Mazda 3 transmission replacement cost

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The Mazda 3 was equipped with the 4F27E or FN4A-EL transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Mazda 3 transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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Mazda 3 Transmission Models

Mazda 3: 4F27E Transmission
Mazda 3: FN4A-EL Transmission

Mazda 3 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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What are the DTC codes related to Mazda 3 transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Mazda 3 Recalls

2010 Mazda3 – 09V126000 / 5409d


Mazda recalled 25,400 copies of the 2010 Mazda3, equipped with the automatic transmission. It seems that the clearance between the engine harness and the housing of starter motor may be insufficient. Because of this, the covering of the harness may be damaged through vibration during vehicle operation, possibly causing a short-circuit between certain harness wires and the starter housing. A short-circuit can result in engine control malfunction and/or poor transmission shift quality.


The main fuse may blow out causing the engine to stall and inability of restart, increasing the risk of a crash.


This recall began on May 6, 2009, and dealers were instructed to inspect the engine harness and add a protector clip on the affected section of the harness. If necessary, the harness will be repaired as well. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500, referring to Mazda recall number: 5409d. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236

Mazda 3 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2004-2008 Mazda3 – TSB 05-12/08


On some vehicles, the shift position lamp in the instrument cluster does not come on in the “P” position, and the engine does not start. However, the engine can be started in the “N” position. This is due to rust on the connect- ing point of the shift cable and lock cable lever causing the select lever not to move to the location where it is recognized as “P” range. There is no issue about the transmission reaching Park. This is only an issue about the confirming “P” indicator in the instrument cluster. A slit on the mud guard has been removed to prevent salt water from getting to the location where rust would occur.


If rust is present on the connecting point of the shift cable and lock cable lever, then the lock cable lever will have to be replaced with modified one (part # B2YE-46-310). Also, it’s strongly recommended to replace the nut and washer as well.

2004-2005 Mazda3 – TSB 05-010/05


Some automatic equipped versions of the Mazda may exhibit intermittent shift shock during 1-2 upshift. This issue is caused by improper PCM calibration.


The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will have to be reprogrammed with the updated calibrations.

Common Problems with the Mazda 3 Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Mazda 3 can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Mazda 3 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Mazda 3 transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Mazda 3 transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Mazda 3 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Mazda 3 transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Mazda 3 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Mazda 3 transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Mazda 3 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Mazda 3 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Mazda 3 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Mazda 3 Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Mazda 3 Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Mazda 3 Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

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What Problem Does Your Mazda 3 Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!


Mazda 3 Transmission Rebuild

The transmission is one of the most costly parts of your vehicle. Rebuilding a transmission varies depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle.

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What is rebuilding a Transmission? Why not replace it?

Let’s start with a more simple question: what is a transmission? But let’s make this short because, honestly, you probably don’t care about the technical details. You care about the role the transmission plays in your car. In short, the transmission manipulates the engine output, to make sure that power is always available to you. The transmission is also responsible for taking the power created by the engine and routing it to the wheels. Pretty important, yeah? There are four primary types of transmissions. Automatics, manuals, continuously variable transmissions (CTVs), and dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs). In general, CTVs and DCTs are not rebuilt, just replaced. So, rebuilding. Not a word you hear a lot with cars, right? But in the case of the transmission, it comes into play. Here’s what happens: the transmission gets taken apart, just like you do with an appliance when it’s not working right. But unlike you and the appliance, the transmission actually gets fixed and put back together in the right order. During a rebuild, the “soft” parts of the automatic transmission are replaced. These are the elements that easily wear with use and friction, like bands, seals, clutch plates, and gaskets. The transmission cooler will be flushed out and replaced, and the filter will be replaced as well. Further damage will be checked for, and replaced as necessary. And then it’s all put back together, by people who actually know what they’re doing. So, why not just replace the transmission? Simple. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to rebuild it. Would you rather spend more money or less money? Thought so.

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Symptoms of a failing Transmission

Difficulty shifting

You take your transmission for granted. It’s natural. Everyone does. You don’t realize how nice it is to have a fully functioning transmission until you don’t have one. If your car has hard shifting, gear slipping, is banging into gears, or has blips of accelerated RPMs without increased speeds, then your transmission isn’t feeling so hot.

