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Mazda 3 Transmission Problems

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  • 1. both - driven as automatic
    2. yes
    3. yeah, even last year a transmission fluid was changed per Mazda service recommendation
    4. "authorized service"..I meant an official authorized mazda service department.
    5. not yet but I am planning, I was pissed off with Mazda Customer representative-support, who said wear-tear problem.

    Since this a relatively New Mazda model & transmission concept, the question is how many people are experiencing the similar problem.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Sounds like you did the required upkeep. With the warranty exceeded that does not necessarily mean that Mazda cannot assist. The question is what is a reasonable duration of a Mazda transmission that has been properly maintained.

    A few more questions for you:
    How many times was your tranny fluid changed?
    At what mileages?
    Did your Mazda dealership advise you of other transmission services that you were required to perform?

    My understanding is that automatics are not as durable as manuals and urban driving with lots of stop and go traffic can be hard on the vehicle but failure at 70,000 miles under normal driving conditions seems premature. You may want to get a more complete explanation from Mazda about what they think was the cause of the failure. You may also want to consider having Mazda provide a compromise solution to have the repair done at a reduced cost (e.g. they pay for a reconditioned transmission). They need to hear that their reputation is at stake and that your future cars will not be Mazdas unless you are satisfied. Put everything in writing so that you have a record for future reference.

    Going the BBB or legal route can be trying, lengthy and costly but if you have the stamina go for it.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I am really confused now. Mazda is owned and operated by FORD. Common problems carry over, look at known problems with ford focus and now ford fusion, and sub models sold under MERCURY. If there is a known problem with ford line of vehicles, MAZDA is sure to have it too (same suppliers I suppose). I do admit FORD products have gotten a bit more reliable since 92, (they bought mazda). If you left home to buy a car and made sure its not FORD, stay away from Mazda. Did you notice how the jaguars look now a days or past 10 years??? you guessed it FORD bought them out too. They look half tuarus half continental. Do not buy the name brand, SEE WHO MAKES IT. NEXT TIME SIT INFRONT OF THE COMPUTER AND DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON THE NAME AND MAKER. THAT WAY YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO SIT AT THE CURB, WONDERING WHERE YOU WENT WRONG. GOOD LUCK.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Mazda is owned and operated by FORD.
    Actually, that is only partially true as Ford owns a portion (I believe it's 1/3) of Mazda. In addition to Jaguar, the Ford family includes Volvo, Land Rover and of course Mercury. Also, this is a changing story as Ford needs to divest itself of some of the money-losing brands in order to recover its equilibrium. The collaboration between Mazda and Ford goes back over 50 years but the philosophies of the different manufacturers, their engines and their components are not identical.

    If there is a known problem with ford line of vehicles, MAZDA is sure to have it too
    Again, that is only partially true. For example, the Mazda6 six cylinder is a Ford engine but the turbo Mazdaspeed3 is unique and not a Ford-based engine. You are right in that many car manufacturers are looking to build a global car under different names and badges but that is easier said than done. For example, you'll likely not see the "global" Ford Mondeo riding down your street. But the astute will have spotted it in the latest version of Casino Royale. Not quite the Aston Martin but very nice in any case.

    DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH
    Agreed.
  • ennisennis Posts: 1
    I've had the same problem at 80,000 miles!!! I've kept everything up on it, taken it to the dealership etc. Luckily I had purchased an extended warranty and they are covering it, but we've had to fight tooth and nail to get it covered. All the i's had to be dotted and t's crossed. In my opinion Mazda should cover the transmission either way, piece of crap!!! It was EXTREMELY dissapointing dealing w/this reality of the Mazda 3. Other problems I've had include - fuel pump (had to be changed the week I bought it - not right from the factory?), broken motor mount, problems closing the glove box, the carpet on passenger side and I'm sure there are a couple more but that's mostly it. I think they were sleeping the day they made my car!! I guess I should've went with the Toyota!
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I've had the same problem at 80,000 miles!!! ... Other problems I've had include -fuel pump (had to be changed the week I bought it - not right from the factory?), broken motor mount, problems closing the glove box, the carpet on passenger side

