2003 Mazda 6 Sport from North America - Comments

31st Jan 2005, 12:59

I have a 2004 Mazda 6 sedan (V6) with 5SP transmission and I am experiencing the exact same symptoms, ie. screeching and shuddering when I drive away from a stop in 1st gear. I noticed this behavior after the first 10K miles of driving. The noise actually appears to arrive from the tunnel leading to the shift lever. Dealers have been ineffective in diagnosing the issue---was wondering if you resolved the problem with your vehicle. Colleague who works in auto industry tells me the rubber transmission mount could actually be responsible for this behavior...

24th Sep 2005, 10:45

I have A 2003 Mazda 1.8 Premacy which has done 12,700 miles and the clutch has gone completely. According to the Mazda Dealer it is my fault even though I have been driving for 47 years and never had a clutch go at all during that time. Did you know that Mazda only warranty the clutch for one year or 9,000 miles-I didn't and at my time of age (65) would never had bought it in the first place if I had known this at the outset. The car definitely suffers from clutch judder and I think this has happened over a period of time. I also think I have over compensated with excess accelerator which is why the clutch has gone. The Dealer has never heard of clutch judder and nor have they had any problems with the clutch on the Premacy. Obviously this is a load of "bull" and I will fight this to the end. I have also printed off many incidents of clutch and judder problems taken from the Internet and will see what happens next week when I will have to pay £461.50 to get my car back. I will keep you informed of my progress in trying to get an equitable solution.

25th Oct 2005, 19:45

I have a Mazda 6 and I had this same type of conditions, the dealer I took my car to was excellent. They were able to duplicate my condition the following morning, this would mainly happen with a cold engine. It turns out that the disc and other clutch parts were replaced, they said that the pressure plate was not flat and that is what was causing the abnormal wear. All repairs were done under warranty, I have 17,000 miles on my car.

2nd Dec 2005, 07:21

The clutch judder I'm told by my dealer, is a known problem caused when the material used on the surface of the clutch plates develops a sheen and becomes slippery. It took two visits to my dealer before they admitted the problem existed (if it's a known problem why two visits?) but they did then change the plates with (they say) modified units that use a different material. No problems so far.

3rd May 2006, 12:46

We have an 03 Mazda6, and yes the clutch is dying prematurely. I do not want to replace it with an OEM clutch, if it will do the same thing...

28th Apr 2007, 16:18

I currently own a 2004 Mazda 6 with 17,000 miles on it. At around 15,000 miles the clutch started to slip on a regular basis when accelerating. When I spoke to the dealership they told me that my warrantly on the clutch was only for 12,000 miles. I continued driving the car since then, but at this point no amount of "ginger" driving keeps it from slipping. Granted I do, or did, enjoy quick accelerations, but this is the 5th manual trans car I've owned, and I've never had any problems like this.

22nd Jun 2007, 00:34

I have a Mazda 6 Sports Sedan that has an automatic transmission and optional manual transmission. On random occassions the car would have a hard jerk like the gears had shifted forcefully. After many visits to dealers, one representive acknowledged the defect and the engine, transmission, and catalytic converters were replaced. I spent $10,000 o n car repairs, only to find out that there is a new problem-low oil which occurred a month after the new engine and transmission were put in. The car now makes a ticking noise, the engine light goes off and on, and it shutters with a knocking sound. This happened immediately after the new transmission was put in. Definitely need feedback.

11th Aug 2007, 21:02

I have a 2003 Mazda6s. I purchased it with 32000 miles and currently have 63000 miles. Since I bought the car, I have had the identical slipping and juddering of the clutch. The dealer said it was not covered under warranty.

On August 4th, my engine light came on as I pulled into my friend's driveway. I got out, listened, and heard a clicking noise. I checked the oil, and to my shock, had to add 3 quarts of oil. I had just changed the oil 2000 miles before. After adding the 3 quarts, I drove about 10 miles and my oil light came on and the engine started knocking. I immediately pulled over and checked the oil. The oil was still full. I checked the manual and it said to have the car towed if the oil light came on. It said the light was because of low pressure. I figured it was the oil pump, but after talking to Mazda, they said they have had a problem with the screen on the oil intake getting clogged. I knew that couldn't be it, because I change my oil every 3000 miles.

Because I don't trust them, I dropped the pan myself and found the screen clear with the exception of three large metal shavings. The bearings were obviously ruined and now I'm looking at a new or rebuilt engine. I was dumbfounded at how I could have been 3 quarts low. There were absolutely no signs of oil leakage.

I started researching and found a wealth of info. on www.mazda6club.com. Ends up several Mazda6 owners are ruining engines from unknown oil loss. It seems that the PCV valve goes bad and the oil "is sucked out like a straw through the intake manifold and out the exhaust".

I have had two Mazda MX-6's. Both with over 260,000 miles, and have always praised Mazda. Needless to say when I bought this Mazda, I expected at least 100,000 miles of worry free reliability.

I would like to hear from others who have had unexplained oil loss, not related to human error.

16th Sep 2007, 13:19

My 2003 Mazda 6 is also having this clutch slipping problem, and the warranty just expired. I created a petition to give to the manufacturer of this car, because it is a defect that we should not have to pay for. If you are interested in signing this, please go to our petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mazda-6-defect-on-car-should-we-pay-or-the-company

2nd Dec 2007, 02:59

Hi,

I have bought a Mazda 6 in 2006 Dec, The car is great with new styling. My problem started the second month from new.

The agents refused to believe my problem although willing to help. They replace the Cat convertor, exhaust manifold and still there is a noise from the exhaust system. To this date, its now one year and the car has that same noise. Now they want to replace the inlet manifold; what next? Is there anyone out there that can help? The noise from the exhaust system emanates like a clicking sound when idling.

I am feeling short-changed now in terms of my purchase, because if I try to trade this car, it will not fetch my price.