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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZoom Girl View Post
    Did you have this fixed before or after the 3 year/80,000 km new car warranty expired?
    It was fixed in March 2008. My mileage was around 143k maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g_g View Post
    It was fixed in March 2008. My mileage was around 143k maybe.
    You got it fixed under warranty with 143,000 km on it? Wow, that will be just the second Mazda3 owner I come across (other is in Quebec) with that kind of mileage who had Mazda Canada agree to cover the repair...
    Last edited by Cardinal Fang; 06-05-2008 at 11:58 AM.
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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    One thing...remember that I need ALL entries filled to send this to Mazda Canada. If you don't want to post your full name publicly, send it to me via PM ok? I also need the city entries...

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    [QUOTE=ZoomZoom Girl;304351]
    Quote Originally Posted by g_g View Post
    It was fixed in March 2008. My mileage was around 143k maybe.[/QUOTE}

    You got it fixed under warranty with 143,000 km on it? Wow, that will be just the second Mazda3 owner I come across (other is in Quebect) with that kind of mileage who had their dealerships agree to cover the repair...
    That is correct! I will get pics asap.

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    Wow! Your experience may help me with my own case since I'm "only" at 109,000 km and will hit 4 years at the end of this month...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZoom Girl View Post
    Wow! Your experience may help me with my own case since I'm "only" at 109,000 km and will hit 4 years at the end of this month...
    it is to my understanding that there is a 5 year warranty on paint on our mazdas. I went in thinking this, i expected a battle, but nothing was argued. They took pictures and sent me to the body shop. It took 2 days and im thouroughly impressed with the work. Based on my experience, I am suprised at how little effort they have put in to resolve your issues. It is FAR more severe than mine....I would be calling Mazda Canada personally if it were me. I even have the work order that i am more than happy to send to you...PM me if youde like it

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Needless to say, PM sent!

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Name: Tim
    City/province: Sudbury, Ontario
    Year of car: 2004
    Model: Mazda3 GT Sedan
    Color: Titanium Grey
    Current Mileage: 106 000 km
    Corrosion damage: as outlined in this post

    Just for comparison to Lynn's...I didn't get mine rust proofed...just regular washing and waxing.
    Where the bumper meets:


    Trunk brake light:


    Looking from the rear, left tail light:


    Left and Right rear wheel wells:




    Blistering on front passenger door:


    Possible blistering on inside front passenger door:
    2004 Titanium Grey GT/GFX Sedan
    102,000and counting
    Tinted Windows, 30% front, 20% rear
    Shark fin, TWM SS
    Lighted Door Sills

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    Name: Barry A.
    City/province: Frankford, Ontario
    Year of car: 2004
    Model: Mazda3 Sport GT
    Color: Titanium Grey
    Current Mileage: 55,000 km
    Corrosion damage: Bottom rear corner under read doors, both sides.

    No pictures yet. I just touched them up.

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    [QUOTE=ZoomZoom Girl;304351]
    Quote Originally Posted by g_g View Post
    It was fixed in March 2008. My mileage was around 143k maybe.[/QUOTE}

    You got it fixed under warranty with 143,000 km on it? Wow, that will be just the second Mazda3 owner I come across (other is in Quebect) with that kind of mileage who had their dealerships agree to cover the repair...
    its not the dealership that agrees to fix the paint under warranty
    it has to come from Mazda Canada to OK it, but I am sure everyone knows that
    You might get some response from the Mazda3forum as some have the same problem even though most are U.S. cars, grab the photos
    http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=107859.0
    I also sent photos to Car Help Canada and asked them nicely to stop recommending the M3
    Last edited by mazda lover; 06-04-2008 at 10:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    I'm at 95k I know I have some spots but I gotta inspect my car to find other spots.

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Thanks Tim! Great shots...

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    [QUOTE=mazda lover;304745]
    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZoom Girl View Post

    its not the dealership that agrees to fix the paint under warranty
    it has to come from Mazda Canada to OK it, but I am sure everyone knows that
    You might get some response from the Mazda3forum as some have the same problem even though most are U.S. cars, grab the photos
    http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=107859.0
    I also sent photos to Car Help Canada and asked them nicely to stop recommending the M3
    Good point! I'll edit my entry since you're absolutely correct. What I meant is that my dealership contacted Mazda Canada on my behalf and will get back to me with their decision. Since this is a warranty issue, Mazda Canada does get the final say in what service the dealership can offer to their customers...

