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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,633
    All is well...


    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 539
    Ditto on the crappy floor mats and carpet. I've got a hole in the floor mat after 22K and there would probably be one in the carpet as well if I hadn't moved the mats back a couple inches. I'm planning to get some Weathertech Floor Liners one of these days. And a set for all three rows in the Suburban too. I keep seeing them advertised in the print mags and like the idea of the coverage all the way up the sides of the footwells. I did finally get one for the rear cargo area and it's great. Spilled half a jug of laundry detergent last week. Still got a few lbs of sand to vacuum out from the carpet from the beach trip.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 801
    I love the WeatherTech mats! I bought my dad a set for his Accord and my mom a cargo liner for her Explorer. Both fit perfectly and hold up very well.

    They have the regular all-weather rubber mats for the Mazda3, but they also have the "Floorliner- Digitalfit". It covers more area than the mats, which I like. The Floorliner is $99 for front-only, which is all I'd need. I thinking about ordering it....

    I currently have the "Premium Carpet Floormats" which are a Mazda Accessory. It looks like '06 was the last year they offered them (coordinated to the Blue/Black or Red/Black interior). They were only $10 more than buying another set of the crappy standard mats and these are like heavy-duty berber carpeting.
    2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Platinum, 2012 Mazda CX-9 GT
  • gamerguy73gamerguy73 Posts: 13

    I've posted before and was so happy with my 2010 3 s sedan until now. There was a recall you probably have heard of; my car was one of those under the program. No big deal right? In the dealer shop a few days and got a rental car. was serviced. Anyway, I can live with that happening but now I'm concerned that this Mazda could possibly be a lemon. The car was immobilized, all lights, keyless entry, push button ignition not working. Is this a security/anti theft problem? Called Mazda roadside assist and will be towing to dealer shop tomorrow.
  • bamc288bamc288 Posts: 1
    mkelly 7,

    Have you found a solution to these problems? I drive a 2007 mazda3 sport GT and have experienced almost the same sequence of events. I first noticed that my radio would reset by itself. This has happened both when I am driving and when I am idling in a parking spot. For example, while idling in a spot, I am pretty sure I heard the engine kind of skip a beat, and then the radio would reset. And more recently, when I was turning right, the steering wheel locks (power steering loses power?) completely (engine stays on though).

    Hopefully someone has a potential solution to this, the sudden loss of power steering can be quite dangerous.

    thanks to anyone who responds
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 127
    How did you post a picture in a post?
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 127
    Anyone experiences that?
    When AC is on, there is a noticeable loss of power in 1st and 2nd gears. The car just won't pick up. That's one of my complaint with 2.0L. How about 2.3? do you have that problem too?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,633
    I uploaded the picture to my CarSpace page and then I linked to it using the IMG button.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 801
    In my '06 MZ3 (2.3L, 5sp. manual), the A/C compressor kicks off whenever I accelerate quickly. I'm not sure what the trigger or threshold is for this to happen (whether it happens at a certain rpm or based on the position of the throttle)? But there's a noticeable boost when it kicks off...
    2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Platinum, 2012 Mazda CX-9 GT
  • mariodmariod Posts: 28
    This is kind of crazy, but for whatever reason on all Mazda 3's if you have your air dial on anything BUT face or face and feet your AC compressor turns on...

    Hence, less gas mileage and loss of power.

    So ALL Mazda 3 owners if weather is nice or cold be sure to keep your dial on face or face and feet. Any other setting will turn on your compressor.
  • scwmcanscwmcan Niagara, CanadaPosts: 399
    I think you will find that almost all modern cars have this "feature", it is to reduce the humidity in the car (I can see why the defrost settings but still don't get the floor only one, but apparently the manufactures know best), it is not really just a mazda thing.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    When on feet, there is always some defrost air going to the widshield as well. So that is probably why the A/C is on, though I never knew that in some cars the A/C would be on for that setting. I'd alway thought A/C only went on with defrost mode.
  • I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had a problem with this dealership?

    I've been waiting for over a month to get our warranted car repaired.

    The original issue was a bad alternator. Alternator was replaced from the New York dealership that we purchased the car from, two days later the car caught on fire in Pittsburgh.

    Here I am a month later and the dealership still has the car and is basically unapologetic for the delay in service. We were promised that the car would be finished over two weeks ago, so I purchased a plane ticket, flew in and I've been in Pittsburgh ever since... waiting...

    I've searched the Forum for other alternator problems.. but would love to hear about any experiences with an engine fire? The entire wiring harness had to be replaced.

    Thanks in advance and I look forward to keeping you all posted on any "success" I have in getting my car back.

    By the way.. Mazda3, 2007, about 30,000 miles and it is a manual transmission. Other than this, the car has had not one single problem. But this one incident has completely turned me off of the brand.

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    two days later the car caught on fire in Pittsburgh
    Wow! Could you provide some more details?
    Were you driving the car when the fire occurred?
    Was the cause of the fire determined?
    What was the extent of the damage to the car?
    Was MazdaUSA contacted by the dealership?
  • I had the same problem and disconnected the positive battery cable and it seems to reset the system and voila .... no more CEL!!
  • paj22paj22 Posts: 3
    I accidentally posted this on the Mazda 3 speed site and was asked to bring it over to this board.

