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#2631 of 4993 Mazda3 Reliablity
Nov 12, 2005 (11:26 pm)
Ok, everyone....let's simmer down a bit. I can totally understand and empathize with everyone here on both sides. However, I would like to say a few more and final things about Mazda reliability and stats.
First off, I don't know where some of you are saying that CR has the M3 as a reliable vehicle. Doing a quick search on Google, I found the following link and nowhere does it mention the Mazda3 being reliable car: http://www.carlist.com/autonews/2005/autonews_204.html
To be recommended by CR, the vehicle must have performed well in Consumer Reports' tests, have at least average reliability based on CR's surveys of its subscribers, and have performed adequately if crash tested or included in government rollover tests.
I recall reading somewhere that in 2004 the Mazda3 was recommended or reliable by CR. The info was in July or the summer. I say, "holy toledo batman", the Mazda3 has hardly been out and you recommend it without any reliabilty data? Hmmm.
The JD Powers company is big, probably bigger than CR in terms of conducting surveys and as far as I am concerned is probably the most accurate in terms of sampling.
All too often some people read into something that is not there. Just like one poster commented that he thought JD Powers had listed the Mazda3 as 4 stars or something like that in reliability when in fact he was looking at Mazda's appeal. That's understandable and can happen. When I provided the specific link he saw what I was refering to.
Everyone is free to believe what they want. That's fine, but if someone tells me that the Mazda3 is reliable, I insist on knowing the source and for the person backing up that information with tangible objective and verifiable information that is relative. So, show me where. Maybe I got a lemom. However, information supplied on Mazda3's reliabity indicates that it's not the best. Driving a fun car or a car that gives you good bang for your buck does not make it a reliable car.
#2632 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 Reliablity [ex_tdier]
Nov 13, 2005 (6:06 am)
Look at p. 89 of CR's 2005 Annual Auto Issue (available at libraries, it's the April 2005 issue). They rate the 2004 Mazda3 with a red circle (meaning few problems, or much above average in reliability) in every category but one (brakes, which is above average) and rate the car much above average overall. The 2004 Mazda3 would have been out for its full model year before CR did its survey used to compile the scores in that 2005 issue.
#2633 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 Reliablity [ex_tdier]
Nov 13, 2005 (6:36 am)
It is way past time for you to take the "Host's" advice and drop the subject!!!
#2634 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 Reliablity [ex_tdier]
Nov 13, 2005 (10:05 am)
I insist on knowing ... information with tangible objective and verifiable information that is relative. So, show me where. Maybe I got a lemom. However, information supplied on Mazda3's reliabity ...
Might want to get that spell checker working before your mom or one of your relatives complains.
p.s. Consumer Reports posts information about automobiles on their website for everyone to see; the Mazda3 is listed as "recommended".
#2635 of 4993 Clicking sound from passenger side dashboard
Nov 14, 2005 (6:53 am)
I love my 2005 MAZDA2 sp23 but this clicking sound is driving me nuts!
It seems to be coming from the passenger side dash, though one person I recruited to help locate the exact location thought it was from somewhere under the seat. Everyone else thought it was from somewhere inside the dash, higher up rather lower in the footwell.
Its a uneven metallic clicking sound, and will even click on relatively smooth roads giving me the impression that its something like a suspended piece of metal shaking and hiting another anchored metallic piece.
I have tried removing absolutely everything from the all the storage areas, and have even removed the stereo and the central part of the dashboard. Didn't find anything there.
I am wary about taking the section with the airbags apart; besides I can't figure out how to do that. I would also like to take out the glove box and check behind that.
Anybody have any ideas? Or help on how to remove the passenger side dash panels? I would really appreciate any help on this. Its driving me nuts and I really only want to take it to the dealer as a last resort.
Thanks in advance.
#2636 of 4993 Snow tires recommendation
Nov 14, 2005 (7:23 am)
Just wanna say thanks to those of you who gave me some good ideas about snow tires and maintenance. I finally went through and got my car a set of dunlop sp m3 winter performance tires with 16' wheels. Already pushed them almost 200 miles this past weekend and they're a beauty to drive in, even though there isn't any snow around in Boston yet. These tires work well enough in dry conditions as long as the temp. outside isn't too high. Can't wait almost for our first winter nor'eastern to hit us... but then my sanity will kick in and ask am I nuts?!
Anyhows, cheerio and good day.
#2638 of 4993 Re: Clicking sound from passenger side dashboard [chacobleu]
Nov 14, 2005 (1:16 pm)
Thanks for the links chacobleu!
Automatic; I would have loved to get a stick but a incomplete knee injury recovery has permanently put a damper on that.
Regarding TSB0035, I am pretty sure this isn't what I am experiencing since a) my VIN is higher than JM1 BK**** 51 271699 and b) its not one-time, it will occur with even mild rocking or uneven road surface; even at constant speed (no gear changes).
On more thing I should mention is that I have an XM receiver installed, but as part of my efforts to locate the source of the noise, I removed it entirely. No dice.
Any other ideas? Can anyboady tell me how to remove the glovebox? And how about removing the dash panel above the glovebox where the passenger airbags are? Like I was saying in the earlier post, I completely removed the stereo and the dash panel above that (where the hazard lights button is) and determined that the clicking is not from there. Sounds defintitely like from the glovebox area (glovebox 100% emptied).
#2639 of 4993 Low gas mileage
Nov 14, 2005 (3:28 pm)
I've had my 2006 Grand Touring A/T for 5 weeks now. I love the car. The only thing which bothers me at the moment is the quite awful gas mileage I've been getting. I've filled up the car about 4 times now, and have gotten no better than 19mpg in mostly city driving. Now, when the break-on period (600 miles) was still in effect I made sure that no heavy acceleration was being done (easier said than done!).
Should I start to expect better gas mileage soon?
#2640 of 4993 Re: Low gas mileage [rhester]
Nov 14, 2005 (4:11 pm)
Should I start to expect better gas mileage soon?
My first tank of gas, 2.3 MT, was in the low 30ís.
The lowest Iíve attained was 26mpg and that was driving like a maniac (WOT, 5000+rpm).
If I driving conservatively I can achieve low 30ís, normal driving I usually get 28-30mpg; 70% highway 30% rural/suburbs.