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#74 of 494 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 494 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 494 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.
#77 of 494 Re: Hesitation in first gear [brted]
Jun 09, 2008 (6:17 am)
No advice here other than to give it time. I test drove a Civic and a Fit before settling on my Mazda3. Both Hondas had excellent shifters. So light and easy, just perfect. The Mazda's is good, far better than my old V6 Mustang, but not quite Honda smooth.
Also, it seems to me that the K&N filter I put in last month has given me a little better low end oomph, so my starts are smoother and it doesn't bog down when the revs drop in a higher gear.
#78 of 494 Automatic tranny fluid change interval?
Jun 12, 2008 (12:46 pm)
I have an '06 Mazda3 with 31,000 miles. I've done all the maintenance except for the last oil change at the dealer. When the dealer couldn't get me in, I took it to Valvoline, and they told me there that the transmission fluid was scheduled to be flushed at 30,000. I told them I'd had it done at the dealer already because I wasn't sure it was really needed. The manual says nothing about changing the tranny fluid. It's a lease and I plan to turn it in next summer with 39,000 miles and (hopefully not too much) change. Is this something I need to get done?
#79 of 494 Problem Shifting into Reverse
Jun 20, 2008 (2:14 pm)
I own a 2008 3s Touring and not infrequently when I attempt to shift into reverse can't until the third or fourth try. I have only owned cars with manual transmissions and have been driving stick shift for 25+ years so I don't think my shifting skills/technique is the root of the problem. I've owned the car for six months and the problem shifting into reverse seems to be occurring more frequently. I tried to identify the circumstances when it happens and there is no consistency to when it occurs.
Also I've recently noticed that when I am accelerating the car seems to hesitate. When this happens I am not shifting gears but am simply giving the engine more gas in whatever gear I'm in, e.g. 4th or 5th.
Has anyone else experienced these problems? And does anyone know the causes? I have not yet had the car serviced but thought I'd ask the questions to get a heads up before I take the car in for servicing.
#80 of 494 Problems Shifting into Reverse
Jul 02, 2008 (4:50 pm)
My sister is having the same problem with shifting into reverse. My father is going down to have a to do with the dealership because 1) they did not respect my sister when she brought it in and 2) told my sister some bull story about that always happens and that you have to shift into 2nd and quickly shift into reverse.
We will hopefully have this resolved soon and if so I will post the response here.
If you know what is wrong, please give me a heads up.
Jul 02, 2008 (5:42 pm)
"2) told my sister some bull story about that always happens and that you have to shift into 2nd and quickly shift into reverse"
That's the most retarded thing I have ever heard in my life.. "Hey lets design a car that you have to put in 2nd gear to get it to go into reverse" --- Yeah I'm sure that's what happened...
#82 of 494 Re: Problem Shifting into Reverse [enaj]
Jul 04, 2008 (2:56 pm)
I have the same issue with my manual 1993 Ford Escort.
Someone told me a trick: turn the steering wheel either left or right - it doesn't matter, then shift into reverse. Don't know why, but it works every time!
#83 of 494 Re: Mazda3 Clutch Problems Anyone? [tomkozski]
Jul 08, 2008 (5:38 am)
I had my trans replaced under warranty at 19k miles. It would pop out of 2nd gear by itself. Now at 42k my motor has bad bearings and mazda is denying the warranty work.