    Did you have to pay for any of these repairs? What year is your Mazda3?
  • interesting... your clutch or transmission goes out at 80,000 mile how did you get Madza to cover that??? i would consider that normal wear and tear...considering some of us had ours go out at low mileage...and had to pay some 1200 bucks for repairs...I never had any other problems with my 2004.....other than a broken moter mount when they replaced the clutch on mine which was covered...
  • I have a 06 automatic, I looked threw the owners manual to find the service intervals for the trans and couldn't find them. I called the dealer and was told it was a flaw and it wasn't printed. I bet if I had any problems the dealer would say it either was from neglet or bad driving. I read other forum postings of people having problems with manual trans and cluthes and being blamed on poor driving habits or not knowing how to drive stick. If that where me I would have the dealer give me the keys to a new car and show him that I knew how to drive stick. I had the following problems with my car, A/C stopped woking at 18000 miles(live in fla.) took it to the dealer and was told it was because I had a clogged cabin air filter and they are not responsible for the repair, I purchased a oem filter and after 5 hours of disasemblind the center consol I finally changed the filter and it wasn't clogged and the A/C still didn't work. So I looked under the hood and found that the nut holdind the cluth to the compressor came off. I also hate the everytime you bring your car to the dealer for warrenty work the always try to sell you a mileage service package that is to expensive or not nessary
  • tpulaktpulak Posts: 43
    I am confused too. So mazda3 isn't really reliable then right? I am planning between a Mazda 3, Volkswaggen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, and a Chevy Cobalt. I am planning to buy either of these cars, and planning to keep them for about 100,00 miles. I have a discussion over in the toyota corolla forum that talks about this. Maybe you need to see it, because the folks over there say that the Mazda 3 is very reliable.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    I am confused too. So mazda3 isn't really reliable then right? I am planning between a Mazda 3, Volkswaggen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, and a Chevy Cobalt. I am planning to buy either of these cars, and planning to keep them for about 100,00 miles. I have a discussion over in the toyota corolla forum that talks about this. Maybe you need to see it, because the folks over there say that the Mazda 3 is very reliable.

    Browsing a few internet message boards is an extremely inaccurate way to ascertain the overall reliability of a particular make/model. The Consumer Reports reliability rankings are also flawed, but I have found them to be considerably more useful than reading than reading the rants of a few unhappy owners on a particular web forum. In my experience I would rank the reliability of the vehicles you mentioned as follows:
    1. Corolla
    2. Mazda 3
    3. Jetta
    4. Cobalt
    I'd also say that there is only a slight difference between the reliability of the Toyota and the Mazda. Also remember that a good dealer makes a big difference in your overall satisfaction with a vehicle.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • I'm the owner of a 2007 Mazda Speed3 (turbocharged 3). I had massive clutch problems at 39 miles (couldn't move the car - I talked about it earlier). Since I had the clutch replaced (Mazda "warranty"), I've never had a problem (4 months, 7500+ miles on it so far). Personally, I think the car overall is great (I'm totally happy with it), but the clutch may leave something to be desired. I used to drive a 1991 Toyota Corolla which had 90 000+ miles on it and was STILL on the original clutch, drive belt, etc. If you're thinking about super reliability, I think Toyota's the best - they last forever.
  • I changed the oil today on a 2207 and now the tranny seems to drag shifting gears. i drained the pan on the drivers side and it could not have been the tranny pan because the engine oil went down. any one have any suggestions on what it is before it goes back to the dealer?
  • IN BRIEF,
    I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS PROBLEMS IN DEALING
    WITH FORD DEALERSHIPS & FORD CORPORATION
    WHO SEEM TO NOT CARE WHAT THEIR DEALERSHIPS
    ARE DOING. AFTER TALKING TO VARIOUS PEOPLE, THE
    NEXT TIME I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH EITHER OF THEM,
    I WILL LOOK REAL HARD INTO SUING THEM IN SMALL
    CLAIMS COURT OR POSSIBLY GETTING AN ATTORNEY
    ON IT. FORD SERVICE JUST FLAT OUT LIES TO ME &
    I TRY TO BE NICE BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM TO MATTER.
    EVEN IF THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT, BE PREPARED FOR
    WHAT LAME STORY THEY MAY TRY TO COME UP WITH
    OR HOW THEY CLAIM TO HAVE NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    OF THIS PROBLEM WHATSOEVER.
  • are you talking about a ford car or a mazda car?? you might be in the wrong forum man...
  • I am overall thrilled with this car, but after about a year it started making an occasional harsh brief grinding noise when going into 2nd gear - all other gears are fine. At about 24K miles I took the car into the Mazda dealer (where I bought it new) and had them check it out - initially they said they couldn't detect the problem. I wasn't too surprised because it happens only maybe 1 out of 10 shifts. Next day I went in and drove it with the tech person and the service mgr, and sure enough I could get it to grind after awhile, but they still weren't very convinced. Tech person's first idea was that I wasn't shifting correctly. Service mgr suggested they if they opened it up and found nothing, I would be liable for the labor charges. So we agreed to wait until it got worse, then I'd bring it back. Now it's 26K miles and it's only gotten slightly worse (grinds maybe twice a day), but I don't like having to flinch while shifting. I guess I will take it back in in a few weeks, and insist on the fix. PS I know how to drive stick, because previous 20 years of cars were Mazda 5-speeds ('86 626, 149K miles, perfect transmission; '98 Protege, 100K miles & counting, perfect transmission) This never ever happened with those cars.
  • brunodbrunod Posts: 5
    In 2004 I purchased the Universal extended service plan for up to 75k miles ($1295) when I got the car. Recently drove it out of town, started having problems with shifting into 4th gear... By the time I got it to dealership back home it was 75, 200 ... Does it not matter that I started having trouble before I hit 75K and had to drive it home over 200 miles to get it serviced??? I CAN"T AFFORD a new trans???

