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View Poll Results: How many people have had clutch issues
I've heard about the issue but haven't had it myself 37 33.04%
My clutch went out 11 9.82%
My clutch "disintegrated" 8 7.14%
Never heard of it being an issue 58 51.79%
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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Issue?

I'm kind of starting to get worried...I love my Mazda 3s, but I've been reading on a lot of car complaints websites that more and more people are having their clutches "disintegrate" or just go out on them with low miles. Has anyone else had these problems?? Er, how many people have had this issue?? When they describe it, most of them drive all highway miles(like me) and their clutch goes out between like 13k-25k and I'm like right there...Has anyone else noticed that these complaints are starting to mount up
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 02:48 PM
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Is this specific to the non-turbo models? I have 24 k right now on my speed and thankfully no issues (knock on wood) and also 80% highway driving

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post #3 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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turbo/non-turbo

that I'm actually not sure of...none of the complaints have specified whether or not their turbos
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It seems to me that this is a problem from the n/a models from 2010... But 2010.5 and up isnt having this issue...
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I've only read of one clutch dying completely and that was on a speed. So don't know where you are seeing this at.
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I've read it on quite a few websites... carcomplaints.com, arfc.org/complaints, edmunds, nhtsa.org on all of those website I've looked up complaints on 2010 Mazda3 to see what kinda complaints my type of car is getting and the clutch complaints were on all of those websites and they all talked about how their clutch disintegrated and they needed to replace the whole thing, etc.
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I read from a Mazda tech some girl who fried her Mazda 2 clutch in 6k miles. They were nice to her and managed to get her clutch replaced through warranty. She came back at 11k cause it was gone it again. When they observed her driving she kept her foot on the clutch. My suspicion lies with people not driving as well as they think they are.

The only person I know of who has managed to kill their MS3 clutch is because they've done a lot of drag racing. The complaints I come across mostly relate to the clutch pedal feel, but not to it actually disintegrating. Also, it's worthwhile to note that most people who have no issues won't bother to chime in.

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I can confirm a 2011 mazdaspeed 3 clutch disintegration at only 640 miles and driver error was not a factor lol but mazda is taking all parts to be examined by their engineers. As far as i can tell it may be a part problem but, maybe not a parts problems time will reveal all i suppose sucked it had to be me!

Update; The entire clutch assembly was replaced by mazda for my 2011 MS3 with 640 miles on it. It was replaced by mazda not the dealership just to make it clear to all.
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Why didnt u put as an option yes i have clutch issues but still going! Anyway i work at Rosenthal Mazda in tysons and just luke mmlehcim said its mostly those models that come in with that complaint but working here trust me if ur clutch goes theres no warrenty the dealer will just blame you. I have a 10 mz3 made but in end of 09 and i have few problems but just look into buying a upgraded clutch and look at the thread ob the clutch situation and some have ideas that help get rid of the problem

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Had to replace the clutch on my 2010 3S @ 45,000 miles....dealer would not warranty of course but I have 42 years experience driving manual transmissions of all types from 3-on-the-tree to VW Beetle transaxle to Hurst & Muncie 4 speeds to 10-speed medium-duty trucks.....thousands of miles without a clutch failure of any kind...
but I paid the money and didn't pursue it further due to lack of time to devote to phone calls/letters/meetings...
BUT I really do feel that the first OEM clutches in the 2010 Mazda 3 S with the 2.5L motor were NOT up to spririted driving as depicted in Mazda's advertisements...the replacement clutch is holding its own....so far...I'm done.

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