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#10 of 39 recall and other problems
Oct 06, 2006 (10:13 pm)
I just finished the recall and the dealer said it was preformed on task...nothing out of the ordinary. I also had my car in for an a/c problem. My a/c kept blowing from cold to extremely hot. And when I looked down at the buttons...it would switch from pulling outside air to the recirculating air) all by itself back and forth back and forth.
Since I'm at 70,000 miles my extended warrenty is already of no use. Not only did I have to replace my two sun visors (they shredded up on the ends and would no longer stay in the up postion...even due to the fact that I rarely use my driver side one and I next to never carry a passanger or use the passenger side visor. they were quite expensive. The dealer came back and told me the "computer" unit for my ac was broken. with the replacement and labor...I was out a little over $500 to fix the a/c button.
Here's the kicker....I've always had horrible a/c output. I've taken it in to Mazda over a dozen times while under warranty...and they always said they hooked it up to the computer and it was under Mazda's set peramaters. Well this time when I left the dealership...the technician had left a thermomater in the a/c vent. It looks EXACTLY like a meat thermomater. It had a metal pole going into the vent about 6 inches. I had no idea that when the check my a/c output...they are testing the air 6 inches WITHIN the vent. Not actually testing what the temperature is that's coming OUT of the vent. I'm returning the thermomoter this week...but I must admit I'm pretty disapointed with my experience with my problems. Trispec....is this a typical way to test AC output?
#11 of 39 Re: recall and other problems [nannerhut]
Oct 07, 2006 (8:05 am)
Standard procedure to test A/C units cooling output is to place a thermometer in the "cooled space" - in the car, and place one on the vent outlet. They also usually want to have one at the air intake. The one at the vent outlet usually hangs on the vanes, but I've seen them just stick it in the vanes as well.
They should also test the coolant level and pressure, using standard A/C tools (dual gauge device with hoses).
There have been lots of complaints of the A/C system on the RX-8 being weak. Mazda did come up with a replacement computer that was supposed to address this.
#12 of 39 Just got my recall done ...
Oct 08, 2006 (10:08 am)
I still don't have the letter from Mazda about the recall, but I needed an oil change and asked the dealer if they could do the recall too.
No problems to report, but I was not having any either. They did replace the two leading spark plugs per Mazda's suggestion and they were pretty clean. They advised me that the engine will likely use a little more oil than before and to check it more often till I get used to it.
A lady waiting with me had an 05 AT in for the recall and she got a "healthy" report as well. Mine is an 04 MT with a build date of July 03.
#13 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [msrx8]
Oct 25, 2006 (11:55 pm)
Yes please send me a copy of how to clean the cool air filter. When I checked back with the dealership they do not know what happened to the instruction. Also what is the short cut method to clean the filter.....Thank you Ablecharliaol.com
#14 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [oldtimer2]
Oct 28, 2006 (2:15 pm)
I still have not received a recall notice. And my dealer says they won't check my RX8 for recall issues without a letter, even though they know they are being sent out. Are they kidding me?
#15 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [mreese]
Oct 31, 2006 (7:41 am)
Come to think of it, I haven't gotten my letter yet either. However, my dealer performed the recall during my last oil change. He did a quick check of VIN's that were affected and mine didn't show up in their list, but considering it was an ealry build 04, he felt it should be done. Everything checked out OK, so I guess I'm good!!
#16 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [lhess]
Oct 31, 2006 (2:11 pm)
The majority of the cars involved reside in warm climates...
#17 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [audia8q]
Oct 31, 2006 (6:46 pm)
I'm in Boston and I got the recall letter week 3 of the recall on a 2005 RX-8 AT Group 2 build.
#18 of 39 Re: Some Current Recalls [audia8q]
Nov 01, 2006 (8:01 am)
There were cars sold from the same dealership and still in the area that were on the dealer's recall list - my VIN wasn't. In fact, the lady waiting with me was just a few miles away from where I live and she had her letter with her. I felt better knowing they checked mine out anyway. AND, the extended warranty is great!!
#19 of 39 else notice an MPG drop after latest PCM upgrade?
Dec 14, 2006 (12:21 pm)
I took my 2005 AT in last month for the voluntary recall, and among other things they "upgraded" my PCM. Since then I've noticed about a 1 MPG decline in fuel efficiency. My MPG average for the month before the upgrade was 18.6. Since then it has been 17.6, with no change in driving patterns. Some upgrade!
Also, regarding the squeaky brake TSB--I have this problem, intermittently, and told the mechanic (Thousand Oaks Mazda, LA area) about it. Not only could he not replicate the problem, which meant he wouldn't do anything about it (grr--do they think we make these things up?), but he said he couldn't find any TSB on the issue. I found it with google in about 30 seconds. You would think that dealers charge higher prices because they know what they're doing...