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#830 of 832 Mazda 3 2010, manual, will fail to get into gears
Nov 24, 2012 (8:07 am)
I have a Mazda 3, manual, 30,000km. Three weeks ago it failed to get into any of the gears. After few minutes pressing the clutch few times I was able to move the car. Took it to Mazda, it was OK for the test drive. THey haven't done aything. The issue got cleared and for three weeks it was fine.
Same issue showed up yesterday. Sometimes I will not be able to throw it in any gear and after pressing the clutch two times it will hardly get into gears. Sometimes it will drive with no problem. The issue is intermittent.
I have two more weeks and the car has three years and gets out of warranty. Mazda wants to replicate the issue which is hard as it's intermittent.
If it's the clutch, the dealer will say it's wear and tear and it's my fault. I'm driving standard cars since 25 years ago and in none of my old cars I had to change the clutch. Especially at this mileage.
#831 of 832 Re: Mazda 3 2010, manual, will fail to get into gears [cassia]
Nov 26, 2012 (5:59 am)
I can only say that this nonsense that experienced drivers of manual trans miraculously forget how to properly clutch in their new Mazdas can be countered with your knowledge of general merchantabilty law (in the US)... clutches are reasonably expected to perform far beyond Mazda's warrantee thus negating that warrantee argument. My Mazda regional manager as much as acknowledged that. That my shift from first to second grind remainder wildly intermittant, and didn't really impact driveability, allowed me to wait on my issue knowing that it had been documented for the purposes of a bigger trans problem in my future.
Now, enter Hurricane Sandy to my beloved little city of Long Beach NY and problem solved... my Mazda was totalled by the ocean! Got $17, 800 for the '11 3s hatch with 43K miles.
I now own a brand new '12 3sGT hatch b/c other than this issue, I did love the car and couldn't think of anything else that combined function with ZOOM ZOOM (the Skyactiv I drove lacked torque/guts)... From the same dealer Autonomous... after finding out that the service writer who tried to screw me for the new clutch was fired (not sure if that related to his handling of my case). Unfortunately in the NY Metro area there are not a lot of Mazda dealerships and none are known for outstanding customer care.
I was lucky enough to access two new cars, the Mazda and a '12 Honda Fit for my wife early on in this Hurricane catastrophe... cars are flying out of dealerships as over 100000 cars have been TOTALLED by salt water in this area and some 25000 brand new waiting to be delivered to dealer vehicles were destroyed at the NJ ports. Adding insult to our woes, I had to replace a 250 mile tire for sidewall puncture already... hurricane rip out debris is falling out of trucks as the challenge to remove it continues.
So, while I see you state your mileage in KM, maybe general merchantability arguments carry weight in your jurisdiction. GOOD LUCK.
#832 of 832 2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mar 04, 2013 (3:05 pm)
My 2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback has 2 issues.
1. Every so often when I shift rough or almost stall, the honk will softly honk.
What could be causing this?
2. After drivign for about 20 minutes the stereo speakers will pop and the audio will sound like the CD is skipping, even if I'm listening to teh radio.
Any help would be helpful.