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2008.5 MAZDASPEED 3

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  • poconsumerpoconsumer Posts: 1
    Hi Dentch!
    I too have had this problem. As a matter of fact just today I was leaving the grocery store and while in reverse my steering wheel went stiff. The Steering wheel light lit up on the dash and I could not move it at all. I parked in the space i was in turned the car off and called my local Mazda dealership. i over heard one the service people tell the other this was a common defect affecting this model and yr. Tried to have it budge a few more times and still nothing. So I called Roadside assistance. I walked around to burn some fumes and attempted one last time( 30 min later) and the light had gone off. I was able to cancel the wrecker service and drove off. But Mazda wants me to take it in b/c the error code is embedded into the computer. So yes! It is a defect; has to be.
  • I am currently having the same problem with my car, the dealer I am dealing with is GREAT they are paying for a rental for me and everything. It must be a defect because when this happened they said it did pull a code and I am getting new pump and line's. Hopefully this is the only problem I have because I have owned this care and already put 20K on so only 16K left on my warranty.
  • virwillvirwill Posts: 3
    All: The power steering light on my '08 2.0 came on twice in the past six months -- once in my driveway and once while cruising out of DC during rush hour. Kinda hairy. Anyway, the light went away and the steering returned when, stopped, I turned off the car and turned it back on -- sorta like rebooting a computer, I guess. But the second occurrence prompted a visit to the dealer, Gaithersburg Mazda in MD. I was told this was a safety issue and that they would be replacing my power steering pump and the whole shebang -- would have cost more than $900 if I'd had to pay. Fortunately, I was still under the warranty (I've put 33,000 miles on it in 17 months), so I didn't have to pay. They kept it overnight and gave me a loaner. (This dealer has exceptional service, I might add.) The service manager told me that "this is the problem that we've had with the Mazda3s" -- so I imagine they've done it more than once. He didn't say anything about a recall, so I guess I would have been up the creek if I had been over the limit.
  • I agree its a great car, and for the money your running with higher sticker cars in looks and preformance... I have an 08' without the leather inserts but most everything else... and its def. worth the msrp. I changed intake and exhaust and run with STI's all day, cant do that with anyother mid 20k cars...
  • paj22paj22 Posts: 3
    I just had this happen to me this past w/e. The power steering pump blew. I was out of state, it was 98 degrees, sitting in the car with the dog waiting for my passenger to return and the steering light comes on. No warning other than that. I put the car in reverse to get out of the parking lot in the strip center and it locked while trying to get onto the street. Here I am stuck now. And there I sat for 5 hours waiting for the Mazda Emergency (under warranty) Tow Service come to pick up the car. After an awful day waiting for a tow truck, the Mazda dealer out of state quickly fixed my car and I was able to return home the following late afternoon. They claim to have had a pump available for one of their own customers and used it in my car to get me back home. No charge other than awful towing services that lie to you. Mazda needs to try to find a better way to deal with that service. I am annoyed though that i was told they were having problems with the pumps and yet no recalls took place, nor did my dealer contact or let me know about it when the car was in for servcing less than 3 mos prior. :sick: This experience has left me feeling most uncomfortable. PAJ22
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,031
    This experience has left me feeling most uncomfortable. PAJ22

    Is your car a Mazdaspeed 3?
    How many miles on it?

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

  • paj22paj22 Posts: 3
    My Mazda is a 2008 Mazda 3 grand touring hatchback which had 14,330 miles on it last w/e when this happened.

    Paj22
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    For the non-MazdaSpeed3 cars, the Power Steering pump is a known issue that is affecting the vast majority of 2008.5 cars and a supply of new pumps has just recently reached the distribution chain. It is unknown at this point whether the issue will surface on the 2009s, however, my 2009 Mazda3 recently crossed the 18,000 mile threshold and has yet to have a problem.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,031
    My Mazda is a 2008 Mazda 3 grand touring...

    Since your car is not a Mazdaspeed 3 it would be much more helpful for you to post that information in the "Mazda 3 Maintenance and Repair" topic.

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

  • dentchdentch Posts: 4
    Q.: Does anyone know about a recall for a problem with dash board indicator"Check Engine Light" of this MAZDA3 2008 5spd manual model?
    I am apologize for my detail message but I am scientist and have limited knowledge of mechanic.
    Briefly, I have this car since June 2008, bought it as a new and so far made 15.4K. I did not have any problem until now.
    I went to take my car from the garage at the end of the day when I finished my work, I start my car, all indicators light up as normal and in a few seconds they went off but the indicator for "Check Engine Light" continued light up. I followed the manual instruction and checked all suggestions. After 5 min I tried again the indicator for "Check Engine Light" continued light up. I drove very slowly on my way to go home. Will check with the dealer tomorrow but will appreciate your opinion/suggestions what went wrong. Also skeptical to my dealer experts.
    Thank you.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,031
    It could be something as simple as a loose fuel filler cap. If you live near a Autozone store they can read the code and tell you what is wrong- for free...

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

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    edited June 2010
    You have a warranty, just take it to the dealer. As long is the light is not flashing, it should be okay to drive.

    While Autozone and others can read the code and this may tell you the problem it is detecting but not necessarily what the underlying cause of the problem is.

    You may want to make sure the gas cap is tight, turn it until it clicks several times. But I thought most cars had gone to separate light for loose gas cap and no longer use the CEL for that?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,031
    You may want to make sure the gas cap is tight, turn it until it clicks several times. But I thought most cars had gone to separate light for loose gas cap and no longer use the CEL for that?

    Nope, my 2007 threw an "Evap Leak" code CEL due to a loose fuel cap about a month ago...

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

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