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Mazda MAZDA3, Engine, Hatchback
#43 of 94 Acceleration problems when engine cold
Mar 13, 2008 (9:47 am)
I have a 2008 3s hatchback w/ manual tranmission. Since buying the car in Dec 07 (now have 2800 miles) I have noticed that when the engine is cold during 2 and 3 gear acceleration, the engine acts funny. The best way to describe it is that when I am pressing the gas (say in 3 gear) it accelerate as usual when there is all of the sudden what feels like a bit of a boost in power (almost like when a turbo kicks in). This dissappears when the engine is warmed up. Anyone know why this happens. Is it a problem that may have to be addressed by taking it into the dealership.
Anyone else experience this kind of issue. Really appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
Mar 14, 2008 (9:26 pm)
I am interested in the Mazda 3 5 door or the new Toyota Matrix with the bigger engine. Does anyone know if the Mazda 3 hatchback has a timing belt or a timing chain and is it an interference engine? I will ask the same questions about the Toyota Matrix.
Mar 15, 2008 (11:59 am)
The Mazda 2.3 has a timing chain.
#47 of 94 Vibration front right of car
Feb 21, 2007 (4:03 pm)
My 2004 Mazda 3 has been great for 40K miles. About 6 weeks ago and 2 visits to Mazda service/repair the problem has yet to be resoloved. When stopping for a red light (car in drive and brake on) a vibration with a rattle starts and stops as soon as foot lifted off brake. Has anyone had this problem? If so please advise. Thank you, CM in Chicago
#48 of 94 Re: Vibration front right of car [cmalcolm]
Feb 22, 2007 (12:58 pm)
When stopping for a red light (car in drive and brake on) a vibration with a rattle starts and stops as soon as foot lifted off brake.
I had a similar problem last summer when my PCV went south. My Mazda Protege5 (predecessor to the Mazda3) was basically choking when it was stopped. The solution: install a new PCV (approx. C$350).
Surprising that your dealership did not identify this as the cause. Perhaps there is another reason in your case. Did you get a diagnostic test done to identify an fault codes?
#49 of 94 Oil filter / Cartridge
Mar 10, 2009 (8:01 am)
I was checking with NAPA on-line and found out my 2009 3 uses an oil filter cartridge. I have never worked with one of these before. Are they easy to change/work with?
#50 of 94 Re: Oil filter / Cartridge [fjc3]
by pf_flyer HOST
Mar 10, 2009 (8:25 am)
From what I've been able to see online the biggest hassle is getting at the filter to replace the cartridge. I've also read that you have to go to the dealer to get the filter cartridge and parts.
Here's a link to a page with photos of a guy that shows how he does it on his 2004
#51 of 94 Re: Oil filter / Cartridge [pf_flyer]
Mar 10, 2009 (10:01 am)
Thanks for that info.!!!!
#52 of 94 Re: Oil filter / Cartridge [pf_flyer]
Mar 10, 2009 (1:46 pm)
You should be able to buy from any auto parts supplier now, the problem is indeed the getting at the filter, if you are doing it yourself make sure that you do not tighten the screws holding the splash plate in place too much, if you do the nuts in he clips will turn and it will be very difficult to get off next oil change (learned this the hard way, having to blindly reach into the splash panel with one arm whith a wrench and hold the nut while also trying to loosen the screw is not fun). I seem to recall at least one poster cutting a hole in the splash guard under the oil filter (where the hole that is on the splash panel should probably be). Don't let this discourage you it is possible to do.