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#4939 of 4993 Re: Transmission [ahightower]
Feb 07, 2009 (6:58 pm)
Why not use the "manu-matic" mode if you don't like the automatic's performance?
My Mazdaheap 3 isn't a slushbox; I was simply pointing out how modern automatics often perform.
#4940 of 4993 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid
Oct 24, 2009 (4:40 am)
My daughter owns a 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback that she purchased new. It now has about 10,000 miles, mostly accumulated by driving to and from school where she teaches.
When she was having the oil changed at a "Quick Stop" Mobil 1 shop, the mechanic informed her that her transmission fluid was dirty and should be changed (flushed?) at a cost of $99. This seems far too early and, if true, seems that it would indicate a transmission problem. With this in mind, I'm wondering if it would make sense to take it to the Mazda dealer to be checked out. Since the dealer is about 30 miles away, I don't want to do this unless it's truly warrented.
I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
#4941 of 4993 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [pete_morton]
Oct 24, 2009 (6:26 am)
Assuming there is no sign of any problems with the functioning of the trans, If it were me, I'd maybe go to the dealer for the next oil change and mention what the quickie lube place had said. Assuming the dealer tells her everything is fine, I'd find some other alternative for future oil changes, if the dealer is too inconvenient. She has a long time to go on the 5 year power train warranty, so there does not seem to be too much to worry about.
I think the quickie place asking you if you want a transmission fluid flush is like McDonald's asking "do you want fries with that?".
Also, doesn't mazda use a "lifetime" synthetic trans fluid that would cost a lot more than $99, just for the correct fluid?
#4942 of 4993 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [pete_morton]
Oct 24, 2009 (10:31 am)
I'd stay FAR away from the "Kwicky Boob" shops. Find a good independent shop if you don't have a decent dealer.
#4943 of 4993 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [jeffyscott]
Oct 26, 2009 (1:07 pm)
I think the quickie place asking you if you want a transmission fluid flush is like McDonald's asking "do you want fries with that?"
Agreed, that's what it sounds like to me. Roadburner is right also to suggest that you find a local garage/shop that you trust if you don't plan to go to the dealership for regular maintenance.
#4944 of 4993 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [autonomous]
Oct 28, 2009 (6:06 pm)
My Mazda dealer tries the same thing. I always decline,
#4945 of 4993 Re: New Mazda3s: Is "Paint Protection" necessary? - pl help [bala77]
Sep 06, 2011 (8:12 am)
This is one of several items in a "Pack" added by the dealer. These usually also include fabric protectant and sometimes pinstripes and other superfluous stuff such as "Krex" added to an oil change, none needed, some bogus. When the Mada 626 first arrived, one dealer was charging $895 for "wharfage," whatever that is. As an extra money maker, I stripe cars for dealers, charge $20-25. Their price? $89-109.
Do not get any of this. It's substantial additional markup to the dealer with little benefit to you.
And then there's the F & I...Ask for the "buy rate" on the interest rate. If disclosed, this could be quite an education!
#4946 of 4993 Re: New Mazda3s: Is "Paint Protection" necessary? - pl help [fkdspm]
Sep 06, 2011 (8:57 am)
Are you aware you responded to a post more than six years old? I'm thinking bala77 has long since bought the car, used it, and possibly already disposed of it by now.
Sep 16, 2011 (1:30 pm)
Wife's 08 Mazda 5 had same problem. Took dealer forever to find out was a board with bad resistor. They fixed under warranty.