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#162 of 494 Re: 2004 Mazda 3 Transmission issue [boogaliu]
Jul 20, 2009 (12:04 pm)
My daughters Mazda 3 needs a new automatic transmission and it only has 45000 miles... Unlucky for us as the warranty expired. This automatic transmission also has a manual mode. Her boyfriend would only drive it in manual mode... could this be the cause of the transmission dying??
An automatic transmission should last longer than 45K miles; at least double that distance. 2004 was the first year for the new 2.3 L Mazda3 engine, so you may want to do some research on whether others have had similar problems with their automatics (Consumer Reports may be one place to look). Have you raised the issue with the dealer and with the manufacturer, Mazda?
Driving it in manual mode should be okay. I wonder if the way it was driven in manual is the real source of the problem. Does her boyfriend have a history of burning out engines?
#163 of 494 Madza 3 Transmission
Jul 26, 2009 (8:26 am)
I have a 2005 Mazda with 38,000 miles on it and the dealership told me it needs a new transmission, four dates out of warranty. Wished I had checked out this site before I decided to buy a mazda. Because 5000.00 is a lot of money for the replacement.
#164 of 494 Re: Madza 3 Transmission [jzig]
Jul 27, 2009 (10:06 am)
2005 Mazda with 38,000 miles ... needs a new transmission ... out of warranty.
Did you buy the car in 2005 or 2004? I thought the expiry date for major components was 5 years.
How and when was the problem originally identified?
Were there any warning signs of the transmission problem identified in previous service visits?
Do you have an automatic or manual transmission?
Do you have a long relationship with the dealership?
Was most of the work done on your car done by the dealership?
#165 of 494 Re: Madza 3 Transmission [autonomous]
Jul 27, 2009 (10:49 am)
Prior to 2007 model year Mazda warranty was 4 years for everything. For 2007 or later it is 5 years on power train, 3 years on everything else.
#166 of 494 Re: Madza 3 Transmission [jeffyscott]
Jul 27, 2009 (1:17 pm)
Prior to 2007 model year Mazda warranty was 4 years for everything. For 2007 or later it is 5 years on power train, 3 years on everything else
Interesting, I wonder if it's different in the US and Canada. My 2002 Mazda Protege5 had a 5 year limited powertrain warranty (in Canada). Also, googling of "mazda warranty" shows a PDF from penneymazda (in Canada) of the same 5 year Mazda warranty for 2005 vehicles.
#168 of 494 Re: Madza 3 Transmission [jeffyscott]
Jul 28, 2009 (7:08 am)
Thanks for the link to automotive.com.
I checked the reference for my car, 2002 Mazda Protege5, and the site lists 3 years/50,000 miles for both the Basic Warranty and the Drivetrain Warranty. That is not the warranty I received when I purchased my car (I had 5 years on my Powertrain Warranty). The warranties must be specific to each area.
Here is an excerpt of what Mazda Canada has on its website under Powertrain Warranty:
"All Mazda vehicles except B-Series and 2001 to 2006 Tribute.
Warranty Period: The warranty period starts upon expiration of the New Vehicle 36 month/80,000 km Limited Warranty and ends at 60 months from the earlier date of either retail delivery or first use of the Mazda Vehicle, or at the time the Mazda Vehicle has been driven 100,000 km, whichever comes first."
#169 of 494 New Clutch at 17,000 Miles?!
Aug 05, 2009 (10:06 am)
My husband has a 2008 Mazda 3 hatchback and was just rear-ended by another driver which caused minor damage to the rear bumper. Just after the accident he also noticed the clutch wasn't engaging properly.
He took the car in to have it looked at and have the body damage fixed. The dealership just called to say that he needs a new clutch for $1500.
Is it possible that the clutch was somehow damaged in the accident? Is it possible he's worn out the clutch at 17,000 miles and it's just a coincidence that it happened the same time as the accident? Will they be able to tell the difference between a worn and an accident damaged clutch?
#170 of 494 Re: New Clutch at 17,000 Miles?! [gobluewrigley]
Aug 05, 2009 (11:43 am)
A clutch with 17,000 miles should be covered under warranty unless they can show that the clutch was damaged by the accident or was abused by the driver.If it was from the accident collision insurance should cover it.You have to be a pretty terrible driver to burn up a clutch in that many miles.A properly used clutch should last 100,000 or more
#171 of 494 Re: New Clutch at 17,000 Miles?! [jetaway]
Aug 05, 2009 (12:07 pm)
I'd think the clutch is considered to be a wear item and is probably not covered by warranty at 17K mi, just like brakes wearing out would not be covered. That is assuming that the problem is that the clutch is simply worn out.