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#2533 of 4991 Re: autonomous, sandman46 & namiboy [jmills]
Oct 20, 2005 (7:42 pm)
I think everyone's preferences vary on what's hot or cold....or perhaps you are one of the lucky ones.
There are NUMEROUS Mazda boards both in Canada and USA that mention the inadequate A/C has an ongoing issue with unsatisfactory cooling. When people say their A/C is fine in their Mazda3, I get frustrated because they don't mention what setting they use (level 1,2, or3). Not one of my many [4 cylinder economy] cars that I have leased in the last 8 years did I ever encounter such a weak and feeble A/C system. I wish I had my 1.8 L, 89 HP TDI for that reason alone.
Just today, I visited another Mazda board and it was mentioned that one particular dealer [in the USA] indicated that the 2004/2005 Mazda3 and 2006 Mazda5 have an evapator that is too small. In the 2006 Mazda3 and Tribute, the size has increased and therefore, the cooling is much better. The dealer also mentioned that Mazda won't replace the evaporator on the 04/05's. But, at least the problem is RECOGNIZED by some dealers!
#2534 of 4991 Re: Here's another (U.S.) rating ... [mdaffron]
Oct 20, 2005 (7:51 pm)
I have no idea how Consumer Reports actually comes up with some of this info. I can say for sure, I totally disagree with the 2005 Mazda3 and VW Jetta as being up there (I owned both).
I have always agreed with JD Powers, which I feel is more objective and accurate: http://www.jdpower.com/cc/auto/ratings/vehicles/FindJdAwardsResults.jsp. You may have to select the 2005 Mazda3 in the above link or try this link instead: http://www.jdpower.com/cc/auto/ratings/vehicles/FindJdAwards.jsp
The bottom line is that the 2005 Mazda3 is rated in OVERALL QUALITY a 2 out of 5!!
For those that are not clear on how JD Powers does their research, see:
This other company's info is questionable: http://www.strategicvision.com/view_ratings.php
The Total Quality Index is: Satisfaction with complete ownership experience
Perception of quality, Emotional attachment to vehicle yields a high score of 859
The Total Value Index is: Delight with the deal, Belief in getting a smart buy,
Likelihood to repurchase, based on value is 767
And, the biggest one, Problem Impact Measure
(lower number is better), have NO DATA (No data available) !!
You decide which one you believe.
#2535 of 4991 Re: clicking noise in dash [jhertel] by harddrivet [z71bill] [sandpaper] [m
Oct 20, 2005 (9:50 pm)
I tried to take the hood off but I couldn't. Now it seems a bit flimsy.
Today I realized that the sound is very minor but it's still noticeable. The sound isn't a
click', after all. Sounds like a liquid dripping? Tick tick tick tick tick, more like. And it appears to be coming from under the dashboard.
I wish this sound would go away.
Oct 20, 2005 (11:42 pm)
You know what.. after driving it again
I think basically my whole dashboard seems to squeak here and there when I'm in a rough road.
Most prominantly behind the steering wheel and near the center console.
I think the area around the information display appears weak. it definitely squeaks when i press the area surrounding it (the black plastic in the i model)
it's not noticeable (that much), but i tend to be anal with these things.
should i tell this to the dealer?
the dealer is very, very far away so i can't be traveling back and forth a lot so i don't want it to be in for repairs and such.
as for the 'clicking noise in dash' - i still don't get how to repair that so more directions should be much appreciated.
#2537 of 4991 JD Power's rating of the Mazda3 [ex_tdier]
Oct 21, 2005 (5:41 am)
As you suggested I checked the JD Power Initial Quality & Appeal Ratings for the 2005 Mazda3 and found the information below. Based on this it appears that the Mazda3 overall rates close to 4 stars (better than most). I did not find your assertion that "the 2005 Mazda3 is rated in OVERALL QUALITY a 2 out of 5" Could you clarify where you found that rating?
Initial Quality Ratings
- Mechanical Quality : The rest (2 stars)
- Feature and Accessory Quality : Better than Most (4 stars)
- Body & Interior Quality : About Average (3 stars)
- Performance : Better than Most (4 stars)
- Comfort : Better than Most (4 stars)
- Style : Better than Most (4 stars)
#2538 of 4991 Squeak when turning
Oct 23, 2005 (12:52 pm)
Hi all. I just drove home with a new 2006 Mazda3 i Touring (with AT and ABS) yesterday. It had 400 miles on it when I picked it up, since it was a trade-in from a dealership that was pretty far away. But driving it home, I noticed a slight squeal whenever I turned the steering wheel. I think I noticed this mainly in the parking lot, since it was a very faint noise. Even if the car wasn't moving, just turning the steering wheel would produce the same squeaking/squealing sound. It seems to be coming from the dashboard. Has anyone else run into this? Is this some kind of mechanical problem, or is the steering wheel just squeaky and needs to be oiled or something?
#2539 of 4991 Re: Squeak when turning [pmc255]
Oct 23, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Come to think of it, when dealers trade for cars from another dealership, do they really drive the car all the way to the other dealership? According to the original windows sticker, the car was shipped to a dealership that is about 270 miles away from the original one. If they really drove it all the way to my dealership, then I could see how it might reach 400. But 400 miles is still pretty high.... I'd think for long distances, the car would just be loaded up on a truck and hauled over.
Oct 23, 2005 (2:44 pm)
Did you finally get your black mica 3? (from mazda3forums, btw)
Mine was also a dealer trade but it only had 20 miles on it. I've never experienced the squealing, but I am having problems with rattling.
#2541 of 4991 Re: pmc225 [sandpaper]
Oct 23, 2005 (3:00 pm)
Yup, finally got my Black Mica. I love it so far, minus that slight squeal. The more I think of it, the more I think it's just the steering wheel making a weird noise and not a mechanical problem. I just called the dealership the car was listed under on MazdaUSA, and the other dealership on the original sticker. Both of them said the 400+ odometer reading is not unusual, since they drive the car manually when they do dealer trades. I'd think if there was some kind of mechnical problem, they would've noticed and fixed it.
#2542 of 4991 Re: Squeak when turning [pmc255]
Oct 23, 2005 (5:55 pm)
When i bought a Honda Accord a few years ago they didn't have the one I wanted. They found the one I wanted form another dealer...300 miles away. They paid someone (they said an old retired person) to drive it here.