboard is ambient by definition. The brake warning light is not really a warning light, when it blends that well in, with the rest of the indicators. Same amber color for everything - the fancy indicator panel looks cool, but at the same time the warning function is lessened. Is there any after market gadget? to emit a beep for the parking brake when shift stick is out of neutral position? (1st,2nd,3rd gear etc)
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Shift shock - after reading that several people had their cars re flashed I did a search - found a site that listed this as the repair code - "F0010XFX Powertrain control module re flashing". Not 100% sure this is correct - you never know about stuff posted on the net - but I plan to take this info in with me to the dealership on Monday.

    I had the stalling problem - car would start then die - it always started again - never left me walking - replaced the fuel pump and my problem was solved.

    Mazda has a new TSB out on the hard start condition it replaced the prior TSB - the new one is:

    01-013/05 2004-2005 MAZDA3 - ENGINE HARD START

    Some vehicles may experience an engine with hard starting (cranks but takes 10 seconds or longer to start). The condition is more likely after vehicle sits overnight or for an extended time. Rough idle may occur just after the engine is started.

    This may be caused by fouled spark plugs if the vehicle is frequently driven in stop-and-go conditions, such as in heavy traffic.

    IMO your ruff idle is being caused by fouled spark plugs.

    mrblonde49 - I would agree with your statement except it is not just me that is having problems with the AC, brakes, suspension, tranny, engine stalling (plus more) - many other owners are also having problems. But before you say - but its a small % and all car companies bla bla bla - let me add that EVEN MAZDA ADMITS that the Mazda3 has all of these problems. They (Mazda) have issued a TSB on every one. How many problem cars (what %) do you think is required before Mazda issues a TSB?

    autonomous - glad to hear about the GOOD LUCK you are having with Mazda. I am not saying every Mazda ever built is bad - I am saying that Mazda has not done enough to solve the problems on the cars that have defects.

    I have been waiting more than 20 months to get my grinding brakes and harsh shifting tranny fixed. I think 20 months is too long (just like this post is too long!) How long do YOU think it should take a GOOD company to come up with a fix for these obvious defects?
  • oskwioskwi Posts: 88
    Which CR are you referring to? I just bought the "Fall 2005 Auto Pricing and Ratings Guide" and they gave the M3 a solid red circle for reliability...one of few solid red circles in the entire book.

    I was recently contemplating purchasing a new M3 BUT decided to perform some necessary work on my 2001 Protege (timing belt, horn replacement)and keep it for one more Buffalo winter. After this winter, who knows? The Protege will be departing but for what, I don't know.

    I've driven so many cars over the past few months that I can honestly say I am truly at a loss. Cars that were once virtually indestructible are becoming major headaches...boy do I wish they just facelifted the Protege instead of dumping it altogether.

    Take care.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    You drove 5 minutes on the highway with the parking brake on and you want to blame the car?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Has anyone ever tried to stop their Mazda3 using the parking brake?

    Just before giving my 16 year old her first driving lesson I wanted to see how fast the car would stop if I pulled up on the parking brake lever - seemed like a good thing to know at the time since it was about the only thing I could do to stop the car with her behind the wheel. I pulled hard on the lever - it did almost nothing to slow the car down - the last time I did this (with another car) it locked up the rear wheels. Is their something wrong with my parking brake - or is this normal on the Mazda3? It seems to hold the car fine when on a hill (with car in "N")
  • "I didn't see that Consumer Reports currently "recommended" the 2005 Mazda3. I also looked at MSN's car site and they have CR info. For the 2005, they indicate that "no reliability data" is available. "

    Well, maybe you should go to the direct source. But I suppose you're not a subscriber. Pull up the Mazda3 page on the CR wbsite, and it say RECOMMENDED.

    For 2005, there is a FULL RED DOT for reliability.

    Nuff on the subject
  • Previously I complained about the cupholder in Mazda3 HB, with stick shift. The other pevee is the parking brake. Sure, there is a light in the dashboard - but many cars have a beeper, to warn you of driving with parking brake on. The rear disc brakes are monsters. Driving 5 minutes on highway, before discovering the handbrake, is major mistake. The discs already turned blue'ish because of the heat, and smelled burned. Discs and brake pads ruined?

    The seatbelt warning beep can be fooled with various buckle, unbuckle tricks, but it is turned on again when the car is driven (picks up speed), and belts are unfastened. Somesort of double checking, by the car computer? I whish the car computer would warn about the parking brake, as well, while it's at it.

    The brake light is useless, because the Mazda3 dashboard is ambient by definition. The brake warning light is not really a warning light, when it blends that well in, with the rest of the indicators. Same amber color for everything - the fancy indicator panel looks cool, but at the same time the warning function is lessened. Is there any after market gadget? to emit a beep for the parking brake when shift stick is out of neutral position? (1st,2nd,3rd gear etc) "

    How do you drive with the e brake on and not know it - regardless of any light? Maybe you were busy tricking the seatbelt light? :confuse:
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    I'm curious to know what car was able to lock up rear wheels using the parking brake?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    My 1999 Silverado Z-71 will lock up the rear wheels if I put the E-brake on - so will my 2001 Tahoe 2WD.

