really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,267 miles

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 102015


  • 130,000 miles


First off. I'm a mechanic so this should throw you for a loop. At 130,000 miles my check engine light kept coming on. It said engine running rich. So I couldn't find a problem with fuel injectors or sensors or any leak from intake or exhaust. My idle was running high so I replaced fuel injectors, then maf sensor, then O2 sensors and still a check engine light. It said engine running rich "bank 1 running rich". then it started to putt and lose power. The overall problem was my clutch was going. After it started to slip I replaced it and all problems were gone. So I wasted about $500 for it to be a clutch that also needed a new throw out bearing and spoon because they redesigned it when there was a defficiency but no recall on it. And because of the code not telling me the right problem I also needed a fly wheel. So I'm out over $1400. So much for computers that are smart in cars.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 072010

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 30,534 miles
I was attempting to turn left while in a local parking lot, but an unexpected power steering failure caused vehicle to collide with adjacent curb and onto a city fire hydrant. I was traveling at about 10 mph when this occurred and the ground had been wet, but it was not raining at the time of the incident.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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