    What do I need to do??
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    purchased the Universal extended service plan for up to 75k miles

    Did you purchase this at the dealership? Is this a Mazda product?
  • brunodbrunod Posts: 5
    Yeah... I was talked into it by the finance manager. It's thru Universal Warranty but it was sold to me by the Mazda dealership.
    The dealership said if they tried to file the claim that it would be rejected right off because it is over 75k... no special circumstances accepted. Told me to call the warranty co. myself to file claim. Tried that... they want a receipt for the injector cleaner I bought while out of town before they will even start the process.. I originally thought it was the injectors and that's why I didn't take it to the dealership right away.

    I just went out to the dealership and they gave me an estimate of $3500!!!!... Is that reasonable?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    they gave me an estimate of $3500
    For what exactly? A new transmission?

    The dealership said if they tried to file the claim that it would be rejected right off because it is over 75k... no special circumstances accepted.
    Considering that you were over a few hundred miles I would find this hard to swallow. I would document the problem in writing and send the letter to the dealership, the insurer and the Mazda USA. My position would be that the coverage was bought in good faith, and the fact that the incident occurred through no fault of yours so close to the end of the coverage leaves you troubled by this so called "extended" warranty. You may be able to get a portion of the money to pay for the repair of the transmission. Do you have any legal friends?
  • brunodbrunod Posts: 5
    well I have a lawyer.. who I suppose is my friend, :)

    My dad just called me and said he found someone put a new transmission in parts & labor - $1800 so we're going to pick the car up now... The dealership shouldn't charge me just for looking at it should they??
  • i just had my clutch replaced not long ago @ 34,000 miles on my 2004 madza 3(yes original clutch)...i do know most warranties will not cover transmissions or clutch (my clutch was covered for only 12,000 miles i even fought for it but wasted my time on it...) after a certain miles so i would not waste my time on any legal issues involving extended warranties..i would read the fine print before looking into it. Also 3,500 is pretty high for an auto on your car...1,800 sounds more reasonable...when i had my clutch replaced it was cheaper thru the dealer than an outsider...
  • muffin0muffin0 Posts: 2
    Alright, so I have a 2007 Mazda3 with 23,000 miles. I bought it new and not long after I got it the transmission would start acting weird. It has an automatic transmission and I'd be at a stop light and it would start to stall. (I guess the way to describe is having your car in first and slowly letting the clutch out and when it starts to stall quickly putting the clutch back in.) It's stalled on me a couple times. I've taken it into mazda four times (the last time today) Every time they say "we tried to replicate the problem, but we couldn't so next time it happens bring it in"

    Today they told me it could be my fuel lines needing to be flushed, but when I informed the guy I've been having this problem since I first got the car he said it could just be a "characteristic" of the car.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Or do you know what it could be? Thanks!
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    It's stalled on me a couple times ... when I informed the guy I've been having this problem since I first got the car he said it could just be a "characteristic" of the car.

