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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • mcapmcap Posts: 49
    I don't think you should worry to much. I have an 04 civic and sure enough, each morning, there is rust on the brakes. I don't notice squeeling really but I am not listening for it.
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    Yeah, they are so loud when I brake in front of my house in the morning, the kids waiting for the bus cup their ears. I do only notice this in the cold mornings, and cold evenings if I am at work late. This seems like a silly thing to go back to the dealer with, but since there is a TSB...

    The brand has been taking a beating in my family...hard starting back in August, now squeaky brakes at Thanksgiving. I can't wait to hear from the old folks, "They sure don't build 'em like they used to!" when I squeak up in the morning.

    At least Mazda's customer service has been pretty good (I'd say excellent, but I don't want to jinx myself).
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I have been tempted to spin some "doughnuts" on some streets with fresh snow. After reading about the E-Brake not locking the rear wheels, this will not be possible in the M3, which will really damper my winter fun. This sure won't be a fun winter car!
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I jinxed myself. My service advisor (after admitting they were really backed up today)told me if I left it overnight chances are they would not make any changes or adjustments. He is aware of the TSB, but if the squeak only happens on the FIRST brake on a cold morning, they will not fix. Apparently, his Mazda does it too, and it is "just part of the Mazda experience". It's little things like this that annoy me...
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I would PUSH back on the squeaky brake issue and try and get them to fix the noise.

    I have owned several vehicles - that on the first few stops in the morning would have a small squeak or more often a slight grind - like SSSHHHH - this is normal - a very loud - long squeak is not.

    If squeaky brakes are normal ask the service manager to show you a new Mazda3 with squeaky brakes - if it really is normal then they all should do it RIGHT?
  • qddaveqddave Posts: 164
    I wouldn't worry about not being able to pull a donut in the snow. The friction of fresh snow is a little less than asphalt. :)

    If you're keeping the stock Goodyears on through the winter, than I really wouldn't worry.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I picked up my Mazda3 tonight - stopped in to the parts department and ask them to look up the part numbers for a 2004 and a 2006 AC evaperator for a Mazda3 - both numbers are the same - based on this it looks like Mazda has not upgraded the evaperator. So I predict next summer you will see posts from people who purchased a 2006 asking "Is anyone having trouble with their AC not cooling off the car?"
  • Thanks, yeah, that may be it, although the whizzing sound is a pain. It clears as time goes on. The brakes squeak. I couldn't care about the brakes though. Every disc car from 1983 LeCar to brand new M3HB.

    I will mention this, I had a 2001 Volvo S40, it had the same "problem" with the rear brakes wearing first.

    Lastly, I will get satisfaction over the AC though. My dealer's first car they sold me was wrecked before they sold it to me. No mention of that, just something I found during a wash and wax thenext day. Took it back... but we'll see about the other... :mad:
  • Is it me, or does this forum need to be renamed "Mazda 3's suckie AC bugs me out" forum? I mean, seriously, there seems to be an agreement that the AC on the Maz3 isn't the greatest, but do most of these posts need to be about the AC?

    Also, no offense guys, but I always thought the E-brake shouldn't be used while driving. This past week I made my first mistake with my Maz3 when I forgot to put the e-brake handle down, but that was when I was trying to get the car out of a parking space and I was wondering why did it seem sluggish. Unless, you're planning on doing "Italian Job" car moves and don't mind taking the car to dealership to get the e-brake pads replaced afterwards, I personally think using the e-brake for moving situations isn't that smart. Then again, I'm using an auto for my car and really, what do I know? :P
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    Yes, the Goodyear's are sub par, but is it worth shelling out $500.00 for snow tires? I read some good reviews on the Vikings. My deal is that here in MN, the only bad time to drive is right after it snows. They usually have the roads plowed and salted within 4 hours. I can count on one hand the # of times in five years were I was spinning and cursing on an unplowed road. That being said, I always drove on Continental Extreme Contact tires, and they were rated very well for snow, the Goodyears are about the worst tire in the world for snow I have read. So, is there that big of a difference on mostly plowed roads? I am also told with the 17's winter driving will be tough? Is driving on the stock Goodyears in winter a problem, and what snow tire's have people purchased for a solution?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Well, here I am for my weekly visit, and I must say we are a whiny bunch this week! I'd like to change the tide somewhat and ask a question of my own ...

    Am I the only owner reading this discussion who has had a flawless Mazda3? My 2005 5-speed hatch has 12,500 trouble-free miles on the odometer. Am I odd? Or do I just treat my car properly?

    Meade
  • I don't understand how you jinxed yourself in the 28 minutes from your first post....I don't know how many dealers are going to get your car back to you that day when you take it in at 4:17pm..even if you had an appointment I don't see how they could have gotten you in and out that day..Do you have a laptop in your car to be able to write these messages between 3:48 and 4:17?