    Two weeks ago 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 with what he claimed to be a reconditioned pump, per Mazda's Policy 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. Apparently, my warranty is based upon the one year that is left on my original car warranty. This experience has left me feeling most uncomfortable and has left me with a feeling of distrust for Mazda. PAJ22 :(
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I believe I posted a response to your original, and beyond that I'm not sure what else anyone can say. Long story short, Mazda did exactly what they should have and could have done for you, and you're upset and feeling distrustful; unjustifiably so in my opinion.

    Said another say, your car broke, the local dealer bent over backwards to get you back on the road as quickly as possible; be happy and enjoy your car.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    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.
    We empathize with your case. Who gave you the information about the pumps and what exactly did they say? As you can imagine, auto manufacturers would not want to do recalls unless they were necessary. Regarding the dealer servicing three months prior, was the service more than an oil change?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    The power steering pump is a known issue for the 2008.5 cars, however, when I say a "known issue", I started reading sporadic reports of failures on dedicated Mazda web sites earlier this year, and based upon those reports, Mazda didn't initially recognize a wide spread problem. By early to mid Spring it was quite clear that the issue needed to be dealt with, and Mazda needed to identify the failure point (apparently something to do with the interior of the hoses coming apart, circulating through the system and destroying the pump) before they could offer a long term fix.

    As I understand it, they redesigned the hoses, rushed them into production, and then upped the production of power steering pumps to meet the expected increase in demand from the failures in the field. Once the production came on line, they then needed to get the replacement parts into the distribution channel from Japan and out into the field here in the States. Per the reports on the other forums, the supply of pumps and new hoses started reaching the dealership base in volume in mid July or so, and while there seem to be enough to go around for the moment, the supply is still quite tight.

    All in all, I believe Mazda did a pretty good job of reacting to an unexpected problem in the field and got their act together to remediate the problem rather quickly given that they're a half of a world away (meaning that I suspect that the initial supply of pumps and hoses were sent via air from Japan).

    Best regards,
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    By early to mid Spring it was quite clear that the issue needed to be dealt with
    Is that March / April 2009?
  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34

    Are you aware of any 2009's that have had this P/S Pump failure or was it resolved on 09's? I have close to 13k on my 09 3i and so far it has been flawless. The Goodyear tires appear to be wearing well believe it or not too.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    No, I haven't heard of any 2009s going down yet due to the power steering issue, but then most 2009s don't have all that many miles on them at this point. My 2009 Mazda3 i Touring has almost 19,000 miles on it, however, the first 15,000 or so were nearly all highway, and there's been a reasonably high mix of highway usage since that time, so my car may not be the best example. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything.

    As for the tires, my Goodyears lasted 714 miles before I pulled them off, and the car is much more of a joy to drive since I did. :)

    Best regards,
  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34
    So far I have 19,000 miles between both the 09 3i and the 09 3s. Not a problem with either one. I do prefer driving the "i" more. Probably because the exhaust is more audible on the "i". My guess is that the shorter stroke engine is the cause. Same gear ratios on both cars so the rpms are the same. I did buy some OE 16" wheels off ebay so come time for tires I will be getting the General Altimax's. Hopefully that will reduce the road noise. I'd like to know why Mazda uses two different oil filters between the 2.0 and 2.3. I'm running 100 miles a day on the "i" so the miles are adding up quick. The A/C clutch and or compressor makes more noise on the "i" when engaging?
  • Even after the fix the A/C in the 08s was still poor in very hot weather. How is the A/C in hot weather in the 2010 Mazda3?
  • mazdazedmazdazed Posts: 34
    I have read where a lot of Mazda 3 owners have complained about the performance of the air conditioning. I can honestly say that in the 2009 Mazda 3 it works great. I have never had to run the fan on full speed even with the high heat and humidity we have had in recent weeks. However, in our fleet at work we just got a 2009 Chevy Malibu Hybrid with terrible air conditioning. It works ok when you are driving but as soon as you stop with the car at idle it starts blowing warm air. There are several other very disappointing things about the car but I don't need to convince Mazda owners about how much better their cars are than most Chevy's.
  • I have a 2005 Mazda 3 that has developed a knock or clatter sound in the upper engine compartment. It sounds like it is coming from the passenger side upper end and only happens at idle speeds. When driving it has no noise at all. The car runs great it does have 120,000 miles on it all highway. I have a good mechanical background but am concerned about breaking open the top of the engine on a japanese car. I am short on money so any advice would help as I would rather not take it into the dealer.
  • Most likely your engine mount... easy fix. There's an issue with these on Mazda3...
  • My 2004mazda3 had defective butterfly valve(s) in the intake manifold. I was difficult for dealership to diagnose.
  • :mad: I just took my daughter's 2007 Mazda 3 in today with the same symptoms. The diagnosis was "warped rotors" reserfaced at a cost of $195.00.

    The service technician said, "this happens all the time, we see it frequently." Well if that's the case then I consider it a design defect and something that should be covered by warranty.

    He indicated that they may have addressed this in the 2010 redesign, but there were no plans to address any existing issues. No service bulletins were ever issued concerning warped rotors.

    Not the customer experience I would have expected from a culture that is supposed to incorporate Kaizen.
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