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#52 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [zlatan]
Dec 12, 2007 (1:27 pm)
Mazda3s... bought June 2004, 70000 miles, driven under normal conditions ... Transmission went bad, authorized service had a problem to fix that. Repair > $2000
A few questions:
1. Does your car have a manual or automatic transmission?
2. Did you buy your car new at a Mazda dealership?
3. Was the car regularly serviced at a Mazda dealership?
4. Does "authorized service" refer to the dealership and/or the manufacturer?
5. Did you consider a complaint to a consumer body, BBB or legal action?
#53 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [autonomous]
Dec 12, 2007 (4:09 pm)
1. both - driven as automatic
3. yeah, even last year a transmission fluid was changed per Mazda service recommendation
4. "authorized service"..I meant an official authorized mazda service department.
5. not yet but I am planning, I was pissed off with Mazda Customer representative-support, who said wear-tear problem.
Since this a relatively New Mazda model & transmission concept, the question is how many people are experiencing the similar problem.
#54 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [zlatan]
Dec 13, 2007 (11:25 am)
Sounds like you did the required upkeep. With the warranty exceeded that does not necessarily mean that Mazda cannot assist. The question is what is a reasonable duration of a Mazda transmission that has been properly maintained.
A few more questions for you:
How many times was your tranny fluid changed?
At what mileages?
Did your Mazda dealership advise you of other transmission services that you were required to perform?
My understanding is that automatics are not as durable as manuals and urban driving with lots of stop and go traffic can be hard on the vehicle but failure at 70,000 miles under normal driving conditions seems premature. You may want to get a more complete explanation from Mazda about what they think was the cause of the failure. You may also want to consider having Mazda provide a compromise solution to have the repair done at a reduced cost (e.g. they pay for a reconditioned transmission). They need to hear that their reputation is at stake and that your future cars will not be Mazdas unless you are satisfied. Put everything in writing so that you have a record for future reference.
Going the BBB or legal route can be trying, lengthy and costly but if you have the stamina go for it.
Good luck and keep us posted.
#55 of 475 Re: mazda 3 clutch problem [jeffreyg1]
Dec 14, 2007 (12:45 pm)
I am really confused now. Mazda is owned and operated by FORD. Common problems carry over, look at known problems with ford focus and now ford fusion, and sub models sold under MERCURY. If there is a known problem with ford line of vehicles, MAZDA is sure to have it too (same suppliers I suppose). I do admit FORD products have gotten a bit more reliable since 92, (they bought mazda). If you left home to buy a car and made sure its not FORD, stay away from Mazda. Did you notice how the jaguars look now a days or past 10 years??? you guessed it FORD bought them out too. They look half tuarus half continental. Do not buy the name brand, SEE WHO MAKES IT. NEXT TIME SIT INFRONT OF THE COMPUTER AND DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON THE NAME AND MAKER. THAT WAY YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO SIT AT THE CURB, WONDERING WHERE YOU WENT WRONG. GOOD LUCK.
#56 of 475 Re: mazda 3 clutch problem [jujumaster]
Dec 14, 2007 (3:29 pm)
Mazda is owned and operated by FORD.
Actually, that is only partially true as Ford owns a portion (I believe it's 1/3) of Mazda. In addition to Jaguar, the Ford family includes Volvo, Land Rover and of course Mercury. Also, this is a changing story as Ford needs to divest itself of some of the money-losing brands in order to recover its equilibrium. The collaboration between Mazda and Ford goes back over 50 years but the philosophies of the different manufacturers, their engines and their components are not identical.
If there is a known problem with ford line of vehicles, MAZDA is sure to have it too
Again, that is only partially true. For example, the Mazda6 six cylinder is a Ford engine but the turbo Mazdaspeed3 is unique and not a Ford-based engine. You are right in that many car manufacturers are looking to build a global car under different names and badges but that is easier said than done. For example, you'll likely not see the "global" Ford Mondeo riding down your street. But the astute will have spotted it in the latest version of Casino Royale. Not quite the Aston Martin but very nice in any case.
DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH
#57 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [zlatan]
Dec 21, 2007 (12:48 pm)
I've had the same problem at 80,000 miles!!! I've kept everything up on it, taken it to the dealership etc. Luckily I had purchased an extended warranty and they are covering it, but we've had to fight tooth and nail to get it covered. All the i's had to be dotted and t's crossed. In my opinion Mazda should cover the transmission either way, piece of crap!!! It was EXTREMELY dissapointing dealing w/this reality of the Mazda 3. Other problems I've had include - fuel pump (had to be changed the week I bought it - not right from the factory?), broken motor mount, problems closing the glove box, the carpet on passenger side and I'm sure there are a couple more but that's mostly it. I think they were sleeping the day they made my car!! I guess I should've went with the Toyota!
#58 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [ennis]
Dec 21, 2007 (2:54 pm)
I've had the same problem at 80,000 miles!!! ... Other problems I've had include -fuel pump (had to be changed the week I bought it - not right from the factory?), broken motor mount, problems closing the glove box, the carpet on passenger side
Did you have to pay for any of these repairs? What year is your Mazda3?
#59 of 475 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [ennis]
Dec 21, 2007 (4:48 pm)
interesting... your clutch or transmission goes out at 80,000 mile how did you get Madza to cover that??? i would consider that normal wear and tear...considering some of us had ours go out at low mileage...and had to pay some 1200 bucks for repairs...I never had any other problems with my 2004.....other than a broken moter mount when they replaced the clutch on mine which was covered...
#60 of 475 mazda 3 trans problems
Dec 29, 2007 (12:47 pm)
I have a 06 automatic, I looked threw the owners manual to find the service intervals for the trans and couldn't find them. I called the dealer and was told it was a flaw and it wasn't printed. I bet if I had any problems the dealer would say it either was from neglet or bad driving. I read other forum postings of people having problems with manual trans and cluthes and being blamed on poor driving habits or not knowing how to drive stick. If that where me I would have the dealer give me the keys to a new car and show him that I knew how to drive stick. I had the following problems with my car, A/C stopped woking at 18000 miles(live in fla.) took it to the dealer and was told it was because I had a clogged cabin air filter and they are not responsible for the repair, I purchased a oem filter and after 5 hours of disasemblind the center consol I finally changed the filter and it wasn't clogged and the A/C still didn't work. So I looked under the hood and found that the nut holdind the cluth to the compressor came off. I also hate the everytime you bring your car to the dealer for warrenty work the always try to sell you a mileage service package that is to expensive or not nessary
#61 of 475 Re: mazda 3 clutch problem [jujumaster]
Dec 30, 2007 (8:24 am)
I am confused too. So mazda3 isn't really reliable then right? I am planning between a Mazda 3, Volkswaggen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, and a Chevy Cobalt. I am planning to buy either of these cars, and planning to keep them for about 100,00 miles. I have a discussion over in the toyota corolla forum that talks about this. Maybe you need to see it, because the folks over there say that the Mazda 3 is very reliable.