    Outings Inc
  • Nope..your not the only one with a problem free car so far...I just went over 10,000 miles on mine and the brakes don't squeek, the air conditioning is fine for the hot humid chicagoland temps, I don't have a rattle and I'm getting between 27-31 mpg combined on my '05 3s...Been nothing but happy with it

    Outings Inc
  • Pretty flawless for me too! Car is at the low 12,000's, brakes work superbly (Will stop on a freaking dime!), got new winter performance tires for the coming snow in a few months, getting about 25-27 miles/gallon, and the AC and heater work just fine. The only "problem might be the rattle, but doesn't bug me that much since I usually am listening to the radio or CD most of the time while driving. Plus, the rattle only occurs when I'm going over some rough terrain, like pothole land on MA highways. :P
  • Just turned 12K on my 2004 5sp HB and my only problem has been the purge valve replacement done under warranty. A/C is marginal. Gas mileage is 27-32. Snow tires required. :)
  • This is kinda sick...but I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving snow that MA will get this Thursday. Want to see how well these Dunlop SP M3 winter tires work. Hopefully I'll be around Friday to write about them! :D
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    Outings Inc,

    It's called a Sidekick man, catch up with the technology, and I do carry a wireless laptop, it is 2005 you know. It helps that I am close to the dealer, and they take appointments until 6pm. I didn't need it back that day, they would keep it over night to check the brakes when cold, but if it only squeaked once, they would not repair. This IS the "problems and solutions" section, most posts here are because we are not happy with a new problem on our M3's. I am glad others have problem free M3's, but this area is for the rest of us WITH problems. Please respect that. We are usually a friendly bunch, I applaud your keen observation skills!
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I do come here to vent when I have a problem with my car. I don't want to complain to co-workers or family. It is nice to come here to this section because some people understand my frustration since they have had similar problems, and knowing that makes me feel like I am not alone with my car problems. Am I not using this forum correctly? If I did have a problem free vehicle, I certainly would not post about it on a problems and solutions board. Most of us are on this specific board to complain about our M3 problems and support each other by sharing experiences and giving each other advice. When I have a good story, I will post it in the appropriate section. I would like to thank everyone for their input here. It is nice to know I am not alone with my M3 problems!
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    My 05 Mazda 3i has almost 19K miles and no problems aside from the glove compartment rattle and the very intermittent 1-2 hard shift. I get about 32mpg hway. Not including the "weak" A/C as its normal spec for Mazda anyway. =)
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    You could be a little odd.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Isn't that why we all chose Mazda3's over Civics in the first place?

    ;)
  • The e-brake or parking brake is really useful for those with MT, especially when starting from a stop on an incline. It frees up the right foot to allow for use of gas pedal and stops the vehicle from rolling back when forward progress is warranted.

    I don’t have the owners manual with me, but I recall reading something about avoid using the e-brake/parking brake in cold/frigid temps. This may be possibly due to in-boards literally freezing/seizing up in a locked position. I’m not saying this is acceptable or normal, but it may explain some

    My compressor sounds like it kicks on automatically when air is being directed ONLY to the FLOOR outlets. I’ve never had a vehicle do that before. Is this correct or do I need to take it in for adjustments? Most cars will have the compressor kick on automatically in FLOOR/WINDSHIELD or WINDSHIELD ONLY modes.

    Meade
    Problems: only problem so far was a check engine light at 8k which turned out to be an evap issue with the gas tank due to the gas cap being loose.
    Fix: I insist on filling my own tank regardless of what the half backwards law states in NJ
  • zz5zz5 Posts: 1
    I bought a 2005 Mazda3 5door this past July. Today was the first snow and the car did not handle well. I live in snow country and was assured that the car would handle the weather. I guess I will need to buy snow tires. How are the Dunlop SP M3? I know nothing about tires and would appreciate any suggestions. I have never owned a car that scared me like this one did today in the snow. :surprise:
  • I'm so glad I found this forum. I am in the same boat as you. I just purchased my 05 M3 3 months ago (traded my Jeep Wrangler 'cause I was tired of the gas guzzling). I thought I'd be ok because I'd always owned Honda's and had good luck with them in the winter. My M3 gave me a good scare today. I was told by dealership that the tires should be ok this winter since they were new. But I've decided to put on winter tires anyway. It was bad enough even finding any because I have 17 inch wheels but now I'm being told it's very rare to find a tire that can be studded. The ones I've ordered are the Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW3's. Does anyone use this tire and can you tell me what luck you've had with them? Is there another tire you would recommend instead?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    You've stumbled on to a great winter tire..

    I've had them for two winters on my BMW 3-series (this would be the third, but I sold the car today).. they have about 12K miles on them, and my tire dealer says they look to be good for about 24K miles...

    BMWs are notorious for poor winter traction, but with the Goodyears, it goes like a tank.. I would recommend them without reservation... My size is 225/45-VR17, which is the standard sport package size, and no problems whatsoever... I'm amazed at the traction, turning, and stopping power of them..

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    In their November 2005 issue Consumer Reports features a timely article about winter tires. Their top choice is the Michelin X Ice which is rated as excellent. The Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip Ice is third in the list and rated as very good. I have driven on BFGoodrich Winter Slalom for the past three winters and have found them to be an excellent value.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    The Ultra Grip GW-3 is a different tire... Other tires in this class are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25, and the Continental ContiWinterContact..

    The tires that CR tested are all Q-rated tires... Basically, geared to snow traction at the expense of all other attributes (sort of)....

    When you get into the 17" sizes, most of the tires are H-rated and V-rated.. different tires for more performance oriented cars.... they don't have the snow traction of the mass-market Q-rated tires, but they have superior dry-road handling, along with pretty good snow traction, considering the sizes..

    If I were getting Q-rated tires, I'd have no problem going with CR's recommendations..

    My recommendation is from my personal experience, of course...

    You could also check here:
    Snow/Ice winter tires

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Q rating means the tire can handle speeds of up to 99 MPH -
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Pleeeze ... it's not an Emergency Brake, it's a Parking Brake.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    The Sandman :)
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