I was wondering if anyone has ran into this same issue before as it appears to be a design problem with the G66M-R shifter cable sleeve:
The problem began yesterday when I noticed trouble shifting into 1st gear at an intersection when the light turned green. After a few tries, the car eventually went into gear and I started to accelerate. When I went for 3rd gear, I noticed something didn't feel right. It turned out the reverse, 1st, 3rd, and 5th gears felt mushy - and were having trouble engaging. I could get them to engage if I forcefully shoved the shifter forward. Obviously this is quite annoying.
Fast forward to a few hours ago. I decided to pull apart the battery box and airbox assembly to see what was going on. Here is what I found:
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Basically, the pictures show that the yellowish plastic sleeve for the inboard shifter cable has exploded. The 2 failure points appear to be at bulkhead just aft of the transmission, and at the interface with the linkage to the transmission. Very unfortunate.
It seems like the broken sleeve is causing cable to buckle, which is preventing the linkage from properly selecting these gears.
I was able to jury rig a work-around using zipties to suspend the cable. This appears to prevent the buckling, which allows me to hit the gears I need, but the shifter feel for R, 1, 3, & 5 is terrible. Here is a pic of the work-around:
I'm guessing I will need to call Mazda tomorrow to see about them drop shipping me a shifter cable assembly.
Has anyone ever ran into this?