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Mazda 3 / Quick shift question
« Last post by Timmo478 on Today at 04:24:32 PM »
Apologies if this is in the wrong place, new to forum. I have an 06 mazda 3 sport 2 litre. I've done the interior quick shift lever mod but does anyone know if it's possible to get a gearbox short shift plate for my model? I've found them for the mps but not the sport.
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Members Gallery / Re: Martha the Takuya
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Today at 01:12:17 PM »
Well I got bored of receiving texts from the car..


Discovered that it did indeed have the factory battery which is 008 size. No-where local had one in stock..and there's a cold snap forecast for next week so hmm.

However due to it not being a stop start car and lacking the more modern battery conditioning systems you can fit effectively the wrong battery. Obviously it's still 12 volts, but a 030 size fits inside the battery box and brings significant boosts in capacity and cold cranking amps...so we have one of those now.
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Buy/Sell Section / Re: Wanted Foam surround for space saver spare wheel
« Last post by sjpoole on Yesterday at 03:10:30 PM »
Hi Shadow.....did you obtain the surround as I am looking for the same item.

Thanks.........Steve
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Mazda 3 swap out
« Last post by Ed-Led on January 18, 2019, 05:45:42 PM »
Hi
Sorry to hear your not happy with your car / dealer, I think the best thing would be to go and test drive another 3 sport even if it's a 120 BHP that should tell you if it's your car or not regarding gear box and exhaust. Hope you get it sorted either way.

The good thing about all this is my girlfriend owns a 2017 Mazda 3 Sport Nav 2,2 bought brand new from the same dealership so I can do a pretty easy comparison. I know the diesel will be slightly different drive wise but hers feels a lot smoother and quieter than mine does and both have done only 11,000 miles. When mine's in gear there's a fair bit of vibration coming through the gear lever which seems weird as if it's been thrashed. We shall see what happens....   
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Mazda 3 swap out
« Last post by zoomzoomer on January 18, 2019, 04:49:17 PM »
Hi
Sorry to hear your not happy with your car / dealer, I think the best thing would be to go and test drive another 3 sport even if it's a 120 BHP that should tell you if it's your car or not regarding gear box and exhaust. Hope you get it sorted either way.
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Mazda 3 swap out
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on January 18, 2019, 02:20:21 PM »
That is a shame and I am sorry it has been a disappointing experience for you. We all love that feeling of getting a replacement car; particularly if, on the face of it, it is an upgrade on the previous one. Obviously I cannot comment on the issues you describe but it did sound like a lovely car from the initial description. I do like the style of the 3rd gens but I have never tested one out and I would probably have gone with a diesel model anyway for my circumstances. As you say, with no experience of anything comparable it is hard to know whether the issues are with the individual vehicle or the model in general. Every purchase of a used car is a bit of a punt; one often wonders why it was moved on in the first place. Obviously many are perfectly genuine because the former owner always buys new every x number of years or they needed the cash or whatever. On the other side of the coin there are the ones that were moved on because they were, as you describe, 'lemons'. One never knows which of the two one is getting.

Glad to hear it is only the vendor you are ruling out future purchases from; it would be a shame if the experience put you off Mazda in general.
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: Mazda 3 swap out
« Last post by Ed-Led on January 17, 2019, 08:28:34 PM »
2 weeks into driving this car and I have to say i'm distinctly underwhelmed by the 165 Sport. It could be the first time I've changed to a newer car where I think the old one was better. It's possible I've bought a lemon here but the new car feels rough to drive, the gearbox is a bit imprecise especially moving from 2nd to 3rd, the exhaust is noisy (almost seems like it's blowing) and the steering feels heavier than my Gen 2 Mazda did. For a car that's only done 11,000 miles i'm pretty disappointed with it, feels more like it's done 111,000 miles....I may move it on rather quickly. Also, i'll never buy another Mazda from Bolton Motorpark again, they have been hopeless.     
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: I-stop malfunction
« Last post by Ed-Led on January 15, 2019, 05:41:12 PM »
It could be something as straightforward as swapping out the 2nd battery for a new one to make the I-stop work correctly again. I don't think you'd have any other problems if you don't use the I-stop, I never used it in all the time I had the Gen 2 Sport (6 years) although it was still operating on my car when I sold it. Main ignition works off the big battery so it shouldn't cause problems with that in any case.
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Vehicle Electrics / I-stop malfunction
« Last post by aytch on January 15, 2019, 12:43:46 PM »
Hi all.
Mazda3 Sport satnav 2010:
The I-stop amber indicator warning light has just decided to remain flashing on my vehicle.
As I never use the car in I-stop mode I was wondering if there would be any major negative consequence long-term in ignoring the issue rather than setting myself up for a vast bill from Mazda in dealing with it?
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New Members / Re: Old member having a visit
« Last post by Duc de Pommfrit on January 09, 2019, 09:36:04 PM »
After two accords I currently have a Civic, but not done many miles myself this year (no licence!).
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