Last post on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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#58 of 64 third time's a charm?
Apr 23, 2012 (1:41 pm)
I really like my '06 Mazda 5. When we bought it it had about 70,000 miles. at around 92,00 on a trip to Florida the transmission failed in Orlando. It took a week and 3500.00 to get back going. About 4 months later it failed again, this time in Atlanta. The Orlando shop shipped the parts to the Atlanta shop, so this time it was only 2500.00. That was June and September of 2010. Now in April of 2012, at 125,000 miles, back home, the transmission is failing again. The shop guy here tells me it's the same transmission as Nissan Quest, Ford Focus and several other popular cars and they typically are very reliable. The options seem to be very limited, either get it fixed and sell or get it fixed and drive it for 11 months and then sell it. (This overhaul has a one year 12k guarantee) I should have sold it last time, but I really thought they had fixed it. live and learn...
#59 of 64 Mazda 5 AutoTransaxle failure
Sep 19, 2012 (6:01 am)
I have a 2008 Mazda5 with 180K km on it.
It's been a reliable and trustworthy car since I bought it in late 2007.
Yesterday the AT (automatic transaxle) warning light came on, today I'm told I need a new transmission, $4,300.
I've owned several cars for a decade or more and never had a transmission fail like this. Is there a history of automatic transaxle failure with MAZDA or is this likely a outlier?
#60 of 64 Re: Mazda 5 AutoTransaxle failure [libmendonca]
Sep 19, 2012 (8:25 am)
How was it maintained/serviced during these past 180k km?
#61 of 64 Re: Mazda 5 AutoTransaxle failure [qbrozen]
Sep 19, 2012 (8:53 am)
Regular service at the dealer at the recommended intervals, never any serious problems.
#62 of 64 Re: Mazda 5 AutoTransaxle failure [libmendonca]
Sep 19, 2012 (10:42 am)
Ok... to put it simply: was the transmission fluid EVER changed?
I don't want to know what the book told you or the dealer to do. There are way too many vehicles on the road where the manufacturer is claiming "lifetime fill" of transmission fluid, and its complete bunk.
#63 of 64 2008 Mazda 5 Transmission problems
Nov 19, 2012 (8:35 am)
Well, perhaps it's time for a lawyer now! I bought my 2008 Mazda 5 new from the dealer. The transmission failed at 64,000 miles. After getting 3 separate diagnosis' and all agreeing that the transmission would have to be rebuilt or replaced, I was fortunate to find a transmission from a car (another same year and model) that was totaled with only 16,000 miles. I had it professionally installed and used the high $ transmission fluid recommended by Mazda and all was great (for about another 40,000 miles.) Then, the exact same symptoms started occurring.
When in automatic mode, the transmission slips when shifting from 2nd to 3rd, and 3rd to 4th gears. At highway speeds it's fine. It also functions fine in manual shift mode. Just like to original transmission when it started to go bad, it's making sort of a clunking noise when I hit even small bumps. I've had everything else checked, ie. struts, bushings, bearings, etc. and everything else is fine. Does anyone have any suggestions? This is fun!
#64 of 64 Re: 2008 Mazda 5 Transmission problems [gunboat]
Nov 19, 2012 (10:58 am)
I don't see what a lawyer could do for you on a car with 104k miles. No idea why your car seems to be eating transmissions. Could be a great number of causes, not the least of which is driving conditions and care/maintenance.