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Mazda6 Maintenance and Repair



  • dcnjdcnj Posts: 2
    Well at 4200 miles my dealer replaced all 4 tires. They were all down to the wear bars. This on a newly purchase car with 14 miles on it when I took delivery. As I mentioned before, the dealer did an alignment at 320 miles when I complained about it pulling to the left. It continued to pull after the alignment.

    Now with a new set of tires and a four wheel alignment the wagon continues to pull to the left. Not as bad as before but enough to notice when driving more than a few miles. I couldn't believe that the service dept. actually thought I had swapped the tires with another set just to get new ones. The sales manager set them straight that I had been complaining since day 1 that something was not right with the car.

    Now at 4500 miles not only does the car still pull to the left but the CEL came on this morning on the way to work. It is 4:30pm now still no response from the service manager who I called at 8am this morning. The service dept. scheduler doesn't have a loaner for me until next week. Guess I'll be driving with the CEL on until then.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • uffdaoleuffdaole Posts: 37
    Same ol- same ol. See post#1379
  • espumosoespumoso Posts: 5
    I just bought a 2004 Wagon. I recently got out of my car while it was parked and running and I noticed a distinct metallic ticking sound coming from the engine. It had about 3000 miles on it, so I took it in for an oil change, thinking the ticking was due to low oil, but after the change, it is still ticking.

    Has anyone noticed a similar noise from their Mazda6's? I'm really PO'd at my dealer right now, so I haven't wanted to take it in for a checkup.
  • epsterepster Posts: 2
    I just got my 04 6i back from the dealer. They told my wife that the transmition all checked out ok. They said they heard the wind noise but could not find the source. I just took it for a ride this evening and it is still shifting hard into second gear. Not every time at times. I will try again in a week or two. They did turn the rotors. They said they felt a little wobble when braking.
  • jrk222jrk222 Posts: 1
    I have 2,000 on my Mazda. I drove from Denver to Park City -- all highway -- got only 21 MPG driving 65-80 MPH. I get close to 30 MPG with my 2000 Acura TL on the highway -- both cars have 3.0 litre engines and 220 HP. The city mileage is really bad -- two tanks of gas so far - one was 15.1 MPG and the second was 15.66 MPG. The Acura gets 23 MPG in the city. Mazda (or is it really a Ford engine in this car)need to fix this problem.
  • if u get annoyed by the beepin ur 6 makes when u change songs or adjust the volume u can get rid of it.
    1. turn off the radio
    2. press and hold the "seek"-down button
    3. press and hold the "5" button until a beep confirms the setting

    from here on out u should be beep free
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Nice work civiceater4u. Are there are more settings you can change this way? Where did you find this info?
  • jahnu04jahnu04 Posts: 58
    I always hear a metallic ticking sound within a minute after the engine is shut off. Did not try to hear it with the engine running. I had taken my car to the dealer to check on this couple of weeks after I bought it and I am told, it is the sound of the cooling system shutting off, some 6's make that sound and some don't. He told me that the sound might either go away or get worse after some time. I am told there is nothing to worry about. Since then, three months have passed and have put on 4000 miles.
  • stephen6stephen6 Posts: 2
    5-Door Hatchback: Speaking of interior noise, is the sound of gasoline sloshing around the tank noticeable only to me? It can be rather disconcerting when driving slowly in quiet areas such as underground parking garages. Also, regarding transmissions (mine is a manual 5-speed) I find the shift from 1st to 2nd gears rather 'crunchy', anyone else experiencing something similar?
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    My wagon makes the fuel tank sloshing noise as well. At this point I'm tuning it out successfully most of the time however.

    My manual tranny also feels a bit "crunchy" at times, but only when the weather and the transmission are cold. I may replace the oil with synthetic over the summer and see how it does next fall. The 5-spd manual in my 626 behaved much better in the cold with synthetic.
  • lexielexie Posts: 45
    This happened to me at 23,200 miles on my Chevy Cavalier. Make sure that you get a second opinion if they tell you that you transmission did not sustain any damage. My SECOND transmission was almost totalled and i wish it was then GM would have had to buy it back but it did not. Three months after that repair, the body valve and shift solenoid needed repair.
  • Yep, I have a 5-door hatch and experience the same gas tank slosh and a rather 'notchy' manual shifter, particularly during cold weather and/or when the engine and tranny are not warmed up yet. So I don't think your experience is too unusual.

