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#479 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2012 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [scwmcan]
Aug 08, 2013 (4:55 pm)
My 2013 skyactiv GT 6 spd manual was built in Feb.2013. I seem to have none of the problems in this thread, however, with less than 3K on the car it has popped out of 3rd gear more than 2 dozen times. My dealer said Mazda reports this transmission is practically trouble free and no one has reported this popping out of gear issue. This gets a bit dicey when merging or with a 10 wheeler on you back bumper. My previous 2004 Mazda3 was essentially trouble free. I would much like to hear from anyone with the problem I have. I wish the discussion of the manual and automatic transmissions would be kept separate.
#480 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2012 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [eoghan1]
Aug 10, 2013 (4:34 pm)
Bad 3rd gear synchronizer is the most likely the problem. Make them fix it. You may have to leave it with them and have them drive it a while to duplicate the popping out of 3rd gear.
#481 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2012 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [mcdawgg]
Aug 13, 2013 (6:10 am)
Thanx mcdawg. I'm 74 and I get some puzzled responses when I inquire about sporty hatches with manual boxes. Yesterday, mine popped out of 3rd 3 times successively in a couple of hundred yards. Then again a few miles later. Could you elaborate on your suggestion as I intend to pass it on to the service manager when I drop the car off next week? With some apprehension I plan on leaving it with the dealer for about three weeks while we are in Europe.
#482 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2012 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [eoghan1]
Aug 13, 2013 (8:41 am)
Just that they have to see it pop out of 3rd for themselves, so have them drive it until it happens to them. Typically, popping out of gear could be caused by a bad synchronizer/synchronizer ring.
#483 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2013 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [mcdawgg]
Aug 18, 2013 (7:11 am)
Thanx for the info. Two suggestions as to cause are a bad 3rd synchronizer and a bent fork. I have tried feeling the shifter and if I push on it with the car in 3rd I do feel an intermittent rubbing. This does not happen in any other gear. How would a fork become bent in such a low mileage car(1500mi) which had not been driven hard? It has occurred more frequently now(3200mi}. I am leaving the car with the dealer for 3+ weeks(with some anxiety) while we are out of town. Do they have to lift the engine to get the transmission out? I'll report when I get the car back.
#484 of 494 2007 Mazda 3 FN 5 auto trans (5spd) problems
Sep 01, 2013 (11:00 am)
I've read a number of posts in different forums and thought I'd post what I've learned.
First, these transmissions are garbage. My normal auto service in a vehicle that doesn't tow or get abuse is fluid and filter at 75K. My wife drives the car and is what I'd call a non-abusive driver. Almost never does full throttle pulls, drives within speed limits, a lot of highway driving etc... 75K the Trans is apparently shot. It began with her complaining of the trans jerking on up and down shifts. I drove the car and it felt like the converter was locked, even though at slower speeds there and at idle, it was fine. At that time, I checked the fluid and it was fine. I put a fluid change on my list of things to do and told her to baby it. A few weeks later the trans appeared to be failing and the fluid was burnt. 2nd gear slow to engage (dash says it has shifted but the RPM drops very slowly (just like a slipping manual clutch). I flushed using the approved special global ATF and R&R'd the shift solenoids (since I saw several posts on this correcting the jerking and slow shifts and they were cheaper than a trans rebuild) but to no avail. The trans continues to slip in 2nd gear, both going into and when held in manual mode. At this point, a rebuild or salvage yard appear to be the only options. Nice car but no way the trans should go completely belly up at 75K! My Chevy Astro vans have 168K and 225K respectively and I drive the snot out of those, replacing fluid ~75K (and not very religious about it). These Mazda FWD transmissions are poorly designed and fragile from my POV. Love the car otherwise but way turned off Mazdas by this. If your Mazda 3 is doing similar things, figure on a big bill in your immediate future. Used transmissions are a grand (you install and this is a complete crap shoot since the used unit will probably have problems sooner than later) and rebuilds appear to be 3 grand or so installed. If you haven't had problems, get a competent trans shop to "flush" the fluid every 30K and hope for the best.
#485 of 494 Re: 2007 Mazda 3 FN 5 auto trans (5spd) problems [chiefcrewdog]
Sep 01, 2013 (12:38 pm)
And what is Mazda's recommend service interval for the transmission? ( I ask because I don't know). Is it shorter or longer than the 75,000 miles that you generally do? I am pretty sure the manual transmission gets it's fluid changed at 60,000 miles, so I would think the auto should be at least that often as well.
( though I know many manufactures are going for the supposed " life time" fluid)
#486 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2012 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [eoghan1]
Sep 03, 2013 (4:58 pm)
#487 of 494 Re: HELP! Mazda3 clutch failure at 42k, and dealer/warranty issues [roadburner]
Sep 27, 2013 (10:16 pm)
I have 78,000 miles on my car and the clutch is fine.
#488 of 494 Re: Mazda 3 2013 skyactiv faulty Manual Transmission [eoghan1]
Sep 28, 2013 (5:49 am)
While we were overseas, the dealer replaced the transmission. My daughter picked up the car. we have been driving it since 9/15 without problems. Kind of strange that the gas mileage was only 28 on the last fill(although the dash showed 32) when it had been 33 previously.