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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: 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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