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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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