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#4593 of 4993 A change that's cool [jeffyscott]
Mar 15, 2010 (1:20 pm)
Assuming it is the same as my Mazda, the maintenance schedule actually says 10 years or 120K mi for the first coolant change ...
I checked the Edmunds Maintenance page for the 2010 Mazda3 and you're right! I was quoting the coolant replacement service for my 2002 Mazda Protege5. That is an amazing difference! On the other hand, I suspect that the coolant inspection results in changes more frequent than once in the first decade.
p.s. Another important difference between the Mazda Protege and its successor, the Mazda3, is the replacement of the rubber timing belt by the timing chain; the longer lasting timing chain is a significant saving in maintenance for most drivers. Kudos to Mazda for making these types of improvements to the maintenance of their vehicles!
#4594 of 4993 Power Steering Failure
Apr 01, 2010 (11:37 am)
I have my 2009 Mazda 3 just over a year, and I experienced power steering failure while driving on the highway. The steering wheel gets tightened and you have to use some muscle to turn it, I got it off the road, turned off and restarted the engine and everything was fine, but that was dangerous.
I took it to the dealer and it is power steering motor/pump failure. I read that this is a common problem and apparently there is a recall on it.
My car is still under the warranty and the part is backordered. Due to safety issue, dealer gave me a rental car to drive until it is fixed.
For all Mazda 3 owner, please watch out for the power steering warning light. If it comes on and your steering wheel tightens, don't panic. Use your muscle to pull it to the side of the road, restart it and see if it works. If it does, drive it to the dealer right away!!!
#4595 of 4993 Re: Power Steering Failure [sonnyrocker]
Apr 01, 2010 (12:03 pm)
okay, I read some earlier posts....so now we know that the 2009 cars have the same problem as the 2008s. When I was in the shop, there was another car brought back for the same problem. Now that the 2009s are over a year old, I suspect that we will see more power steering issues....
#4596 of 4993 Re: Power Steering Failure [sonnyrocker]
Apr 07, 2010 (6:38 pm)
OMG! My power steering failed on me yesterday. I was turning into a parking lot and my car just stopped since I was already going slow. So frustrating. My AC is not working properly either and I already had to replace a window motor right off the lot, along with tires. All before 20,000 miles.
#4597 of 4993 Check Engine/car hesitating/idling low
Apr 08, 2010 (10:31 am)
I have an 05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K and is overall in great running condition. My check engie light has come on and gone off a few times, but now it is on for good. We had new s. plugs installed, but that did not help with the light. The "symptoms" my car displays: sitting still it will idle very low from time to time, like it is going to shut off-it doesnt though. Also, it has misfired twice (1X that happened "AT" lit up beside my D on the dash - but then went off). Lastly, it will completely hesistate once I start to accelerate to the point it feels as if I am hitting the brakes and as fast as that begins, it catches and takes off fine. I have noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said after hooking it up, it seems to run rich in idle. Our personal mechanic said the check engine light gives 8 different issues/parts (codes) it could be??!! Anyone have any insight? We dont want to take it to Mazda....
#4598 of 4993 Re: Check Engine/car hesitating/idling low [missfeather77]
Apr 09, 2010 (2:33 pm)
05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K ... misfired twice ... hesistate once I start to accelerate ... feels as if I am hitting the brakes ... noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said ... seems to run rich in idle.
This may be related to your car's emissions control system, including your EGR valve. If it's dirty, the car will be "gasping" for air, consuming additional fuel and hesitating.
#4599 of 4993 Re: Power Steering Failure [katielou]
Apr 09, 2010 (2:52 pm)
the only problem I had was just the power steering. It is under warranty, they fixed it and gave me a rental car for 4 days. All is good.
#4600 of 4993 re: check engine light in 2005 3i
Apr 09, 2010 (3:50 pm)
My check engine light was on. Sometimes my car died at a stop light. Sometimes it died on short trips. I took to my mechanic and it was the EGR valve that needed replacement and it had something to do with the emmisions also. So apparently this is a problem on our cars. It cost a bit-but since it was in for a 60k service they only charged for the part which if i remember was around $100-but I am not sure. Good luck-these cars are GREAT!!!!
#4601 of 4993 Re: Check Engine/car hesitating/idling low [autonomous]
Apr 09, 2010 (4:15 pm)
I think that might be the problem in mine sometimes it will be great on gas sometimes its sucking it up and the hesitation is a thing my car keeps doing. where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
#4602 of 4993 Re: Check Engine/car hesitating/idling low [05mazda3iusaf]
Apr 12, 2010 (9:16 am)
where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
Mazda dealerships should be aware of this problem, but, also any good garage can check it out. I would tell the garage what you are experiencing; see what they suggest could be the cause. If they don't mention your emissions control systems, then you might want to suggest it to them. Or, you might want to check another garage.
By the way, this may be a good time to mention that the fuel you use can affect the engine components, including the emissions systems. So, the bargain gasoline that is a few cents cheaper may not really be a bargain.