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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,388 miles

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2003 Mazda MAZDA6 clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Mazda MAZDA6 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012010


  • 87,000 miles


Clutch pedal assembly cracks causing it to be difficult to shift gears, clutch will stick and not spring back. Eventually the car is unusable due to the clutch. I did research to see there are many complaints on this problem concerning mazda3, Mazda6 and the RX8. I had to buy a new clutch pedal assembly but seems the problem is happening again. Mazda needs to make a stronger bracket to reinforce the pedal assembly.

- Van Nuys , CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 062008

MAZDA6 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
We purchased a 2003 Mazda6 new from a Mazda dealership. We had some issue with the car shuddering when engaging the clutch and called the dealership. We were told that the issue was related to "variable valve timing" and told to rev it a little higher when engaging the clutch. At approx 40,000 miles the clutch wore out and we tried to contact Mazda and file a claim, but we were denied. I paid to have the clutch repaired, and now have approx. 60,000 miles on the vehicle. Recently, the whole clutch pedal assembly has malfunctioned and is causing significant issues with the engagement of the gears. Several times the car has not gone into gear and my wife got stuck in the middle of an intersection the other day and was almost struck by another vehicle because she could not get the car in gear. I have again contacted Mazda and have again been told that they will most likely not cover my issues...

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202007

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50 miles
I won a 2003 Mazda6S and I am having issues with my clutch. I first changed the clutch at 18,000 miles and I had to argue with Mazda on that because the clutch is only covered for 1yr/12,000 miles. Now at 35,000 and change miles my clutch has failed again. Mazda has no recalled this issue with the clutch and in my opinion it should be a recall. I am a member at, and there you can do a search and fine hundreds of people with the same clutch issue. The failure of a clutch from normal wear and tear does not normally occur so early in a car's life (see in addition the wear of the clutch under normal conditions should not be the customer's fault and Mazda has not acknowledged this. I would like Mazda to understand that there is an issue with the clutch in these cars thank you for your time.

- Flushing , NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 182004

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,500 miles
The clutch on a standard tramission has gone out and stated to be abused. The clutch has not been abused the car is 15 months old and has 14000 miles on it.

- Houma , LA, USA

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