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#4942 of 4991 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [pete_morton]
Oct 24, 2009 (11:31 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 4991 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [jeffyscott]
Oct 26, 2009 (2:07 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 4991 Re: 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback Transmission Fluid [autonomous]
Oct 28, 2009 (7:06 pm)
My Mazda dealer tries the same thing. I always decline,
#4945 of 4991 Re: New Mazda3s: Is "Paint Protection" necessary? - pl help [bala77]
Sep 06, 2011 (9:12 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 4991 Re: New Mazda3s: Is "Paint Protection" necessary? - pl help [fkdspm]
Sep 06, 2011 (9:57 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 (2:30 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.
#4949 of 4991 Dealership Maintenance
Mar 08, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I just got back from having warranty work done on my 2009 Mazda 3 Hatch. They also told me I needed a Transmission flush(fluid burnt according to him),Engine flush (varnished) and injector service. This car only has 19,000 miles on it.
The owners manual doesn't even mention a trans fluid change out. An engine flush on a car with 19,000 miles? What the hell is varnished? What kind of injector service would I need?
Can someone please give me some advice? I really know next to nothing about cars.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#4950 of 4991 Re: Dealership Maintenance [crowheart]
Mar 08, 2011 (6:05 pm)
Tell them to pound sand; they're trying to fleece you. If you want piece of mind, find a good local indy mechanic and have him (or her) take a good look-see.
FWIW, you should never-ever need an engine flush (assuming you've followed the factory recommendations for oil changes) or injector service, and unless you beat the snot out of your transmission, the factory fill of synthetic transmission fluid should last (at the bare minimum) sixty to one-hundred thousand miles.
#4951 of 4991 Re: Dealership Maintenance [shipo]
Mar 08, 2011 (7:42 pm)
I feel like they are trying to rip me off. I did read on other Mazda 3 forums that the trans fluid is an issue on this car early on. I did check the fluid and it is not pink, the fluid is dark. I don't know what color the trans fluid should be at 19,000 miles though.
This is my wife's car and she is in her late 40's; there is no aggressive driving going on here. If the engine needs a flush at 19,000 miles I am going to sell the car. I can't believe they are trying to sell me 1,000 dollars worth of unnecessary garbage. Maybe the service adviser gets a commission.