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#340 of 492 Re: 2006 mazda3 transmission issue [lizzzed]
Oct 24, 2011 (11:28 am)
I've got a similar issues, I'm not seeing what your resolution was. My car is still at AAMCO.
My issue sounds similar. I am driving on the highway, the car jerks and my transmission lights on the dash turn off. The gear and gear number lights go dark. A few seconds later it all comes on on 3rd gear, the car revs and the AT light comes on.
They've had my car for 3 weeks. It's been at the shop, a mazda tech looked at it, the computer codes were downloaded, it's been to a dealership and is now back. They think it's a short. But it's become a time life mystery.
The computer checked out ok. BTW
#341 of 492 Re: 2006 mazda3 transmission issue [edmundsreader]
Oct 24, 2011 (3:03 pm)
Mark again, this is a mazda problem and they wont own up to it. The person that I need to talk to , the madza techs, mazda will not let you talk to them. Its not a trans problem, its a brain vs senser problem. To buy a new trans is a waste for a 3k for a 2006 (3) with 100kmile car. I not sure what the at light means? Thansk
#342 of 492 Re: 2006 mazda3 transmission issue [edmundsreader]
Oct 24, 2011 (9:02 pm)
Well, after a long 2 month suffering with my 2007 Mazda 3 which I was ready to trade-in with a $2500 loss...it ended up with a new transmission! and it runs like a baby again. I couldn't come to grips that I needed a new transmission at 83,000 miles. I would disconnect my battery it would reset and shift gears for a little while then go back to the 3rd gear stuck ratio so that was why I believed it was a brain/sensor/computer thing. I had changed the pulse generator sensor at home and it still didn't shift. I read every forum, researched, called Mazda mechanics (they wouldn't help).
I had already mastered the art of driving with 3 gears to work and local driving which was insane. My stepfather finally came to the rescue asking how long was i gonna wait to fix my car or trade it in? He called his mechanic for quote, they found a low mile transmission and fixed it. His mechanic said Mazda 3's are always having tranny problems, he said, "no good". Honda, Toyota, Nissan - no Mazda!! lol, i'm laughing now. MY Nissan ran 250k miles still like brand new when i got new car..my 350z was great til it got totaled, I thought what a great lookin' Mazda 3 this is i had to have it, sunroof, blue...but has cost me this pain in 1 year of having it. Well for now, it is back on the road it is a great looking car and the inside is perfect for me..I have it working as background in television so not a total loss.
#343 of 492 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear
Nov 13, 2011 (4:36 pm)
My '05 Mazda 3 starts on 3rd gear and it is very slow in the beginning as if I am barely pressing on the gas. It goes to 4th gear around 30/35 mph. I see "AT" and the engine light on too. Also when put it on the manual transmission mode, I don't see the gears in the dashboard. Has anybody had this happen to them? Or can anybody help me in understanding what this is about?
#344 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [fdlopez]
Nov 13, 2011 (5:58 pm)
yes, all of this happened to me. The end result sorry to say was a new transmission. I was in denial for like 2 months, I put in a new pulse generator sensor. I took it to first mechanic he said it was a solenoid stuck, they changed it, one day later it downshifted to 3rd gear on freeway almost making me wreck and wouldn't shift past 4th. Everything you are saying is what happened to my car after I drove it locally in 3rd gear for a month and a half, there wasn't anymore power and I finally had to take it in. My stepdad helped me and I got a new transmission with low miles and it is working like brand new. The mechanic told me Mazdas were known for their bad transmissions.
#345 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [lizzzed]
Nov 13, 2011 (6:34 pm)
oh man! was replacing the transmission expensive? i know its not cheap...what about getting a new pulse generator sensor and the solenoid, was that expensive too?
#346 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [fdlopez]
Nov 13, 2011 (6:54 pm)
Yes. The EXACT same thing happen to me. Took it to aamco n they had to tke it apart n said the code reading solenoid was stuck is because mazda cars go into like a "safe" mode n will drive in 3rd gear til u get it fixed. My result was the transmission was slowly coming apart n I had to get a whole new one..well rebuilt one. End cost was $3000. But aamco charged it to an account that u can apply for n make paymnts instead of payibg all at once. My mazda 3 was only 3 years old. The fact that I had to replace the tranny before my break pads is rediculous but apprently im not the only one. Good luck.
#347 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [missy32]
Nov 14, 2011 (5:04 am)
Wow, one of my neighboors down the street has a 2006. I hope they don't have this problem too. How many miles on yours before it died? That's another reason that I only buy manual transmissions!
#348 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [mcdawgg]
Nov 14, 2011 (5:37 am)
"That's another reason that I only buy manual transmissions!"
While my primary reason for driving exclusively manual transmissions is that I never took the time to learn to drive an automatic (can't get used to the whole two-pedal thing); also counting among my reasons is they're more fun to drive, they typically have a lower initial cost for the car, and much lower (often much-much lower) maintenance costs over the life of the car.
#349 of 492 Re: 2005 Mazda 3 Starts on 3rd Gear [missy32]
Nov 14, 2011 (9:30 pm)
I took it to an aamco this morning and they told me that the code was reading that the solenoid was getting stuck and that the car would go into the safe mode and that's why it's starting on 3rd gear. I am not sure anymore if I should go ahead and replace it from all of the feedback that I've been getting. It looks as though that the solenoid getting stuck problem has happened to others and eventually they had to replace the entire automatic transmission. How is the car doing now that it has a new/rebuilt tranmission?