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#1 of 494 Mazda 3 Transmission problem
Mar 06, 2007 (4:50 pm)
I have a 2005 Mazda 3, auto 4 spd, 2.3 ltr. All of a sudden this morning when I put it in reverse, I get a loud, vibrating noise. ONLY in reverse. All other gears work quiet and smoothly.
I checked underneath the car; no leads, drips, drools, and pools of fluid. There is no visible damage to anything. All fluid levels are normal and don't smell burnt, and are clear.
What could this be?
I have an appointment Thursday at the dealership, but I don't want to get scammed into paying for this. I'm worried they'll tell me it's been damaged and the warranty won't cover it.
Any suggestions how to go about fixing this without getting screwed over? I can't afford repairs.
#2 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 Transmission problem [rienell]
Mar 06, 2007 (7:23 pm)
"Any suggestions how to go about fixing this without getting screwed over? I can't afford repairs."
If you didn't abuse your car there is no reason for you to be worried. It should be covered under warranty. Be nice to them but if they try to blame you change the tone and ask to talk with the General Manager. If that doesn't work either, call Mazda headquarters. Do not pay for repairs done to a car under warranty...ever...unless you know you are the one responsible for the damage. Anyway, I seriously doubt they will try to put this on you. Good luck.
#3 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 Transmission problem [fasterthanyou]
Mar 06, 2007 (7:46 pm)
Trust me.. I'm a single parent, and have only 1 car to get to work. Be ridiculous to neglect or abuse my car. I know some people do unknowingly, but I can't afford that. I've always changed the oil on time, have my receipts, and just had the 15000 checkup done.
THis is like a freakish stroke of bad luck on my part i think.. lol
THanks for the advice though. I've already got plans to show the service guys the fluid levels before they take the cars in so that they can't say it had no fluids. Buddy of mine told me to do that.
#4 of 494 Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone?
Mar 14, 2007 (7:53 am)
#5 of 494 Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone?
Mar 13, 2007 (12:38 pm)
I own a 2004 Mazda3 hatchback. I've had the clutch replaced at 6,000 miles which was covered under warranty. I currently have only 17,900 miles on my vehicle and I need to get the clutch and possibly flywheel replaced. They are telling me it's $1700 and not covered under warranty because the warranty on clutches is 1 year (it's been 1.5 years). Has anyone else had similar problems. They tell me at the dealership it's normal wear and tear, I know it must be a defect becasue I've driven manuals my whole life and have never had to replace a clutch at 15,000 miles let alone 2 at less than 18,000 miles. They basically told me I don't know how to drive and its my fault my clutch is worn out and that I'm SOL and I'm going to be forced to fork over 1700 bucks. I called Mazda Warranty and they said that they rely on the Mazda service dept. and as long as they say its normal wear and tear and the warranty expired I'm basically screwed. Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem. This will be the last Mazda I purchase.
Soon to be ex Mazda owner
#6 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [matt1979]
Mar 13, 2007 (6:44 pm)
That's the most outrageous thing I've ever heard, I put 130,000 formula 1 type miles on '90 Chevy Beretta GTZ...hit the rev limiter multiple times & never had any problem with the clutch ....between the 73 Triump GT6 MkIII, 76 TR7, 89 Calais QUAD 4, etc.....never had clutch problems. & drive like a maniac...maybe you are the world's worst driver?
#7 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [smogdung]
Mar 13, 2007 (6:50 pm)
I have a 97 Trans Am that I haven't put two clutches in. My advice to you don't buy a Mazda.
#8 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [matt1979]
Mar 13, 2007 (8:28 pm)
I have a 2006 Mazda 3i with manual transmission. Have about 11k miles on it, and no problems with my clutch. Haven't heard of other Mazda3 owners with M/Ts having issues.
#9 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [tomkozski]
Mar 14, 2007 (5:53 am)
I own a '97 M3i 5M with 6,800 miles so far with no clutch problems. What problems were you having before the first replacement, and is the same thing happening now?
#10 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [acd]
Mar 14, 2007 (7:53 am)
I haven't had any problems with the car aside from the clutch. I contacted the better business bureau and am planning on filing a complaint agaist the dealership. carsurvey.org has compalints of multiple Mazda owners concerning clutches on Mazda3's and Mazda6's