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General Discussion / VIN decoder
« Last post by Chrisryderjones on Today at 05:34:05 PM »
Has anyone found a VIN decoder that works for current model Mazdas? The one on this site doesn't work for the VIN on my 2021 model 3 and I haven't found another on the web that does.
Vehicle Electrics / Ignition barrel
« Last post by dylan_mazda3 on Yesterday at 01:53:14 PM »
Hello is it possible to replace just the ignition barrel for a used one with key?  I know I will have to transfer the transponder chip from the old key.  Does the barrel just remove by pressing down the tab, as you do with lots of other cars?  I only ask as all the ignition parts on ebay look a lot bigger with more stuff on them rather than just the key and barrel
Mazda 3 / Re: Gen 3 Timing Chain
« Last post by StevenRB45 on January 14, 2022, 06:46:27 PM »
The old style 2.2d did and does suffer stretch, mainly cars with low miles and patchy history. They used to fill their sumps and foul the oil which if not regularly changed then knackered the chain.

If I remember rightly though the Gen 3 2.2d only really shares a displacement it's very heavily reworked engine if not all new.

I'd still not go near one with those miles unless very cheap as they have twin turbos and all sorts of things that are extremely expensive to fix if they go wrong. I've also seen them on the UK Facebook needing new engines surprisingly early in their lives.
Mazda 3 / Re: Gen 3 Timing Chain
« Last post by Engineer Andy on January 14, 2022, 06:34:13 PM »
TBH I cannot find any issues with stretching timing chains on any Mazda3 (gen-1 through to the gen-4) on the Honest John reviews area (Good & Bad section) - the diesels make up the vast majority of the issues listed, though I suspect many are still related to people predominantly using said cars for repeated short trips from cold.

Perhaps the OP has heard of an issue from a firend, relative or colleague?  Issues regarding damage to timing chains (other than the poor stamping quality on some VAG cars a few years ago due to budget cuts) often comes because of owners not using the recommended engine oil or not changing it as per the manufacturer's recommendation - often doing so by mileage only and not once per year as a minimum, which feeds into the low usage problems.

I could be wrong on this but weren't some of the earlier models belt-driven diesels, especially those with shared platforms in the Ford tie-up era?  Not sure definitively what has happened since though, but from a quick web search the 2.2TD looks to be a chain-cam engine.  Not sure about the 1.5TD (evolution of the Ford-PSA 1.6TD I think) or the Mazda-only, short-lived 1.8TD in cars from 2018-19.

To the OP - unless you're going to be doing a very high mileage - over 20,000 miles pa for a good few years, then a second hand diesel is probably not the wisest choice, especially Mazda diesels from an era when they had a poor reputation for reliability.  Even a high mileage one could have problems that could end up costing you a small fortune to fix, possibly far more than the car is worth (even in today's market).

I found it very interesting that the overwhelming majority of Mazdas finding their way back onto forcourts over the past 5 years have been diesel-engined ones, and most of them under 2 years old and relatively low use / 1 owner.

You might find this one is fine (especially with the high overall mileage*), but you need someone with a decent amount of mechanic knowledge to look it over and especially who knows how to spot problems on Mazda diesels.  Old petrol-engined cars (generally) are far more likely to be in sound condition for their age than (common-rail / DPF-equipped) diesels due to their far lesser complexity and being far more suited to annual mileages under 20k per year.

* no guarantee though, one owner (especially the last) may have used it for short trips from cold a lot or not maintained it properly. A full and preferably detailed service history (preferably a Mazda dealer one with a full electronic record or paper copies of all receipts of work done, including other than services) would certainly help put your mind at ease.  I'd still get it inspected though.

As regards the other questions:

No idea about the seats, but my 16yo gen-1's cloth seats have lasted well, though it's only done 70k since new (I've owned it throughout).  Probably better that you try and source one which has the seat coverings you want rather than re-cover them, or get a lower mileage car (subject to the above criteria) where the seats are in better condition (I'm presuming the issue might be they are sagging rather than not clean - dirty seats can be valleted at a relatively low cost).

I don't think there's any difference between the saloon/fastback and hatch in terms of where the seats are, though the former has a bit less headroom due to the different roofline.  The main difference is in the boot size/configuration - about 50-60L bigger (longer boot/car) on the saloon/fastback, but the boot opening is far smaller and thus it can be tricky/impossible to get large cube spahed items like big boxes in.  Fine for golf bags, suitcases, etc.  Best to always check for your needs - bring a tape measure and/or they type of things you'll likely to put in the boot.

Not sure about the power connector.  Other may be able to say yea or nay, otherwise check at your local main dealership.  Again, it's probably better to go for a model which has already been specified with the optional extras you want.  I think (correct me if I'm wrong) the petrol Sport Nav 165 is more likely to have leather/power seats because it is the top spec model where owners seem to spec them.  I suspect also that later year cars had them specified as optional extras more often as well.

With older cars and especially when buying on a tight budget, best to buy based on the physical (rust/damage) and mechanical/electrical condition of the car.  Ulness you really need a diesel for high mileage, forget it and get a petrol engined car.  The same goes if money is tight for high-spec trim models - better to get a more basic, but newer model which will have more life left in it and less wear and tear, which means lower maintenance costs as well as lower insurance.
Mazda 3 / Re: Gen 3 Timing Chain
« Last post by bobmax on January 14, 2022, 12:03:56 PM »
I thought the timing CHAIN on the Skyactive was simply that... a metal chain that doesn't stretch or deteriorate?
Apologies if I'm wrong.
Maintenance / Re: Mazda 3 2019 1.6 Skyactive G
« Last post by ColinW on January 12, 2022, 09:24:08 PM »
The last car i did an engine flush on, because it seemed like a good idea was a 2010 Astra SRI.  It almost instantly  developed a top end attle every time i started it from cold.  No idea if its relevent but personally, i agree oils have moved on immensely in the last 30 years, if you do your changes regularly, sludge shouldnt build up anyway.
Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / map up dates
« Last post by thepeterde on January 10, 2022, 08:17:25 PM »
have there been any new sat nav updates in the last six months.
Vehicle Electrics / Re: security indicator light Flashing every second
« Last post by Grr2602 on January 10, 2022, 04:25:31 PM »
If I remember rightly, it flashes fast while the interior protection on the alarm is settling, once the alarm is fully set it slows down.

It'll also come on if you unlock the car open the door and don't put the key in the ignition.
Hi, thanks for your reply, I’ll have to look at this next time we use the car. Thanks again.
Vehicle Electrics / Re: security indicator light Flashing every second
« Last post by Grr2602 on January 10, 2022, 04:24:16 PM »
Best guess is if you click the lock button once it locks the car but if you push it twice in quick succession it deadlocks it. The light on the dash will show which ever way you have locked the car.
Hi, thanks for your reply, we’ve just not seen this flag before maybe it’s old age  ;D ;D
Vehicle Electrics / Re: security indicator light Flashing every second
« Last post by Grr2602 on January 10, 2022, 04:23:10 PM »
Not sure if your car is keyless entry.  Does it still flash when you don’t have the key nearby try leaving the key indoors and having a look to see if it’s still flashing, wifey’s mini security light flashes every 2-3 seconds all the time with no problems with not starting
Hi, thanks for your reply. The car is not keyless entry / start. The car still stays no problems, We’ve just no noticed this before.
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