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#3264 of 4993 Re: Mazda 3 upholstery and interior fabrics [retailroy]
May 12, 2006 (10:27 am)
Mazda no handles warranty like their sleazy sister company Ford, too bad
We've owned five Mazdas since 1980, and have had a very different Mazda warranty/service experience than you've had. The five vehicles were bought and serviced at four different dealerships. Any warranty work required has been promptly taken care of to our satisfaction. We've never had to contact the national Mazda office with a complaint.
I drive a 2005 Mazda3 with manual transmission and leather seats, so I can't comment on your thoughts on cloth seats and first gear hesitation - the only hesitation I've expereienced is when I forget to shift back into first as I'm sitting at a traffic light! I haven't experienced the problems that you've mentioned - hope I don't!
#3266 of 4993 Re: Mazda 3 upholstery and interior fabrics [richml]
May 12, 2006 (5:12 pm)
Any warranty work required has been promptly taken care of to our satisfaction. We've never had to contact the national Mazda office with a complaint.
It depends on how straight forward the problem or repair might be. If it's a defective glove box, that's easily remedied, if the radio stops working, then that too is an easy fix. If it involves any troubleshooting, then you probably won't be so satisfied.
#3267 of 4993 Power for Satalite radio
May 12, 2006 (5:16 pm)
I'm trying to install a Sirius Satelite radio in a 2006 Mazda 3. I have 2 questions.
1) The fuse box is on the passenger side, the radio is a suction cup mounted model and will be on the driver's side. I do not see a whisper of space to pass a wire from left to right side under the dash. What is the best place to tap into power for auxiliary stuff like this on the driver side?
2) There is a Satelite button integrated into the the Grand Touring Audio system. Is it possible to to hardwire into the existing interface with a stock Siruis radio (without buying the Mazda version of the radio)? Obviously an adapter would be necessary. How difficult is it to access the ports?
OK several questions. Thanks in advance for the help.
#3268 of 4993 Re: Mazda 3 upholstery and interior fabrics [ex_tdier]
May 12, 2006 (6:14 pm)
If it's a defective glove box, that's easily remedied, if the radio stops working, then that too is an easy fix. If it involves any troubleshooting, then you probably won't be so satisfied.
Defective glove box? What - it stopped cooling the case of beer stored in it?
Let me assure you that our vehicles required much more involved warranty work than that! The warranty work was done promptly, some of it at dealerships other than the one where we bought the vehicle.
#3269 of 4993 Re: ATC (Automatic Climate Control)
May 13, 2006 (12:31 am)
My coolant is 1.1 and so it is on Automatic Climate models too.
Also, from an A/C forum: The ATC may control the compressor, instead of the PCM. Many PCM's incorporate a re-strike delay that prevents the compressor from restarting for several seconds when cycling. "
#3270 of 4993 re-strike delay that prevents the compressor from restarting for several se
May 13, 2006 (7:24 am)
If you do not have a delay between the compressor stopping and when it is allowed to start back up - that would be a very bad thing. Its called "starting up under load" - next to running a compressor with no refrigerant - it is about the worst thing you can do.
If this is really what Mazda did to improve the AC then plan on replacing the compressor at some point - this could be (one of the reasons) why Mazda is lowering the warranty down to 36 months.
Also this change could have been done with or without the auto climate control - but either way its still a bad idea.
#3271 of 4993 To buy or not to buy a 2006 Mazda 3 s Touring?
May 14, 2006 (5:20 pm)
I'm seriously considering buying a new 2006 Mazda 3 s Touring. I'm wondering what other Mazda owners' opinions are on the 2006 Mazda 3? I've heard about transmission and check engine light problems, as well as some not so cool a/c problems. Are these common problems for the 2006, and was the dealer able fix them for good?
Also, how does the 2006 Mazda 3 s Touring handle in the snow and rain?
Thanks for any advice! I appreciate it!
May 14, 2006 (5:30 pm)
I think the CEL & tranny problems have all been solved - for 2006 (even for 2005) -
As far as the AC is concerned - I would just test drive the car you plan to buy on a hot day - if the AC works you should not have any problem -
If the AC is weak then test drive a different Mazda3 until you find one that has a good AC. DON'T ACCEPT A CAR WITH A WEAK AC - Mazda will not fix the cars with defective AC systems -
May 14, 2006 (10:06 pm)
After driving for awhile, once I stop and am idle, there is a low key buzz. I think I read that this may be the power steering. Can anyone explain?
My 3i Touring has never had any problems in the snow or rain as of yet. Only got in 2 months of driving in the snow now that its warmer out. I'm most impressed with driving at night. The red lighting lets me drive in stealth mode and concentrate on the road rather than a bright colored dash. The projector beams and the Hi beams are also pretty decent.
My A/C is plenty powerful enough for Pittsburgh weather.