    Did they document the problem on a workorder?
    Did they run any tests on the car or just give it a visual review?

    I would consider a second opinion (like another Mazda dealer). I would write a letter describing your concern to Mazda documenting the problem and copy it to the dealership. You are still well within the warranty period, but it would be wise to have a record of the problem and Mazda's response in case the problem escalates.
  • brtedbrted Posts: 7
    I just got my 2008 Mazda 3i touring value a couple of weeks ago. The clutch is different from my old Honda, so it took a little getting used to. However, I think I've got it now but still have trouble sometimes when starting up. As I am letting the clutch out and giving it gas the car has no power. I put the clutch back in and do it over again and it usually goes. Other times it just goes on the first try. I could take it in to the dealer, but I know they won't be able to replicate it and will say I don't know how to drive a stick.

    Any ideas?

    Another thing I notice, which isn't a big deal, is when I am in second and maybe third sometimes, the stick will shake as I am accelerating. The stick usually doesn't shake at all, so it's a little unnerving, but it doesn't seem to have any effect.
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 479
    No advice here other than to give it time. I test drove a Civic and a Fit before settling on my Mazda3. Both Hondas had excellent shifters. So light and easy, just perfect. The Mazda's is good, far better than my old V6 Mustang, but not quite Honda smooth.

    Also, it seems to me that the K&N filter I put in last month has given me a little better low end oomph, so my starts are smoother and it doesn't bog down when the revs drop in a higher gear.
  • inkycatinkycat Posts: 8
    I have an '06 Mazda3 with 31,000 miles. I've done all the maintenance except for the last oil change at the dealer. When the dealer couldn't get me in, I took it to Valvoline, and they told me there that the transmission fluid was scheduled to be flushed at 30,000. I told them I'd had it done at the dealer already because I wasn't sure it was really needed. The manual says nothing about changing the tranny fluid. It's a lease and I plan to turn it in next summer with 39,000 miles and (hopefully not too much) change. Is this something I need to get done?
  • enajenaj Posts: 3
    I own a 2008 3s Touring and not infrequently when I attempt to shift into reverse can't until the third or fourth try. I have only owned cars with manual transmissions and have been driving stick shift for 25+ years so I don't think my shifting skills/technique is the root of the problem. I've owned the car for six months and the problem shifting into reverse seems to be occurring more frequently. I tried to identify the circumstances when it happens and there is no consistency to when it occurs.

    Also I've recently noticed that when I am accelerating the car seems to hesitate. When this happens I am not shifting gears but am simply giving the engine more gas in whatever gear I'm in, e.g. 4th or 5th.

    Has anyone else experienced these problems? And does anyone know the causes? I have not yet had the car serviced but thought I'd ask the questions to get a heads up before I take the car in for servicing.
  • cmit2007cmit2007 Posts: 1
    My sister is having the same problem with shifting into reverse. My father is going down to have a to do with the dealership because 1) they did not respect my sister when she brought it in and 2) told my sister some bull story about that always happens and that you have to shift into 2nd and quickly shift into reverse.
    We will hopefully have this resolved soon and if so I will post the response here.
    If you know what is wrong, please give me a heads up.
  • muffin0muffin0 Posts: 2
    "2) told my sister some bull story about that always happens and that you have to shift into 2nd and quickly shift into reverse"

    That's the most retarded thing I have ever heard in my life.. "Hey lets design a car that you have to put in 2nd gear to get it to go into reverse" --- Yeah I'm sure that's what happened...
  • calzone1calzone1 Posts: 1
    I have the same issue with my manual 1993 Ford Escort.

    Someone told me a trick: turn the steering wheel either left or right - it doesn't matter, then shift into reverse. Don't know why, but it works every time!
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