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Mazda3 Canada



  • wrusselwrussel Posts: 2
    Yes, the Mazda 3 comes with rear disks on the rear as opposed to drums as on most other run of the mill econo boxes. What seems to be unusual in its design is that unlike most other econo-cars, one must go easy on the parking brake use. While most rear drum brake pads ease up on the drum after the parking brake handle is released, it seems that on the Mazda 3, the disk brakes tend to hold their bite on the disks and this leads to premature pad and disk wear. Of course never using the parking brake handle will lead to another problem - too much slack in the braking system (the brake pedal will have too much travel). The best solution I found for people who have an automatic transmission like me is to simply pull the parking brake lever once every time you fill up for gas. At other times, leave the lever alone and your rear brakes will last a LOT longer. I guess one can also use the tiptronic transmission feature instead of the brakes in order to slow the car down, but I wonder about the harmfull effects on the transmission that this would have and I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
    Thanks and have a good day. :)
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    What seems to be unusual in its design is that unlike most other econo-cars, one must go easy on the parking brake use.

    Interesting. This is the first time I have heard of this. Do you base this on experience or something else (e.g. information from the dealer)?
  • sir_timbitsir_timbit Posts: 39
    Hi all, did some searching and found this link:

    There's quite a few enhancements to the 2007 model. If I read it right, the changes are:
    - Minor facelift (new front bumper) as well as std/opt equipment changes (trim levels remain the same):
    - ABS std on all trims
    - side airbags std on all trims
    - curtain airbags std on all trims
    - LED tails (GTs)
    - aux audio input jack
    - a 2nd 12V power outlet
    - heated cloth seats (std on GTs)
    - rear armrest w/cupholders
    - AC, cruise and Power pkg std on GS sedan
    - GFX pkg std on GT sedan
    - several new exterior colours
    - opt xenons
    - opt auto climate control
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    Good find. However, the article is US based and may not necessarily apply to us in Canada.

    BTW, where did you see the info on auto climate control? The AC, cruise and Power pkg on GS sedan has always been standard, at least in my 2005 GS sedan.
  • sir_timbitsir_timbit Posts: 39
    I found most of the info on that Ford media site. The info about xenons and auto-climate I found on another Mazda 3 forum. So yeah that info is certainly not as official as the Ford site. Maybe I'll drop by the dealer and see if they'd be willing to confirm anything.

    Here's hoping Mazda Canada doesn't strip out features that will be available on the US models! I'd love to have the aux input jack on the stereo, and the side/curtain airbags would be nice too.
  • dhermandherman Posts: 1
    This is very interesting.My 2002 Protege5 has had two abs sensors replaced (one under warranty,one my cost).The rear rotors were machined and brake pads replaced to correct a brake squeel, calipers cleaned and slides lubed (my cost),front rotors replaced,new pads, calipers serviced,(my cost) and now the rears need servicing.
    Mazda Canada today refused any help. They cited the fact that I had the rotors replaced at another shop. It didn't matter that the brakes were a safety issue and needed attention asap.
    The real kicker here is that I have LESS than 32,000km on the vehicle. The customer service rep was defensive and refused all dialog except to say "we can't help".
    Given the history of brake problems I'm thinking I should follow your example and persist further.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    My 2002 Protege5 has had better luck than yours since its riding on its original brakes after 73,000 km. Your annual driving figure seems unusually low; does that mean you drive only seasonally or just infrequently? Having your brakes serviced by a non-Mazda shop may be interpreted by the company as non-expert work that impacts the warranty. That's one reason why I had all essential work during the warranty period done at the same dealer; they have all the work on file. In addition, the fact that you are now out of the 3 year warranty period may make it difficult to get restitution. But, we wish you the best.
  • david82david82 Posts: 3
    I just want to give you an update on my claim. They finally agreed to refund me for the grooved rotors. I didn't have to write a letter to Mazda Canada. I simply contacted them by phone and they in turn contacted the Service Mgr at the dealership.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    Just wondering what's people's feedback on this car? My friend is thinking of getting the 5 door 2.3L.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
  • yu203964yu203964 Posts: 35
    I think it's difficult to claim relief from MC if there's no TSB, which actually extends the warranty period and MC actually admits there are defects on the parts. You can see from my experience, I had to fight hard to get the refund. But David82 is more lucky. He just called and got the refund.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    Is that right? I recall a few years ago a Ford dealership told me that a TSB only applies within warranty, while a recall will apply outside a warranty. For example, a wiper motor would be covered for 3 years, but if a TSB comes out and you don't have any problems until after your 3 year warranty expires, your're on your own.
  • yu203964yu203964 Posts: 35
    The TSB we were talking about extended the warranty to 48 months and 50,000 miles
  • wrusselwrussel Posts: 2
    Just my own personal experience. I use my parking brake very seldom now and the amount of brake dust on my aluminum wheels has decreased considerably.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    I think the use of the parking brake is "give and take". I find that if I don't use the parking brake, I will have a bit of roll after releasing the brake pedal (in my automatic).

