I've been the sole owner of this car for over 10 years and it's rarely needed anything except regular servicing and a new clutch last year.
Earlier this year after a regular service I was told by Mazda that there was a slight hole in the bulkhead behind the clutch which had been letting small amounts of water in when there was heavy rain. I took the car to a recommended panel beater who then welded the bulkhead bracket and repaired the problem.
I noticed almost straight away though that the gears felt a little stickier than usual and the problem got increasingly worse as the car heated up, or if the day was very hot outside. As this happened in summertime, almost every day was extremely hot and it was a real struggle driving the car around - I would have to start in 2nd gear as 1st wouldn't work, then change up into 4th which was pretty stressful as you can imagine.
I spoke with Mazda and the panel beaters but nobody seems to have an answer as to why this is happening. Mazda have offered to have a look at the gear box but this could cost upward of $600 and I'm not sure if that would be guaranteed to fix the problem. I can't help thinking it must be related to the bulkhead repair as the gear problems started immediately afterward.
I would love to get your opinion on this as I'm really lost for answers and can't afford any more costly repairs.
Hoping you can help shed some light - thanks so much
have the same problem?
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 AT 7:38 PM