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Was missing some information for Lynn's records so here you go as requested!

    Name: Tim Yu
    City/province: Sudbury, Ontario
    Year of car: 2004
    Model: Mazda3 GT Sedan
    Color: Titanium Grey
    Current Mileage: 106 000 km
    Corrosion damage: as outlined in post #32

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    Thanks Tim. Entry edited...

    Lynne

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    Update: 10 entries thus far from this forum. If you or anyone you know has corrosion and/or blistering on your Mazda3, please sign up here! The more names, the more pressure on Mazda Canada to acknowledge that this is a serious issue and that we should be compensated. Also note that all cars whose owners signed up, so far, are 2004 and 2005 models...

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    Name: Aleem Rana
    City/province: Scar., Ontario
    Year of car: 2004
    Model: GT/GFX
    Color: Velocity Red
    Current Mileage: 132 xxx
    Corrosion damage:
    Both Rear wheel wells lips from side skirt to bumper, & underneath side skirt
    Window pillar, passenger side.

    Will email or post pics this wknd, and will go through car to find more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZoom Girl View Post
    Update: 10 entries thus far from this forum. If you or anyone you know has corrosion and/or blistering on your Mazda3, please sign up here! The more names, the more pressure on Mazda Canada to acknowledge that this is a serious issue and that we should be compensated. Also note that all cars whose owners signed up, so far, are 2004 and 2005 models...
    Just curious what the breakdown is between GT and non-GT owners. I am wondering if the larger tires and side sills would make any difference.

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    So far all people who have replies have GTs, with two exceptions(Sedan GS) and all are 2004 and 2005 model years....
    Last edited by ZoomZoom Girl; 06-05-2008 at 03:48 PM.

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    Name: A. Chin
    City/province: Markham, ON
    Year of car: 2005
    Model: Mazda3 GT (Sedan)
    Color: Arctic White
    Current Mileage: 82000 km
    Corrosion damage: Front of hood by grille, spots on the roof, rear wheel wheels, passenger side window pillar
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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Happened upon the Mazda3quebec.com site and I'm reading about rust issues there. HOLY COW!!! I don't know if there just happen to be more Mazda3 owners in that province (possible...Quebecois love their compact cars!) or if just alot of Mazda3 owners are on that forum but wow, it's very startling. People have had entire doors replaced, multiple times! The exact same spots are at issue, namely the rear bumper seams, the rear wheel wells, and the bottom trim on the doors. Alot of them also complaint of paint blistering.

    I'm not a member over there or I would let them know to join the list. As I said, ALOT of them have the exact same issues with their vehicles as seen on mine. Perhaps that is why their dealerships are alot more understanding in covering the cost of repairs...

    Is anyone here a member is Mazda3quebec.com? If yes, could you please PM me? I'm being lazy by not signing up myself. I'm actually Franco-Ontarian so can understand their posts just fine, but trying to formulate a response in French using their terminology (half English/half French slang) might be difficult. Thanks...

    Lynne

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    I have to check my car but I dont recall seeing any spots rusting. I really wanted to say that I wish you all well in your fight against Mazda and now that there is a group of you someone suggested earlier you go to Silverman Helps.

    I really suggest you go that route as involving the media is usually the best way to get action done. I love the 3 but I think we're slowly seeing that Mazda had to cut corners to offer so many features at the price point the car was offered at.

    Once again I wish you all the best of luck!!

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    Quebec cars are known for rusting actually, not sure why.

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    Name: Mark Armstrong
    City/province: Kitchener Ontario
    Year of car: 2004
    Model: 3 gs
    Color: Tit grey
    Current Mileage: 126000 (initially appeared aroudn 80K or so)
    Corrosion damage: the spot between rear bumper + rear fender both sides. As well as the spot between front bumper + fender both sides. Also the entire wheel well. Inner door seams are now begining to rust as well as door jamb from inside out. Dealer warrantied the rear 1/4 panels and fixed it for me probably 4 times now... there is no stopping it though!

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    Default Re: Mazda3 owners with corrosion issues, join us here!

    If I was thinking of buying M3 and did my homework by searching for foums to get an insight of what owners are having problems with their cars I don't think I would have the M3 on my list...the defect list just keeps getting longer. In the next 12 to 18 months I will be giving up my car but in the mean time I will search forums for the car(s) I am interested in and for sure it will be a model thats at least in its third year, no 1-2 anymore for me...
    and it won't be a Mazda

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