    The anti-lock brake system does work if you hit the E-brake.

    I sold my 1981 Pontiac Turbo TA about a year ago - it would lock the rear wheel if I slammed on the E-brake.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Actually it's a Parking brake not an Emergency brake, isn't it?
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    Thanks. On every car I've had I run an emergency exercise assuming lost hydraulics and grab for the parking brake trying to make it an automatic response. Been driving for an awfully long time and the BEST result for me has been a rather anemic slow down.
  • Thanks for the info.
    So far the Dealer replaced my fuel pump (no start)...then I took it back because the check engine light came on, they replaced the valve, and did the reflash for "shift shock", (it did make the car run better)...but as i was pulling out the car hesitated...I brought the tech outside , he said nothign was wrong...then I tried to start the car to leave...I would not start!!! The tech said i needed a starter? So they replaced that...I went back to pick it up, a few miles down the road shaking ans stalling..So now they replaced the Mass Airflow sensor. But they did not say anything about spark pulgs. So when i pick it up...we will see...I am afraid that It will break down again, I really feel that maybe there is something wrong with the car that the techs aren't fixing because there is no TSB for it!! Well I guess I will see tomorrow, and I will post what happens.

    Thanks
  • x5918x5918 Posts: 30
    I was busy to get home during the lunch break. I think I stopped the car inbetween, to check some papers or something, and then drove away without releasing the parking break. Not sure if it was pulled tight all the way, or just halfway. I sensed somesort of stuffiness. Had to merge to highway. Maybe 2 minutes later checked the parking brake - and stopped to check the damage.
  • I have a 06 Mazda 3HB. There is that wing thing that shades the rear. I am a little concerned about the AC since I like it freezin' cold year round in my car. It doesn't seem to really freeze like my 98 Chevy S10, or my prior '85 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel, or even my currently owned 1992 Protege. It also makes a bad hum/whiz sound when the compressor is engaged. That worries me a little.
  • Hate to admit it, but after lecturing wife who drives M3HB daily about hitting the rims on curbs and the low profile tires, I hit a pothole so hard it bent the frt passenger rim. :cry: $350 later we're right as rain. Since we were going on a trip for this holiday I had the break-in oil changed out and that rim fixed. The dealer shop forgot the valve stem cap and the oil check was not oriented correctly to fully seat. Am I too picky? It makes me wonder if they really checked the alignment. It doesn't pull so I think it make be okay. When getting the rim replaced was told tires were $180 each, that normal too?
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I am now officially in the "Unhappy With Mazda" Club. My brakes started squeaking this week. So loud it was embarrassing. Then the next day, no squeaking at all. I only have 5k on the car. Do I need to wait until they squeak all the time before I take it in? What is the fix for this, grinding down the pads? I didn't have a problem until it got cold here. My gas mileage has also tanked, but that is another discussion.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Mazda has a TSB for this defect - 04-001/05 2004-2005 MAZDA3 - FRONT BRAKE SQUEAK WHEN COLD - you can read all the TSB info at http://web2.iadfw.net/theman/protegefaq/tsb/tsbmenu.html

    Print out a copy of the TSB and take it with you - in my experience it really helps to have it in black and white.

    oldmazownr - My theory is the AC problem shows up more in the sedan - even though the HB and sedan have the same AC system - the AC is so marginal (weak) that the extra heat load - from the sun - coming through the rear glass on the sedan is enough to over load the system. IMO it is a combination of several "issues" - the main problem is that the evaperator is too small - this causes the compressor to cycle on and off - so you get cold - cool - warm - cold - cool - warm air about every 15-20 seconds - sure the compressor is designed to cycle on and off - but most cars don't start this quick cycle until the inside of the car is almost cooled off - I can get in my car after it has been in the sun on a 95 degree day - and the AC starts to cycle right away.

    I have seen a few posts that claim the evaperator in the 2006 Mazda3 is larger (than the 2004 & 2005) I just dropped my Mazda3 off at the dealership - I plan to stop by the parts department when I pick the car up and ask them to look up the part number for a 2004 & 2006 evaperator - see if they are the same part number-

    If you have taken a test drive and don't think the AC is good enough to satisfy you then DO NOT BUY THIS CAR - test drive a few more and see if you can find one with a good AC - because according to some people their cars AC works good. One thing I can say for sure - as in I am 100% positive that this is a FACT - if you get a Mazda3 with a weak AC system Mazda will not fix it - if it is blowing cool air they consider it within spec. This is true even if the inside of the car is sweaty hot. Trust me on this because I have had this problem for almost 2 years.
  • I was told that, overnight, rust builds up on disc brakes. Once you get going - brake a couple of times - the rust should 'break off'/rub off and no more squeaking. I took my car in 3 times for the same issue. This was the answer I kept getting. And for the most part -- after I brake a couple of times in the morning, mine no longer squeak.
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