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#67 of 492 Mazda3 5-spd 2006: grinds in 2nd gear
Jan 09, 2008 (7:16 pm)
I am overall thrilled with this car, but after about a year it started making an occasional harsh brief grinding noise when going into 2nd gear - all other gears are fine. At about 24K miles I took the car into the Mazda dealer (where I bought it new) and had them check it out - initially they said they couldn't detect the problem. I wasn't too surprised because it happens only maybe 1 out of 10 shifts. Next day I went in and drove it with the tech person and the service mgr, and sure enough I could get it to grind after awhile, but they still weren't very convinced. Tech person's first idea was that I wasn't shifting correctly. Service mgr suggested they if they opened it up and found nothing, I would be liable for the labor charges. So we agreed to wait until it got worse, then I'd bring it back. Now it's 26K miles and it's only gotten slightly worse (grinds maybe twice a day), but I don't like having to flinch while shifting. I guess I will take it back in in a few weeks, and insist on the fix. PS I know how to drive stick, because previous 20 years of cars were Mazda 5-speeds ('86 626, 149K miles, perfect transmission; '98 Protege, 100K miles & counting, perfect transmission) This never ever happened with those cars.
#68 of 492 2004 Mazda 3 Auto Transmission died
Apr 14, 2008 (1:26 pm)
In 2004 I purchased the Universal extended service plan for up to 75k miles ($1295) when I got the car. Recently drove it out of town, started having problems with shifting into 4th gear... By the time I got it to dealership back home it was 75, 200 ... Does it not matter that I started having trouble before I hit 75K and had to drive it home over 200 miles to get it serviced??? I CAN"T AFFORD a new trans???
What do I need to do??
#69 of 492 Extended service plan [brunod]
Apr 15, 2008 (9:40 am)
purchased the Universal extended service plan for up to 75k miles
Did you purchase this at the dealership? Is this a Mazda product?
#70 of 492 Re: Extended service plan [autonomous]
Apr 15, 2008 (12:15 pm)
Yeah... I was talked into it by the finance manager. It's thru Universal Warranty but it was sold to me by the Mazda dealership.
The dealership said if they tried to file the claim that it would be rejected right off because it is over 75k... no special circumstances accepted. Told me to call the warranty co. myself to file claim. Tried that... they want a receipt for the injector cleaner I bought while out of town before they will even start the process.. I originally thought it was the injectors and that's why I didn't take it to the dealership right away.
I just went out to the dealership and they gave me an estimate of $3500!!!!... Is that reasonable?
#71 of 492 Re: Extended service plan [brunod]
Apr 15, 2008 (1:27 pm)
they gave me an estimate of $3500
For what exactly? A new transmission?
The dealership said if they tried to file the claim that it would be rejected right off because it is over 75k... no special circumstances accepted.
Considering that you were over a few hundred miles I would find this hard to swallow. I would document the problem in writing and send the letter to the dealership, the insurer and the Mazda USA. My position would be that the coverage was bought in good faith, and the fact that the incident occurred through no fault of yours so close to the end of the coverage leaves you troubled by this so called "extended" warranty. You may be able to get a portion of the money to pay for the repair of the transmission. Do you have any legal friends?
#72 of 492 Re: Extended service plan [autonomous]
Apr 15, 2008 (2:36 pm)
well I have a lawyer.. who I suppose is my friend,
My dad just called me and said he found someone put a new transmission in parts & labor - $1800 so we're going to pick the car up now... The dealership shouldn't charge me just for looking at it should they??
#73 of 492 Re: Extended service plan [brunod]
Apr 15, 2008 (4:30 pm)
i just had my clutch replaced not long ago 34,000 miles on my 2004 madza 3(yes original clutch)...i do know most warranties will not cover transmissions or clutch (my clutch was covered for only 12,000 miles i even fought for it but wasted my time on it...) after a certain miles so i would not waste my time on any legal issues involving extended warranties..i would read the fine print before looking into it. Also 3,500 is pretty high for an auto on your car...1,800 sounds more reasonable...when i had my clutch replaced it was cheaper thru the dealer than an outsider...
#74 of 492 07 Automatic transmission issue
May 27, 2008 (7:03 am)
Alright, so I have a 2007 Mazda3 with 23,000 miles. I bought it new and not long after I got it the transmission would start acting weird. It has an automatic transmission and I'd be at a stop light and it would start to stall. (I guess the way to describe is having your car in first and slowly letting the clutch out and when it starts to stall quickly putting the clutch back in.) It's stalled on me a couple times. I've taken it into mazda four times (the last time today) Every time they say "we tried to replicate the problem, but we couldn't so next time it happens bring it in"
Today they told me it could be my fuel lines needing to be flushed, but when I informed the guy I've been having this problem since I first got the car he said it could just be a "characteristic" of the car.
Has anyone else had this problem? Or do you know what it could be? Thanks!
#75 of 492 Re: 07 Automatic transmission issue [muffin0]
May 27, 2008 (2:34 pm)
It's stalled on me a couple times ... when I informed the guy I've been having this problem since I first got the car he said it could just be a "characteristic" of the car.
Did they document the problem on a workorder?
Did they run any tests on the car or just give it a visual review?
I would consider a second opinion (like another Mazda dealer). I would write a letter describing your concern to Mazda documenting the problem and copy it to the dealership. You are still well within the warranty period, but it would be wise to have a record of the problem and Mazda's response in case the problem escalates.
#76 of 492 Hesitation in first gear
Jun 08, 2008 (2:22 pm)
I just got my 2008 Mazda 3i touring value a couple of weeks ago. The clutch is different from my old Honda, so it took a little getting used to. However, I think I've got it now but still have trouble sometimes when starting up. As I am letting the clutch out and giving it gas the car has no power. I put the clutch back in and do it over again and it usually goes. Other times it just goes on the first try. I could take it in to the dealer, but I know they won't be able to replicate it and will say I don't know how to drive a stick.
Another thing I notice, which isn't a big deal, is when I am in second and maybe third sometimes, the stick will shake as I am accelerating. The stick usually doesn't shake at all, so it's a little unnerving, but it doesn't seem to have any effect.