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The rear discs have covered about 65,000 miles in my ownership in the last 3.5 years.  Rear pads have been fitted in that time.  I presume these are the original brake discs from new.  The discs were fitted at 152,000 miles.  The original fault was the handbrake was sticking on earlier this year 2018.   The mechanic diagnosed a faulty handbrake cable.  It looked in good condition when removed.  Mechanic said it may have been freezing on in the sheath that enclosed it during the very cold freezing weather.  The wheel that was affected was the right-hand rear.  A new cable did not cure the fault so mechanic said change rear discs and pads.  He said the discs were 'ropey' and the pads were well worn down.  It was an improvement but to my mind the handbrake efficiency did not feel right.  The car did pass the MOT test the day after these parts were fitted. I am not a novice having been driving for over 50 years and I am former motor trade.   After driving about 1500 miles with the new parts fitted the handbrake seemed to become less effective but worse than that there was a severe vibration when braking at any speed.  The steering wheel vibrated violently and the vibration also seemed to be coming through the seat.   Upon checking the road wheels by touch for heat I found the right-hand rear wheel to be red hot.  The other three were at a normal temperature.   While this was going it seemed that the rear brakes were on.   Driving the car from cold was ok but once warmed up the back brakes seemed to drag.  Seized caliper obviously.   No doubt the original fault.  Replaced the caliper and problem solved.   At another garage, my usual garage man was going on holiday and I could not wait a week for the repair to be carried out.    I have driven about 400 miles since the caliper was fitted and there does not seem to be any warping of the disc.

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Wheels/Tyres / Re: Alloy road wheels - CORROSION
« Last post by E.T. on June 17, 2018, 10:24:12 PM »
It's not "techie" issue, just a well known and highly documented situation that has been going on since 2004.  Mazda  (or in actual fact the sub contractor who makes the wheels) have never manufactured or coated their wheels to contend with the climate in this country. Over the years I have spoken with many people in multiple countries who have never had a problem with this kind of corrosion. It's a combination of UK weather conditions and the chemicals that are invariably used on our roads during the winter months.

I have in the past spoken directly to a Mazda engineer at Mazda UK who acknowledged that this was the case, but for Mazda to make an exception by manufacturing or fitting different wheels to UK spec models is out of the question. This is why Mazda have usually honoured every claim under warranty and have even gone so far in some cases to offer a goodwill donation to help towards replacing affected wheels outside of the warranty period.
I myself have had 4 complete sets of wheels. Three inside warranty and one set just outside, so I have plenty of experience of this.
Of course as a company Mazda are never going to continually replace wheels past the warranty end and I think I'm right in saying that even if you take out an extended warranty, the wheels are not covered.

Unfortunately this is the Achilles heel of most Mazda 3's and to some degree other Mazda's also.  Although this will not make you feel any better, we are not alone.  BMW, and Toyota have also experienced the same problem.
There are many topics covering this on the Forum including some that go some way to explaning the chemical interactions that cause the corrosion. There are also some offering advice regarding protecting the wheels (coatings & polish etc).  There are also some relating to refurbishing and powder coating them to resolve the issue. Of course the last ditch solution is to change the wheels for an aftermarket style that can combat the elements better than the OEM's.

Hope this helps.
Hmm.  Not a chance. was the reply.  Full dealer service history, and I 'm the original owner.  I payed full whack as it was one of the very first BM models in the UK (7th I was told)

Still in Warranty (up to the 27th of Jan and this was the reply before the warranty run out).  That's because despite  keeping the car detailed and absolutely immaculate the wheels are only just going on the outward facing side, they're all bad where its on view on the inner sides... but most people have a layer of dirt. So that doesn't count.

 I suspect if I had abused the car by not looking after it, they would have been replaced.  Because I super detail its not the case....that to me sucks! You would think they would be interested in keeping an enthusiasts car looking superly nice, but instead it just highlights things.

This car BTW is one of three Mazda's in our household and the second one I have purchased brand new from Mazda. 

I just know if nothing is done I won't buying another. (It just doesn't make any business sense either!)
for the record, Mazda did replace wheels as a proportion and I paid 75 quid towards them, even though the corrosion was reported within the warranty period. Apparently Mazda UK deny all knowledge of this, and many other warranty matters that my car had. No record. It does have a record of faulty wipers... which I've never had.

