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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
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#2659 of 4993 Re: Is this normal.. by sadiee [z71bill] by sadiee
Nov 19, 2005 (6:56 am)
Shift shock - after reading that several people had their cars re flashed I did a search - found a site that listed this as the repair code - "F0010XFX Powertrain control module re flashing". Not 100% sure this is correct - you never know about stuff posted on the net - but I plan to take this info in with me to the dealership on Monday.
I had the stalling problem - car would start then die - it always started again - never left me walking - replaced the fuel pump and my problem was solved.
Mazda has a new TSB out on the hard start condition it replaced the prior TSB - the new one is:
01-013/05 2004-2005 MAZDA3 - ENGINE HARD START
Some vehicles may experience an engine with hard starting (cranks but takes 10 seconds or longer to start). The condition is more likely after vehicle sits overnight or for an extended time. Rough idle may occur just after the engine is started.
This may be caused by fouled spark plugs if the vehicle is frequently driven in stop-and-go conditions, such as in heavy traffic.
IMO your ruff idle is being caused by fouled spark plugs.
mrblonde49 - I would agree with your statement except it is not just me that is having problems with the AC, brakes, suspension, tranny, engine stalling (plus more) - many other owners are also having problems. But before you say - but its a small % and all car companies bla bla bla - let me add that EVEN MAZDA ADMITS that the Mazda3 has all of these problems. They (Mazda) have issued a TSB on every one. How many problem cars (what %) do you think is required before Mazda issues a TSB?
autonomous - glad to hear about the GOOD LUCK you are having with Mazda. I am not saying every Mazda ever built is bad - I am saying that Mazda has not done enough to solve the problems on the cars that have defects.
I have been waiting more than 20 months to get my grinding brakes and harsh shifting tranny fixed. I think 20 months is too long (just like this post is too long!) How long do YOU think it should take a GOOD company to come up with a fix for these obvious defects?
#2660 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 Reliability [ex_tdier]
Nov 19, 2005 (11:16 am)
Which CR are you referring to? I just bought the "Fall 2005 Auto Pricing and Ratings Guide" and they gave the M3 a solid red circle for reliability...one of few solid red circles in the entire book.
I was recently contemplating purchasing a new M3 BUT decided to perform some necessary work on my 2001 Protege (timing belt, horn replacement)and keep it for one more Buffalo winter. After this winter, who knows? The Protege will be departing but for what, I don't know.
I've driven so many cars over the past few months that I can honestly say I am truly at a loss. Cars that were once virtually indestructible are becoming major headaches...boy do I wish they just facelifted the Protege instead of dumping it altogether.
#2661 of 4993 Re: I drove until the brake pads melted down [x5918]
Nov 19, 2005 (12:07 pm)
You drove 5 minutes on the highway with the parking brake on and you want to blame the car?
#2662 of 4993 Parking brake or is it an Emergency brake?
Nov 19, 2005 (12:27 pm)
Has anyone ever tried to stop their Mazda3 using the parking brake?
Just before giving my 16 year old her first driving lesson I wanted to see how fast the car would stop if I pulled up on the parking brake lever - seemed like a good thing to know at the time since it was about the only thing I could do to stop the car with her behind the wheel. I pulled hard on the lever - it did almost nothing to slow the car down - the last time I did this (with another car) it locked up the rear wheels. Is their something wrong with my parking brake - or is this normal on the Mazda3? It seems to hold the car fine when on a hill (with car in "N")
#2663 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 Reliability [ex_tdier]
Nov 19, 2005 (1:42 pm)
"I didn't see that Consumer Reports currently "recommended" the 2005 Mazda3. I also looked at MSN's car site and they have CR info. For the 2005, they indicate that "no reliability data" is available. "
Well, maybe you should go to the direct source. But I suppose you're not a subscriber. Pull up the Mazda3 page on the CR wbsite, and it say RECOMMENDED.
For 2005, there is a FULL RED DOT for reliability.
Nuff on the subject
#2664 of 4993 Re: I drove until the brake pads melted down [x5918]
Nov 19, 2005 (1:46 pm)
Previously I complained about the cupholder in Mazda3 HB, with stick shift. The other pevee is the parking brake. Sure, there is a light in the dashboard - but many cars have a beeper, to warn you of driving with parking brake on. The rear disc brakes are monsters. Driving 5 minutes on highway, before discovering the handbrake, is major mistake. The discs already turned blue'ish because of the heat, and smelled burned. Discs and brake pads ruined?
The seatbelt warning beep can be fooled with various buckle, unbuckle tricks, but it is turned on again when the car is driven (picks up speed), and belts are unfastened. Somesort of double checking, by the car computer? I whish the car computer would warn about the parking brake, as well, while it's at it.
The brake light is useless, because the Mazda3 dashboard is ambient by definition. The brake warning light is not really a warning light, when it blends that well in, with the rest of the indicators. Same amber color for everything - the fancy indicator panel looks cool, but at the same time the warning function is lessened. Is there any after market gadget? to emit a beep for the parking brake when shift stick is out of neutral position? (1st,2nd,3rd gear etc) "
How do you drive with the e brake on and not know it - regardless of any light? Maybe you were busy tricking the seatbelt light?
#2665 of 4993 Re: Parking brake or is it an Emergency brake? [z71bill]
Nov 20, 2005 (3:05 pm)
I'm curious to know what car was able to lock up rear wheels using the parking brake?
Nov 20, 2005 (4:31 pm)
My 1999 Silverado Z-71 will lock up the rear wheels if I put the E-brake on - so will my 2001 Tahoe 2WD.
The anti-lock brake system does work if you hit the E-brake.
I sold my 1981 Pontiac Turbo TA about a year ago - it would lock the rear wheel if I slammed on the E-brake.
#2667 of 4993 Re: prdm [z71bill]
Nov 20, 2005 (5:29 pm)
Actually it's a Parking brake not an Emergency brake, isn't it?
#2668 of 4993 Re: prdm [z71bill]
Nov 20, 2005 (6:17 pm)
Thanks. On every car I've had I run an emergency exercise assuming lost hydraulics and grab for the parking brake trying to make it an automatic response. Been driving for an awfully long time and the BEST result for me has been a rather anemic slow down.