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#197 of 494 Transmission Failure - Probably Clutch
Dec 12, 2009 (9:02 pm)
I have a manual 2006 Mazda3 Hatchback with 55,000 miles on it. My transmission stopped working while I was coming down a mountain yesterday. Just heard a "bam" and while down shifting, then it was pretty much like my car was in neutral no matter which gear I had it in.
Had a Mazda mechanic inspect the car today and he says that my clutch probably broke and that my engine mount is broken as well. Quote was $1100 for replacing clutch and $200 for engine mount USD.
Unfortunately, my 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty just expired. Really disappointed as I expected the transmission to be much stronger than this and I've been driving the car pretty conservatively because I want it to last.
I'm going to call Mazda customer support on Monday to see if I can get any deal worked out with them.I'm hoping for the best and I'll be sure give you guys updates.
#198 of 494 Re: Transmission Failure - Probably Clutch [beekae]
Dec 22, 2009 (1:46 pm)
I'm going to call Mazda customer support on Monday to see if I can get any deal worked out with them
Things to consider:
- Have you followed all the maintenance work recommended in the driver's manual?
- Was the maintenance done by a Mazda dealership?
- Do you have documentation for the above?
- When exactly did your warranty expire?
- Are you a first time buyer of Mazda or are you a repeat customer?
Your reasoning could be along the lines that:
- your car was driven responsibly and serviced by a reputable garage and that its parts should therefore be sound after only 55K and (4?) years of driving.
- A transmission failing at 55K is unacceptable.
- If a full repair can not be warrantied, you would consider a compromise of 90% (or whatever you feel is correct).
- If you are unsatisfied with the compromise, declare that you will never consider another vehicle in this brand and that you will warn family and friends of your case.
#199 of 494 Re: Transmission Failure - Probably Clutch [autonomous]
Dec 23, 2009 (3:02 am)
"- Have you followed all the maintenance work recommended in the driver's manual?"
What maintenance is called for on the manual transmission? I checked the Owner's Manual of my 2009 Mazda3 and there is absolutely zero maintenance called for vis-a-vis the manual transmission in my car.
#200 of 494 Re: Transmission Failure - Probably Clutch [shipo]
Dec 23, 2009 (6:06 am)
There may not be any maintenance specified even for an automatic transmission these days. Neither my 2007 Mazda6 nor my wife's 2005 VW call for transmission fluid changes in the maintenance schedule.
Anyway, it appears that the failure is actually the clutch. Can probably replace that for somewhat less than the $1100 dealer price, by having it done elsewhere.
#201 of 494 Mazda 3 - 2006
Jan 23, 2010 (4:59 pm)
I will look at the "lemon law". Class action will do it for me. I'm having major problems with my transmission. Worst of all, I'm current unemployed.
#202 of 494 04 mazda 3 transmission leak
Feb 05, 2010 (4:34 pm)
Hi all. I'm new to the forum so bear with me. Last week my wife noticed a puddle of red fluid under my 04 mazda 3 as backed out of the garage. Knowing red meant transmission, I immediately took it in to have it checked out. I have 134K miles on this car but it drives like it did the first day I got it. Well wouldn't you know it, dealership says I need a new $3000 transmission. I was really hoping I could get at least 250k miles out of this car because I babied it to death. It was serviced everytime the sticker in window said to bring it in. I'm not paying $3000 for another transmission. Dealer says I could drive it indefinitely if I keep the trans fluid topped off. I guess another car is in my future. What do you guys think? Have I gotten my monies worth out of this car?
#203 of 494 Re: 04 mazda 3 transmission leak [t_rex_95]
Feb 05, 2010 (6:43 pm)
I put a brand new transmission in the family ride a couple of years ago that had well over 100,000 miles as well. Why? Because three grand is a heck of a lot cheaper than a new car and at the time I couldn't afford a new car. The good news was that the new tranny was still going strong another 100,000 miles down the road when I traded it in. I say put the new tranny in your Mazda3 and hang in there untill you get to your quarter of a million mile mark.
FWIW, this particular was the first vehicle my wife and I had ever bought with an automatic transmission (most minivans don't come with the option of a stick), and as if I didn't need another reason to get my Mazda3 with a manual transmission, the failed automatic added to that list. Personally I think it is the rare automatic that can go 250,000 miles and not fail, however, modern manual transmissions rarely even need a clutch by that point.
#204 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 Transmission problem [canadian_guy]
Feb 06, 2010 (9:18 am)
did anybody figure out what was causing this my 05 just started doing the same thing.
#205 of 494 Re: 04 mazda 3 transmission leak [t_rex_95]
Feb 06, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I would take the car to a third party transmission shop, who may advise rebuilding your transmission instead or replacing it. This should be cheaper than installing a new one and should let your car make it through 200K mark no problem.