I sold the car on principle and won't bother looking at Mazda again. Loyalty (3 mazdas) means F all to them. Ive now bought a BMW 5 series.
Mazda 3 / Re: The new mazda 3?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on June 17, 2018, 09:31:27 AM »
An ageist comment if ever I saw one. I made absolutely no reference to any particular age group.

You can be as flippant as you want, but if you don't recognise the symptoms, it may be because you're part of the problem.

Indeed because people over the age of 30 are well known for wandering/cycling round with ear phones in and their pre-disposition towards bass heavy loud dance music. Making a veiled reference is still making a reference..

In some ways I do agree with you that yes driving should be your main focus in a car. But I think what you are missing is that the great majority of people have no interest in driving itself, it's a means to an end, a necessary evil because everything is out of town and public transport outside of greater London is none existent. Look at what sells, automatic, diesel, cross-overs, what person with an interest in driving buys an automatic, front wheel drive off roader with a diesel engine? Because they have no interest they don't care about being good at it..and because police presence is zero they don't have to.

If anything adding a screen at least means when they do look at their phone it's in line of sight and all the video functions are locked off. That and cars with this stuff also tend to have AEB which I'd prefer they did!
Mazda 3 / Re: The new mazda 3?
« Last post by moozmooz on June 17, 2018, 12:17:08 AM »
An ageist comment if ever I saw one. I made absolutely no reference to any particular age group.

You can be as flippant as you want, but if you don't recognise the symptoms, it may be because you're part of the problem.
Mazda 3 / Re: The new mazda 3?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on June 16, 2018, 02:34:48 PM »
Kids these days...with their selfie sticks and their dabbing..
Mazda 3 / MOVED: Sat nav update
« Last post by Willpower on June 16, 2018, 09:07:28 AM »
Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Dab Question
« Last post by Alfisto on June 16, 2018, 08:51:30 AM »
My coverage is pretty good. I get the odd break in service and the volume is lower than FM. Probably because of my age, my hearing is considerably less sensitive than it was so I can't tell the difference in quality between DAB and FM
Mazda 3 / Re: The new mazda 3?
« Last post by moozmooz on June 16, 2018, 12:52:01 AM »
What I'm getting at, I suppose, is that while traffic volumes are greater than they ever were, and driving standards probably as bad, if not worse than they've ever been, cars are being loaded with more and more unnecessary and distracting toys.

Be it idiots that can't stay off their phones or the apparently deaf morons who have to share their thump thump thump "music" with everybody for miles. I assume it's supposed to be music, but all I hear is thump thump thump. Both are proven distractions which the victims of these idiots could all do without.

Phones, be they illegally held and used, or hands free, are always a distraction.
Motorists with the noise cranked up so high that it can be heard by other road users are no different to the pedestrians and cyclists who appear to have a death wish and go about their travels with external noise cancelling earphones glued to their heads, intent on hearing what could turn out to be the last thing they hear.

Driving a car requires concentration, and anybody not prepared to focus on that task and that task alone shouldn't be driving.

Accessories / Re: Dashcam filters?
« Last post by moozmooz on June 16, 2018, 12:32:09 AM »
Ok. I'll answer my own question.
I ended up getting one off ebay for less than £3 - China, of course. There are quite a few available now, some with a tube or sleeve to fit the camera lens barrel. Search string 37mm CPL filter will get you a selection. 37mm will be a reasonable diameter match for a fair range of dash cams. How you attach it is up to you. I'd avoid glue, silicon etc as you could end up with problems due to solvents and you need to be able to remove the filter for cleaning. I've attached mine with a 10mm section of rubber tube, not unlike inner tube material. Barely noticeable and allows access to rotate the outer filter element to set the alignment properly. The improvement is well worth while, though not perfect and will depend on where on the windscreen you have your camera mounted. The Mazda dash throws a lot of reflections onto the windscreen so a bit of trial and error's the only way to reduce them to a minimum.

The one I'm using is
Buy/Sell Section / Re: Mps mk2 parts needed . . .
« Last post by brabus4 on June 16, 2018, 12:21:40 AM »
Also . . .

- looking for a decent set of MPS mk2 floor mats?

- 2 smaller MPS badges from the mk1 (located under each side indicator)

- plastic battery cover for the MPS

Again, any help is appreciated.

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