    I would be interested to hear of anyone's experience using synthetic oil in/for a manual transmission. I started using Mobil 1 in my 3.0 liter V6 at 3000 miles (after discussing it extensively with the service and parts managers at the Mazda dealer where I bought the car). And so far so good. I've never used synthetic before but my dad's used it for a number of years in his vehicles and highly recommended it. Anyone using synthetic in a manual transmission? What weight? Thanks!
  • MY engine ticks also, no problem though. The 1991 Mazda I owned did the same thing. I still cant get rid of that sulfur smell after I travel home from work (30 miles hwy)though!
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    I used Mobil1 5W-30 (winter) and 10W-30 (summer) with stock Mazda filters in my '00 626 for 4 years, but unfortunately never had an oil analysis done before it got wrecked. I use Mobil1 5W-30 with stock Subaru filters in my wife's '01 Outback all year. It can get fairly cold (near-zero to sub-zero) at night during mid to late winter here, and I feel more comfortable with synthetic in the engines and transmissions.

    I also used Redline MT-90 in my 626 for roughly 2 years, and it made a noticeable difference in shifting when the transmission was cold at first use of the day, especially in cold winter weather.

    You need to be careful selecting MT oil, as some vehicles like the 626 (don't know about the Mazda6 yet) have brass or bronze synchros and GL-5 oils (like Mobil1 synth gear lube) have additives which apparently shortens their lives significantly. That's why I ended up with the Redline for my 626. It's a GL-4 oil and is supposed to be safe for use with brass/bronze transmission components.
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    Ticking sounds heard after the engine is shut off are usually produced by metal parts like exhaust system components contracting as they cool down. My wagon did quite a lot of that at first, but the sounds have become much less pronounced by now after 4+ months. My last two cars exhibited the same behavior.
  • dufferduffer Posts: 4
    Is it possible to reprogram the key fob to disable the Panic Button?
  • jlam2jlam2 Posts: 21
    Wow, this is the best piece of info I got since I got my 6s. Say, is there anyway to bypass the 120 mph speed limiter via the radio controls. Not that I would go that fast but.......
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    I'd like to hear from anyone who has successfully done this.
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    It worked for me!

    A word of warning, it only turns off the beeps from the radio controls. The HVAC controls still beep, but since I only use the ACC, it doesn't bother me much.

    Now my wife can't tell anymore if I slowly turn up the radio from the steering wheel controls.

    O Happy day!
  • likaglovlikaglov Posts: 82
    It did NOT work for me. I suspect is has to do with the software version, but it could have to do with build date. I have an 04-6sAT sedan.
  • grahambgrahamb Posts: 45
    hey likaglov...
    it should work for you as it's worked for everyone who's tried it over at a different message board.

    Make sure the radio is off. hold seek down and 5 simultaneously till you get a confirmation beep...about 3 seconds or so.

    there you go...
  • Can you turn the beep back on by doing the same once its been turned off?
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230

    (But why bother?)

  • Thanks slickdog, I'm also using Mobil1 5W-30 in my 3.0 V6 on the advice of local Mazda service and parts guys (recommended for year-round use here in Colorado). Also appreciate the advice, info and caution regarding synthetic oil use in manual transmissions (brass or bronze synchros). Zoom, zoom...
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 2,933
    I just took my Mazda6s wagon in for its 5000 mile service. The Check Engine light just started coming on, and the serviceman said I had a slightly defective throttle body sensor, which was replaced under warranty. He said the only symptom I might have noticed was poorer gas mileage. So this might be something for others with lower gas mileage than they expect to have checked out.
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  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    What happens if you hold the Seek and one of the other number keys for 3 seconds? Anybody wanna try it and let us know? :D
  • dans6dans6 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the idea to stop the BEEP. I just bought an '05 Steel Grey 6i Sport, and love it! The beeps were bothersome, but no more!!
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    No problem, I'll probably post when I change out my MT oil this summer. Haven't gathered enough info on what's most appropriate for it yet. I will probably also be using Mobil1 synthetic when it's time for my first oil change.
  • mjvchicagomjvchicago Posts: 149
    Does anyone know how to change the "Bose Sound" message that is displayed when the car starts up?
  • My check engine light went on yesterday. I have a 2004 auto w/ 17k miles. I can't get it into the shop for 4 more days. Any suggestions?? Ok to drive for a few days?? I checked the manual and none of the common problems related to this are evident.
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