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Mazda 3 2004 front end struts shot

Request for input. Mazda3 2004, only 89km & front end struts are shot. Facing a substantial repair bill. Would be interested in comments/opinions from anyone else who has experienced similar situation. Thanks.

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  • rk688m Sep 07, 2008

    My car has only about 70k miles and has the same problem The car make grinding noises when turning right or left. Mazda dealer diagnosed it as the strut wear and replacement cost is estimated at US$800! I may seek a second opinion from a different service shop before making such a large repair. Additionally the engine light came on and that was tied to "lean fuel intake" and possibly will require replacement of the fuel pump. That another $1,000 or more!

  • trigger333 Oct 18, 2008

    Same problem Front right strut is shot at 73000km. Looking at a 700$ repair bill! Not even covered under extended warranty program.

  • EXmazdaLover Jan 25, 2009

    2004 Mazda3s are plagued by a series of problems that only appear after warranty--early strut wear, wheel bearing failure (I'm on my THIRD set, inferior engine mounts (they changed the design in later years) and wheel well rust perforation (due to too thin metal at those spots (also adjusted in later models).

    2004 was the Mazda 3s first year and they hadn't worked out all the bugs---most cars of that vintage are super for a few years and then turn into money pits---get rid of them early or they will milk you dry!

  • brontius May 03, 2009

    68K, 2002 Mazda Protege5 and both front struts have to go....found $480 at Firestone...Thinking about doing this myself, any advice?

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Front end problems are not very uncommon becuse of the way we drive and where we drive, the front struts take quite a beating on the road thus giving us all the smooth comfortable painless noise less ride !!.

today the actual labor rate is soring and that is the reason for your big bills yet a reasonable price i would pay would be around $90 per side and the part will be around 200 for both front struts thus for a total of $400 for the front look into deals given by most auto speciality shops such as goodyear or pep boys but always ask for them to return your old parts to you this will be a good price around $400 - 450. for the front.

the noise you hear while you turn either to left or to the right while you are driving is bad front wheel bearings see if these are servicable bearings and if they are they can be cleaned and repacked with grease if they are sealed bearings then the bearings have to be replaced.

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I have gone through 3 sets of tires, 1 set of front wheel bearings and also replaced the front struts on my 2005 Mazda 3 Hatch and I only had 62,000k on it. I then sold that car as fast as I could and purchased a model I previously owned and should have kept in the first place... the ol' Protege. The Mazda 2 was my third Mazda and I assumed it would be reliable like the previous ones I owned, but alas. I was sadly mistaken. I will never purchase another late model Mazda.. I don't know if the later models have too much Ford influence or what the problem is ... and I decided not to wait and find out. Also, you can't change the 17" rims to anything smaller b/c they won't clear the brakes. A decent set of tires cost 900 to a grand to replace... goodbye Mazda 3. Anyone who owns one should sell it as fast as possible.

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