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MX-3 GS transmission [May. 23rd, 2008|04:02 pm]
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We have 2 93 Mazda MX-3s. Both are the 1.8L V6 GS models in Blaze red, one is standard and one is automatic.


This Tuesday the transmission on the automatic went. It never gave me any trouble before - but then the "hold" light started flashing, it wouldn't go and that was it.

That's where it gets weird. I'm being told that most 1993 MX-3 V6 automatics have a 2 oil pan transmission - one at the bottom, one at the side. About 5% have less computerized version with only 1 oil pan at the bottom. Mine is one of them.

We've looked in every scrap yard in the Toronto area, craigslist, eBay, all the J-spec stores. There are no 1 pan transmissions avaliable. I've owned a Protege and driven a 626 in the past, and never had so much trouble finding a part.

Has anyone else ever come into contact with this 1 pan transmission?

[User Picture]From: rawbery79
2008-05-23 08:49 pm (UTC)
Just commenting to say, your MX-3 is like my '94 down to a T. Except my sunroof is starting to give, and my front bumper paint is peeling off like it's jumping a sinking ship.

I love mine. Here's hoping you can find that part soon!
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[User Picture]From: albaquerque
2008-05-24 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love my MX-3 too. :) We bought the manual one as a parts car and ended up putting it on the road.

Does you sunroof motor sound OK?

Both of ours stick a little bit. But so far, clearing out the tracks and putting some WD-40 has made a difference. Leaves, etc. get caught in there and jam it. Have had to replace one window motor and one window switch though.
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[User Picture]From: rawbery79
2008-05-24 04:03 pm (UTC)
It is a little slower sounding than it was, when it gets to the part where it should close, it makes a horrible "I'm trying to close but can't, dammit" sound. I usually have to back it up and push it with one hand while pushing the button inside. I should try that tip, though I think my mechanic said the motor was going out. Sigh. I love the car, but it isn't worth it to fix it right now when I'm a broke college student.
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[User Picture]From: albaquerque
2008-05-26 08:45 pm (UTC)
That's exacly what my window motor motor did before it died completely. The little motors themselves are not very expensive - $50 maybe, can be $20 if its from a junk yard or someone who's parting out a car privately. They are not too hard to put in yourself. There's full instructions on how to do it here: http://www.mx-3.com/manuals/index.php?folder=/1995%20Body%20Electrical%20Troubleshooting%20Manual/M/

Good Luck!
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[User Picture]From: su_carbs
2008-05-23 11:46 pm (UTC)
When I still had my knackered Protege, I sometimes dropped by mazdacarparts.com to see what they had...mainly because the local dealer seemed to be on crack by some of their prices. For example, I found both oxygen sensors for less than half of what the dealer wanted. BTW, doesn't this car share parts with anything in Ford's line? If so, you might get lucky. Good luck!

Actually, I just checked that site, and the only thing they have are gaskets. Maybe they could at least point you in the right direction?
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[User Picture]From: albaquerque
2008-05-24 03:59 pm (UTC)
What year was your Protege? I had a 96 till last year. It never worked very well, but made it to 370,000.

I know what you mean about the parts though. MX6 and Ford Probe are one and the same. MX3 is a bit of an oddball. I found someone willing to rebuild my torque converter. So hopefully it'll be back on the road on Monday and stay on the road for while. :)
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[User Picture]From: su_carbs
2008-05-24 04:07 pm (UTC)
Mine was a 2000 Protege. Great driver's car, but a pain to get parts for. After roughly 117,000 miles, it was getting expensive to repair. Plus, I was getting tired of the annoying electrical problems. Doors that wouldn't unlock, warning lights that wouldn't stay off, etc. Didn't help that it failed the Pennsylvania state inspection *twice* last year...and was going to cost a bundle to get fixed.
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[User Picture]From: i_robot
2008-05-24 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the automatics suck real bad. Your best bet is to get a tranny out of a Kia, or just swap in a klze with a manual tranny.

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