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#93 of 492 Re: Mazda3 - automatic vs manual [mjgee]
Jun 14, 2007 (8:19 am)
hi, i had my mazda2 since 8/04.... manual tranmision. my system bought the same car 4 months later, automatic trans... i got the oportunity to drive the two ( manual and automatic ) I rather to driver the Manual is much much fun, and in the road you can feel the performance of the car better.
the only thing that i don't like about the Manual trans is tha t in the highway the combination of the manual in 5 speed is not so good, at around 70mph to 80.. manual is at 3200 to 3500 rpm... AUTOMATIC TRANS is only 2800 to 3200rpm... so in highway Automatic is less money that Manual...
Now in the city... hooo is very different. My car ( MANUAL TRANS ) does between 380miles to 420 per tank. around 12 to 13.5 galons of gas.
In city Automatic trans does 320 - 380miles per tank
any buying a mazda is a great experience and is very driving and enjoying the car. i haven;t got any problems with the car.. mazda 3 2004 with 45k miles. so far i love the car... i'm thinking in rpl the car for another mazda, probably the RX8 or same mazda 3 but the sport...
conclusion for me.... both are great but i love manual...
great in montains, down hill, turns... gettining in the highway specially when ever are turns...
#95 of 492 Speed3: When do you shift
May 03, 2007 (3:40 pm)
So I'm not exactly a car expert, but I did a lot of research and just bought a Speed3.
I asked the folks at the dealership when should I be shifting gears? They told me 5500 RPMs, which leaves me around 4000 RPMs in whatever gear I'm driving around in.
That seems a little high to me, but I'm not sure if I just need to get use to it or if I'm on the road to doing serious damage to my new car.
What RPM range do you shift around, and what RPM range do you have your car at when you are going a constant speed?
#96 of 492 Re: Speed3: When do you shift [farnsworth]
May 04, 2007 (2:19 am)
Just got a new Road & Track magazine....MS3 wins over 4 other cars....they say that although red line is 6750, & rev limiter at 7000, for best results (acceleration) shift at 6000.
#97 of 492 Re: Speed3: When do you shift [farnsworth]
May 08, 2007 (9:08 am)
Well, shifting past 5,500 is useless, for the turbo is no longer producing boost.
If you are driving around town from point A to point B, shifting around 3,000 to 3,500 will do just fine. If you want to drive for performance, shift at NO HIGHER then 5,500.
Don't worrie, you won't harm the engine doing either...
#98 of 492 Re: Speed3: When do you shift [farnsworth]
May 09, 2007 (5:48 am)
"...and what RPM range do you have your car at when you are going a constant speed?"
Ummm, if you are DONE accelerating, put the car in the highest gear allowable for that speed. Your owner's manual should specify the mph ranges for each gear. Typically, I'd try to maintain at least 1200 rpm;
There's NO reason to simply be driving around at 4000 rpm.
#99 of 492 mazda 3 ATF
Jul 13, 2008 (9:48 am)
Hi, everyone. I had 2008 mazda 3 5 door S touring for about 6 months, with 5000 miles now. so I decided to change the ATF. I know I don't have to change that early, but just want to keep the ATF clean after break-in. so I drained the ATF from the ATF pan, I know I drained only about one third of total ATF, roughly 3 Quarts. after that put the drain plug back in and started add some new ATF. Unfortunately, I made a mistake, pour the Honda ATF-Z1 into my mazda 3. I know my mazda 3 use the M-V type of ATF(which is synthetic type). what happen now is there are two types of ATF in my mazda3. after driving it about 100 mile, the engine light came on. does anyone know if the ATF could be the reason? and what should i do aobut it.
#100 of 492 Re: mazda 3 ATF [kenny15]
Aug 02, 2008 (9:09 pm)
ATF incompatibility is the likely culprit. You could be looking at total transmission failure. I'd make sure the trans is drained and filled with the proper fluid prior to arriving at the dealer and playing dum.
Why would you drive it knowing you introduced the wrong fluid?
Aug 03, 2008 (3:44 am)
First, I dont understand why you would flush the ATF so early. Doesn't make sense to me.
Two. You should know that car manufacturers are very pointy went it comes to lubricant. Using other type than the one recommended is a no no IMO.
That said, I hope nothing is broke. Good luck!
#102 of 492 Re: Mazda 3 transmission sucks [autonomous]
Aug 14, 2008 (12:28 pm)
I am in Toronto Canada. I bought a new Mazda 3 GT automatic in May 2004 after getting rid of a Volkswagon Jetta 2.0 turbo which needed 4 new turbos within 60k.
Everything was great with my Maxda until approx 60k kms. The transmission wouldn't shift from 2nd to 3rd without the rev counter going nuts and eventually I couldn't get it past 3rd gear.
I took it to Mazda and they told me to my amazement that it needed a new transmission. So I thought ok, I guess it happens now and again.
At 76k kms it did the same thing so it lasted for 16k kms this time.
My Mazda Dealer was very non-chalent about it and when I expressed concern that my 100k Warranty would soon expire and if the transmission went again I would have to pay for a new one, he told me not to be so negative and that my case was unusual as they had very few transmission problems and to have to need 2 new ones by the 76k kms mark had never happened before and that the chances of getting another defective transmission is slim to none.
So not sure what to do. Thought I would try Customer Service for Mazda and try and get them to agree to extend the warranty for the transmission only. (That's what VW did for my Jetta). I am open to suggestions.
Mazda have lost a future customer though.