Funny noises

If you drive a stickshift, and you hear grinding when you shift gears, you’re either a bad driver, or there’s something wrong with your transmission. You can decide which is worse. If you drive an automatic (don’t worry, only some people are judging you), then you might hear a wildly annoying whining noise from a grumpy transmission.

Check engine light

Your secret isn’t really a secret. We know that you like to ignore that check engine light every time it illuminates. It’s just a little light, right? What’s the worst it can do? Ignore the check engine light at your own peril. Ultimately, it’s lit up because something’s wrong with your car, and no matter how much you try and will it into existence, that reason isn’t magically going away.

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How urgent is a Transmission rebuild?

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the transmission is a critical part of your car. You need a functioning transmission, and driving around with a faulty one can cause serious damage to other parts of your car.

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The overall price for your Mazda transmission repair cost will depend on the transmission type, severity of the problems, and the specific model of Mazda that you have purchased! On average, the Mazda transmission repair cost will vary between $1,800 and $3,400 for a replacement. 

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Mazda Transmission Types

There are many different kinds of Mazda transmission that they use in their vehicles, with some being automatic and some being manual options. Firstly, Mazda produces vehicles with 3-speed transmissions, such as the 3N17B, F3A, and the L3N71B, a 3-speed automatic transmission used as an alternative to other popular options on the market.


The second kind of transmissions used in Mazda vehicles were 4-speed automatic transmissions, such as the G4A-EL transverse engine in 1986, and ending with the A44DE 4-speed longitudinal in 2001. 


The third type of engine used in Mazda vehicles is a 5-speed transverse engine called the Jatco JF506E transmission, a mechanism using electronic and hydraulic five-speed automatic internal parts for various Mazda, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Ford cars. 


Fourth, Mazda now utilizes 6-speed automatic transmissions in their latest cars, ranging from 2012 until the present. 


In addition, Mazda uses some manual transmission options in some of their vehicles. One of the manual transmissions is the M5, a 5-speed manual transaxle, along with the M5OD, a line of manual transmissions produced by Mazda and used in Mazda and Ford vehicles.


Lastly, Mazda utilizes a SkyActiv-MT, 6-speed transmission that focuses on fuel efficiency and overall performance. 

Mazda 626

The Mazda 626 was produced from 1988 to 2002, with the worst model year being 1998. The worst problems for this model year include transmission failure, with other categories of concern being the engine, cooling system, and exhaust system. 


The most common transmission issues focused on premature transmission failure and the transmission not being able to reverse during use. Fixing the transmission failure has an average Mazda transmission repair cost of around $1,900 to replace the transmission or repair the damaged parts at around 96,000 miles. 

Mazda B3000

The Mazda B3000 has been produced since the mid-1990s, with the worst year being the 1999 Mazda 3000, featuring common complaints about the electrical system, interior accessories, body and paint, engine system, and transmission. The main transmission concern focused on the car not being able to shift properly, with the problem generally occurring at around 87,000 miles in most cars. 

Mazda CX-3

The worst model year of the Mazda CX-3 is the 2016, with their common complaint being the engine won’t turn over and start during use. Other categories that have troubled owners focus on the windows and windshield, AC and heater, interior accessories, and the transmission. 


The worst transmission issues in the CX-3 involve the car losing speed, the transmission fluid leaking, and the shifter vibrating during use. A high Mazda transmission repair cost can be attributed to a broken pinion seal, causing a transmission fluid leak in the car at around 12,000 miles. 

Mazda CX-5

The worst model years of the Mazda CX-5 involve the 2013, 2014, and 2016 model years, with the worst overall problem being the LED light continuously running and causing battery failure. 


The 2016 Mazda CX-5 has numerous owner complaints regarding the lighting system, the windows and windshield, the brakes, the interior accessories, and the transmission. The top transmission concerns deal with the transmission not engaging, the vehicle rolling while in the park position, the car making a vibrating noise, and the car losing acceleration and shaking. 


A transmission that cannot engage typically requires a transmission replacement, which entails a high Mazda transmission repair cost at around 9,850 miles in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 model.

Mazda CX-7

The 2007 and 2008 model years of the Mazda CX-7 are the most susceptible to problems, with the overall most severe issue being the engine timing chain stretching after use. Other categories of concern in the 2007 Mazda CX-7 involve the engine, AC and heater, lights, and the transmission. 


