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  1. Extremely Bad Fuel Efficiency in a Mazda 3 2013 AT 2.0

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Hi everyone, I got a Mazda 3, 2013 A.T with 2.0 engine, bought the car around 5 months ago. I have been checking my fuel consumption ever since and i am getting a bit worried. am getting an average of 15.76 mpg mostly city drive with high traffic. Any one has ever got those numbers? What...
  2. Is Mazda nav as bad as I think it is?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    I've never had a Mazda with factory navigation until now (2018 3 GT hatch purchased in Feb., 2019). Having driven a bare-bones CX-5 Touring for over 6 years, I've read all the horror stories about how bad the early Tom Tom system was, but I thought they cleaned up their act on later models. I've...
  3. Bad Bose Amp?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    2011 Mazda3 w/ Bose system- both of the front door 6.5" speakers are "dead"... no sound at all. The weird thing is Tweeters look like they are spliced off the 6.5" line and they kinda work. Not great sound but they are working. All other speakers appear to work fine. What does that sound like...
  4. 2007 Mazda 3, bad PCM?

    Engine / Drivetrain
    Hey all, I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post, so thanks in advance to anyone who replies, and sorry for the length! I've got a 2007 Mazda 3 that a couple of weeks ago failed to start. It cranked but failed, and then eventually succeeded after 10 minutes or so, but the check...
  5. How bad is this rust on the calipers and discs?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    I'm looking to purchase a used 2014 Mazda 3 sedan @80,000kms and found out the rust situation on the brakes look pretty bad. I'm not technical enough to understand how bad this is or whether some of it is just expected wear and tear from a 5 year old car. I'm in a city with harsh winters and...
  6. 1,000 Mile Review - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    Hello Everybody, Just hit 1,000 miles in my 2019 hatchback and that means it's time for a review. First we will start off with the good. -I am averaging about 28.5 MPG with mostly highway driving with the a/c on most of the time. I suspect the mileage will get even better as the engine...
  7. 2011 6mt CLUTCH BAD 108K MILES

    Engine / Drivetrain
    Today I drove two hours to buy a 2011 S /6mt. After confirming several times that car was ready for a test, I arrive only have them tell me the clutch just failed earlier that day(hmmm? Any way we negotiated and I said I want the clutch assembly, flywheel and throw out replaced, they agreed...
  8. Bad reflection on chrome shifter trim

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    My brand new Mazda3, touring, silver with black int. Look at the VERY annoying unintended consequence of the chrome at the base of the shifter. When the sun comes from one direction, it is laser like blinding. Thinking I’ll paint it.
  9. Buying a rim from MazdaSwag - the good, the bad, the ugly

    Mazda Swag
    Well...I had damaged a rim and bought a new replacement for it from their website. Even with the shipping costs included, I saved close to $100 versus going to my local dealership. Great deal..right? Well..they have to order the rim from their distributor, which takes an added 2-3 days...then...
  10. 2012 mazda 3 real bad rattling and rough riding over bumps/uneven road

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Hey there! So I have a 2012 mazda 3. I have been having issues with the rear of the car. My car has 124,000 miles on it. It rattles severely when I go over the smallest bumps or uneven roads and it throws the car around like I am driving a semi truck. I have had it in the shop several times...
  11. Bad Gas Mileage on Highway 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback

    2004-2009 Mazda3 Discussion
    Hi, my boyfriend and I recently purchased a 2008 Mazda 3 hatchback. It has a 2.3 liter engine. Its gas tank is 14.5 gallons and it is supposed to get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The gas mileage seems to be okay in the city but on the highway it seems to go through more gas than...
  12. Need Help with Castscreen bad!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    So basically here is my issue. In the AIO it says to just usb and put the address as 127.0.0.1 which I have done. I am able to get it working with my phone using it's hotspot and my car connected to the hotspot. I can then give it the cmu ip of 192.168.43.61 and it casts. I cannot afford to...
  13. Loose seat - bad design

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    If anyone else notices that their front seat bottom has some play (upwards and downwards), you might have the same problem as me. Pretty annoying for a car with 30k miles. There is a rivet in the power seat that has some play. Fixing it seems like a ton of work. I took a quick pic of the...
  14. I've done a bad thing, and fear for the valves...

    New Member Introduction & Forum News/Guide
    Hey guys. Jim here. New to the forum, but not new to mechanic work - even though I feel like it today. I was helping a friend on his '05 Mazda 3 with a 2.3 4cyl, and I've made a terrible mistake. His car threw its belt about a week ago, so I went over to help him get back on the road. Now that...
  15. Auto transmissions - Using sports mode for daily drive - bad?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I got an AT 2.5L and I much prefer to drive it in sports mode as the torque is always there ready to go and throttle is more responsive and it is easier to maintain speed. The thing is, when cruising, the rpm would sit between 3k to 4k, compared to normal mode (1.5k to 2k cruise). Do you...
  16. Speed bumps & bad roads

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    The neighborhood I live in is filled with speed bumps and hills that have dips in the road. With the stock suspension I have on my car now they aren't an issue if I slowly cruise over them but I'm worried about getting new springs and shocks. Will having the car lowered, even less than an inch...
  17. Autocross Event #3, fixing my bad driving :)

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Well tonight I went out for an autocross practice event and had one of my old rallycross instructors check my driving to find where Im losing time. I apparently have gotten lazy, bad midnight, bad. I was not looking ahead, was sawing the wheel instead of holding firm, not close enough to the...
  18. Possibly bad Wiring ? Do I need this bulb ?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello, I recently installed my HID kit and even before I took the before and after pictures I realized that this tiny yellow bulb did not lit up on my passenger side. I tried to see what it could be the problem but no idea. The reason I know it's not the bulb because occasionally it does come...
  19. New Speakers Sound Bad. Stock HU's Fault?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    Hi All, I finished the painstaking process of upgrading the stock audio in my '10 3i Touring (non-bose), and I did not get the improvement I was hoping for. Symptoms are as follows: Highs sound incredibly harsh/piercing at moderate volumes Vocals with S's and T's sound like they are...
  20. Bad MPG at low speed. Help with vacuum locations please

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Hello all and that you for any help, My mpg has deteriorated to a point it shows 4 mpg at very low and city speeds feathering the throttle. at highway it is at 33. when I got the car it was nothing like this.. was getting constant 23 at city at 35 at highway. my car in a 2.0 165bhp. Any info on...
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