10th Jul 2008, 22:14

I have a 2008 Mazda6 I Sport VE (value package?), manual transmission with 11k miles on it. From day one my transmission slips and shudders briefly in first gear or reverse as I release the clutch and press the accelerator. I have had this checked on both my first two services, at 5k miles, and at 11k. All I was told was that this was a "driving characteristic" of that transmission. I have owned and driven a Mazda 3 and a Protege since 1993, and never had this problem. Still have the 99 protege, with 150,000 miles and never had this problem. Has anyone else experienced this with a 2008? It is the 2.3 engine, 5 speed, Mazda 6 Value edition. I am about to go back to the dealer and really complain. I am going to go to two other dealers and drive the same model and see if there is any difference. Help!

6th Aug 2008, 22:01

2004 Mazda 6 31,000 miles.

Clutch slips in 3rd, 4th and 5th. Never another Mazda again!

10th Dec 2008, 13:52

Just took my 2005 Mazda 6 5door with v6 with 38000 miles on it for a new clutch. I tried to argue that it was impossible to have the clutch go bad that quick. I had a 1997 for contour with 130,000 miles on it. Gave it away and the clutch was still great. I love the car but I hope I don't have to do this every 40k.

16th Jan 2009, 17:18

I am taking my 03 Mazda 6 in next week for a new clutch. Like most everyone else, have always driven manuals (30 years) and have never had to replace a clutch (100,000+ miles on all my cars)... replacing this one at 60k (I feel fortunate after seeing so many fail so much earlier). This was my first, and will be my last, Mazda.

24th Jan 2009, 22:07

Just a followup... I took mine in to replace the clutch - since I'm out of warranty I took it to an independent shop that specializes in Mazda (no more stealership maintenance)...anyway, I had a long conversation with the mechanics and the Mazda 6 clutch issue is well known, and in their experience the cars built in NA are the ones failing most of the time. They order their replacement clutches from Japan - they won't put a NA clutch back in. I upgraded to a performance clutch, and OMG what a difference. Falling in love with the car all over again.

26th Feb 2009, 22:28

I also have a 2003 Mazda that I purchased in 2006. I fell in love with the car before really driving it. It had 35k miles when I purchased it, and I've had slippage since. It now has 53k and the clutch has completely gone out. I wish I would have read these comments before purchasing my car.

I have driven 3 standard transmission cars and have never had a problem, One being a mustang, a srt4 neon and a Mazda rx8.

I will never buy Mazda again!!!


9th May 2009, 14:03

Clutch just failed on my 2005 Mazda 6 a - dealership wants 1300 to fix it - we need to rally up - can be a class action lawsuit against Mazda - I just want the owned for two years to work - hopefully there's a victim who is a lawyer that can help us all out! Evatypezero@hotmail.com.

7th Sep 2009, 17:23

2004 Mazda Mazda6 sport wagon, I have had trouble with the clutch (never knowing where it will engage) and the throttle (have to get the RPMs up before letting the clutch out). Flooring the throttle after shifting from first to second, the vehicle would slowly accelerate. Had it back to the dealer several times for that issue, and was told they could not recreate the problem. One has to be very cautious to perform perfect shifts from first to second or the vehicle will buck. The car has less than 11,000 miles, and is still under warranty.

The radio broke, had it back to dealer twice, hung out at the dealership waiting for it to be repaired after first visit, and was told they were going to order a radio. After a second visit was told someone sent the wrong part. Was told to call the following week, was directed to leave a message and someone would get back to me. Haven't heard from them since. Emailed Mazda and received a automated email, then contacted the BBB. This all happened last month, still nothing. I don't expect any satisfaction, short of a court order.

I was a fool to buy a Mazda/Ford, don't you do the same.

17th Sep 2009, 09:07

Anyone having any corrosion issues with their Mazda? I have a 2003 and both back wheel wells are rusting through to the outside.

16th Oct 2009, 13:58

I purchase my 2004 Mazda 6 S brand new.

At 36,000 miles my clutch was slipping and had to be replaced. I have drove stick for for over 18 years and never had to replaced a clutch. I had to have my mechanic drive my Mazda because I did not know what was strong! I still had the original tires and brakes on my Mazda when my clutch started to slip. Only goes to prove I was not beating the heck out of this car.

I spoke with Mazda and they would not do anything at all for me. As in previous post, Mazda stated it was driver's error that caused two blue spots on my fly wheel. As I explained to Mazda; I could show this fly wheel to 10 mechanics and five could say it my fault or it is Mazda's fault. Total subjective!!!

My best revenge on Mazda, which is owned by Ford, has been to persuade five friends and family members not to purchase any Mazdas or Ford products. As I told Mazda, "your lack of understand and assistance will cost your company more than a million dollars by all the people I will persuade not to purchase from your company." They did not care! What I am afraid of is when my Mazda hit 75,000 miles, will I need to replace the clutch again?

7th Feb 2010, 05:31

Hi all, I don't think the shuddering and clutch problems are an issue specific to the 03/04 Mazda6's. About a month ago the 2008 2.0 6 speed Mazda6 allocated to me as a work vehicle blew the clutch after doing only 50,000kms. The Mazda dealership where it is currently living has said that the car has been abused for this kind of thing to occur so soon, and so a big battle is going on between Mazda NZ, the lease company and the company I work for, as to who is going to stump up the $5000 to repair it.

Like many more of you, I too have driven a number of manual cars, and never had any issue with shuddering or clutches going prematurely in the past. The last company car I had was a 2003 Ford Mondeo, and the clutch only started slipping when it got to about 200,000kms.

But this isn't the only problem I've experienced with this car, sometimes when it gets down to 1/4 tank of fuel, I can smell fuel inside the car as I am driving, dashboard lights have flickered off/on on a couple of separate occasions for me. No throttle response down low, and poor acceleration from a stopped start or trying to accelerate from slowing down, sometimes feeling as if the traction control is interfering, even when it is turned off.

And to make matters worse (with the exception of the clutch problem) they're all intermittent, which makes me feel like an idiot when I'm having a moan about it.

I would never buy one of these cars for my own use. Any bets for how long it's going to be before they're labeled a death trap?

25th Nov 2011, 07:02

I need a new clutch for my Mazda6 too. What brand performance clutch should I be looking for? Who sells them?