Unfortunately for 2007 Mazda CX-7 owners, the NHTSA has filed numerous concerns regarding the car, focusing on the variable valve timing chain failing and causing damage to the engine and the transmission. In this model year, the most common transmission concerns focus on the car starting in 3rd gear, the transmission failing, and the transmission light remaining on during use. 


Premature transmission failure leads to an extensive Mazda transmission repair cost, with the typical price being around $4,500 to replace the transmission at around 137,000 miles. 

Mazda CX-9

The 2010-2012 model years of the Mazda CX-9 are the most concerning out of all years of production due to the frequency of braking issues and the brake power’s severity boost unit failure. In addition to the braking system concerns, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 experiences transmission concerns, engine issues, and problems with the exterior accessories.


The top transmission issues focus on the faulty transmission, the transfer case breaking, and the car vibrating while driving uphill. The typical Mazda transmission repair cost of the faulty transmission is around $390 to replace the transmission or replace the TCM module, at around 36,000 miles. 


The worst model year of the Mazda3 is 2010 year, with the most problematic issue being the car’s failing clutch. The top categories of concern are the clutch system, interior accessories, wheels and hubs, body and paint, and the transmission in the 2010 Mazda 3. 


The Mazda3 transmission problems deal with the grinding noise while shifting into 2nd gear, clutch failure, and jerking and grinding noise while driving. It costs the owner around $1,000 to fix the car grinding, by replacing the clutch at around 45,000 miles to lower the overall Mazda transmission repair cost.


The worst problem years of the Mazda6 involve the 2009, 2001, and 2014 model years, with the most severe issue being a melting dashboard in the 2009 Mazda6. The top categories of concern focus on the transmission, interior accessories, engine, and the windows and windshield.


The 2014 Mazda6 has various transmission issues focusing on the transmission making a high pitched whine during use, transmission failure, lurching forward, and the car not shifting properly. The high-pitched whine usually indicates a high Mazda transmission cost, with the most common solution being to replace the transmission at around 51,000 miles for approximately $3,250. 

Mazda MPV

The Mazda MPV was produced from the early 1990s until 2006, with the worst problem year being 2000 due to the severity and frequency of overall complaints. The top categories of concern focus on the engine, electrical systems, exterior accessories, body and paint, cooling system, and the transmission. 


Coolant can leak into the transmission, causing a high Mazda transmission repair cost in the 2000 Mazda MPV vehicle. The average mileage of occurrence is around 96,000 miles, with owners stating that the car stalls and dies during use. 

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The worst model year of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is 2016 year, with the worst problem categories being the suspension, interior accessories, windows and windshield, engine, and the transmission. 

Mazda Protege

The 2002 Mazda Protege has the most overall complaints, with the worst issue being the caliper and brake concerns in the same production year. The top categories of concern in the 2002 Protege involve the brakes, body and paint, engine, AC and heater, and the transmission. 


The NHTSA cited various issues regarding the 2002 Mazda Protege, with the main concerns being the automatic transmission and the manual powertrain. Owners of this car stated that the average mileage of the problem started at around 29,000 miles, with the main concern being the transmission having trouble going into different gears. 

Mazda Tribute

The Mazda Tribute is a popular car produced throughout the years, manufactured by Mazda from 2001 to 2011. The worst model years in terms of frequency and severity of problems is 2001, 2005, and 2008 model years.


The 2005 Mazda Tribute is often considered the worst year of production due to the prevalence of car issues and the dangerous issues with the wheel, leading to unsafe driving conditions. Other problem categories are the body and paint, engine, suspension, brakes, and transmission. 


The top transmission concerns focus on the transmission hesitating and not being able to shift during use. 

The Bottom Line

With an average Mazda repair cost of between $1,800 and $3,400, fixing the transmission in your Mazda vehicle is no easy or inexpensive task! However, if you can realize the signs and symptoms of a faulty transmission before the problems get any worse, you may be able to only spend between $800 and $1,500 for a used or salvage transmission. Unfortunately, if you let the issues worsen over time, you could be looking at spending between $1,300 and $3,400 for a remanufactured transmission.  

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