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#3249 of 4469 I found this Forum while in-search of Mazda MPV transmission problem
Dec 07, 2003 (12:09 am)
First time in this forum and 1st time Mazda owner. We just purchased (Nov 03) a new 2003 MPV ES with Towing Package replacing a 1997 Dodge Caravan Sport, also purchased new (problem free except a/c compressor needed replacing just 30 days after expiry of warranty, urrghh! The odometer now reads 1,200 kilometers and we are experiencing an intermittent HARD SHIFTING (possibly 2-3 shift) with an audible "CLUNK" noise in the transmission both during acceleration and deceleration.
Having read some of your postings here, I plan to take it in to Signature Mazda, Richmond, BC, Canada (Selling Dealer) very soon. Post-servicing result to follow.
I glad I am not alone!
#3250 of 4469 Sienna TSB
Dec 07, 2003 (9:50 am)
On the Sienna Problems board there's news that a TSB involving a software update seems to have solved a hard-shift problem on that van. Interesting...
Dec 07, 2003 (10:01 am)
If you go to the jatco web site you will find that toyota, mazda and a handful of other vehicles use their tansmissions. Coincidentally, those are the same vehicles claiming hard shift issues. Hmmm...... makes you think huh?
#3252 of 4469 Why Mazda didn't have a good one like Sienna TSB
Dec 07, 2003 (10:46 am)
If Toyota Sienna can come out with a fix of tranny hard-shift, why not Mazda? Is Mazda slow or what?
#3253 of 4469 Shame on you, Mazda
Dec 08, 2003 (10:04 am)
For four years now I've been an extremely happy owner of a 2000 MPV, and have always been talking it up to anyone who'll listen. Now, for the past few weeks, all I see on this forum is complaints about unresolved transmission and power door problems in the newer 2002/2003's. Aren't you listening, Mazda/Ford? You are going to kill the golden goose that apparently the 2000/2001 models provided. From what I've read recently I would no longer consider a new MPV as a replacement for mine or recommend it to others. Get your act together and resolve these issues. If we, your customers, had wanted Odysee type problems we'd have bought one. Please do the right thing.
#3254 of 4469 Hee hee! The hard shift saga continues
Dec 08, 2003 (1:32 pm)
Well, I just heard from my dealership after taking my MPV in. Just a little history, we've been able to get our MPV to do the hard shift anytime we want to, it's not just a sporadic thing. Anytime we accelerate steadily through to 3rd gear it does it. We've learned to avoid the hard shift by releasing the gas pedal while it's in 2nd gear and then re-depress it to shift to 3rd. Apparently our dealership called Mazda and told them this info. Mazda is very excited because the main problem why they can't figure out how to fix this is that they can't get any of the vans to do it consistently. Don't know how true that is, but they are ready to fly a Madza tech out here from Japan to play around with our van. Ha ha! We shall see...I'm not holding my breath!
Dec 08, 2003 (3:12 pm)
Well done! You are definite not a soccer mom. Maybe your brilliant observation will save Mazda's face and fate. And, I bet many other tranny victims like you in this forum are trying out your theory as we speak. Hope more people can confirm your observation.
#3256 of 4469 Don't get too excited....
Dec 08, 2003 (3:38 pm)
I find it hard to believe that a serious engineering effort would fail to find the root cause of the tranny issue. I hope they are finally getting serious but it could just as well be PR.
Also, if the tranny is from JATCO, does that mean that the Mazda tech will now have to convince a JATCO tech? This could get quite silly...
Time will tell...
Dec 08, 2003 (4:51 pm)
Be careful of what they tell you, mine was visited by one of the big service guys and they were going to haul it to Chicago to the test center until the boys in Schaumburg told him they knew what the problem was. He told me on the phone that it was now an issue with federal blah blah blah to be approved then they could fix it. Time frame was sometime afer the holidays but would not be as long as a year. Don't get too excited until you get into that vehicle, drive the daylights out of it, and it runs like a champ. Until then, its all just talk to make you happy. I don't want to burst your bubble, but I think we have all been thru it.