Most if not all of my probs are minor. (which makes this even worse in my books)
Should be quick easy fix's. Should be.
After trying 4 dealers (Australia) I've worked out that mazda and their dealers have zero interest and zero ability to fix their product.
Have called the mazda spin doctors (customer care) many times - all to no avail - last time even the manager admitted I was right and that I have every right NOT to trust their agents abilities.
Problems I've had; (7-06 neo sedan)
Pre delivery ? what's that ?
Wheel alignment - steering wheel crooked - wrong tire pressure - headlight aim.
Excessive grease - non exsistant customer relations - broken fittings - a month to get wrnty parts.
clutch pedal pulsing - drivers window snap - sagging suspension (1/2"
- Squeeky seat belts - surge under cruise - rough idle - loss of power - unresponsive - refuses to change gear (manual) - belt noise.
There's more but I can't remember them at the moment.
Of these faults the clutch pedal pulsing and ecu coding are the only one's remaining to be fixed.
ECU coding will have to be done by mazda.
(If they can, still waiting mazda, 7 months and 14,000 klms, still waiting for my new car to be a new car - maybe it'll be fixed the day before it hit's the scrap yard)
Unless I rip that sucker out and fit a haltech or similar. Might just do that yet.
Clutch, I know why it's doing it, I just have get around to pulling the hydrolics apart and fix/modify them.
Every single other fault I have fixed. As in ME personally.
Has cost me about $1,000 in parts, and all up one week of my time (on and off).
Can you see any reason why I should buy another mazda ? I can't.
I bought a new car so I wouldn't have to fix the trade in.
So far I've fixed more on this thing than I had to on the 10yo trade.
Don't get me wrong, I can understand a new car having faults, but FFS, if it's faulty, don't tell me "This fault only happens with o/s models" or "It's within spec", just fix the (insert swear word) thing.
Oh, that's right, they can't........
Now, as for the belt 'ticking' it's intermittent (getting worse) almost to a point where it's every day now.
Originally thought a valve lifter was sticking. Now that's an interesting idea, a sticky lfter in an ohc motor that uses 'lash' adjusters.
Tick tick tick, open bonnet, Tick tick tick, Hmmm, sounds like it's comming from the belt, Huh ?!, never heard a belt make that noise before, I'll try the old 'water-on-belt-stops-it-squeeling' trick, pour a tiny bit of water on the main belt, look at that, noise goes away completely.
Have never in 30 years heard a belt go 'tick' like this.
Serpentines just keep going until they split or loose tension.