    I would rather pay to have new pads/rotors then a huge tranny bill.
  • sir_timbitsir_timbit Posts: 39
    Well despite the bad news about the Mazdas at sea, - - - - -mazdas-aboard/

    I went out today looking for 2006 Mazda 3 Touring Editions to find them all gone. One of the dealers here in Edmonton, AB just received some 2007 hatchbacks...All had new wheels, darker blue colour than the '06s, xenon headlights, leather seats w/heat. They said they had some 2007 sedans en route and expected them in a few days....So at least some '07s are out there!
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    Check the manufacturing/production date. Don't get any made prior to July/06. If you can get a new 07 within the next few weeks, you should be safe; otherwise, hold off for several months.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    Because we don't know when these new 07's were manufactured exactly and you wouldn't want to buy a salvaged Mazda3, would you?
  • Here in Edmonton, AB, at least one of the local Mazda dealers received some 2007 sedans in addition to the hatchbacks. They had a GS and a bright GT model. The blue is slightly darker than last year's "Winning Blue" mica...Still looks beautiful! I still prefer last year's wheels but the new ones are growing on me. Some other points:

    1) Mp3/Aux in. I kept looking for the Aux in on the stereo itself, as that seems to be the most common location on other makes. The Aux-in is actually located in the bottom of the centre console box, beside the additional accessory power outlet. There's a pass-thru slot so you can place your mp3 player in the upper portion of the centre console. Nice arrangement to keep the player hidden. The dealer also talked about the iPod specific adapter. Sounds like that one will go in the empty portion of the stereo (where the optional cassette deck would go) and will have controls for the ipod from there.

    2) The rear lights on the GX and GS models are the same as last year's GT models. Clear with amber turning signals. YAY! The GT model gets LED lights. The rear lights are slightly redesigned in shape as well; they stick out a little more like the rear lights on the Mazda 6--nowhere near as much as that one fortunately.

    3) There's a recessed portion on the liftback for the trunk, so it's easier to lift it up.

    4) Generally, just a nicer looking interior IMO. Yes, there's a rear-seat armrest.

    5) The sunroof is now a standalone option on the GT. Yay! (I guess)

    6) The fog lights are now rectangular instead of circular.

    Here's hoping they'll have another touring edition a few months from now. :-)
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 277
    In the next few months, the 07's from the partially overturned freighter in Alaska should be making it's way to the dealers, after they have been reconditioned...
  • v_dv_d Posts: 89
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    What happened to that freighter and the cars on it? Last I knew, it was still on its side in the ocean and the fate of the cars was unknown.
  • v_dv_d Posts: 89
    they probably managed to turn the freighter around (they did it before) and "on it`s feet". If they did that, then I`m sure Mazda recalled all the cars for recondition due to the fact that is cheaper to recon. than to build new cars (5000 of them). Some of the cars were supposed to get to dealers in the Mid-west and Gulf regions. That doesn`t mean the salvaged autos will do the same though.


  • The status of the ship itself is here: .htm

    If they are reconditioned, I wonder if they'd have to be advertised as such....Mazda 3 Alaska Edition with bonus flippers and goggles! :-)
    You'd think it could be a potential legal mindfield if they weren't. And would the manufacture date be changed? If not, you could avoid any '07 models built summer 2006 if you're concerned.
  • v_dv_d Posts: 89
    where did I heard about the 3 Alaska Edition?
    Though they made it look like something "special" ;), and well... it is.

    "The Cougar Ace's cargo of 4,700 Mazda vehicles will likely be unsalvageable, as is reporting "most decks suffered vehicle damage and all vehicles must be re-secured"."
  • ...has now been updated to show the 2007 Mazda 3 specs, etc.


    Irvine, California - Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced that Mazda vehicles aboard the Cougar Ace ship, which ran into trouble on July 23, 2006 off the Alaskan coast and listed over 60 degrees, will not be sold as new vehicles.

    "While we do not, at this time, know the full extent of the damage to vehicles on board, none of the Mazdas will be sold as new," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of MNAO. "It is possible that those vehicles which are undamaged or repairable will be made available for sale as used cars through Mazda's dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. We will only be in a position to decide on any used car sales once the vessel has been unloaded and each unit comprehensively inspected. Those beyond repair will be immediately scrapped."

    The company says that in the interest of transparency and customer peace of mind, it will post the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of vehicles destined for sale on its consumer Web sites, at and, to avoid any confusion as to which vehicles were on the ship. Slightly more than half the cars involved are Mazda3s, and about one-quarter are CX-7s. The vehicles were headed to the ports of Vancouver, and to Tacoma and Hueneme in the U.S.

    The Cougar Ace sailed from Japan to North America with just over 4,700 Mazda vehicles aboard; an issue during a routine ballast-water change caused her to list. All 23 crew members were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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