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#4971 of 4993 Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated!
Mar 02, 2012 (1:59 pm)
My 2005 M3 just turned over 100k miles. My garage recommended doing the following based on the service schedule.
1. Replace power steering fluid and flush $112.63
2. Replace brake fluid and flush $65.44
3. Engine tune up and replace sparkplugs $145.99 (How hard are the plugs to replace?)
4. Recommended coolant change and flush, but I do that one myself.
Of course the big ticket item is shocks and struts, which will cost about $815.00. I can tell they need replacing. They did an alignment test and my right rear is -3.1 on the camber.
I just sunk about $1,300 or so into the vehicle back in August with a new fuel pump and misc sensors.
Is there anything else I should be replacing? More importantly, is there anything else I should be thinking about replacing pro-actively (timing chain, water pump, etc). I am at that point where the debate starts on whether or not to start looking for something new, as the high ticket repairs could start draining me. I do travel a bit and reliability is something I am starting to think about after the fuel pump experience back in August. I welcome any thoughts or wisdom.
#4972 of 4993 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [dride]
Mar 02, 2012 (2:35 pm)
sunk about $1,300 or so into the vehicle back in August with a new fuel pump and misc sensors ... big ticket item is shocks and struts, which will cost about $815 ... at that point where the debate starts on whether or not to start looking for something new, as the high ticket repairs could start draining me
Ouch! Over $2K in less than a year is a bit rough. But the car is getting on and these sound like legit changes. So, if you love the car and plan on keeping it at least a couple of more years, it may be worth investing. Personally, I'd start looking for a replacement so that I'd be ready before the next whopper (e.g. transmission) comes.
anything else I should be thinking about replacing pro-actively (timing chain, water pump, etc).
Timing chain should be fine but the water pump is likely to come up for replacement if it is the original one. The costly part of this job is the labor getting to the pump and not the pump itself.
#4973 of 4993 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [autonomous]
Mar 03, 2012 (3:27 pm)
Actually it is a manual, so I am sure the clutch will need replacement eventually. Any ideas what that costs to replace? Also, is there anything I am missing that I should be replacing. I've made the decision to stick with it since the M3 has been paid off for three years now, and I do enjoy not having a car payment. I believe since I follow the required maintenance schedule it should give me a few hundred thousand miles.
#4974 of 4993 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [dride]
Mar 05, 2012 (9:37 am)
Also, is there anything I am missing that I should be replacing.
I checked the reliability information provided by Consumer Reports and the 2005 sedan is listed as "Average" with Paint/Trim being a problem area that is rated as Worse than Average. For the 2005 hatchback, there are three problem areas: Climate system, Suspension and Paint/Trim which are all rated Below Average. Based on this, I think your mechanic's recommendations make sense.
I am sure the clutch will need replacement eventually. Any ideas what that costs to replace?
No. Why not ask your mechanic? He might be able to give you a time frame when to expect the repair.
#4975 of 4993 DIY: Accessories & modifications
Mar 23, 2012 (12:25 pm)
Recently, I bought from a Mazda dealership a set of silver door side grips & a silver dashboard decorative panel to add a little relief to the black plastic in the cabin.
Installing the door side grips was a breeze (took under 15 minutes) largely due to the simple & clear instructions included with the parts.
Installing the dashboard decorative panel was a bit more work (about an hour). Unfortunately, there were no instructions and so I had to rely on a YouTube video which I happened to find by browsing. That video turned out to be an excellent guide. I could not imagine doing this installation without that lucky find of a video.
Have you added any accessories or made any modifications to your Mazda3 on your own? I'm interested in hearing where people find the information or instructions on how to DIY.
#4977 of 4993 Re: DIY: Accessories & modifications [roadburner]
Apr 02, 2012 (5:25 pm)
Perfect ... it's just what I was hoping to find. Thanks roadburner!
#4978 of 4993 Tranny Shift Solenoid
Apr 09, 2012 (7:55 am)
Should a shift solenoid make a clicking should when you shake it? It is way too high 131 ohms