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2014 Mazda Mazda3 S Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda 3 S: We Might Have a Problem

January 31, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

See all those warning lights on the gauge cluster? They weren't there when I started driving home last night, but they lit up like that twice after some odd noises from down below.

The first time around I was just putting along in traffic at around 15 or 20 mph when I felt a sizable clunk from the transmission. Then the warning lights came on and the car felt like it was in some sort of limp mode. I got off at the next exit and headed for a parking lot. Along the way the transmission felt like it had no fluid in it, with lots of spinning gears and not much forward movement.

I parked, turned the car off, checked the tires (they were fine), waited a few minutes and then restarted it. At this point, only the check engine light remained on so I gave it a go. Much to my surprise the transmission had returned to normal and the car drove fine. I drove another 15 miles or so without incident.

Then it happened again, and in the same way as before. A clunk, followed by warning lights, followed by very little forward motion. Turned the car off and back on and all was good again.

This morning the check engine light was still on but the car drove fine, which is good as we'll be driving it straight to the dealer to see what might have happened. Update to come.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor@ 2,490 miles


Comments

  • guy1974 guy1974 Posts:

    Edmunds have put quite a mileage on the car in less than a month.

  • guy1974 guy1974 Posts:

    Edmunds have put quite a mileage on the car in less than a month.

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Since it has the same transmission as the CX-5, check out this thread: http://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123820858-For-those-having-Transmission-Issues-with-their-CX-5/page1

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Since it has the same transmission as the CX-5, check out this thread: http://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123820858-For-those-having-Transmission-Issues-with-their-CX-5/page1

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Let's hope some reflash of the software fixes this. The forum post above does not have any solutions, but does show that this happens to other people.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Let's hope some reflash of the software fixes this. The forum post above does not have any solutions, but does show that this happens to other people.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    OK. So if you suspect low or no transmission fluid... did you check the level?

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    OK. So if you suspect low or no transmission fluid... did you check the level?

  • spikey2_ spikey2_ Posts:

    It's probably like most new vehicles, the transmission is sealed and has no dipstick.

  • spikey2_ spikey2_ Posts:

    It's probably like most new vehicles, the transmission is sealed and has no dipstick.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    We had this happen one single time with our CX-5 a few months into ownership, and it's never happened since. Some sort of weird computer fault. Eager to find out if your dealership has any idea what might cause it.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    We had this happen one single time with our CX-5 a few months into ownership, and it's never happened since. Some sort of weird computer fault. Eager to find out if your dealership has any idea what might cause it.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Looks like the Stingray is going to be one of the cheapest to own if the rest of the fleet keeps taking a dump.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Looks like the Stingray is going to be one of the cheapest to own if the rest of the fleet keeps taking a dump.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    This is where the value of Edmunds' long-term testing really shines. You'd never see this in a 10-minute test drive. I can't believe mfrs ship stuff like this.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    This is where the value of Edmunds' long-term testing really shines. You'd never see this in a 10-minute test drive. I can't believe mfrs ship stuff like this.

  • The new Mazda 3 looks really nice but on a second though I think I might go with the Corolla!

  • The new Mazda 3 looks really nice but on a second though I think I might go with the Corolla!

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Enjoy your circa 1970 4 speed transmission and circa 1971 1.8L 4 cyl in that Corolla. And we all know no Toyotas have ever been recalled because of faults. Um oh wait a sec.... Anyway back to the Mazda, I think you're past the point where "might" describes the probability. This is indeed a problem, no "might" about it.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Enjoy your circa 1970 4 speed transmission and circa 1971 1.8L 4 cyl in that Corolla. And we all know no Toyotas have ever been recalled because of faults. Um oh wait a sec.... Anyway back to the Mazda, I think you're past the point where "might" describes the probability. This is indeed a problem, no "might" about it.

  • Mechanical failure doesn't usually go away after a restart. This sounds like an electronic or software problem.

  • Mechanical failure doesn't usually go away after a restart. This sounds like an electronic or software problem.

  • banana in the tail pipe?

  • banana in the tail pipe?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    The stuff on that CX-5 website made ugly reading. How anybody can screw up software stability, computer communications, and valve body design in this day and age is beyond me. It was also suggested that Mazda has a culture of denial when it comes to things that should merit a voluntary recall. How nice.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    The stuff on that CX-5 website made ugly reading. How anybody can screw up software stability, computer communications, and valve body design in this day and age is beyond me. It was also suggested that Mazda has a culture of denial when it comes to things that should merit a voluntary recall. How nice.

  • pezzy669 pezzy669 Posts:

    I can say software stability/reliability has been a huge black eye for the new gen Mazdas. There were a few owners on 3 boards that had erroneous TCS/DSC/ABS warning lights that have gone away after restarts. Oh and jesus you guys put a lot of miles on this thing in a month, or was is it a previously used press demo vehicle? If the latter this thing has probably been beat to hell. Since you are well past break in I hope to see some road test stats soon!

  • pezzy669 pezzy669 Posts:

    I can say software stability/reliability has been a huge black eye for the new gen Mazdas. There were a few owners on 3 boards that had erroneous TCS/DSC/ABS warning lights that have gone away after restarts. Oh and jesus you guys put a lot of miles on this thing in a month, or was is it a previously used press demo vehicle? If the latter this thing has probably been beat to hell. Since you are well past break in I hope to see some road test stats soon!

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    This why I really wish you guys would get a OBD scanner and give us the error codes you pull up. Who knows you may save someone on here some money or better yet a tranny.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    This why I really wish you guys would get a OBD scanner and give us the error codes you pull up. Who knows you may save someone on here some money or better yet a tranny.

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