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catastrophic clutch failure at 14k miles
By natdallas on
2010 Mazda 3 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
I've really enjoyed driving this car.
I've driven two manual hondas, one subaru and an old datsun.
Never any clutch problems.
My 2010 Mazda 3 had a tight clutch one day, and then in the course of a day and a half, the clutch engaged the gear only partially--losing power--and finally, with a snapping sound, no power at all.
Miriam Stevens (at Mazda North America Customer Care) gave the impression that Mazda does not care about premature clutch failures on this car.
I mentioned the many web-postings about customers with similar clutch failures that appear out of nowhere, ending in sudden failure.
This issue is not the result of wear and tear.
Want to call lawyer.
I am going through the same ordeal with my 2011 3 sport.
The clutch began to fail at 10,000 miles and when asked about it they indicated that it was normal.
So I drove it for another 9,000 miles until last weekend the clutch completely went out.
Mazda refuses to accept that its a defect until they pull it apart.
Based on what I am reading online this has been happening to a number of people.
$1100 to repair.
I just called the CT Better Business Bureau and will hopefully get some help from them.
I have been driving a manual transmission car (Honda, Mitsubishi, and 2 BMW's) and never had any problems with the clutchs.
I am hoping that Mazda makes good on this issue but I have a feeling I am going to have to fight for this.
if you read there, i am having the same exact issue, a class action lawsuit needs to be brought forth.