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Mazda 3 Transmission Problems

rienellrienell Posts: 2
I have a 2005 Mazda 3, auto 4 spd, 2.3 ltr. All of a sudden this morning when I put it in reverse, I get a loud, vibrating noise. ONLY in reverse. All other gears work quiet and smoothly.
I checked underneath the car; no leads, drips, drools, and pools of fluid. There is no visible damage to anything. All fluid levels are normal and don't smell burnt, and are clear.

What could this be?

I have an appointment Thursday at the dealership, but I don't want to get scammed into paying for this. I'm worried they'll tell me it's been damaged and the warranty won't cover it.

Any suggestions how to go about fixing this without getting screwed over? I can't afford repairs.


  • "Any suggestions how to go about fixing this without getting screwed over? I can't afford repairs."

    If you didn't abuse your car there is no reason for you to be worried. It should be covered under warranty. Be nice to them but if they try to blame you change the tone and ask to talk with the General Manager. If that doesn't work either, call Mazda headquarters. Do not pay for repairs done to a car under warranty...ever...unless you know you are the one responsible for the damage. Anyway, I seriously doubt they will try to put this on you. Good luck.
  • rienellrienell Posts: 2
    Trust me.. I'm a single parent, and have only 1 car to get to work. Be ridiculous to neglect or abuse my car. I know some people do unknowingly, but I can't afford that. I've always changed the oil on time, have my receipts, and just had the 15000 checkup done. ;)
    THis is like a freakish stroke of bad luck on my part i think.. lol
    THanks for the advice though. I've already got plans to show the service guys the fluid levels before they take the cars in so that they can't say it had no fluids. Buddy of mine told me to do that.
  • matt1979matt1979 Posts: 4
    I own a 2004 Mazda3 hatchback. I've had the clutch replaced at 6,000 miles which was covered under warranty. I currently have only 17,900 miles on my vehicle and I need to get the clutch and possibly flywheel replaced. They are telling me it's $1700 and not covered under warranty because the warranty on clutches is 1 year (it's been 1.5 years). Has anyone else had similar problems. They tell me at the dealership it's normal wear and tear, I know it must be a defect becasue I've driven manuals my whole life and have never had to replace a clutch at 15,000 miles let alone 2 at less than 18,000 miles. They basically told me I don't know how to drive and its my fault my clutch is worn out and that I'm SOL and I'm going to be forced to fork over 1700 bucks. I called Mazda Warranty and they said that they rely on the Mazda service dept. and as long as they say its normal wear and tear and the warranty expired I'm basically screwed. Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem. This will be the last Mazda I purchase.


    Soon to be ex Mazda owner
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    That's the most outrageous thing I've ever heard, I put 130,000 formula 1 type miles on '90 Chevy Beretta GTZ...hit the rev limiter multiple times & never had any problem with the clutch ....between the 73 Triump GT6 MkIII, 76 TR7, 89 Calais QUAD 4, etc.....never had clutch problems. & drive like a maniac...maybe you are the world's worst driver?
  • matt1979matt1979 Posts: 4
    I have a 97 Trans Am that I haven't put two clutches in. My advice to you don't buy a Mazda.
  • tomkozskitomkozski Posts: 39
    I have a 2006 Mazda 3i with manual transmission. Have about 11k miles on it, and no problems with my clutch. Haven't heard of other Mazda3 owners with M/Ts having issues.
  • acdacd Posts: 11
    I own a '97 M3i 5M with 6,800 miles so far with no clutch problems. What problems were you having before the first replacement, and is the same thing happening now?
  • matt1979matt1979 Posts: 4
  • matt1979matt1979 Posts: 4
    I haven't had any problems with the car aside from the clutch. I contacted the better business bureau and am planning on filing a complaint agaist the dealership. has compalints of multiple Mazda owners concerning clutches on Mazda3's and Mazda6's
  • hero1987hero1987 Posts: 4
    i have a 2006 mazda3 hatch with a m/t and as of the past 2 weeks i've noticed that it will kick itself out of third and into neautral if i don't forcefully hold it till i let the clutch out also in reverse if i go over 10 mph it will do the same ... anybody else heard of this?? plan on taking it to the dealership tommorrow..
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Yes, I heard of this. How many miles do you have on your car? Does the trans light come on? Is it showing a "D" on your instrumental panel?

    I am on another forum that is huge with Mazda people. I have red about others who have the similar problem like you have. Let me find out why.
  • hey guys, i have a 2006 mazda 3 just put a cold air intake on it. the problem is. when ever it rains the filter sucks up water into the main intake. now. this has happened to me before but not as bad. any other time it would rain. it would turn over but just get alot of white smoke now it rained pretty hard here the other day... i have removed all the water from the intake. but. now it wont turn over. everything electric works in the car. lights ect ect just wont turn over. i changed the battery. that didnt seem to be the problem. i have a feeling it may be the starter but i dont know how a starter on a brand new car can go so fast. its either the starter is not getting enough juice from the battery or. theres a problem with one of he wires coming from the battery to the starter.. if anyone knows what i can do besides take it to a shop please leave opinions

    PS. yes im a dumbass for not buying a cover for the filter to begin with... :mad:

    thanks a bunch
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    That sucks totally. When the installer installed my CAI, there is a silver metal cover that is bolted onto the CAI pipe. I do see that the car has vent in the plastic areas of the wheel well and I am afraid that when it rains that the water will come in and hit the metal cover of the CAI filter. I think that the place where the CAI filter is, totally sucks. I wonder why it would placed n the wheel well.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "i have removed all the water from the intake."

