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you are looking for an underlying cause
when you say low profile tyres, how low
factory 50 series will be harsh enough if the roads where you drive are not perfect
any lower will shake your car apart imo
i know its hard to find a quality shop but ask around when you park near another mazda ask the owner if they know a good shop
there is always the dealership
they may be expensive, but that is to cover the ongoing training
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I did read your reply, and they did show me the issue. But I'm just a dumb customer, not a car expert. He tells me to feel the tires and runs his hands along them. He says it feels rough, which is evidence of chopping caused by the rear shocks being shot. When I run my hand over the tire, I have no idea what it's supposed to feel like. It doesn't feel as smooth as glass but it doesn't feel like sandpaper either. He showed me the end links and said they were bare and that they're supposed to have grease. I don't know what they're supposed to look like or how to tell if they're bad. So yeah, it feels pretty shitty paying out the ass and not even knowing what to believe. But if this shop is screwing me over too, then that's three shops in a row.

Oh, when I asked for the receipt for the strut assemblies last time, the guy acted like that was a weird request and offered to have me take a look at the parts on my car and see that they're obviously brand new before paying him. It did seem kind of weird to ask for that when obviously there's markup involved and that would show the actual price they paid. I don't doubt that it's not standard practice to show that to customers. I'm trying not to be paranoid here, so I'll just trust (once again) that the shop was lazy last time or that there was more than one problem causing noises.
I hadn't considered that a dealership would be more reputable, but that makes sense. I just know how expensive parts are from them and figured having the work done at a dealership was completely out of the question. The tires are factory low profile, and I see your point. I wish they weren't low profile, but what can I do?
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These guys are retards and/or liars, get a new garage.
Chopped tires does not mean the struts are bad. You can check the struts by bouncing the car. If it stops bouncing very quickly, the shocks are good.
IF the tires are in fact chopped (which is a visual check more than a tactile check) this could be due to bad alignment, bad balance or even bad tires.

Grease on the endlinks lol ok so what, are they recommending you replace the endlinks because they can't see grease??? lol
A quick google search will find you plenty of pictures of mazda3 endlinks, and you won't see grease on any of them.

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It's the nature of these aging 3s if you ask me I've been having odd clicks and clacks for 20k-30k miles and I'm around 140k. My suggestion is to get under there and do the work yourself. Easier said than done, I know. I was totally intimidated when I first started but it's the only way to stay away from dropping 5k in repairs on a car that's worth around 5k lol. It's a pain and it's difficult but it's rewarding. Only thing for me is find time and a place since I live in Chicago with no parking lot

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