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#1 of 101 Which Spark Plug for a 2004 Mazda 3i 2.0l?
May 28, 2006 (9:28 am)
We just got my daughter a used 2004 Mazda 3 4-door sedan. It has a 2.0 liter engine. The car has about 33,000 miles on it. I decided to change the plugs and took out it's old plugs (which were ITR6F13 - not sure which brand) and replaced them with Bosch 4211 Platinum Plugs with a gap = 0.052.
Please give me your input.
May 28, 2006 (12:18 pm)
The stock plugs were NGK
At a discount auto parts store they are about $10 each
I just replaced my plugs (same ITR6F13) but went with the ITR5F13 which is one heat range hotter than stock.
I had some black gunk on my old plugs (22K miles). Hope the hotter plug keeps this burned off. I do alot of short trip / heavy traffic driving.
So far no real change in how the engine runs & I am still getting around 20 MPG - so I wasted my $40 - no real surprise - I did not expect a miracle!
#3 of 101 Cold Engine Performance
Oct 26, 2007 (2:30 pm)
I love my 2006 GT hatchback except... It runs like carp for those first few minutes before the engine warms-up. Is this just nature of the beast?
#4 of 101 Rattle during acceleration
Oct 30, 2007 (11:23 am)
I love my 2007 S touring sedan, but during acceleration, there seems to be a slight rattle coming from the passenger's side of the car. It wasn't there when I first got the car, but I'm hearing it now 6 months later. It's particularly prominent on the mornings where it's a bit cooler. Anyone have any ideas?
#6 of 101 New Mazda 3~Oil Filter housing
Dec 30, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I just bought a new 2008 Mazda 3 2.0. I have a bit of an issue. I was traveling through New Mexico when a re-tread tire fell out of a tractor trailer. Well unfortunatly I hit it. I drove about a 100 yards and pulled over. My oil was emptied immediatly. I had the tow truck take my vehicle to Ford, since there isnt a Mazda dealership around for the next 100 miles. The ford service department stated that I needed a new oil filter housing. Apparently the oil filter ripped off. I am not much of a mechanic, but I am not sure if I really need a new housing. They gentelman said the threads were all messed up. I talked to a friend that works at Mazda and he stated that I might only have to replace the filter. I didnt know if the housing was plastic or not. I am a little worried, I am traveling back to Fort Lewis, WA. There was a little bit of body damage but nothing major. Im not sure what my car may need, I can't seem to find a photograph of what my oil pan and housing is suppose to look like. the oil pan is fine, thank goodness. But im stuck here till they can get parts according to them.
#7 of 101 Just a guess, but...
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Dec 31, 2007 (5:55 am)
Since the oil filter was basically ripped off, I'd say there's a reasonable chance that the threads are damaged.
Sure, you MIGHT only have to replace the filter, but without actually getting my eyes on it, there's no way to say one way or the other, so I'd say that if someone actually looked at it and has told you that you need a new housing, that's probably the case.
By all means have them show you what they mean, but from the incident you desribe, I'd be surprised if there was no damage that needed to be repaired.
#9 of 101 Any real difference in 2.3 vs. 20?
Apr 15, 2006 (10:54 pm)
I'm looking to buy a Mazda3. Can't stand the two-toned seats of the S-series, but also don't want to have a weak car in terms of power. Has anybody driven both the 2.0 and the 2.3L models and can attest if there's any difference? Thanks!
#10 of 101 Re: Any real difference in 2.3 vs. 20? [cinzano66]
Apr 17, 2006 (4:42 am)
I test drove both. Yes, there's a difference and you can feel it when you step on the accelerator. The car springs forward much more lively and less noisy. It's definitely worth the price difference.