    Uh, how much water was IN the intake? How much water may have gotten into the engine? It sounds like the engine may be locked up.

    Try taking the spark plugs out and see if it will turn over (taking the plugs out gives the water some place to go). Have somebody watch the spark plug holes to see if water is coming out while the engine turns over.

    Put a COVER on the filter. They make those for a reason. You do NOT want to get water into the engine..... :sick:
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Even with my cover, I am afraid of getting water in the engine. This sounds like a design flaw to me. I am happy that I never drive the 3 in the rain, since I have three cars. I save one for the rain and two for the shine ;)
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "This sounds like a design flaw to me."


    With the stock intake or the aftermarket CAI?

    I'd be VERY surprised if it was even possible to get water into the engine with the stock intake unless you drove through high water and actually SUBMERGED the inlet.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I was referring to the CAI that is not stock. The high performance one that can be added after you buy the car.

    Is he talking about getting water in the stock air unit? If so, then he drove through some deep waters, or in fact he forgot to put the cover back on the air filter unit.

    I thought we were talking about the after market CAI install, where the filter now sits in the lower left front wheel well on the driver's side of the car. :D

    If so, then there is suppose to be a metal over that is in the shape of an octagon. This has to be bolted to the CAI pipe, if not then the filter will get wet. :cry:
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Is he talking about getting water in the stock air unit?"

    No no no; he was talking about getting water in his aftermarket CAI. I just wasn't sure if you were talking about a design flaw in YOUR aftermarket CAI or in the design of the stock unit. But you cleared that up; thanks.

    btw - how did we even get on this subject in a thread devoted to transmission problems????
  • hero1987hero1987 Posts: 4
    i have about 24k on it. it never showed any lights or anyhting on the instrument panel .. i took it to the dealer yesterday and they confirmed what i ahd suggested that it was something to do with the synchro in 3rd gear ... they said it was the synchro linkage .. and some other componet... they are going to replace it under warranty ... which is a suprise cause from what i can tell the warranty isnt much of a warranty..

    im also a member of that forum
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "it never showed any lights or anyhting on the instrument panel"

    I think the lights that stallionre was referring to only apply if your car was equipped with an automatic transmission, which is why he asked if a "D" was lit up on the panel.

    Since you have a manual transmission, no trans-related lights in your instruments.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    OK, I hope that the dealer will fix it.
    I never see you on the other forum. Is your name hero1987 over there?
  • hero1987hero1987 Posts: 4
    i understood he was talking about an auto trans...

    no its been awhile since ive been on it .. umm i believe my name is "menus1987" on it
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Oh I see. These forums sure can take hours off of your life. Reading, posting, reading, posting all day and night. HMMM so fun stuff. ;)
  • hero1987hero1987 Posts: 4
    yeah .. i use to have the time but as of late its been hectic ..

    but when in times of questions the forums are the best source of info.
  • I have an 04 Mazda 3 and for the last 2 1/2 months it has been acting up. When I start the car and go to put it in reverse, or any gear for that matter, it will not budge. I had to call the dealer when it first happened to me and he told me where the gear shift release was. So, I have needless to say had to do that every single day. I don't know what is causeing the problem but the dealer wanted to know if the brake lights were coming on when I pressed the brake to change gears. And yes they are. I really REALLY need help so I don't get taken when I take it to the dealer. Any clues??
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,099
    What you're talking about is a safety feature so you can't accidently knock the car into gear when you're not ready for it to be in gear. It's not something that needs to be fixed, it's just the way the vehicle operates.

    To get out of Park after you start the car, your foot MUST be on the brake, and while your foot is on the brake you press the gearshift release which allows you to put the car in gear.

    To give you a scenario of why this is a safety feature, imagine you're parked in a parking lot at a Walmart or someplace like that, and the car did NOT have this safety feature. You've started the engine, but decide to adjust some packages you put in the backseat or deal with a child in the back seat,and when you turn and reach into the back, you accidently nudge the shifter and pop it into gear. Engine running, no foot on the brake... the car is going to move, and probably hit something or someone.

    But since you have to have your foot on the brake pedal AND press a release to get out of Park, the assumption is that you are ready to drive and are putting the car into gear on purpose.

    There's nothing to take it to the dealer for. If you take it to the dealer, he's just going to (or should) explain the operation to clear up the question you have. That's why he asked you if the brake lights were coming on to see if there might be a problem with the part of the safety feature that involves the brake pedal. When you step on the brake pedal, it closes a swich that lights the brake lights and allows the gear shift release to operate. Both things need to happen to put the car in gear.

    There's nothing to diagnose or fix. A quick check of your owner's manual should verify this. :)

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  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    I don't think the host understood your post.

    As I understand your problem, you ARE stepping on the brake pedal (and this is verified by the brake lights coming on) and yet the transmission STILL doesn't come out of 'Park'?

    Also, is the 'gear shift release' located under a little cover next to the shifter?

    If you ARE pressing the brake pedal, and you must STILL use the gear shift release, then YES, you need to take the car in. It may be a simple adjustment for the shifter.
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  • mjgeemjgee Posts: 2
    We are buying a 2007 Mazda3 4-door sedan (2.3L) this week. We've test driven several models, but have been hesitant to consider the manual transmission, although we love it! Can any one share their experiences with the Mazda3's manual shift (in the 2.3L) in winter driving/wet roads, ice & snow/ bumper to bumper traffic, etc. Satisfied? Unhappy? Neutral? I know the gas mileage is supposedly better with the manual. Is this true? Your feedback will be very helpful!
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