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Mazda MAZDA3, Transmission, Sedan
#4 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [irguy]
Mar 16, 2012 (3:53 pm)
Wow,,, you really have got high millage on it. How much did you pay for used Transmission? It's nice to have Manual Transmission, repairing cost is much lower than auto.
I just send mine to Mazda dealer, they flashed PCM and transmission fluid. But still feel little shift shock 1st to 2nd gear when its cold, its gets better when it's warmed up. and the dealer quoted me a new transmission for $3.5k.
NO more getting auto transmission on Mazda cars, really like the 3 series, but their transmission really bothers me.
May 17, 2012 (11:41 am)
1. Year 2005
2. Mileage 161,000
3. Auto/Manual Transmission Manual 5sp
4. Transmission repaired? If yes, at what mileage? New or rebuilt? Origianl transmission and clutch; has had four different drivers, two teenagers
#6 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [jpeng709]
May 19, 2012 (7:12 pm)
1. 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
3. Manual(as it should be)
4. Absolutely no issues; I run Ford Synthetic Manual Transmission Oil and change it every 30,000 miles.
#7 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [irguy]
Jul 02, 2012 (9:53 am)
I am shopping for a used Mazda3. I drove an 06 and the clutch (which had been recently replaced) didn't engage until the very end of it's travel. Does that seem normal. Thanks.
#8 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [roadburner]
Jul 02, 2012 (9:56 am)
Same question for you please. Thanks.
#9 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [jfish5]
Jul 05, 2012 (7:01 pm)
In the case of my Mazdaspeed 3 the clutch pedal engagement height is normal but the engagement itself is very abrupt- not all that progressive. From published tests and drives of other MS3s I've concluded that the "digital" clutch action is just the nature of the beast.
#10 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [jpeng709]
Jul 16, 2012 (4:43 am)
1. 2007 2.3 s 5-door
3. Auto Transmission
4. Transmission repaired? No, though I get a hard shift between 3rd and 4th when accelerating hard.
You didn't ask about other issues, but I had alternator failure at 115k miles which disabled the car and required a tow to the shop and $700 repair bill.
Otherwise a very fun and reliable car with 35 mpg hwy.
#11 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [p928s]
Jul 17, 2012 (7:24 am)
I had alternator failure at 115k miles which disabled the car and required a tow to the shop and $700 repair bill.
Care to expand on this failure? Were there any warning signs or recommended service checks by your mechanic? For example, when the car was in service was the alternator ever checked? Also, failed alternators are sometimes due to battery failures or a battery due for replacement. Was this not spotted by the service mechanic ahead of time?
#12 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [autonomous]
Jul 24, 2012 (4:38 am)
No warning signs on the alternator failure. I live out in the sticks and do most maint. myself so the car rarely sees a mechanic. I did have battery failure early in the life of the car, but no issues after that. Battery was fine at the time of the failure. It's the same one in there now almost a year later.
The alternator failure caused a bunch of erratic electrical problems. I first noticed a problem about a mile after leaving work. The tach needle started jumping around and lights on the dash started blinking. Then the antilock/stability control started to malfunction and I had to pull off the road. I thought maybe shutting off the engine would clear things up but it wouldn't re-start. $700 and a year later it's been fine.
I have alignment issues now. The car is eating tires. Going to take it in for a full alignment this week. Like I said, it doesn't get professional maintenance but neither does my 2005 V8 4runner with similar mileage. The 4runner has been flawless.
#13 of 15 Re: Mazda3 High Mileage (2004-2009) [roadburner]
Jul 24, 2012 (5:39 am)
Thanks for your response.