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2006 Mazda 3s hatchback, mtx, stock, 50400 miles

The driver's side rear corner of my car sits a tad lower than the other corners. It's not even the whole driver's side -- just the rear corner. It's not noticeable when I sit in it, but it is slightly noticeable from outside the car viewing it from the back.

I read a couple other threads about other folks whose 3's sit a little lower on the driver's side, but this was after a drop with aftermarket springs. I'm all stock. Has anyone found a resolution to this issue and how common is it? Could it be a worn strut?

Is this something I should ask the dealership about? (I have just under 900 miles left on my "Mazda Certified" bumper-to-bumper warranty)
 

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Mine does this too. Speed3
About a 1/4-1/2" lower on Drivers rear.
I figured it out when changing from stock struts to FSD's.
Measured before and after same 1/4-1/2" less on driver rear.

I have heard tell that changing springs evens it out.
My guess is they strap them down on the boat from Japan and some get strapped harder.
It is all I could come up with.

It is not the quarter panels, I measured underneath same difference. The springs are both seated the same. Changing dampers made no change. So All I can come up with is a difference in springs. I cant believe they are installed that way. So that leaves transportation.

Like I said, my guess. Tied down hard on the boa,t over bounced in who knows what weather, spring gets compressed/damaged.
Personally I cant notice it in handling, my tires dont rub, so I dont worry about it.
 

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mmm interesting. no, it doesn't affect handling or comfort, but I don't like the look of it. I'll see what the dealership has to say about it. my prediction is they'll tell me what the say about every other problem I have: "it's normal"
 

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its probably normal for springs to sag over time, but unlucky if one of them does so much faster or to a greater degree than the opposite spring. chalk it up to variances in the quality or composition of the spring materials.

it's worth bringing up, imo. the worst they can do is nothing.
 

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[quote author=John_in_the_LBC link=topic=151603.msg3252675#msg3252675 date=1248843035]
its probably normal for springs to sag over time, but unlucky if one of them does so much faster or to a greater degree than the opposite spring. chalk it up to variances in the quality or composition of the spring materials.

it's worth bringing up, imo. the worst they can do is nothing.
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That's what my dealer did on my 2007 MS3 when I pointed it out to him after 3 months. They claim they measured it and it was even, end of story. I've lived with it since without any apparent problems.
 

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thanks for the input guys. I want to go to a different dealership in town to have the 5th gear whine/whistle looked at (1st place said it was normal) so I'll see about that sag while I'm there too
 

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I understand that I'm bringing a topic back from the dead, but I have this exact same issue and I thought I should post it where other people have had the same issue.

I have found my rear left sags about 0.25" more than my rear right. The dealership said the tolerance was about 10 mm so I didn't warrant having anything done. Did people flip springs, buy new springs or just learn to live with it?
 

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I also am bringing this back from the dead. I have an 08.5 MS3 that my rear is noticeably lower than my front and my driver rear is lower than my pass rear.

I have around 86k on my car (lots of hwy miles for work.) Is it possible my shocks/springs are just wore out or is it possible something is wrong?
 

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Ok first take the word "SAG" out of the description. LOL
If the dampeners have been ruled out as bad. And this means removing them and testing not the old school "bounce" test. I have seldom almost never found the dampeners to be the problem because of.... The common factor is the driver's side.
If after carefully looking and the complete suspension parts for wear, this includes control arm busing, any rubber mounts, steering components, spring alignment and soft spring pads, any control arms that are tweaked in any way or have impact damage, etc.... then...
Most all automotive coil springs don't really wear out because of how they are made, manufactured rarely settle in their specifications contrary to what some sites claim. Not one response (maybe I missed it? ) since this thread was started did anyone raise their Mazda from the frame let the suspension hang and then lower the hoist and measure the 4 points. Then drive around for about 2 miles and at least turning both right and left and a couple of medium stops and quick accelerations and re-measure all 4 corners. My guess is that most all will find that the suspension will settle and rest slightly lower on the side of the car that is heavier. This is completely normal. Trying to compensate for 1/4-5/8 inch (stock suspension) may not only be an act of frustration and also may alter the handling characteristics of the carefully engineered suspension.

Just my thoughts based on soooo many asking me about this all the way back to my Highschool days... ha!
 
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