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Mazda 3 Transmission Problems

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  • 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 DFWPosts: 461
    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!
  • ag13ag13 Posts: 2
    I had my trans replaced under warranty at 19k miles. It would pop out of 2nd gear by itself. Now at 42k my motor has bad bearings and mazda is denying the warranty work.
  • "2) told my sister some bull story about that always happens and that you have to shift into 2nd and quickly shift into reverse"

    Actually, that is a way to save your clutch. That is what you are supposed to do. The dealer told you right. I used to own a Ford Ranger Manual and when I replaced my clutch, my mechanic told me whenever I put it in reverse, you should put it in 2nd. That will save your clutch from having to replace it sooner than needed. I never had an issue with my clutch after that.

    Now as to the respect issue, I can't answer to that. He probably had a bad day.

    Best of luck :)
  • kenny15kenny15 Posts: 1
    Hi, everyone. I had 2008 mazda 3 5 door S touring for about 6 months, with 5000 miles now. so I decided to change the ATF. I know I don't have to change that early, but just want to keep the ATF clean after break-in. so I drained the ATF from the ATF pan, I know I drained only about one third of total ATF, roughly 3 Quarts. after that put the drain plug back in and started add some new ATF. Unfortunately, I made a mistake, pour the Honda ATF-Z1 into my mazda 3. I know my mazda 3 use the M-V type of ATF(which is synthetic type). what happen now is there are two types of ATF in my mazda3. after driving it about 100 mile, the engine light came on. does anyone know if the ATF could be the reason? and what should i do aobut it.
  • badselfbadself Posts: 39
    ATF incompatibility is the likely culprit. You could be looking at total transmission failure. I'd make sure the trans is drained and filled with the proper fluid prior to arriving at the dealer and playing dum.

    Why would you drive it knowing you introduced the wrong fluid?
  • gib11gib11 Posts: 47
    First, I dont understand why you would flush the ATF so early. Doesn't make sense to me.
    Two. You should know that car manufacturers are very pointy went it comes to lubricant. Using other type than the one recommended is a no no IMO.
    That said, I hope nothing is broke. Good luck!
  • I am in Toronto Canada. I bought a new Mazda 3 GT automatic in May 2004 after getting rid of a Volkswagon Jetta 2.0 turbo which needed 4 new turbos within 60k.
    Everything was great with my Maxda until approx 60k kms. The transmission wouldn't shift from 2nd to 3rd without the rev counter going nuts and eventually I couldn't get it past 3rd gear.
    I took it to Mazda and they told me to my amazement that it needed a new transmission. So I thought ok, I guess it happens now and again.
    At 76k kms it did the same thing so it lasted for 16k kms this time.
    My Mazda Dealer was very non-chalent about it and when I expressed concern that my 100k Warranty would soon expire and if the transmission went again I would have to pay for a new one, he told me not to be so negative and that my case was unusual as they had very few transmission problems and to have to need 2 new ones by the 76k kms mark had never happened before and that the chances of getting another defective transmission is slim to none.

    So not sure what to do. Thought I would try Customer Service for Mazda and try and get them to agree to extend the warranty for the transmission only. (That's what VW did for my Jetta). I am open to suggestions.
    Mazda have lost a future customer though.
  • lt08lt08 Posts: 1
    Hello - just bought an 08 because I loved my 04. question: I use the manual mode quite a bit, for better control. My 2004 always functioned correctly, downshifting on its own to a stop and then drop to 1st. I bough the 08 and noticed that some times, not all the time, it would NOT go to first but stay in 2nd, even at a full stop. I've been telling my dealership about this, have video on my phone when it happens. They've first told me they could not replicate the "problem" and to record it and bring it in as soon as it happens. Unfortunately, it is sporatic that I can't just bring it in when it happens as I don't know when its gonna happen and if I have to drive to the dealership, I'm certainly going to have to get out of 2nd gear. Long story short, I finally figured out how to replicate it, showed a service tech and they finally agreed to look closer at it. Today I get a call that they tell me, actually the transmission is SUPPOSED to do that - if driving in 2nd gear and come to a stop, it should stay in second gear? Apparently the user manual says this? So my 2004 operated wrong for 4 years? The majority of the time, the car does automatically go to 1st gear at a stop, and about 20% or so of the time it stays in second. Now they are trying to tell me that that is correct so I'm now saying, FINE, then 80% of the time, the transmission is malfunctioning???

    anyone out there having similar issues? Any year of Mazda? Help - don't want to be screwed over with a faulty transmission that they think because I'm a woman I don't know what I'm talking about - that is certainly how this has been going. First they agreed it was a problem they'd like to check out, and now apparently it is a "feature" of the car I didn't know about??? :confuse: :lemon:
  • ahightowerahightower DFWPosts: 461
    I'm probably not much help, but I seem to recall my last vehicle that had an "auto-manual", a 2004 Mistubishi Outlander, would let me start from a stop in 2nd gear. I understand that people often do that in winter weather for better traction. For example, Mercedes transmission and perhaps others are programmed to start in 2nd gear when in winter mode. However, I don't remember if my car would stay in 2nd if I came to a stop in 2nd. I'd think I would want it to stay wherever I put it regardless of my speed. I did use manual control quite a bit, but I would generally coast to a stop in auto mode instead of stepping down each gear manually for something so mundane as a stop sign or red light.

    Please elaborate. How exactly do you get it to remain in 2nd vs drop down to 1st?
  • it was the engine not me
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I use the manual mode quite a bit, for better control. My 2004 always functioned correctly, downshifting on its own to a stop and then drop to 1st. I bough the 08 and noticed that some times, not all the time, it would NOT go to first but stay in 2nd, even at a full stop.

    If I am reading your post properly your Mazda3 is an automatic with a manual mode and the situation occurs when you use the manual and not the automatic mode. True?
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