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#243 of 494 Preachin' to the choir
Aug 27, 2010 (7:12 am)
I have a 2007 Mazda Mazda3 wagon and the transmission has been bad since at least 30K. I brought it in but the mechanics kept saying they couldn't find a problem, etc., although they noted the transmission fluid was discolored. They didn't want to change it because it would void the warranty.
I brought it in regularly every 8K miles. Finally, at 62K they figure out that there is a problem and I need a new transmission! What a miracle! The transmission fluid has been discolored the whole time because the transmission is wearing out.
The dealership tells me it's out of warranty and Mazda company won't help. They wouldn't even allow me to use the $85 diagnosis fee toward changing my transmission fluid rather than changing the entire transmission. They have told me to stick it where the sun doesn't shine in more ways than one.
I had plans to pass this car on to my daughter when she learned to drive shortly and buy a Miata. But I have completely reversed any decisions to deal with such a company anymore, considering how they treat customers.
It seems with all of these complaints about the transmission that a class action lawsuit is in order to get Mazda to issue a recall.
#244 of 494 Re: 2005 Mazda3 (automatic) with Transmission Issues [jwaller86]
Aug 27, 2010 (9:47 am)
I have recently been having the same problem. It has gotten worse over the past three weeks. Were you able to get this problem resolved and if so what all did it entail. Thanks
#245 of 494 Re: HELP! Mazda3 clutch failure at 42k, and dealer/warranty issues [dangerbird]
Aug 27, 2010 (1:10 pm)
My 2007 Mazda 3's clutch first went out at 29,000 miles. It's gone out again this summer at 63,000 miles. I hate this car.
My previous two Honda Civics (both manuals) ran for 130,000+ miles without ever needing any clutch or transmission repairs.
#246 of 494 tranny problems
Aug 31, 2010 (8:40 pm)
hi..well after reading everyones problems with their mazda transmissions I guess I'm puttin mazda on my list of bad vehicles. I too have a mazda 3 2007 n sbout 2 weeks ago I noticed the AT light came on n my car wouldn't shift past 3rd gear.. But before that. Around 30000 miles I noticed my car would make a slight jerk when shifting into 4th gear. My car is now at 103000 miles n this light is jus now coming on. I took into the dealership, and for $108 to diagnose it. They tell me the transmission had an Internal failure n will have to be replaced. The mechanic had mentioned to prepare for the worst because this problem he's seen many times before n it usually ends up with the transmission being replaced. So now I'm out of warranty n it's gonna cost me $2300 to fix it. Idk what I'm gonna do. I wish I had known this sooner dat mazdas have shitty tranny problems. You'd think with this many..theyd do somethin about it!!
#247 of 494 Re: tranny problems [missy32]
Sep 01, 2010 (5:17 am)
You have 103,000 miles. While it is unfortunate to have a $2300 repair bill at any time, sometimes machines do break. Perhaps the design of the machine is perfectly reasonable and you were just unlucky and got one that broke at 100K mi. There is no manufacturer that has a power train warranty that goes beyond 100K mi, probably because random failures start occurring at about that point.
What is the expectation, how many miles with a 0% failure rate is acceptable?
#248 of 494 Re: tranny problems [jeffyscott]
Sep 01, 2010 (6:56 am)
yes that is true....but why would at only 30000 miles when the car was still practickly brand new would it start acting up already. When I descriebed the jerking into 4th gear, the mechanic told me it waz a sign the transmission was already being worn down. I've had 2 other vehicles that lasted years with far more miles before small things started needing repairs...but not the whole transmission. I've done alot of researching, and to me, it jus seems mazda gave far too many probems with their transmissions acting up early on.
#249 of 494 Re: tranny problems [jeffyscott]
Sep 01, 2010 (7:12 am)
Sounds like another 2-3 post wonder...
#250 of 494 Re: tranny problems [missy32]
Sep 01, 2010 (1:29 pm)
mazda ... too many probems with their transmissions
Curious. In the April 2010 Consumer Reports Auto issue the 2007 Mazda 3 transmission is top rated (that is, it "had relatively few problems compared with other models"). In fact, the transmission seems to be consistently rated highly from 2006 to 2009. The automatic transmission on my 2002 Mazda Protege5 (precursor to the Mazda3) continues to work flawlessly after 80K miles.
#251 of 494 Re: tranny problems [autonomous]
Sep 02, 2010 (5:07 am)
You cannot compare your 2002 Mazda Protege5 transmission with another year and model. It's apples and oranges.
When this many of the same year and model are having the EXACT same problems then Mazda should be taking notice. Changing your entire transmission (no repair) before changing your breaks is a ridiculous proposition.
As for Consumer Reports. That piece of data is given without context. Which type of Mazda3 transmissions were they talking about? The Mazda3 Speed transmission is still highly rated. We are specifically talking about the automatic transmission in the standard model.
#252 of 494 Re: tranny problems [kduggento]
Sep 02, 2010 (6:22 am)
"When this many of the same year and model are having the EXACT same problems..."
How many is "this many", do we have accurate statistics on the failure rate? Do we also have an accurate figure on failure rate amongst all vehicles for comparison?