Last post on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:58 PM
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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
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#4972 of 4991 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [dride]
Mar 02, 2012 (3:35 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 4991 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [autonomous]
Mar 03, 2012 (4:27 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 4991 Re: Maintenance Needed - Assistance Appreciated! [dride]
Mar 05, 2012 (10:37 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 4991 DIY: Accessories & modifications
Mar 23, 2012 (1:25 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 4991 Re: DIY: Accessories & modifications [roadburner]
Apr 02, 2012 (6:25 pm)
Perfect ... it's just what I was hoping to find. Thanks roadburner!
#4978 of 4991 Tranny Shift Solenoid
Apr 09, 2012 (8:55 am)
Should a shift solenoid make a clicking should when you shake it? It is way too high 131 ohms
#4979 of 4991 Part Number Needed - Mesh Grill Insert
Jul 09, 2012 (4:27 pm)
I need to replace the lower mesh grill (between the foglights) on my 2005 Mazda 3. I tried ordering from partsgeek.com and the one they shipped does not fit (even though it said it was supposed to). I can not find the OEM part number for this part. The back of the plastic reads, "BN8F-501T1" Does anyone know the part # for this? I've done a bunch of google searches and I can find what the # of replacement grill inserts, but not the OEM #. Thanks for any help!
#4981 of 4991 Re: Part Number Needed - Mesh Grill Insert [dride]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 13, 2012 (9:35 am)
doesn't the dealer have this part? They aren't always the most expensive option.