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#4284 of 4991 Mazda3 Long term performance
May 02, 2008 (8:17 am)
I have a 2005 mazda3 S with 54K on it and i have had ONLY ONE small problem... The engine mount went bad at 45K.
Anything review you read on Mazda3 is always positive... I have NEVER read a bad one. This car is rock solid, in my opinion. Unless you're some young punk beating on it, then maybe you'll have issues.
This Mazda board is getting old, just a bunch of cry babies looking for a place to complain.
#4285 of 4991 Re: Cartridge cannisters... [2ndmazda3]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 02, 2008 (9:04 am)
I don't see this as Mazda's problem but rather the dealer's problem under his "errors and omissions" insurance policy. If you have a receipt from the dealer for an oil change from only 3 weeks ago, and lost all your oil right after that, and if the dealer will not help you, I suggest you seek legal counsel. I think going to the Mazda factory is a dead end; however, there is no harm in pursuing every course of action--you never know---and if you pursue every avenue, that would look better for your case when you present your complaint to the dealership itself.
Of course, should there be road damage under the car, or if the oil wasn't changed by the dealer, this changes your case entirely and tilts it toward the dealer's favor. I don't know the facts of course.
It's very odd, by the way, that your oil warning light didn't go on. You might also check to see if the sending unit is even connected.
#4286 of 4991 Re: MazdaSpeed3 Owners [ramon1]
May 02, 2008 (9:47 am)
I've had mine a little over a year now. For the price it is a great car. Fun to drive. The only complaint that I have is that is scratches easily - I don't think there is a rubber strip to protect against people opening their doors into you in parking lots - or if there is one, it is insufficient.
#4287 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Long term performance [mariod]
May 02, 2008 (12:04 pm)
How did you know the engine mount was bad? What were the symptoms? I'm just curious.
#4288 of 4991 Re: Mazda3 Long term performance [dride]
May 02, 2008 (6:05 pm)
Our 2007 now has about 22,000 miles on it. No problems so far - it's been perfect.
#4289 of 4991 Re: Cartridge cannisters... [Mr_Shiftright]
May 02, 2008 (8:55 pm)
Thanks for the info. The oil was always changed by the dealership, every 5k- I never had anybody else touch the engine. The service mgr says that the special tool they use to remove the filter cap wouldn't have cracked it. But it clearly says on the cap not to overtighten it. If you overtighten, won't it crack either as you have the tool on or later when there's pressure on the cap? And why did it take 3 weeks for the car to lose all the oil? The dealership called today to tell me mazda won't pay for anything. Service mgr said he's found a salvaged engine for $4500. By the way, a year ago they broke one of the lugs doing a tire rotation and that cost me $200 even though they admitted they did it. They said it was just one of those things...
I have loved this car until now- I've even bought another just like it. Now I'm worried about the new one. I still think it's the nicest car for the price by far.
#4290 of 4991 Re: Cartridge cannisters... [2ndmazda3]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 03, 2008 (9:54 am)
I think you need to seek legal counsel if they stonewall you. I'm not saying they are in the wrong, but the co-incidence between their oil change, your mysterious cracked oil cap, and loss of all your oil within a few weeks time is very compelling circumstantial evidence. If you can prove that the oil cap can be cracked by over tightening, the ball is then firmly in the dealer's court to rebut that.
#4291 of 4991 Re: 2nd Time in a month [velleboudt]
May 30, 2008 (5:07 pm)
I have the same issues with my 2005 Mazda 3. Wanted to see if I you can recommend a lawyer that help you with your case. I also live in California. Thank you
#4292 of 4991 K&N Air Filter - Worth It?
Jun 02, 2008 (1:17 pm)
I need to change my air filter. Is the cost of a K&N filter worth it? Is there any noticeable improvement in MPG or performance? It's about 3 times the cost of the stock air filter, and I really do not know much about air filters. The guy at Auto Zone said they were the best. Any assistance is appreciated!
#4293 of 4991 Re: K&N Air Filter - Worth It? [dride]
Jun 02, 2008 (2:38 pm)
I have run K&N in pretty much every vehicle I have had, the engine can breathe much better in my opinion, and if you keep your car for a while the filter will pay for itself over the cost of 2 or 3 paper filters, and you don't need to re-charge them very often. Some claim 10 HP increase, I am not sure it is quite that much in the mazda 3, but you should gain a tad, even though you may only barely notice it.