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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I'm introducing myself as required. I think I bought a lemon, and am seeing of others agree. I bought a 2006 Mazda 3i, and I think its clutch plate is slipping, and it rattles something fierce when I go over bumps.

My name is John C, and I live in Huntsville, AL.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 08:33 AM
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A 'lemon'? Do you seriously believe that 13 year old vehicles are going to be problem free?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 08:35 AM
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Hi. I'm introducing myself as required. I think I bought a lemon, and am seeing of others agree. I bought a 2006 Mazda 3i, and I think its clutch plate is slipping, and it rattles something fierce when I go over bumps.

My name is John C, and I live in Huntsville, AL.
You cannot in any way consider a 13 year old car a lemon. True, it may have been abused by one or more previous owners, that that does't qualify the car as a lemon.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 09:57 AM
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You cannot in any way consider a 13 year old car a lemon. True, it may have been abused by one or more previous owners, that that does't qualify the car as a lemon.
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Hi. I'm introducing myself as required. I think I bought a lemon, and am seeing of others agree. I bought a 2006 Mazda 3i, and I think its clutch plate is slipping, and it rattles something fierce when I go over bumps.

My name is John C, and I live in Huntsville, AL.
I don't like the cut of your gib, sir.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 10:08 AM
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Did it do this stuff during the test drive? Probably just needs the clutch replaced. Doesn't make it a lemon. Maybe more like an orange. Just needs peeled. Order it off e-bay or something?
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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I guess it wasn't originally a lemon; and a mechanic friend has since said he doen't think it's the clutch. I paid $2400 for a 2006 Mazda 3, but it seemed to be in perfect shape. As it was a Sat., I asked Midas Muffler to give it a pre-purchase inspection. It came out with flying colors. I couldn't tell a think wrong with it. As it was out of town, and I only had Sat. to get an inspection. I couldn't afford the dealer's. I couldn't tell anything was wrong with it.

Now, the honeymoon's over. When I first start driving it first thing in the morning, I get a loud creaking sound in all the lower gears. My mechanic friend says it's the two front axles needing to be replaced. I replaced the back shocks and sway bar linkages myself. The muffler has a heat shield that should be suspended from the body, not the muffler. A rear floor panel lacks a bolt, causing rattle. The front struts both need replacing. I knew it needed new tires & shocks. (If the clutch needed replacing, it's not "just" that. That's about $1,000; and I would be asking "shouldn't I just sell it, and buy one that doesn't need it?" That's almost half the value of the car alone.)

Thus, it's not as bad as it appeared with my original post; if he's indeed right. Still, this car's gonna take a lot of fixing up.

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At the price you paid having those things to fix is about common. Someone sold it probably knowing it needed that stuff. Check your motor mounts. If they are bad they can make rattles and also affect the shift pattern if the engine has moved some. That also puts tension on other parts if they have gone bad. Not a bad deal really. I paid about that for my 2008. Put tires, struts, shocks, wheel bearing, all motor mounts. Did all the work myself so that saves a ton. And... It has hail damage that isn't too bad with faded paint. But - 105K miles. So in your budget and year I wouldn't say it's a lemon. Lemon would be a newer or newish car with under 80K miles that you pay high dollar for that has all kinds of problems that seem to come about 1 after the other. Everything you are describing sound like wear parts. Replace your tranny fluid with Redline MT90 if it's a manual. That would be the only thing I'd be worried about after you get all the other stuff sorted out.

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I guess it wasn't originally a lemon; and a mechanic friend has since said he doen't think it's the clutch. I paid $2400 for a 2006 Mazda 3, but it seemed to be in perfect shape. As it was a Sat., I asked Midas Muffler to give it a pre-purchase inspection. It came out with flying colors. I couldn't tell a think wrong with it. As it was out of town, and I only had Sat. to get an inspection. I couldn't afford the dealer's. I couldn't tell anything was wrong with it.

Now, the honeymoon's over. When I first start driving it first thing in the morning, I get a loud creaking sound in all the lower gears. My mechanic friend says it's the two front axles needing to be replaced. I replaced the back shocks and sway bar linkages myself. The muffler has a heat shield that should be suspended from the body, not the muffler. A rear floor panel lacks a bolt, causing rattle. The front struts both need replacing. I knew it needed new tires & shocks. (If the clutch needed replacing, it's not "just" that. That's about $1,000; and I would be asking "shouldn't I just sell it, and buy one that doesn't need it?" That's almost half the value of the car alone.)

Thus, it's not as bad as it appeared with my original post; if he's indeed right. Still, this car's gonna take a lot of fixing up.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 06:35 PM
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Just use common sense, when there are too many parts to be replaced then itís better to sell this car
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