Variable Valve Timing and Stretched Timing Chains
Mazda’s L-series engines are earning a reputation for variable valve timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure. Mazda acknowledged the problems i…
Spider Infestations in Mazda6 Engines
Yellow Sac Spiders think the smell of gasoline is lovely this time of year, especially inside of Mazda6 engines. It's cool .... I didn't want to sleep tonight anyway.
Where Engine Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- 2007 CX-7 engine timing chain stretched 20 (100%)
- 2007 CX-7 turbo went out 11 (55%)
- 2008 CX-7 engine failure 9 (45%)
- 2004 MAZDA6 engine failure 8 (40%)
- 2014 CX-5 engine revs when stopped and then clunks into gear 7 (35%)
- 2002 Tribute engine won't stay running 7 (35%)
- 2008 CX-9 water pump failed, leaked coolant into oil, caused engine failure 6 (30%)
It hasn't been a good year for diesel.
There's the whole VW mess, a BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz lawsuit in California, and a GM Duramax lawsuit in Michigan. And now Mazda is issuing a recall for diesel engines outside the USA that stall, leak fuel, and catch on fire. Well, at least it's not emissions-related? Here are a few of the issues.…keep reading
Mazda’s L-series engines have a reputation of variable vale timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure.
Other than that they're great. Unfortunately a judge has granted a motion to dismiss a VVT lawsuit after Mazda argued their extended warranty terms are clear:…keep reading
Let's face it, car problems are annoying.
Have you ever slammed the car door out of frustration? I certainly have. And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, it solved exactly zero issues.
But you know what could actually get something accomplished? Filing a class-action lawsuit. Granted, you'd have to be pretty darn frustrated to get to that point -- but that's exactly where a 2004 Mazda RX-8 found herself after her multiple engine flooding problems before it finally died.…keep reading