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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Sold my Mazda
« Last post by Engineer Andy on Today at 11:46:05 AM »
To be honest other than for certain electrical goods and when only at a very reasonable price (e.g. from Richer Sounds), I tend to avoid aftermarket warranty extensions, especially for cars.

In my view, most policies use very wooly language and lots of legal jargon small print Ts & Cs in order to get out of responsibility at all or to force the product owner to have inferior parts fitted and/or use cheapo (poor quality) repair outfits to carry out the work, some of which who cause more damage whilst its there being 'repaired'.

As car have so many wear and tear and moving parts or subject to a check on the car's entire maintenance history that would likely be exempt or invalidate a claim, the price of an aftermarket warranty would have to be ridiculously cheap to get my attention.  Not so bad if you owned the car from new and can 100% guarantee it was maintain exactly as per the manufacturers specs.

What was your car's problem(s) that prompted you to dispose of it Steven?
I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Sold my Mazda
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Yesterday at 09:07:55 PM »
Well you'll be pleased to know that having left Mazda to avoid a grand bill...I've been presented with a grand bill today.

To the warranty company...and don't spare the strongly worded emails.

Not that this is anything to do with this really...but I was never very good at staying on topic.
I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Sold my Mazda
« Last post by Engineer Andy on Yesterday at 08:12:37 PM »
Indeed - especially as it gives those of us still thinking of buying another Mazda next time out a good idea of possible problems with the car or dealership.  One of the main problems I find is that trying to get honest opinions about both outside of owners forums and where the person is a long-time member is difficult.

'Review' websites are progressively getting worse and worse - they are chokka-block with both (quite obvious) fake good and bad reviews and previous little recent genuine ones.  Even specialist website like Honest John are now very light on owner reviews and of garages, often because website members like myself cannot update our own original reviews with new information, except by posting yet another review, thus skewing the overall score of the dealership or car.

The website is still reasonably decent on (via the forum) getting to the bottom of certain technical problems with cars, but the site itself is showing its age (format / web design) and with both the Pandemic / current economic woes and the change in ownership in early 2020, the rest of the site needs updating and better journalism.  Motoring 'journalism' (like most of that so-called 'profession') is currently is a serious state of decline because of the effect of the big corporates and activism, and thus reviews from them often cannot be trusted that much.

What's good is when owners come back to forums periodically and update their thoughts on their cars, essentially doing the job of the journos for long term tests.
I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Sold my Mazda
« Last post by speedy mazda on May 15, 2022, 08:54:12 PM »
So annoying Andy when people don’t reply 🤷‍♂️ It would have been nice to know the problems he had with his car .
Vehicle Electrics / Re: Suspected ECU fault
« Last post by Lain_coubert on May 14, 2022, 04:34:16 PM »
Thank you Engineer Andy.

Mazda have me car now.  Still drives perfect, is so bizarre.

Fingers crossed they will give me a solution that doesn’t bankrupt me.  Meanwhile I will get registered with honest John forum 👍👍
Diesel /DPF issues / Re: Weird DPF Behaviour
« Last post by Engineer Andy on May 13, 2022, 04:37:52 PM »
Faulty sensor or electrics (wiring or ECU) perhaps?
Vehicle Electrics / Re: Suspected ECU fault
« Last post by Engineer Andy on May 13, 2022, 04:36:19 PM »
Firstly see what comes up via the dealership check and what they propose.  Unfortunately the problem is not one I'm familiar with or comptent to diagnose.  If no-one comes up with anything here soon, you could perhaps try the other general motoring website I'm a member of (free) - Honest John.

The forum there (the Back Room) has a section on 'Technical Matters' and one of the other members aptly named 'elekie&a/c doctor' may be able to help, at least on the possible cause / solution.  Just regsiter to become a member (I'd do so now as it may take a couple of days for it to be authorised by a moderator) and once you can post comments on there, just start a new thread (topic) and essentially repeat your request for help.

Hopefully eleckie or someone here or there can be of some assistance.  Best I can do.
Vehicle Electrics / Suspected ECU fault
« Last post by Lain_coubert on May 11, 2022, 10:22:07 AM »

I have a 2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.2 diesel on 78k.  Owned for three years and it’s been a dream.

Every now and then while driving 5/6 yellow warning lights come on.  But I have turned engine off and they have gone away every time.

Three days ago they came on and stayed on.  We have; engine management light, crash sensor light, tyre pressure light and skid control light.  The power steering light briefly came on and went off.

It drives normally and has had the battery and the alternator checked.  I noticed a slight rattle on start up and shut down but even that was only a couple of times.

Local garage have advised I go to Mazda to get the ECU and wiring looked at.

I have booked in but cannot get it looked at until Monday now.  Mean time I need to use the car and will carry on doing so.

So I’m asking, does anyone recognise these symptoms?  Could anyone recommend a good auto electrician in south east London/ NW ?

Or could anyone advise what to expect at the main dealer? I usually avoid em due to their prices, but as things stand I will have to get a full diagnosis from there to begin with and see what the quote is for repair from there.

Unfortunately MOT IS DUE in two weeks and this is a fail so I’m under some pressure now.
Mazda 3 / Re: Why do reviewers dislike Mazda automatics?
« Last post by Engineer Andy on May 10, 2022, 07:59:37 PM »
Indeed - I found the auto in the CX-3 I test drove back in 2017 to be very nice indeed and easy to use.  If funds allow, I'll be getting an auto next time out and very much would prefer the 'old school' TC type used in Mazdas (I believe that Ford went tback to TCs and probably Stellantis [PSA & Vauxhall at least]) over the whiney CVTs in Toyotas and Hondas or the DCTs in almost all other non-US based makes because of their lower reliability if used for slow speed driving in heavy traffic.

At most, I'd consider the DCTs in Hyundais/KIAs and BMWs as (IMHO) they appear to be more reliable when compared to the previous Ford units and those from VAG and the Renault / Nissan group.

Annoyingly those North American reviewers got the auto to review in their range-topping Mazda3 2.5 SA-G and especially the 2.5T, hence why they generally like them over our small capacity / lower powered units because they don't need to be thrashed to get decent performance out of them.

At the moment though the lack of supply due to the ongoing logistics issues means that prices are very high.  I remember thinking that £23k for a del miles example was a bit expensive for the mid-spec (auto) model I was considering.  Now, if you can get one at all, you'll have to pay £3k - £4k more.

Maybe if I win the lotto...
Diesel /DPF issues / Weird DPF Behaviour
« Last post by Domaneyjaney on May 08, 2022, 09:41:18 AM »
Hi, we have a 10 plate 2.2TD which has done 150k miles.  DPF light started flashing last summer so I took it to our local chap who  put it on his machine and forced a regen. This took over an hour but cleared the code. He listened to the engine and couldn't hear the timing chain rattling.  Drove away happy, but it started flashing again a couple of days later.  Cleared with the wire trick.  Then it fell into a pattern where the DPF would flash for a few days, go off for a few days.  Car runs perfectly and no changes in fuel consumption.  Weirdly, it now seems to be that if we do a long motorway run, the DPF starts flashing after a while, but then goes off again after a few days back driving short journeys around town.  Which seems totally contrary behaviour to what we'd expect.  Any ideas?  Thanks.
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