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#122 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [jeffreyg1]
Nov 15, 2008 (3:35 pm)
I have a 2004 Mazda 3 sedan 2.3L 5-speed manual. Had the terrible misfortune of being 90 miles from home (48,500 miles on the odometer) when my clutch gave out. I learned to drive stick on this car, but still, 50k? Isn't that low even by American car standards? Going to cost me $1100+. I was a pretty quick study when it came to the manual transmission, and have not been abusive to the car. Is Mazda just throwing in wimpy clutches?
#123 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [parabola]
Nov 16, 2008 (5:30 am)
Isn't that low even by American car standards?
I love it, your mazda clutch goes only 50K mi and you turn it into a way to bash the US manufacturers. I have owned 4 american cars with manuals, never replaced a clutch on any of them. These cars had 110K to 150K on them when I got rid of them.
However, the life of a clutch is very dependent on where and how you drive. Obviously a lot of stop and go traffic means more wear as does resting your left foot on the clutch pedal.
#124 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [jeffyscott]
Nov 16, 2008 (7:39 am)
funny you mentioned that.. i had a chevy s-10 prior to my mazda 3.. the 5-speed on my s-10 was built like a rock and lasted close to 150,000 miles although all the plastic parts on the rest of my s-10 broke or fell off over time.. that was my only gripe on it...
I do know the 3 is still made entirely in japen i'm just surprised that they would do such a crappy job on the clutch assembly on such a hot car at the moment...having my clutch go out 34,000 miles is ridiculous...
#125 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [jeffreyg1]
Nov 17, 2008 (2:26 pm)
Mazda won't budge on my 2007 3i that just lost its clutch at 29k miles. My repair will be $1100 and I need to pick it up tomorrow, since my rental car is costing me too much to keep up this fight.
Corporate customer service has not been helpful at all, stringing me out before finalizing their rejection of my warrantee request, today, two weeks after the car was taken in for service.
I filed a report with the Better Business Bureau today (case #1364515) and will be contacting the attorney general soon.
My previous 3 cars have all been Hondas, two Civics and an Accord, the Civics both manuals. I drove all of them in excess of 125k with no transmission/clutch problems whatsoever. I haven't changed my driving habits or home address in ten years.
My Mazda is a poor imitation of a Honda. My Honda dealer, who actually helped me pick out my Mazda at the dealer next door, based on economics only, is interested in helping me get out of it now.
#126 of 494 Parking to Reverse gives a BIG jolt - Mazda 3
Dec 08, 2008 (8:41 am)
I own a 2004 Mazda3 4dr with triptronic transmission and around 150K on it. Since yesterday, I am getting a strange problem in the car. When I put the car from "parking" to "reverse", the car gives a big jolt. And an "AT" code shows up on the screen. I check the manual book and "AT" relates to transmision axle issues.
I took it to a local mechanic and he said probably the transmission needs to be rebuilt and cost would be around $2000 CAD. I already have spent around 1200 CAD this month on the car and I am broke with this new trouble.
$500 on winter tires
$400 on back struts
$300 on rotors and brake pad change.
I tried to look in google, and came to this site/thread where the user posted the exact problem but nobody really gave the correct answer to the issue:
I would appreciate if you guys think that this is a transmission issue and if there's any alternative like where can i get a used transmission etc???? I still drive the car to work (100kms) everyday and the mechanic said it should not cause any issue but what do you guys think as I am a bit worried driving it on the highway everyday.Though the car gives no trouble at all except that initial jolt when you start the car.
#127 of 494 Jolting Mazda 3 [micks80]
Dec 09, 2008 (10:08 am)
2004 Mazda3 4dr with triptronic transmission and around 150K ... When I put the car from "parking" to "reverse", the car gives a big jolt. And an "AT" code shows ... I took it to a local mechanic and he said probably the transmission needs to be rebuilt and cost would be around $2000 CAD
Before forking out $2K I'd get a second opinion from a Mazda dealer. Being in Canada at this time of year, a drop in temperature may be contributing to your shift problems. My 2002 Mazda Protege5 acts differently in the cold. Try warming the car a little bit more before driving. Also, consider having the transmission fluid changed if you have not done so recently.
#128 of 494 Re: Parking to Reverse gives a BIG jolt - Mazda 3 [micks80]
Jan 26, 2009 (10:53 pm)
I had that type of problem in a chevy malibu it was an 03. It turned out to be the torque inverter. also the change in temperate never helps.
#129 of 494 Re: Parking to Reverse gives a BIG jolt - Mazda 3 [sankyu16]
Feb 04, 2009 (10:32 am)
Thanks a lot, so how much does it cost to change a torque inverter or where to get it tested if that's causing this issue???
I searched google for "what is torque inverter", ""change torque inverter" etc but did not got any helpful links.
#130 of 494 Re: Parking to Reverse gives a BIG jolt - Mazda 3 [micks80]
Feb 04, 2009 (10:48 am)
You didn't get any hits on your google search because there is no such a thing as a "torque inverter". That said, I suspect you're looking for the term, "torque converter". Yes, no?
#131 of 494 Re: Parking to Reverse gives a BIG jolt - Mazda 3 [shipo]
Feb 04, 2009 (1:02 pm)
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