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#3539 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [clarissa]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:44 pm)
I too had this problem - my 2004 automatic mazda 3 stalled on me at least 8 times. It also suffered from a power surge problem -where the car would just take off without pushing on the gas peddle. Scary and very dangerous. My dealership could duplicate the problem but could never fix it. They also had 6 other cars in their dealership with the same problem. Mazda Canada wasn't supportive at all. They didn't care about my safety at all. Anyway, sold it back to the dealership. They said that they would chase after Mazda Canada to buy back the car since they couldn't fix it after a year and a half of suffering. My best advise to you - log everything, keep complaining, call the owner of the dealership, phone the ministry of transportation, don't give up. Mazda does know this problem exists and its a HUGH safety issue. I too will never buy a Mazda again. Their customer service stinks.
#3540 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [brodie2]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:53 pm)
Wow... thanks for the info Brodie. They say they can't duplicate the problem. I'm so frustrated about it. And it seems like no one is doing anything. Thank you for your insight.
#3541 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [clarissa]
Jul 18, 2006 (1:56 pm)
Faulty Purge valves are also causing a lot of CELs right now with the Mazda3 - it could be that
#3542 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [clarissa]
Jul 18, 2006 (7:18 pm)
I don't know why dealers don't invest in a portable scanner. Hook it up to the car and you drive. When the stall or hesitation occurs it will be recorded and is proof it happens. I have heard this story so many times with intermittent problems that the service department can't reproduce leaving the owner frustrated. Maybe a independent garage that does nothing but electrical work would be a place to go.
#3543 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [clarissa]
Jul 19, 2006 (5:47 am)
I've read on different sites that many people both in the US and Canada are experiencing this problem. My dealership was honest with me by telling me that Mazda is aware of the problem but they have no clue how to solve it. Telling customers that they can't duplicate this problem is a way out for them. Keep complaining..... eventually Mazda is going to have to solve it hopefully before someone is really hurt. They replaced so many things on my car hoping to find the solution but never did. Write letters both to the dealership and to Mazda - demand that they fix your car and threaten further action. After a year and a half it finally worked for me.
#3544 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [brodie2]
Jul 19, 2006 (7:31 am)
On this problem and another I sent complaints with csi reports to the factory. I never heard a peep from the factory, it is as if they don't care.
#3545 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [obtube]
Jul 19, 2006 (9:45 am)
Greetings All, I can confirm this as i just yesterday had this problem repaired 7/18/2006 the code which the Check engine light generated in the computer was P2187 which according to the Mazda tech necessitated the replacment of the "Purge Valve"
but all in all since I've had my 2005 SP23 the small quarky problems that I've expirenced has moved my Grade of the car from an A+ to a B+
Just my 2¢
Jul 19, 2006 (7:15 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2004 2.3L - CEL kept coming on - replace purge valve.
Before they replaced the valve I was getting 22+ MPG mostly city - after my MPG dropped all the way down to 15-17 MPG - for many tank of gas. I didn't ever figure out why - and thought it would be a waste of time to even ask the service department. Hope you don't have the same result.
#3547 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [brodie2]
Jul 20, 2006 (10:40 am)
It's been a week and a day and the dealer still has my car. One of the guys even drove the car home to see if it would act up on him in the morning. No one has called me since Tuesday evening. I want them to just give me a new car. I'm soooo tired of this. P.S. I told the service manager about this website and how other websites had people with similar issues. He couldn't respond. GRRRR!!!!!
#3548 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Check Engine Light [clarissa]
Jul 20, 2006 (12:32 pm)
Are you located in Canada or the US. Have you tried calling the Ministry of Transportation to report the safety problem. Call them for an update.