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Hey guys! As some of you may know I've been having the problem with the extremely notchy shifter from 2 to 3 and 4 to 5. I began to accept it as a normal feeling even though it felt like the car was not engaging into the gears as smoothly as the test drive unit. So I brought it into my dealer for it's first oil change and lo and behold theres a TSB fix for early production manual 2.0 mazda3s regarding the shifter. Took it for a spirited drive after my oil change and noticed I don't have to move the shifter like a chess piece and actually shift it like my previous manual cars (miata, mini, bmw).

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Customer reports transmission feels notchy when shifting. Inspected for TSB. Found 05-14-01 for similar concern. Adjust shifter cable as per TSB for smoother engagement of gears
Not sure if it's the same number (05-14-01) for you USA folks but try to mention this to your dealer if you have the rough / notchy shifter and get it fixed! Also let us know if it did fix your problem or not

Have fun zoom zooming!!!
@Soler25 posted the TSB on page three. First post.
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Thanks for posting this! I've just moved it to the 2014 Recalls/TSB/SSB section.
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Hey guys! As some of you may know I've been having the problem with the extremely notchy shifter from 2 to 3 and 4 to 5. I began to accept it as a normal feeling even though it felt like the car was not engaging into the gears as smoothly as the test drive unit. So I brought it into my dealer for it's first oil change and lo and behold theres a TSB fix for early production manual 2.0 mazda3s regarding the shifter. Took it for a spirited drive after my oil change and noticed I don't have to move the shifter like a chess piece and actually shift it like my previous manual cars (miata, mini, bmw).

Below is what it said on my invoice:


Not sure if it's the same number (05-14-01) for you USA folks but try to mention this to your dealer if you have the rough / notchy shifter and get it fixed! Also let us know if it did fix your problem or not

Have fun zoom zooming!!!
Thanks, great to know! How long did it take for them to fix?
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Thanks, great to know! How long did it take for them to fix?
I went in for an oil change, head unit update, and shifter fix. All in all took 50 minutes.
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thanks, i had a feeling it was the linkages.

ill bug the dealer again at my next service. if anyone knows the exact tsb# for USA, please post.
i got the car serviced last month, dealer said it was normal for the model...

although my shifts have been better since i passed 5k, but still rough if im not gentle.


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Great info, thanks!!
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This is great, thanks! I was fighting with 3rd gear on my way to work this morning. It seems to get better as the car warms up but it's still noticeable at times after it's up to temp. This is my first proper experience with a MT vehicle, (other than an old, neglected '89 Mazda 6 I had for a brief period of time years ago) so I had kind of accepted it as normal. Glad to know there is a fix.

I also recently noticed that my car has decided that sometimes it doesn't want to let me shift into 1st after I've been driving for awhile. It only happens a couple of times a day but I either have to shift into another gear (without releasing the clutch) or double clutch to get it to stop blocking me from first. This is when I've come to a stop at a light or stop sign. I remember skimming over a post on another forum about this and the replies seemed to indicate that this is normal behavior for any MT.


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I also recently noticed that my car has decided that sometimes it doesn't want to let me shift into 1st after I've been driving for awhile.
Same thing happens to me about once a day. I experience rough shifts as well...
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I also recently noticed that my car has decided that sometimes it doesn't want to let me shift into 1st after I've been driving for awhile. It only happens a couple of times a day but I either have to shift into another gear (without releasing the clutch) or double clutch to get it to stop blocking me from first. This is when I've come to a stop at a light or stop sign. I remember skimming over a post on another forum about this and the replies seemed to indicate that this is normal behavior for any MT.
Ditto, here. I think I will have them take a look when I go in for my first oil change, next month.
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This is great, thanks! I was fighting with 3rd gear on my way to work this morning. It seems to get better as the car warms up but it's still noticeable at times after it's up to temp. This is my first proper experience with a MT vehicle, (other than an old, neglected '89 Mazda 6 I had for a brief period of time years ago) so I had kind of accepted it as normal. Glad to know there is a fix.

I also recently noticed that my car has decided that sometimes it doesn't want to let me shift into 1st after I've been driving for awhile. It only happens a couple of times a day but I either have to shift into another gear (without releasing the clutch) or double clutch to get it to stop blocking me from first. This is when I've come to a stop at a light or stop sign. I remember skimming over a post on another forum about this and the replies seemed to indicate that this is normal behavior for any MT.
I get the same thing. I normally have to hold the clutch, bump it into second then throw it back up to first to unblock it.
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